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1984 Miami Dolphins season


1984 Miami Dolphins season

The 1984 Miami Dolphins season was the team's 19th season, and 15th in the National Football League. It was also the 15th season with the team for head coach Don Shula. The Dolphins sought to build on a spectacular 1983 season where they went 12–4 with rookie quarterback Dan Marino, only to be upended by the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs.

The Dolphins won the 1984 AFC Championship, and appeared in Super Bowl XIX, where they lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 38-16. This is the last season the Dolphins appeared in the Super Bowl.[1]

1984 Miami Dolphins season
Head coach Don Shula
Home field Miami Orange Bowl
Record 14–2
Division place 1st AFC East
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Seahawks) 31–10

Won Conference Championship Playoffs (Steelers) 45–28

Lost Super Bowl XIX (49ers) 16–38

Previous season      Next season
< 1983      1985 >

Second year quarterback Dan Marino's passing ability became the focal point of Miami's offense and in 1984 he exploded to set league records with 5,084 passing yards and 48 touchdowns. Marino's touchdown record was broken by Peyton Manning twenty years later and the yardage record was broken by Drew Brees twenty-seven years later. The Dolphins attempted early on to make a run at a perfect season twelve years after pulling off the feat, as they won their first eleven games but were upended in overtime by the San Diego Chargers. The Dolphins scored more than 500 points for the first and to date only time in their history,[2] as they scored 513 points and finished 14–2, their best record since the undefeated season.


NFL Draft

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
14 Miami Dolphins Jackie Shipp Inside Linebacker University of Oklahoma

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1984 at Washington Redskins W 35–17
2 September 9, 1984 New England Patriots W 28–7
3 September 17, 1984 at Buffalo Bills W 21–17
4 September 23, 1984 Indianapolis Colts W 44–7
5 September 30, 1984 at St. Louis Cardinals W 36–28
6 October 7, 1984 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–7
7 October 14, 1984 Houston Oilers W 28–10
8 October 21, 1984 at New England Patriots W 44–24
9 October 28, 1984 Buffalo Bills W 38–7
10 November 4, 1984 at New York Jets W 31–17
11 November 11, 1984 Philadelphia Eagles W 24–23
12 November 18, 1984 at San Diego Chargers L 28–34
13 November 26, 1984 New York Jets W 28–17
14 December 2, 1984 Los Angeles Raiders L 34–45
15 December 9, 1984 at Indianapolis Colts W 35–17
16 December 17, 1984 Dallas Cowboys W 28–21

Season summary

Week 4

1 234Total
• Dolphins 7 770 21
Bills 0 377 17


Week 10

1 234Total
• Dolphins 7 0717 31
Jets 7 307 17




Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional December 29, 1984 Seattle Seahawks W 31–10
Conference Championship January 6, 1985 Pittsburgh Steelers W 45–28
Super Bowl January 20, 1985 N San Francisco 49ers L 16–38


Player stats


Player Att Comp Yds TD INT Rating
Dan Marino 564 362 5084 48 17 108.9


AFC Divisional Playoff

A year after being upended in the playoffs by the Seattle Seahawks the Dolphins routed Seattle 31–10. Dan Marino threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns despite being intercepted twice by Seahawks defensive back John Harris. The Dolphins rushed for 143 yards and a Tony Nathan rushing score as well.

AFC Championship Game

Miami Dolphins 45, Pittsburgh Steelers 28
1 2 34Total
Steelers 7 7 7728
Dolphins 7 17 14745

at Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

In a shootout, quarterback Dan Marino led the Dolphins to a victory by throwing for 421 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Steelers quarterback Mark Malone recorded 312 yards and 3 touchdowns, but was intercepted three times.

Super Bowl XIX

Scoring summary

  • MIA – FG: Uwe von Schamann 37 yards 3–0 MIA
  • SF – TD: Carl Monroe 33-yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick) 7–3 SF
  • MIA – TD: Dan Johnson 2-yard pass from Dan Marino (Uwe von Schamann kick) 10–7 MIA
  • SF – TD: Roger Craig 8-yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick) 14–10 SF
  • SF – TD: Joe Montana 6-yard run (Ray Wersching kick) 21–10 SF
  • SF – TD: Roger Craig 2-yard run (Ray Wersching kick) 28–10 SF
  • MIA – FG: Uwe von Schamann 31 yards 28–13 SF
  • MIA – FG: Uwe von Schamann 30 yards 28–16 SF
  • SF – FG: Ray Wersching 27 yards 31–16 SF
  • SF – TD: Roger Craig 16-yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick) 38–16 SF

Awards and honors

Notes and references

  • Miami Dolphins on Pro Football Reference
  • Miami Dolphins on

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