The Miami Dolphins will face the Seattle Seahawks later today in a continuation of the once-ever-four-year scheduling of the NFL for AFC versus NFC opponents. The Dolphins have won the last two contests between the clubs, and hold an 8-3 advantage all time in the regular season. Miami’s last loss to the Seahawks came in 2004, which was also the last time the Dolphins played in Seattle.
The two teams do not have much of a history of playing against each other, but we take a look back this morning at some of the contests between the two franchises:
Dolphins at Seahawks
2004, Week 11
That 2004 contest included three first quarter scoring drives between the two teams. The opening possession of the game had Seattle drive down the field on Miami, with quarterback Trent Dilfer finding wide receiver Jerry Rice for the touchdown. Miami answered five minutes later with a run from quarterback A.J. Feeley, before Seattle scored on a field goal just before the end of the first period.
Seattle again found the endzone during the second quarter, this time on a Shaun Alexander run, taking a 17-7 lead into halftime. The Dolphins closed the gap in the third quarter, with Feeley connecting with wide receiver Chris Chambers for a touchdown. Miami’s Olindo Mare would then tie the game at 17 on a field goal with just 2:20 remaining in the game. The Seahawks would go on to win the game, however, on a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown from Michael Boulware.
Final: 24-17 Seattle.
Seahawks at Dolphins
2012, Week 12
The last time the two franchises met, they both were starting rookie quarterbacks, Seattle with Russell Wilson and Miami with Ryan Tannehill. A scoreless first quarter included a combined six punts - with the seventh coming on the first play of the second period - and a Tannehill interception. The second quarter featured touchdowns from both teams, with Miami starting the scoring on a Reggie Bush touchdown run from 21-yards out, then Seattle answering just 29 seconds before halftime with a Wilson to Anthony McCoy three-yard touchdown pass.
Seattle took the lead in the third quarter on a Wilson to Michael Robinson four-yard pass, the only score of the period. Miami was able to tie the score at 14 on a Daniel Thomas three-yard run, only to have Seattle regain the lead on a 98-yard kickoff return for a score. The Dolphins would answer on a 29-yard touchdown thrown from Tannehill to Charles Clay for a touchdown and a 21-21 tie. After forcing a punt, the Dolphins moved from their own 10-yard line to the Seattle 25-yard line, where Dan Carpenter connected on the game winning 43-yard field goal as time expired.
This is also the game in which, you will probably remember, the sprinklers at the stadium came on in the middle of the game.
Final: 24-21 Miami.
Dolphins at Seahawks
1977, Week 6
The first meeting between the teams came in the first year of the Seahawks moving to the AFC, after one season in the NFC as an expansion franchise. Miami entered the game 4-1 on the season, with the Seahawks an opposite 1-4, and the game played out about the way the records suggested it should.
Seattle actually scored first on a field goal from John Leypoldt in the first quarter. Miami would then take charge in the second period, putting up 24 points, while Seattle managed a touchdown. The first score from Miami came on a 12-yard pass from Bob Griese to Nat Moore, then was followed by a 1-yard run from Don Nottingham. Seattle’s touchdown came on a 13-yard pass from Steve Myer to Steve Largent, with Miami then adding a 4-yard touchdown catch from Moore then a 29-yard field goal from Garo Yepremian. Miami led 24-10 at the half.
The third period went without a score before Seattle connected on a 41-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Miami added another Nottingham rushing touchdown following that to extend the lead, and, ultimately, move to 5-1 on the year. Griese was 11-for-18 for 105 yard with two touchdowns and a pick, while Myer was 17-for-32 for 160 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions for Seattle.
Final score: 31-13 Miami.