1981 Miami Dolphins season

1981 Miami Dolphins season
Head coach Don Shula
Home field Miami Orange Bowl
Results
Record 11–4–1
Division place 1st AFC East
Playoff finish Lost Divisional Round
Timeline
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< 1980      1982 >

Offseason

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School
1

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6, 1981 at St. Louis Cardinals W 20–7
50,351
2 September 10, 1981 Pittsburgh Steelers W 30–10
75,059
3 September 20, 1981 at Houston Oilers W 16–10
47,379
4 September 27, 1981 at Baltimore Colts W 31–28
41,630
5 October 4, 1981 New York Jets T 28–28
68,723
6 October 12, 1981 at Buffalo Bills L 31–21
78,576
7 October 18, 1981 Washington Redskins W 13–10
47,367
8 October 25, 1981 at Dallas Cowboys L 28–27
64,221
9 November 1, 1981 Baltimore Colts W 27–10
46,061
10 November 8, 1981 at New England Patriots W 30–27
60,436
11 November 15, 1981 Oakland Raiders L 33–17
61,777
12 November 22, 1981 at New York Jets L 16–15
59,962
13 November 30, 1981 Philadelphia Eagles W 13–10
67,797
14 December 6, 1981 New England Patriots W 24–14
50,421
15 December 13, 1981 at Kansas City Chiefs W 17–7
57,407
16 December 19, 1981 Buffalo Bills W 16–6
72,956

Season summary

The Dolphins won the AFC East title behind second-year quarterback David Woodley and a running attack that managed 2,173 yards and 18 touchdowns. In their eight divisional games they swept the Colts and Patriots but split with Buffalo and went winless against a resurgent Jets squad; they tied the Jets 28-28 at Miami then lost at Shea Stadium 16-15. They won their last four games of the season to finish 11-4-1.

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional January 2, 1982 San Diego Chargers L 41–38
73,735

The Dolphins returned to the playoffs after a one year absence, hosting the "Air Coryell" Chargers in one of the greatest playoff games in NFL history.

Standings

Roster

Awards and honors

Milestones

Notes and references

  • Miami Dolphins on Pro Football Reference
  • Miami Dolphins on jt-sw.com