Welcome to Marino Mondays!
Over the next few months, I’m going to be searching the internet looking for some of the GOAT’s best performances throughout his Hall of Fame career. And although the end result might not always be a Miami Dolphins’ victory, I assure you Marino will look damn good throwing the football. These videos will showcase Marino’s rocket arm. They will show off his ability to move effortlessly around in the pocket. You will have a chance to see his lightning quick release and pinpoint accuracy. Most of all, you will get to relive your childhood, and what made most of us fall in love with the Miami Dolphins.
Without further ado, the second installment in the Marino Monday series.
Dan Marino leads the Dolphins to victory over the undefeated Bears in 1985
December 2nd, 1985
We all remember in 1972, when the Miami Dolphins went 17-0, becoming the only undefeated team in NFL history. No team has gone undefeated since, but several have come close.
Flashback to 1985, when the Chicago Bears and head coach Mike Ditka were 12-0. The Bears believed they were on their way to becoming the second team in NFL history to finish the season undefeated. Fortunately for the 1972 Dolphins and all of their fans, Don Shula and Dan Marino were not going to let that happen. Miami played a near perfect game vs Chicago, both offensively and defensively. The Dolphins’ offense started the game hot, and didn’t look back from there. The defense kept the Bears’ offense in check, and Marino’s three touchdowns lifted the Dolphins past the Bears 38-24, ending the Bears’ perfect season.
Here’s a look at Dan Marino’s stats heading into this game vs the undefeated Chicago Bears.
guess which game i'm watching for this week's marino monday article pic.twitter.com/UkgOlP25tX— josh houtz (@houtz) June 10, 2018
The Bears were getting pressure on Marino all day. Here, he’s flushed out of the pocket but completes a dart to Duper for a crucial first down.
Nat Moore is a bad dude.
Dan Marino is the GOAT. His hair was too.
business in the front, party in the back pic.twitter.com/z7GbJJvL5j— josh houtz (@houtz) June 10, 2018
This throw was incredible.
on 3rd and 19 with pressure in his face, marino makes this throw. pic.twitter.com/R8XX7kIdi8— josh houtz (@houtz) June 10, 2018
I know this isn’t a Dan Marino highlight, but this man almost died.
the dolphins defense just killed a man. pic.twitter.com/raOjNo8VYR— josh houtz (@houtz) June 10, 2018
Marino’s backpedal was always fun to watch. On this play, he manipulates the defense with his eyes, eventually coming back to Duper on the slant in the middle.
I could watch marino drop back in the pocket all day long. pic.twitter.com/gQxvR1OHGL— josh houtz (@houtz) June 10, 2018
The Dolphins moved the pocket a lot in this game, to help stabilize the Bears vaunted pass rush. This play here looks like something straight out of Tecmo Super Bowl. Marino rolls to the right and throws up a bomb to Duper.
this is some tecmo super bowl shit right here. pic.twitter.com/IT1OAuM2uc— josh houtz (@houtz) June 10, 2018
Marino was $$$ with pressure in his face. Here, he throws a dart to Clayton, who does the rest with his feet.
pressure again in his face, marino throws a dart to clayton. only way he can be stopped is with a rake to the eye. pic.twitter.com/TmgPwGNEGy— josh houtz (@houtz) June 10, 2018
Touchdown pass to Nat Moore, his 67th of his NFL career. A new Miami Dolphins’ record!
this is nat moore’s 67th TD of his career, a new dolphins’ record. pic.twitter.com/mXoeJCrY0t— josh houtz (@houtz) June 10, 2018
This is Marino’s 3rd touchdown pass of the day. Exactly the way Shula drew it up.
The Dolphins defeated the 1985 Bears run at perfection, and the 1972 Dolphins were able to pop their bottles of champagne. Unfortunately the two teams did not meet again that season. Marino finished the game 14/27 for 270 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.
Do you remember where you were on this historic day in 1985? Have any suggestions on what you would like to see in the next installment of Marino Mondays? Like? Dislike? Let us know in the comments below.
This article was written by Josh Houtz. Follow him on Twitter!