Founded in 9166, the Miami Dolphins are a professional football franchise based in the Miami Gardens, FL. The Dolphins compete in the National Football League (NFL) in the AFC East division against rivals New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, and New York Jets. The Dolphins play their home games at Hard Rock Stadium in front of 65,000 football fans. The Dolphins and the Atlanta Falcons (who also began play in 1966) are the oldest NFL franchises in the Deep South, and Miami is the oldest AFC team in that region. The team made its first Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl VI, but lost to the Dallas Cowboys, 24–3. The following year, the Dolphins completed the NFL’s only perfect season culminating in a Super Bowl win, winning all 14 of their regular-season games, both of their NFL playoff games, and Super Bowl VII. The 1972 Dolphins were the third NFL team to accomplish a perfect regular season, and won Super Bowl VIII, becoming the first team to appear in three consecutive Super Bowls, and the second team (the first AFL/AFC team) to win back-to-back championships. For most of their early history, the Dolphins were coached by Don Shula, the most successful head coach in professional football history in terms of total games won.
Founded in 1996, the Baltimore Ravens are a professional football team based in Baltimore, MD. The Ravens compete in the National Football League (NFL) in the AFC North division against rivals Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Cleveland Browns. The team plays its home games at M&T Bank Stadium in front of 71,000 football fans. The Ravens were established in 1996, when Art Modell, who was then the owner of the Cleveland Browns, announced plans to relocate the franchise from Cleveland to Baltimore. As part of a settlement between the league and the city of Cleveland, Modell was required to leave the Browns’ history and records in Cleveland. With a record-breaking defensive unit in their 2000 season, the team established a reputation for relying on strong defensive play, led by players like middle linebacker Ray Lewis, who, until his retirement, was considered the “face of the franchise.”