Seemingly every year in pro football, or at least every few years, a couple of teams that meet each other in the regular season, will then go on to meet each other again in the playoffs. In 1973, that occurrence happened three times in the NFL postseason. This first of three segments to this story begins with the incumbent world champions at the beginning of the 1973 season, the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins were fresh off of their historic perfect season from the previous year, and all the talk around the league wondered just how long Miami would keep their winning streak going. As it turned out, in the second week of the 1973 season, the Dolphins discovered the answer to that question.
The Oakland Raiders upended Miami, 12-7, thanks to the placekicking of old pro George Blanda, who booted four field goals for Oakland’s points. The Raiders defense did yeoman’s work on this day, limiting the Dolphins to just 105 total rushing yards on 24 carries. They also limited Miami quarterback Bob Griese to just 90 total passing yards......................
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PIGSKIN PAST BACKGROUND
PIgskin Past is a podcast dedicated to teaching fans about the history of the NFL during the 1970s, a time when the host (Joe Zagorski) grew up as a rabid fan of the game. Joe is also an author of multiple NFL books. See Joe's books below.