Even with the undefeated season there was still work to do if they wanted to redeem themselves from the Super Bowl loss one year earlier. Leading up to the big game they had two hurdles in front of them. The first hurdle was the Cleveland Browns in the AFC divisional round. The Dolphins just got by the Browns after scoring late in the fourth quarter gave them a 20-14 lead, they held on and were on the way to the AFC Championship game. The next hurdle was the Pittsburgh Steelers and it was another closely fought battle that would see Bob Griese return to the Dolphins lineup for the first time since week 5. Griese and his teammates proved to be the better team that day as they went onto win 21-17, punching their ticket to the Super Bowl.
I have always heard the stories about the guys from that '72 team getting together and raising a glass after the last undefeated NFL team loses a game. Some of those stories might be slightly exaggerated but if they do I don't blame them a bit. In 2007, the New England Patriots came close to being in the same class as those '72 Dolphins after they completed a 16-0 regular season they advanced all the way to the Super Bowl before being knocked out by the New York Giants. By no means am I taking away anything from that unbelievable season for New England but there is only one truly undefeated team in the history of the NFL and they sealed their place in history on this day.
This is a great highlight reel:
Here is a link to Yepremian's play it would become known as "Garo's gaffe":