The rivalry of Dolphins and Patriots is an American football rivalry between Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots of National Football League shortly known as NFL. The Miami Dolphins lead the all-time series by 56–53. Because both Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots are the members of the American Football Conference (AFC) East division, the two teams have been scheduled to play twice (home and away) every regular season since the year 1967.
While the rivalry of Dolphins and Patriotsis not as famous as some other rivalries at NFL, the rivalry has its own long history from dates back to the 1960. The beginning of the rivalry between these two NFL team was dominated by the Dolphins, as the time the Dolphins were one of the most successful teams of NFL, while the New England Patriots were one of the worst team. Finally, the Patriots made the victory of Super Bowl in 1985.
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Since 1986, when it was start, the rivalry was a little bit more even at that time, with the Pats having their 7-game winning streak from 1986 to 1988. After that, the Dolphins took over the rivalry of Dolphins and Patriots once again, they made their winning 13 of the next 15 matchups between the teams. Both Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots had great quarterbacks in the 1990s
with the New England Patriots having Drew Bledsoe and the Miami Dolphins with Dan Marino, both of whom appeared in at least one NFL Super Bowl; Marino of Dolphins in Super Bowl 19 and Bledsoe of Patriots in Super Bowl 31. The Miami Dolphins continued to dominate the rivalry over New England Patriots through the late 1990s with the Miami Dolphins sweeping the Patriots in back to back years, 1999 and 2000.
Miami Dolphins is one of four American Football team in the AFC with a winning overall record against New England Patriots (the others being the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs of NFL). Since 2003, the New England Patriots have dominated the rivalry towards them, but it is not as much as their rivalries with their two other opponents of AFC East. In the year 2004, one of the most famous and unforgettable moments in the rivalry happened where the Miami Dolphins, 2–11 at the time and upset the defending champion New England Patriots, whom were 12–1, in a game that has been very well known as “The Night That Courage Wore Orange”.
The rivalry between these two AFC team briefly intensified in 2005 when Nick Saban (whom previously served as defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns of NFL and coached by Bill Belichick at the time) was hired as the Miami Dolphins head coach and when he nearly signed with quarterback Drew Brees with the Miami Dolphins, as well as in 2008, when the Miami Dolphins became the only one team other than the New England Patriots since 2003 to win the division. In Week 3 of the aforementioned 2008 season of NFL, the Miami Dolphins used the Wildcat formation to throw the New England Patriots off and went on to upset them all, 38–13, snapping their 20-game in the regular season winning streak that dated back to December 10, 2006
which coincidentally, the New England Patriots were also beat by the Miami Dolphins. In the year 2018, the Miami Dolphins upset again the New England Patriots in Miami for the second year in a row, this time with a last-minute hook and lateral scoring play in and this incident is known as the “Miracle in Miami”.
Also the fact, which is notable, that the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots are the only NFL teams to post undefeated regular season records following the NFL-AFL merger. The 1972 Miami Dolphins finished with a 14–0 regular season record and went on to win Super Bowl 7, finishing the only complete, which is perfect,
Season in the history of NFL, while the 2007 New England Patriots were the first team to go undefeated in the regular season of NFL since the league expanded to 16 games, but famously lost the match of Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants. Additionally both New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins have had long-tenured coaches in Don Shula and Bill Belichick, respectively.