SUPER BOWL VIII Miami Dolphins 24, Minnesota Vikings 7 Rice Stadium, Houston, Texas January 13, 1974 Attendance: 68,142
Minnesota Vikings (NFC)
Miami Dolphins (AFC)
Riding the back of FB Larry Csonka (33 for 145 yards), Miami scored on its first two possessions of 62 and 56 yards.
The Miami Dolphins became the first team in history to appear in their third straight Super Bowl. They followed up their perfect season with a dominating performance against the Minnesota Vikings.
Riding the back of FB Larry Csonka (33 for 145 yards), Miami scored on its first two possessions of 62 and 56 yards, while the Minnesota was held to just seven plays in the first quarter. Csonka culminated a 10-play drive on the club's initial possession with a five-yard touchdown run after 5:27 had elapsed.
Following a quick defensive stop, the Dolphins began another 10-play drive with Jim Kiick scoring from one-yard out to close out he first-quarter scoring.
Garo Yepremian, the near goat in the '73 Super Bowl, gave the Dolphins a 17-0 advantage on a 28-yardfield goal. The Vikings made a valiant bid to get back into the game with just 1:18 remaining in the first half, moving from their own 20-yard line all the way to the Dolphins' seven. Miami's defense turned away a potential score, as they forced a fumble on its own goal line to halt the threat.Miami's running game was so good, Griese completed just 6-of-7 passes for 73 yards.