1984 Miami Dolphins season
Head coachDon Shula
Home fieldMiami Orange Bowl
Results
Record14–2
Division place1st AFC East
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (vs. Seahawks) 31–10
Won AFC Championship (vs. Steelers) 45–28
Lost Super Bowl XIX (vs. 49ers) 16–38
The Dolphins playing against the 49ers in Super Bowl XIX.
The Dolphins playing against the 49ers in Super Bowl XIX.

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.

The Dolphins won the 1984 AFC Championship, and appeared in Super Bowl XIX, where they lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 38–16. To date this is the last season the Dolphins appeared in the Super Bowl.[a]

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,[b] as they scored 513 points and finished 14–2, their best record since the undefeated season.

The year began on a somber note, as running back David Overstreet was killed in a traffic collision in June. The Dolphins wore helmet decals with the number 20 (his jersey number) in his memory during this season.

Offseason

Draft

Main article: 1984 NFL Draft

1984 Miami Dolphins draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 14 Jackie Shipp  ILB Oklahoma
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted free agents

1984 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Al Del Greco Kicker Auburn

Week 1 roster

Miami Dolphins roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

updated (({Date))}

49 active, 6 inactive, 0 practice squad, (({unsigned))} unsigned

AFC rostersNFC rosters

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 2 at Washington Redskins W 35–17 1–0 RFK Stadium 52,683
2 September 9 New England Patriots W 28–7 2–0 Miami Orange Bowl 66,083
3 September 17 at Buffalo Bills W 21–17 3–0 Rich Stadium 65,455
4 September 23 Indianapolis Colts W 44–7 4–0 Miami Orange Bowl 55,415
5 September 30 at St. Louis Cardinals W 36–28 5–0 Busch Memorial Stadium 46,991
6 October 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–7 6–0 Three Rivers Stadium 59,103
7 October 14 Houston Oilers W 28–10 7–0 Miami Orange Bowl 54,080
8 October 21 at New England Patriots W 44–24 8–0 Sullivan Stadium 60,711
9 October 28 Buffalo Bills W 38–7 9–0 Miami Orange Bowl 58,824
10 November 4 at New York Jets W 31–17 10–0 Giants Stadium 72,655
11 November 11 Philadelphia Eagles W 24–23 11–0 Miami Orange Bowl 70,227
12 November 18 at San Diego Chargers L 28–34 (OT) 11–1 Jack Murphy Stadium 53,041
13 November 26 New York Jets W 28–17 12–1 Miami Orange Bowl 74,884
14 December 2 Los Angeles Raiders L 34–45 12–2 Miami Orange Bowl 71,222
15 December 9 at Indianapolis Colts W 35–17 13–2 Hoosier Dome 60,411
16 December 17 Dallas Cowboys W 28–21 14–2 Miami Orange Bowl 74,139

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Season summary

Week 1

1 234Total
• Dolphins 7 7210 35
Redskins 0 1007 17

[1]

Dan Marino had one of the best passing days of his career, completing 21 of 28 passes for 311 yards with 5 TDs and no interceptions for a Passer Rating of 150.4. This game also marked the emergence of Jim "Crash" Jensen, who lined up as a receiver for the first time and caught 2 of Marino's TD passes. Until 2015, this was the Dolphins' last road win over the Redskins.

Week 2

1 234Total
Patriots 0 700 7
• Dolphins 0 7147 28

[2]

Dan Marino increased his two-game total of seven touchdown passes as he tossed a pair of scoring strikes to Mark Clayton within a 1:36 span in the third quarter to lead Miami to its 17th straight victory against the Patriots at The Orange Bowl. Miami intercepted four Steve Grogan passes. Mike Kozlowski returned one 26 yards, then laterred to William Judson who rambled the remaining 60 yards for a touchdown.

Week 3

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

[3]

Week 4

1 234Total
Colts 0 700 7
• Dolphins 7 16147 44

[4]

Week 5

1 234Total
• Dolphins 6 20010 36
Cardinals 0 1477 28

[5]

Week 6

1 234Total
• Dolphins 0 2137 31
Steelers 0 070 7

[6]

Week 7

1 234Total
Oilers 0 037 10
• Dolphins 0 7714 28
  • Date: October 14
  • Location: Orange Bowl
  • Referee: Dick Jorgensen
  • TV announcers (NBC): Gary Gerould, Dave Rowe

[7]

Week 8

1 234Total
• Dolphins 3 131414 44
Patriots 3 777 24
  • Date: October 21
  • Location: Sullivan Stadium
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers (NBC): Charlie Jones and Bob Griese

[8]

Week 9

1 234Total
Bills 0 007 7
• Dolphins 7 17014 38
  • Date: October 28
  • Location: Orange Bowl
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV announcers (NBC): Charlie Jones and Bob Griese

[9]

Week 10

1 234Total
• Dolphins 7 0717 31
Jets 7 307 17
  • Date: November 4
  • Location: Giants Stadium
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 49 °F; wind 13
  • Referee: Gordon McCarter
  • TV announcers (NBC): Charlie Jones and Bob Griese

[10]

Week 11

1 234Total
Eagles 14 036 23
• Dolphins 0 7710 24

[11]

Week 12

1 234OTTotal
Dolphins 0 21700 28
• Chargers 7 70146 34

[12]

Week 13

1 234Total
Jets 7 370 17
• Dolphins 0 14140 28

[13]

Week 14

1 234Total
• Raiders 7 10721 45
Dolphins 7 6147 34

[14]

Week 15

1 234Total
• Dolphins 7 01414 35
Colts 7 1000 17

[15]

Week 16

1 234Total
Cowboys 0 0714 21
• Dolphins 0 7714 28
  • Date: December 17
  • Location: Orange Bowl
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers (ABC): Frank Gifford, O. J. Simpson, Don Meredith

[16]

Playoffs

Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Venue Attendance
Divisional December 29 Seattle Seahawks (4) W 31–10 1–0 Miami Orange Bowl 73,469
AFC Championship January 6, 1985 Pittsburgh Steelers (3) W 45–28 2–0 Miami Orange Bowl 76,029
Super Bowl XIX January 20, 1985 N San Francisco 49ers (N1) L 16–38 2–1 Stanford Stadium 84,059

Standings

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Miami Dolphins(1) 14 2 0 .875 8–0 10–2 513 298 W2
New England Patriots 9 7 0 .563 6–2 9–3 362 352 W1
New York Jets 7 9 0 .438 3–5 7–7 332 364 L1
Indianapolis Colts 4 12 0 .250 2–6 4–8 239 414 L5
Buffalo Bills 2 14 0 .125 1–7 1–11 250 454 L2

Player stats

Passing

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

Postseason

Divisional

1 234Total
Seahawks 0 1000 10
• Dolphins 7 7143 31

[17]

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.

Conference Championship

1 234Total
Steelers 7 777 28
• Dolphins 7 17147 45

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

Main article: Super Bowl XIX

1 234Total
Dolphins 10 600 16
• 49ers 7 21100 38

[18]

Super Bowl XIX was played on January 20, 1985, and featured the San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins. The 49ers won their second Super Bowl, defeating the Dolphins 38–16. Dan Marino, the Dolphins quarterback passed for one touchdown and two interceptions, while Joe Montana, the 49ers quarterback passed for 3 touchdowns and rushed for another.

Awards and honors

Final roster

1984 Miami Dolphins final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics
49 active, 6 inactive, 0 practice squad

Notes

  1. ^ As of the 2020 season
  2. ^ as of 2015 season

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