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1979 Miami Dolphins season

1979 Miami Dolphins season
Head coach Don Shula
Home field Orange Bowl
Record 10–6
Division place 1st AFC East
Playoff finish Lost AFC Divisional Playoff to Pittsburgh 34–14
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The 1979 Miami Dolphins season was the 14th year of existence for the Miami Dolphins franchise. Although they finished at 10–6, one win fewer than the previous year, they were still able to win the AFC East Division outright. They ultimately lost in the division round of the NFL playoffs to the Pittsburgh Steelers.


NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School

Regular season


Game Date Opponent Result Dolphins points Opponents Record Attendance
1 Sept. 2 at Buffalo Bills Win 9 7 1–0
2 Sept. 9 Seattle Seahawks Win 19 10 2–0
3 Sept. 16 at Minnesota Vikings Win 27 12 3–0
4 Sept. 23 Chicago Bears Win 31 16 4–0
5 Sept. 30 at New York Jets Loss 27 33 4–1
6 Oct. 8 at Oakland Raiders Loss 3 13 4–2
7 Oct. 14 Buffalo Bills Win 17 7 5–2
8 Oct. 21 at New England Patriots Loss 13 28 5–3
9 Oct. 28 Green Bay Packers Win 27 7 6–3
10 Nov. 5 Houston Oilers Loss 6 9 6–4
11 Nov. 11 Baltimore Colts Win 19 0 7–4
12 Nov. 18 at Cleveland Browns Loss (OT) 24 30 7–5
13 Nov. 25 at Baltimore Colts Win 28 24 8–5
14 Nov. 29 New England Patriots Win 39 24 9–5
15 Dec. 9 at Detroit Lions Win 28 10 10–5
16 Dec. 15 New York Jets Loss 24 27 10–6



AFC Divisional Playoff (Sunday December 30, 1979): at Pittsburgh Steelers

1 2 34Total
Dolphins 0 0 7714
Steelers 20 0 7734

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Awards and honors

Larry Csonka returned to the Dolphins in 1979 for one last season before retiring, after leaving in 1975 for the World Football League and spending the next three seasons after with the New York Giants. He led the team with 837 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, in addition to one receiving touchdown. His return led to him being named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.


Notes and references

  • Miami Dolphins on Pro Football Reference
  • Miami Dolphins on

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