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1972 DOLPHINS-2007 PATRIOTS ZOOM GALLERIES

DOLPHINS-PATRIOTS COMPARISONS

Category '72 Dolphins '07 Patriots
Opponents' record 70-108-4 120-136
Record vs. winning teams 2-0 7-0
Points scored/allowed 385/171 589/274
Passing yards/TDs 2,235/17 4,731/50
Rushing yards/TDs 2,960/26 1,849/17
Offensive ranking 1 1
Defensive ranking 1 4
Patriots stats are for 16 regular-season games

THE PERFECT SEASONS

With their Week 17 win over the Giants, the Patriots became the first team since the '72 Dolphins to go undefeated in the regular season. A breakdown of their perfect seasons:

1972 Dolphins Game 2007 Patriots
Dolphins 20, Chiefs 10 1 Patriots 38, Jets 14
Dolphins 34, Oilers 13 2 Patriots 38, Chargers 14
Dolphins 16, Vikings 14 3 Patriots 38, Bills 7
Dolphins 27, Jets 17 4 Patriots 34, Bengals 13
Dolphins 24, Chargers 10 5 Patriots 34, Browns 17
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THE ROSTERS

Pos. 1972 Dolphins* Pos. 2007 Patriots**
Offense
QB Bob Griese QB Tom Brady
RB Larry Csonka RB Laurence Maroney
RB Jim Kiick
Defense
DT Bob Heinz NT Vince Wilfork
DT Manny Fernandez DE Ty Warren
DE Bill Stanfill DE Richard Seymour
*-Super Bowl VII lineup **-Team depth chart
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Featured Comment

Any true fan of the game has to feel just a bit disappointed having missed out on a chance to witness history.


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New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14