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1976 Miami Dolphins season


1976 Miami Dolphins season

1976 Miami Dolphins season
Head coach Don Shula
Home field Orange Bowl
Record 6–8
Division place 3rd AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
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< 1975      1977 >

The 1976 Miami Dolphins season was the team's 11th as a member of the National Football League. The Dolphins failed to improve on their previous season's output of 10–4, winning only six games.[1] One of these wins came over their new in-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – who proceeded to lose all 14 games that year. The 6-8 finish marked the first losing record of head coach Don Shula's career.


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 13, 1976 at Buffalo Bills W 30–21
2 September 19, 1976 at New England Patriots L 30–14
3 September 26, 1976 New York Jets W 16–0
4 October 3, 1976 Los Angeles Rams L 31–28
5 October 10, 1976 at Baltimore Colts L 28–14
6 October 17, 1976 Kansas City Chiefs L 20–17
7 October 24, 1976 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23–20
8 October 31, 1976 New England Patriots W 10–3
9 November 7, 1976 at New York Jets W 27–7
10 November 14, 1976 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 14–3
11 November 22, 1976 Baltimore Colts L 17–16
12 November 28, 1976 at Cleveland Browns L 17–13
13 December 5, 1976 Buffalo Bills W 45–27
14 December 11, 1976 Minnesota Vikings L 29–7



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