List of Miami Dolphins seasons


List of Miami Dolphins seasons

This is a list of seasons completed by the Miami Dolphins American football franchise of the National Football League (NFL). The list documents the season-by-season records of the Dolphins' franchise from 1966 to present, including postseason records, and league awards for individual players or head coaches.

Although the Miami Dolphins were not successful before joining the NFL, from 1970 when they played their first season after the NFL-AFL merger until 2001 they were one of the most successful teams in the league, playing in the postseason on 22 occasions over those 32 years and winning 335 and tieing two of 528 games for an overall win percentage of 63.6. Early in this period the Dolphins won their only two Super Bowls in consecutive seasons, in the process achieving the only modern-day perfect season in any major professional sports league during only their third year in the NFL. Much of this success was orchestrated by coach Don Shula who joined the team in 1970 and stayed with them until his retirement in 1995.

After Shula retired in 1995, the Dolphins remained a force for six years under successors Jimmy Johnson and Dave Wannstedt, but since 2002 and especially since 2004 have fallen on harder times, only once reaching the playoffs in the past ten seasons. In 2007, they nearly suffered an anti-perfect season, winning only one game in overtime.


  • Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. Italicized numbers mean that the records are subject to change each week due to regular season or postseason games being played.
Super Bowl Champions (1970–present) Conference Champions Division Champions Wild Card Berth One-Game Playoff Berth
Season Team League Conference Division Regular Season Post Season Results Awards
Finish Wins Losses Ties
1966 1966 AFL Eastern 5th 3 11 0
1967 1967 AFL Eastern 4th 4 10 0
1968 1968 AFL Eastern 3rd 5 8 1
1969 1969 AFL Eastern 5th 3 10 1
1970 1970 NFL AFC East 2nd 10 4 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 21-14
1971 1971 NFL AFC East 1st 10 3 1 Won Divisional Playoffs (Chiefs) 27-24
Won AFC Championship (Colts) 21-0
Lost Super Bowl VI (Cowboys) 24-3
1972 1972 NFL AFC East 1st 14 0 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Browns) 20-14
Won AFC Championship (Steelers) 21-17
Won Super Bowl VII (Redskins) 14-7
Coach of the Year - Don Shula
Super Bowl MVP - Jake Scott
1973 1973 NFL AFC East 1st 12 2 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Bengals) 34-16
Won AFC Championship (Raiders) 27-10
Won Super Bowl VIII (Vikings) 24-7
Defensive POY - Dick Anderson
Super Bowl MVP - Larry Csonka
1974 1974 NFL AFC East 1st 11 3 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 28-26
1975 1975 NFL AFC East 2nd 10 4 0
1976 1976 NFL AFC East 3rd 6 8 0
1977 1977 NFL AFC East 2nd 10 4 0 Defensive Rookie of the Year - A.J. Duhe
1978 1978 NFL AFC East 2nd 11 5 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Oilers) 17-9
1979 1979 NFL AFC East 1st 10 6 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 34-14
1980 1980 NFL AFC East 3rd 8 8 0
1981 1981 NFL AFC East 1st 11 4 1 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Chargers) 41-38
1982 1982 NFL AFC 2nd1 7 2 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Patriots) 28-13
Won Divisional Playoffs (Chargers) 34-13
Won AFC Championship (Jets) 14-0
Lost Super Bowl XVII (Redskins) 27-17
1983 1983 NFL AFC East 1st 12 4 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Seahawks) 27-20 Defensive POY - Doug Betters
1984 1984 NFL AFC East 1st 14 2 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Seahawks) 31-10
Won AFC Championship (Steelers) 45-28
Lost Super Bowl XIX (49ers) 38-16
MVP - Dan Marino
Offensive POY - Dan Marino
1985 1985 NFL AFC East 1st 12 4 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Browns) 24-21
Lost AFC Championship (Patriots) 31-14
1986 1986 NFL AFC East 3rd 8 8 0
1987 1987 NFL AFC East 3rd 8 7 0
1988 1988 NFL AFC East 5th 6 10 0
1989 1989 NFL AFC East 3rd 8 8 0
1990 1990 NFL AFC East 2nd 12 4 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Chiefs) 17-16
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Bills) 44-34
1991 1991 NFL AFC East 3rd 8 8 0
1992 1992 NFL AFC East 1st 11 5 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Chargers) 31-0
Lost AFC Championship (Bills) 29-10
1993 1993 NFL AFC East 2nd 9 7 0
1994 1994 NFL AFC East 1st 10 6 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Chiefs) 27-17
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Chargers) 22-21
Defensive Rookie of the Year - Tim Bowens
Comeback POY - Dan Marino
1995 1995 NFL AFC East 3rd 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Bills) 37-22
1996 1996 NFL AFC East 4th 8 8 0
1997 1997 NFL AFC East 2nd 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Patriots) 17-3
1998 1998 NFL AFC East 2nd 10 6 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Bills) 24-17
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 38-3
Walter Payton Man of the Year - Dan Marino
1999 1999 NFL AFC East 3rd 9 7 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Seahawks) 20-17
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Jaguars) 62-7
2000 2000 NFL AFC East 1st 11 5 0 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Colts) 23-17
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 27-0
2001 2001 NFL AFC East 2nd 11 5 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Ravens) 20-3
2002 2002 NFL AFC East 3rd 9 7 0
2003 2003 NFL AFC East 2nd 10 6 0
2004 2004 NFL AFC East 4th 4 12 0
2005 2005 NFL AFC East 2nd 9 7 0
2006 2006 NFL AFC East 4th 6 10 0 Defensive POY - Jason Taylor
2007 2007 NFL AFC East 4th 1 15 0
2008 2008 NFL AFC East 1st 11 5 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Ravens) 27-9
2009 2009 NFL AFC East 3rd 7 9 0
2010 2010 NFL AFC East 3rd 7 9 0
2011 2011 NFL AFC East - 0 7 0
Total 394 290 4 (1966–2010, includes only regular season)
20 20 0 (1966–2010, includes only playoffs)
414 310 4 (1966–2010, includes both regular season and playoffs; 2 NFL Championships)

1 Due to a strike-shortened season in 1982, all teams were ranked by conference instead of division.

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