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1985 Miami Dolphins season
Head Coach Don Shula
Home Field Miami Orange Bowl
Results
Record 12–4
Place 1st AFC East
Playoff Finish Lost AFC Championship Game
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1984 1986

The 1985 Miami Dolphins season was the 20th season in franchise history. The club won their fourth consecutive AFC East championship[1] and appeared in the AFC Championship Game.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
27Miami DolphinsLorenzo HamptonRunning BackFlorida

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 8, 1985 at Houston Oilers L 26–23
2 September 15, 1985 Indianapolis Colts W 30–13
3 September 22, 1985 Kansas City Chiefs W 31–0
4 September 29, 1985 at Denver Broncos W 30–26
5 October 6, 1985 Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–20
6 October 14, 1985 at New York Jets L 23–7
7 October 20, 1985 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 41–38
8 October 27, 1985 at Detroit Lions L 31–21
9 November 3, 1985 at New England Patriots L 17–13
10 November 10, 1985 New York Jets W 21–17
11 November 17, 1985 at Indianapolis Colts W 34–20
12 November 24, 1985 at Buffalo Bills W 23–14
13 December 2, 1985 Chicago Bears W 38–24
14 December 8, 1985 at Green Bay Packers W 34–24
15 December 16, 1985 New England Patriots W 30–27
16 December 22, 1985 Buffalo Bills W 28–0

Monday Night game vs. ChicagoEdit

Miami finished 12–4 in 1985 and, in an epic Monday Night Football showdown on December 2, 1985, handed the previously-undefeated Chicago Bears their only defeat of the season. Several members of the 1972 Dolphins were in attendance at the game.

After rallying from a 21–3 third quarter deficit in the divisional playoffs to beat the Cleveland Browns 24–21, many people were looking forward to a rematch with Chicago in Super Bowl XX. The Cinderella New England Patriots, the Dolphins' opponents in the AFC Championship, had different plans. New England forced six turnovers on the way to a 31–14 win – the Patriots' first in Miami since 1966. The Patriots had lost 18 games in a row at the Orange Bowl. In 1969, the Boston Patriots had beaten the Dolphins at Tampa Stadium.

StandingsEdit

AFC East
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Miami Dolphins 1240.750428320
New York Jets 1150.688393264
New England Patriots 1150.688362290
Indianapolis Colts 5110.313320386
Buffalo Bills 2140.125200381

Player statsEdit

PassingEdit

Player Att Comp Yds TD INT Rating
Dan Marino 567 336 4137 30 21 84.1

PlayoffsEdit

AFC Divisional PlayoffEdit

Miami Dolphins 24, Cleveland Browns 21
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 7 7 0

21

Dolphins 3 0 14 7

24

at Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

AFC Championship GameEdit

New England Patriots 31, Miami Dolphins 14
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 3 14 7 7

31

Dolphins 0 7 0 7

14

at Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

In an upset, the Patriots converted 6 Dolphins turnovers into 24 points.

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Dan Marino, AFC Pro Bowl Selection
  • Mark Duper, Franchise Record, Most Receiving Yards in One Game, 217 yards on November 10.[2]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Numbelivable!, p.105, Michael X. Ferraro and John Veneziano, Triumph Books, Chicago, Illinois, 2007, ISBN 978-1-57243-990-0
  2. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 60
AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Buffalo Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Indianapolis Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit LA Rams
Miami Houston LA Raiders Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
1985 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XX

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