The 1972 Miami Dolphins will have the opportunity to officially pop the champagne on Monday for one more year after the undefeated streak in the NFL came to an end after surprising defeats of the two undefeated teams that lost their status during Week 6, the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles.
Don Shula’s 1972 Dolphins have a tradition of popping champagne
Don Shula’s Dolphins have been the only ones to win the Super Bowl while being undefeated in the regular season, after Philadelphia and San Francisco’s defeat, whoever lifts the Vince Lombardi Trophy next February will do so with at least one loss, and the living members of this mythical team have the tradition of getting together every time the last team loses its undefeated record, this time it happened quite early in the season.
San Francisco 49ers 17-19 Cleveland Browns
The first to lose for the first time in the campaign were the 49ers, who visited the Cleveland Browns in week 6 and despite the fact that quarterback Deshaun Watson did not play due to injury, the team led by quarterback Brock Purdy broke a streak of 15 consecutive victories (not counting playoffs) after a missed field goal of 41 yards with no time on the clock by Jake Moody, gave the victory to the locals by a score of 19-17, it was Purdy’s first defeat in regular schedule in his young career.
Philadelphia Eagles 14-20 New York Jets
Later, on Sunday, the reigning National Conference champions, the Eagles, visited the New York Jets and also took the surprising defeat, the team of the injured Aaron Rodgers, came from behind after being down 14-3 in the second quarter and with a great performance of their defense they defeated the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ in the second half to take the win 20-14.
The team that came closest to matching the 1972 Dolphins milestone was the 2007 New England Patriots, who went undefeated in the regular season but were surprisingly defeated by the New York Giants in the mythical Super Bowl XLII played at the now State Farm Stadium (then the University of Phoenix Stadium) in Glendale, Arizona.