Super Bowl VII|Super Bowl IX

January 13, 1974

The Miami Dolphins became the NFL's first Super Bowl dynasty team, making their third consecutive appearance in the championship, and winning their second in a row by handily defeating the Minnesota Vikings, 24-7.

A powerful offensive, led by MVP running back Larry Csonka dominated the game, while the Miami defense limited Minnesota to just one touchdown very late in the game.

Csonka set a new record for the Super Bowl with 145 yards rushing. Miami coach Don Shula became the second head coach (after Vince Lombardi) to win two Super Bowls, while Minnesota coach Bud Grant became the second coach (after, ahem, Don Shula) to lose two.

Attendance for this game was 71,882. This was the only Super Bowl to ever be played in Houston.

Statistics (from www.superbowl.com}:

                  SCORING
Minnesota          0  0  0  7 --  7
Miami             14  3  7  0 -- 24
MIA- Csonka 5 run  (Yepremian kick),  5:27 1st
MIA- Kiick 1 run  (Yepremian kick), 13:38 1st
MIA- FG Yepremian 28,  8:58 2nd
MIA- Csonka 2 run  (Yepremian kick),  6:16 3rd
MIN- Tarkenton 4 run  (Cox kick),  1:35 4th

TEAM STATISTICS                 Minn.          Miami
Total First Downs                  14             21
  Rushing                           5             13
  Passing                           8              4
  Penalty                           1              4
Total Net Yardage                 238            259
Total Offensive Plays              54             61
  Average Gain per Offensive Play 4.4            4.2
Rushes                             24             53
  Yards Gained Rushing (Net)       72            196
  Average Yards per Rush          3.0            3.7
Passes Attempted                   28              7
  Passes Completed                 18              6
  Had Intercepted                   1              0
  Tackled Attempting to Pass        2              1
  Yards Lost Attempting to Pass    16             10
  Yards Gained Passing (Net)      166             63
Punts                               5              3
  Average Distance               42.2           39.7
Punt Returns                        0              3
  Punt Return Yardage               0             20
Kickoff Returns                     4              2
  Kickoff Return Yardage           69             47
Interception Return Yardage         0             10
Fumbles                             2              1
  Own Fumbles Recovered             1              1
  Opponent Fumbles Recovered        0              1
Penalties                           7              1
  Yards Penalized                  65              4
Total Points Scored                 7             24
Touchdowns                          1              3
  Rushing                           1              3
  Passing                           0              0
  Returns                           0              0
Extra Points                        1              3
Field Goals                         0              1
  Field Goals Attempted             0              1
Safeties                            0              0
Third-Down Efficiency            8/15           4/11
Fourth-Down Efficiency            0/1            1/1
Time of Possession              26:15          33:45

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing
Minnesota                 No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Reed                      11        32       9     0
Foreman                    7        18       5     0
Tarkenton                  4        17       8     1
Marinaro                   1         3       3     0
B. Brown                   1         2       2     0

Miami                     No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Csonka                    33       145      16     2
Morris                    11        34      14     0
Kiick                      7        10       5     1
Griese                     2         7       5     0


Passing
Minnesota            Att.   Comp.    Yds.   TD   Int.
Tarkenton             28      18     182     0     1

Miami                Att.   Comp.    Yds.   TD   Int.
Griese                 7       6      73     0     0


Receiving
Minnesota                 No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Foreman                    5        27      10     0
Gilliam                    4        44      30     0
Voigt                      3        46      17     0
Marinaro                   2        39      27     0
B. Brown                   1         9       9     0
Kingsriter                 1         9       9     0
Lash                       1         9       9     0
Reed                       1        -1       1     0

Miami                     No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Warfield                   2        33      27     0
Mandich                    2        21      13     0
Briscoe                    2        19      13     0


Interceptions
Minnesota                 No.      Yds.     LG    TD
None                      --        --      --    --

Miami                     No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Johnson                    1        10      10     0


Punting
Minnesota                 No.      Avg.     LG   Blk.
Eischeid                   5        42.2    48     0

Miami                     No.      Avg.     LG   Blk.
Seiple                     3        39.7    57     0


Punt Returns
Minnesota                No.   FC     Yds.   LG   TD
Bryant                    0     1       0    **    0

Miami                    No.   FC     Yds.   LG   TD
Scott                     3     1      20    12    0


Kickoff Returns
Minnesota                 No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Gilliam                    2        41      21     0
West                       2        28      15     0

Miami                     No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Scott                      2        47      31     0



Minnesota Vikings           Miami Dolphins          
               ==  Offense  ==                     
Tingelhoff, Mick     C    Langer, Jim             C 
Gallagher, Frank     G    Kuechenberg, Bob        G 
White, Ed            G    Little, Larry           G 
Alderman, Grady      T    Evans, Norm             T 
Yary, Ron            T    Moore, Wayne            T 
Voigt, Stu           TE   Mandich, Jim            TE
Dale, Carroll        WR   Briscoe, Marlin         WR
Gilliam, John        WR   Warfield, Paul          WR
Foreman, Chuck       RB   Csonka, Larry           RB
Reed, Oscar          RB   Morris, Mercury         RB
Tarkenton, Fran      QB   Griese, Bob             QB
                   ==  Defense  ==                      
Larsen, Gary         DT   Fernandez, Manny        DT 
Page, Alan           DT   Heinz, Bob              DT 
Eller, Carl          DE   Den Herder, Vern        DE 
Marshall, Jim        DE   Stanfill, Bill          DE 
Hilgenberg, Wally   OLB  Kolen, Mike             OLB
Winston, Roy        OLB  Swift, Douglas          OLB
Siemon, Jeff        MLB  Buoniconti, Nick        MLB
Bryant, Bobby        CB   Johnson, Curtis         CB 
Wright, Nate         CB   Mumphord, Lloyd         CB 
Krause, Paul         FS   Scott, Jake             FS 
Wright, Jeff         SS   Anderson, Dick          SS 

                  ==  Substitute  ==                    
Brown, Terry                 Babb, Charlie              
Brown, Bill                  Ball, Larry                
Cox, Fred                    Bannon, Bruce              
Eischeid, Mike               Crusan, Doug               
Goodrum, Charlie             Fleming, Marv              
Kingsriter, Doug             Foley, Tim                 
Lash, Jim                    Goode, Irv                 
Lurtsema, Bob                Kiick, Jim                 
Marinaro, Ed                 Matheson, Bob              
Martin, Amos                 Moore, Maulty              
Osborn, Dave                 Morrall, Earl              
Porter, Ron                  Newman, Ed                 
Sutherland, Doug             Nottingham, Don            
West, Charlie                Seiple, Larry              
                             Stuckey, Henry             
                             Twilley, Howard            
                             Yepremian, Garo            

                  ==  Did Not Play  ==                   
Ballman, Gary                Sellers, Ron               
Berry, Bob                 
Lawson, Steve              
Zaunbrecher, Godfrey       

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