Miami Dolphins

Throwback Thursday: Patriots Use A Convict To Beat Dolphins


I’m guessing somewhere in the deepest, darkest recesses of Don Shula’s soul, he enjoys a burning hatred of New England Patriots Football that goes beyond Bill Belichick.

Back in December 1982, the Dolphins headed into old Schaefer Stadium in Foxborough to face the Patriots in a snowstorm.

Neither team successfully moved the ball on a snow-covered field for much of the game until the fourth quarter. New England mustered a drive into Dolphins territory but needed an extra push to grab the game’s first and only points.

Throughout the game, officials allowed field maintenance to take place in order to make the turf surface a playable one. However, late in the game, another person had other ideas.

Thanks to some direction from Patriots head coach Ron Meyer, Mark Henderson, who was a convict participating in a work release program, drove a snow plow right over the necessary spot for kicker John Smith to attempt a go-ahead field goal.

Smith connected on a 33-yard field goal to give New England a 3-0 lead. Moments later, Pats linebacker Don Blackmon intercepted Dolphins quarterback David Woodley to secure a victory.

Following the game, Shula filed a protest but was turned back by then-NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle.

Ultimately, Miami enjoyed the last laugh during the strike-shortened season. The Dolphins reached Super Bowl XVII before falling to the Washington Redskins,

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