Super Bowl Champions Tournament - FEB 2005

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2005 Tournament Champion:  1973 Miami Dolphins

Head Coach:  Jeff Abramcyzk (6-1)

1973 Miami Dolphins 22, 1966 Green Bay Packers 3

The 1973 Miami Dolphins defeated the 1966 Green Bay Packers 22-3 in a game that wasn't even as close as the score might indicate.  Coach Jeff Abramcyzk pushed all the right buttons and rode MVP Mercury Morris (pictured) to victory.  With the Packers sitting in run defense most of the afternoon Morris and company were able to impose there will at the line of scrimmage.  Coach Jeff's tight pass defense took away Green Bay's sweep and the short their much heralded short passing attach which was responsible for their 9 game winning streak.

1966 Green Bay Packers 35, 1973 Miami Dolphins 33:  This was definitely an ALCOA fantastic finish.  It was a see-saw battle, that pitted the undefeated '73 Dolphins vs the streaking (8 straight elimination wins) '66 Packers.  With 4:46 left to play in the 4th Miami went ahead on a 1 yard Larry Csonka plunge to take the lead.  Green Bay proceeded to do nothing on it's next possession and was forced to punt.  Miami went conservative and ran 3 straight times in an attempt to milk the clock and run it out.  With 1:30 left to go Miami was forced to punt to Green Bay, who went on offense with 1:24 remaining and 55 yards needed for a game winning TD.  The calm & cool Bart Starr moved his team downfield and faced a 4th down and season situation from Miami's 19.  Miami went conservative and Starr flipped a short pass to Elijah Pitts who rambled into the endzone with :02 remaining to force a deciding final game.
1966 Green Bay Packers 47, 1999 St. Louis Rams 21:  This was a tale of two different teams entering this elimination bracket final.  The upstart '66 Pacers were riding a 7 game winning streak, while the pre-tournament favorite '99 Rams were reeling after blowing a 24 point 4th quarter lead to eventual champion '73 Miami.  The Pack played keep away and jumped off to a 9-0 lead thanks to the accurate right leg of Don Chandler.  STL answered back cutting the score to 9-7, but that was as close as they'd get the rest of the day.  Green Bay's run defense rendered All-World RB Marshall Faulk useless as runner as he was only able to gain 23 yards on the ground.  He became Kurt Warner's go to guy in the pass offense, but it was too little too late.  Starr completed 68% of his passes for 242 yards and 3 TD and out performed Warner.  Jim Taylor (pictured) pounded out 168 yard on 24 carries along with 1 TD as Green Bay marched to the finals.

 

 

Championship Rd

Championship Game

73-mia 22, 66-gb 3

Semi-Final Game

66-gb 35, 73-mia 33

 

Elimination Finals

66-gb 47, 99-stl 21

 

 

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