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1995 Miami Dolphins season
Head coach Don Shula
Home field Joe Robbie Stadium
Results
Record 9-7
Place 3rd AFC East
Playoff finish Lost AFC Wild Card Game
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1994 1996

Contents

Offseason

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NFL Draft

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
25 Miami Dolphins Billy Milner Tackle Houston

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 3, 1995 New York Jets W 52-14
2 September 10, 1995 at New England Patriots W 20-3
3 September 18, 1995 Pittsburgh Steelers W 23-10
4 Bye
5 October 1, 1995 at Cincinnati Bengals W 26-23
6 October 8, 1995 Indianapolis Colts L 27-24
7 October 15, 1995 at New Orleans Saints L 33-30
8 October 22, 1995 at New York Jets L 17-16
9 October 29, 1995 Buffalo Bills W 23-6
10 November 6, 1995 at San Diego Chargers W 24-14
11 November 12, 1995 New England Patriots L 34-17
12 November 20, 1995 San Francisco 49ers L 44-20
13 November 26, 1995 at Indianapolis Colts L 36-28
14 December 3, 1995 Atlanta Falcons W 21-20
15 December 11, 1995 Kansas City Chiefs W 13-6
16 December 17, 1995 at Buffalo Bills L 23-20
17 December 24, 1995 at St. Louis Rams W 41-22

Standings

AFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Buffalo Bills 10 6 0 .625 350 335
Indianapolis Colts 9 7 0 .563 331 316
Miami Dolphins 9 7 0 .563 398 332
New England Patriots 6 10 0 .375 294 377
New York Jets 3 13 0 .188 233 384

Don Shula's retirement

Don Shula retired at the end of the 1995 season ending one of the greatest coaching legacies in NFL history. He set numerous records in his 33 seasons as a head coach. He is first in most games coached (526), most consecutive seasons coached (33), and Super Bowl Appearances - six, appearing once with the Baltimore Colts and five times with the Miami Dolphins. Shula had a 2-4 record in his six superbowl appearances.

Shula was the head coach of arguably the greatest team in NFL history - the 1972 Miami Dolphins, who finished a perfect 17-0 and won the 1973 Superbowl 14-7 over the Washington Redskins. Shula's 1973 team repeated as NFL champions, winning the 1974 Superbowl over the Minnesota Vikings. The following season the Dolphins seemed destined to win a third title in three years, but the Dolphins fell to the Oakland Raiders in a AFC divisional playoff game in one of the greatest games ever played, 28-26. Kenny Stabler completed a game winning desperation pass to his running back Clarence Davis in the games final moments - and in doing so ended Miami's mini dynasty. The Dolphins team was decimated the following season by the creation of the now defunct World Football League and the loss of three of its star players - Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick, and Paul Warfield to the rival league. The Dolphin franchise has never been able to duplicate the success of those magical four years between 1971-74.

Shula's teams won seven NFL conference titles: 1964, 1968, 1971-73, 1982 and 1984. Shula's teams were consistently among the least penalized in the NFL, and Shula served on the Rules Committee, to help change the game to a more pass oriented league.

He is honored at the Don Shula Stadium at John Carroll University, and the Don Shula Expressway in Miami. Additionally, an annual college football game between South Florida schools Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University is named the Shula Bowl in his honor. The game's winner receives a traveling trophy named the Don Shula Award.

Playoffs

AFC Wild Card Game

  • Buffalo Bills 37, Miami Dolphins 22
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 0 0 22 22
Bills 10 14 3 10 37

at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Although Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino completed 33 out of 64 passes for 422 yards, the Bills jumped to a 27-0 lead going into the fourth quarter, and rushed for an NFL playoff record 341 yards.

Awards and honors

  • Dan Marino, AFC Pro Bowl Selection
  • Dan Marino, All-Pro Selection

Notes and references

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Buffalo Cincinnati Denver Arizona Chicago Atlanta
Indianapolis Cleveland Kansas City Dallas Detroit Carolina
Miami Houston Oakland NY Giants Green Bay New Orleans
New England Jacksonville San Diego Philadelphia Minnesota St. Louis
NY Jets Pittsburgh Seattle Washington Tampa Bay San Francisco
1995 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XXX

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