The Miami Dolphins finished the 2016 NFL season with a record of 10 and 6. The Dolphins made the NFL Playoffs, however, lost in the Wild Card Game to the Pittsburgh Steelers. They finished 2nd in the AFC East. The Dolphins are looking to improve on that playoff record for the 2017-18 NFL season.
Founded in 1966, 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.