Countdown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s: #14 Super Bowl VII
#14 Super Bowl VII: Miami Dolphins vs. Washington Redskins
Miami Dolphins – 14
Washington Redskins – 7
Los Angeles, California
January 14, 1973
MVP: Jake Scott, S, Miami
Key Play: Redskins blocked the Dolphins 4th quarter field goal attempt and returned it for a touchdown (known as “Garo’s Gaffe”) to reduce the Dolphins lead to one possession.
Number 14 on our Countdown of the Greatest Super Bowl’s list is Super Bowl 7 between the undefeated Miami Dolphins and the Washington Redskins. The Dolphins defeated the Redskins 14-7 in the lowest scoring Super Bowl to date. The Dolphins remain the only team in NFL history to have a perfect season.
Dolphins safety, Jake Scott, was named the Super Bowl MVP, after he intercepted two passes. The Dolphins now legendary “No Name Defense” dominated the Redskins offense. The Dolphins forced three interceptions and held the Redskins to just 228 yards of total offense. Dolphins defensive tackle Manny Fernandez had one of the most dominating games by a defensive tackle in Super Bowl history with 17 tackles.
The Dolphins led 14-0 when in the fourth quarter they attempted a 41-yard field goal to go up 17-0. Kicker Garo Yepremian’s field goal was blocked by the Redskins and when Yepremian attempted to pick up the ball and throw it instead of just covering it, the Redskins picked off the throw and returned it for a touchdown. This made the game 14-7 with just over two minutes to play. This play later became known as “Garro’s Gaffe”.
Super Bowl VII made #14 on Surgex Sports’ Countdown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s because of it’s historical significance. Super Bowl VII featured the only team to ever complete a perfect season. The game also featured some late game suspense due to the blocked field goal by the Redskins.