WhatIfSports.com “played” the current Patriots against the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins 1,000 times. New England wins 62.4% of the time by an average score of 20-17. An example boxscore with that score is below.
1972 Miami Dolphins  at  2007 New England Patriots
Final - 11/5/2007 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
1972 Miami Dolphins 3 7 0 7 17
2007 New England Patriots 7 3 7 3 20
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
Mia5:09FGGaro Yepremian 23 yds. 3-0
NE1:50TDBenjamin Watson 21 yd. pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick)3-7
2nd Quarter
Mia12:41TDLarry Csonka 15 yd. run (Yepremian kick)10-7
NE0:51FGStephen Gostkowski 25 yds. 10-10
3rd Quarter
NE3:20TDWes Welker 14 yd. pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick)10-17
4th Quarter
NE1:48FGStephen Gostkowski 19 yds. 10-20
Mia0:23TDMarlin Briscoe 6 yd. pass from Morrall (Yepremian kick)17-20
 
Team Statistics
 1972 Miami Dolphins2007 New England Patriots
First Downs 20 17
- Rushing 11 3
- Passing 8 13
- Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Eff 7/14 5/11
4th Down Eff 0/0 0/0
Rushes-Yards 34-212 25-104
Avg Rush 6.2 4.2
Comp-Att-Int 13-22-1 16-26-0
Passing Yards 140 265
Sacks-Yards 6-31 2-9
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Punts-Avg 3-40.0 1-39.0
KR-Avg 5-23.4 4-16.8
PR-Avg 1-5.0 3-23.7
Penalties-Yard 2-14 3-20
Time of Possession 33:23 26:37

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1972 Miami Dolphins Individual Stats   2007 New England Patriots Individual Stats
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'72 Larry Csonka 14 77 0 15 1
'72 Mercury Morris 13 75 1 21 0
'72 Jim Kiick 4 50 1 37 0
'72 Paul Warfield 1 6 0 6 0
'72 Earl Morrall 2 4 0 2 0
 
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'07 Laurence Maroney 15 97 0 19 0
'07 Kevin Faulk 5 7 0 5 0
'07 Heath Evans 4 1 0 1 0
'07 Tom Brady 1 -1 0 -1 0
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'72 Paul Warfield 4 53 1 0 20 0
'72 Marv Fleming 2 41 1 0 33 0
'72 Marlin Briscoe 3 35 0 0 16 1
'72 Howard Twilley 2 23 0 0 16 0
'72 Mercury Morris 1 10 0 0 10 0
'72 Otto Stowe 1 9 0 0 9 0
 
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'07 Randy Moss 5 73 1 0 25 0
'07 Wes Welker 5 60 0 0 16 1
'07 Laurence Maroney 1 51 1 1 51 0
'07 Donte' Stallworth 2 38 1 0 33 0
'07 Benjamin Watson 2 37 1 0 21 1
'07 Kevin Faulk 1 15 0 0 15 0
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'72 Earl Morrall 13 22 171 1 1
 
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'07 Tom Brady 16 26 274 2 0
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'72 Garo Yepremian 23 25,50
 
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'07 Stephen Gostkowski 25,19 37,36

Player of the Game:
'07 Tom Brady (2007 New England Patriots)

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F1st Quarter Play by Play
2007 New England Patriots (NE) at 15:00
15:00Kickoffown 300 - 0K2007 New England Patriots (NE) prepares to kickoff.
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) catch the ball at the Mia 5 and return it to the Mia 31.
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) at 14:51
14:511/10own 310 - 0221 Morris rushes for 5 yards off tackle right.
14:092/5own 360 - 0221 Morrall scrambles for 2 yards.
13:283/3own 380 - 0230 Csonka gains 4 yards up the middle.
12:481/10own 420 - 0221 Morris gains 3 yards up the middle.
12:122/7own 450 - 0221 Kiick picks up 5 yards off tackle left.
11:323/2500 - 0221 Morris picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
10:541/10480 - 0221 PENALTY on Mia: Delay of Game, 5 yards enforced on the NE 48 - NO PLAY.
10:541/15own 470 - 0221 Morrall's short pass is to Twilley who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 16 yd gain.
10:081/10370 - 0131 Csonka pounds ahead for 1 yard.
9:252/9360 - 0212 Morris gains 1 yard on a sweep left.
8:433/8350 - 0041 Morrall's pass is to Briscoe who makes the catch and falls forward for a 16 yd gain.
7:581/10190 - 0131 Csonka gets 11 yards on a pitch right, and runs out of bounds.
7:211/Goal80 - 0221Morrall is sacked by Mike Vrabel for 6 yards.
6:352/Goal140 - 0212 Morris is caught behind the line for a loss of 1 yard.
5:533/Goal150 - 0041 Morrall's pass is to Stowe. Stowe gets leveled, but holds on to the ball for a 9 yd gain.
5:134/Goal60 - 0FG1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) prepares for a FG attempt.
Yepremian's 23 yd. field goal is good!
Drive Summary: 14 plays, 68 yds, 9:38
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) at 5:09
5:09Kickoffown 303 - 0K1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) prepares to kickoff.
2007 New England Patriots (NE) catch the ball at the NE 5 and return it to the NE 34.
2007 New England Patriots (NE) at 5:00
5:001/10own 343 - 0212 Brady hits Moss who makes the catch and falls forward for a 16 yd gain.
4:171/10503 - 0212 Brady hits Moss who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 9 yd gain.
PENALTY on Mia: Defensive Pass Interference, 9 yards enforced on the Mia 41 - NO PLAY. Automatic First Down.
4:101/10413 - 0212 Brady overthrows Watson and the pass is incomplete.
4:032/10413 - 0131 Maroney picks up 1 yard on a draw play.
3:273/9403 - 0221 Brady's pass is to Welker who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 10 yd gain.
2:441/10303 - 0221 Maroney pounds ahead for 9 yards.
1:592/1213 - 0221 Brady tosses the ball out to Watson. Catch is good and Watson gets big yardage before running into the endzone.
2007 New England Patriots scores a touchdown!
1:50PAT 3 - 6FG2007 New England Patriots (NE) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 6 plays, 57 yds, 3:03
2007 New England Patriots (NE) at 1:50
1:50Kickoffown 303 - 7K2007 New England Patriots (NE) prepares to kickoff.
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) catch the ball at the Mia 6 and return it to the Mia 30.
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) at 1:42
1:421/10own 303 - 7131 Csonka rushes for 2 yards off tackle right.
1:052/8own 323 - 7221 Morrall completes the pass to Morris who makes the catch and falls forward for a 10 yd gain.
0:251/10own 423 - 7131 Csonka picks up 1 yard on a draw play.
0:002/9own 433 - 7221Time Expires
End of 1st Quarter ... 1972 Miami Dolphins: 3 2007 New England Patriots: 7

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F2nd Quarter Play by Play
15:002/9own 433 - 7221 Morrall's pass is to Warfield who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 16 yd gain.
14:161/10413 - 7221 Morrall completes the pass to Warfield who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 20 yd gain.
13:291/10213 - 7221 Morris picks up 6 yards on a draw play.
12:472/4153 - 7140 Csonka rushes for 15 yards off tackle right.
1972 Miami Dolphins scores a touchdown!
12:41PAT 9 - 7FG1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 7 plays, 70 yds, 4:10
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) at 12:41
12:41Kickoffown 3010 - 7K1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) prepares to kickoff.
2007 New England Patriots (NE) catch the ball at the NE 0 and return it to the NE 12.
2007 New England Patriots (NE) at 12:35
12:351/10own 1210 - 7221 Maroney picks up 3 yards on a draw play.
11:562/7own 1510 - 7221 Brady's pass is to Welker who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 16 yd gain.
11:101/10own 3110 - 7212 Brady hits Moss who picks up some yardage, before losing the ball.
2007 New England Patriots (NE) recovers the ball on the NE 49.
10:241/10own 4910 - 7212Brady is sacked by Larry Ball for 6 yards.
9:442/16own 4310 - 7221 Brady overthrows Welker and the pass is incomplete.
9:403/16own 4310 - 7131 Brady completes the long pass to Stallworth who makes a nice catch, sheds a tackle before getting leveled. 33 yd gain.
8:531/102410 - 7212 Brady overthrows Moss and the pass is incomplete.
8:472/102410 - 7221 Brady soft pass is to Moss who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 4 yd gain.
8:043/62010 - 7221 Brady's pass is batted down. Incomplete pass.
7:594/62010 - 7FG2007 New England Patriots (NE) prepares for a FG attempt.
Gostkowski's 37 yd. field goal attempt is wide right.
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) at 7:55
7:551/10own 2710 - 7221 Morris pounds ahead for 5 yards.
7:132/5own 3210 - 7140 Csonka rushes for 4 yards off tackle right.
6:303/1own 3610 - 7221 Kiick gains 37 yards up the middle.
5:431/102710 - 7221 Csonka pounds ahead for 9 yards.
4:592/11810 - 7131 Kiick rushes for 3 yards off tackle right.
4:221/101510 - 7221 Csonka picks up 7 yards on a draw play.
3:382/3810 - 7131 Morrall overthrows Twilley and the pass is incomplete.
3:333/3810 - 7230 Morrall overthrows Warfield in the endzone and the pass is incomplete.
3:264/3810 - 7FG1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) prepares for a FG attempt.
Yepremian's 25 yd. field goal attempt is wide left.
2007 New England Patriots (NE) at 3:22
3:221/10own 2010 - 7212 Brady tosses the ball out to Welker who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 12 yd gain.
2:371/10own 3210 - 7212 Brady zips the short pass to Stallworth who makes the catch and falls forward for a 5 yd gain.
2:002/5own 3710 - 7131*** 2 Minute Warning ***
2:002/5own 3710 - 7122 Brady completes the deep pass to Maroney who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 51 yd gain.
1:481/101210 - 7122*** 2007 New England Patriots (NE) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:481/101210 - 7212 Brady's pass is just out of the reach of Gaffney.
1:452/101210 - 7131 Maroney picks up 2 yards off tackle left.
1:313/81010 - 7221 Faulk picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
0:554/6810 - 7FG2007 New England Patriots (NE) prepares for a FG attempt.
Gostkowski's 25 yd. field goal slips just inside the upright!
Drive Summary: 6 plays, 72 yds, 2:27
2007 New England Patriots (NE) at 0:51
0:51Kickoffown 3010 - 10K2007 New England Patriots (NE) prepares to kickoff.
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) catch the ball at the Mia 8 and return it to the Mia 31.
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) at 0:46
0:461/10own 3110 - 10131Morrall is sacked by Mike Vrabel for 4 yards.
0:402/14own 2710 - 10131*** 1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:402/14own 2710 - 10221 Morrall overthrows Twilley and the pass is incomplete.
0:343/14own 2710 - 10041 Morrall's pass is to Briscoe who makes the catch and is run out of bounds for a 13 yd gain.
0:284/1own 4010 - 10P1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) prepares for a punt.
2007 New England Patriots (NE) return it to the NE 23.
2007 New England Patriots (NE) at 0:17
0:171/10own 2310 - 10221 Brady throws to Welker but he can't hold on to the ball.
0:112/10own 2310 - 10212 Brady soft pass is to Moss who holds on to the ball, makes a few guys miss for a 25 yd gain.
0:011/10own 4810 - 10212*** 2007 New England Patriots (NE) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:011/10own 4810 - 10221 Brady's underthrows Evans in the endzone. Incomplete pass.
End of 2nd Quarter ... 1972 Miami Dolphins: 10 2007 New England Patriots: 10

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F3rd Quarter Play by Play
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) at 15:00
15:00Kickoffown 3010 - 10K1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) prepares to kickoff.
2007 New England Patriots (NE) catch the ball at the NE 2 and return it to the NE 28.
2007 New England Patriots (NE) at 14:51
14:511/10own 2810 - 10221 Maroney picks up 19 yards on a draw play.
14:081/10own 4710 - 10212 Brady overthrows Welker and the pass is incomplete.
14:022/10own 4710 - 10221Brady is sacked by Mike Kolen for 3 yards.
13:183/13own 4410 - 10221 Maroney picks up 16 yards on a draw play. The ball is knocked loose.
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) recovers the ball and runs to the Mia 41.
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) at 13:09
13:091/10own 4110 - 10131 Morrall's pass is just out of reach of Briscoe. Incomplete pass.
13:042/10own 4110 - 10131 Morris picks up 14 yards on a draw play.
12:251/104510 - 10221 Warfield picks up 6 yards on the end around.
11:432/43910 - 10131 Morrall's long pass is just out of reach of Twilley. Incomplete pass.
11:353/43910 - 10221 Kiick gains 5 yards up the middle.
10:581/103410 - 10131Morrall is sacked by Ty Warren for 5 yards.
10:172/153910 - 10221 Morris is buried for a loss of 2 yards.
9:383/174110 - 10041 Morrall's pass is to Warfield who makes the catch and falls forward for a 8 yd gain.
8:584/93310 - 10FG1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) prepares for a FG attempt.
Yepremian's 50 yd. field goal attempt is wide right.
2007 New England Patriots (NE) at 8:54
8:541/10own 4010 - 10212 Brady's pass is to Welker who makes the catch and falls forward for a 8 yd gain.
8:102/2own 4810 - 10221 Maroney gains 1 yard on a sweep left.
7:343/1own 4910 - 10212 Brady hits Watson who makes the catch and falls forward for a 16 yd gain.
6:541/103510 - 10221 Maroney pounds ahead for 2 yards.
6:132/83310 - 10131 Maroney pounds ahead for 16 yards.
5:281/101710 - 10221 PENALTY on NE: Delay of Game, 5 yards enforced on the Mia 17 - NO PLAY.
5:281/152210 - 10221 Maroney rushes for 2 yards off tackle right.
4:522/132010 - 10212 Brady hits Faulk who catches the ball and makes one guy miss before getting knocked out of bounds for a 15 yd gain.
4:111/Goal510 - 10221 Evans picks up 1 yard on a draw play.
3:332/Goal410 - 10212 Evans pounds ahead for 4 yards.
2007 New England Patriots scores a touchdown. Nullified by penalty.
PENALTY on NE: Holding, 10 yards enforced on the Mia 4 - NO PLAY.
3:292/Goal1410 - 10212 Brady overthrows Moss and the pass is incomplete.
3:253/Goal1410 - 10221 Welker comes down with the pass in the endzone.
2007 New England Patriots scores a touchdown!
3:20PAT 10 - 16FG2007 New England Patriots (NE) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 10 plays, 75 yds, 5:30
2007 New England Patriots (NE) at 3:20
3:20Kickoffown 3010 - 17K2007 New England Patriots (NE) prepares to kickoff.
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) catch the ball at the Mia 6 and return it to the Mia 31.
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) at 3:11
3:111/10own 3110 - 17221Morrall's pass is intercepted.
Junior Seau returns the interception to the Mia 19.
2007 New England Patriots (NE) at 3:02
3:021/101910 - 17212 Evans carries, but is tackled for no gain.
2:192/101910 - 17131 Maroney carries, but is tackled for no gain.
1:393/101910 - 17131 Brady's pass is to Watson and dropped.
1:314/101910 - 17FG2007 New England Patriots (NE) prepares for a FG attempt.
Gostkowski's 36 yd. field goal attempt is wide left.
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) at 1:27
1:271/10own 2610 - 17131 Morris picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
0:492/8own 2810 - 17212 Morrall's pass is just out of the reach of Twilley.
0:433/8own 2810 - 17131 Morrall scrambles for 2 yards.
0:014/6own 3010 - 17P1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) prepares for a punt.
2007 New England Patriots (NE) return it to the NE 45.
End of 3rd Quarter ... 1972 Miami Dolphins: 10 2007 New England Patriots: 17

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F4th Quarter Play by Play
2007 New England Patriots (NE) at 15:00
15:001/10own 4510 - 17212 Maroney gains 1 yard on a sweep left.
14:262/9own 4610 - 17131 Maroney picks his way for 2 yards.
13:503/7own 4810 - 17221 Evans is stopped at the line.
13:094/7own 4810 - 17P2007 New England Patriots (NE) prepares for a punt.
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) return it to the Mia 18.
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) at 13:00
13:001/10own 1810 - 17221 Morris pounds ahead for 2 yards.
12:222/8own 2010 - 17212 Csonka picks up 4 yards off tackle left.
11:403/4own 2410 - 17230 Morrall's pass is to Warfield who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 9 yd gain.
11:001/10own 3310 - 17221 Morrall hits Twilley who makes the catch and falls forward for a 7 yd gain.
10:172/3own 4010 - 17140 Morris gains 17 yards on a sweep left.
9:341/104310 - 17131 Morrall hits Fleming who gets a few steps before being run out of bounds for a 8 yd gain.
8:542/23510 - 17221 Csonka gains 4 yards on a sweep left.
8:171/103110 - 17131Morrall is sacked by Ty Warren for 7 yards.
7:342/173810 - 17212 Csonka pounds ahead for 4 yards.
6:513/133410 - 17041Morrall is sacked by Adalius Thomas for 7 yards.
6:064/204110 - 17P1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) prepares for a punt.
2007 New England Patriots (NE) return it to the Mia 46.
2007 New England Patriots (NE) at 5:51
5:511/104610 - 17221 Faulk is caught behind the line for a loss of 1 yard.
5:112/114710 - 17131 Maroney picks his way for 19 yards.
4:271/102810 - 17221 Evans carries, but is tackled for no gain.
3:452/102810 - 17131 Faulk picks up 5 yards on a draw play.
3:013/52310 - 17221 Brady completes the pass to Moss who makes the catch and falls forward for a 16 yd gain.
2:141/Goal710 - 17221 Maroney gains 4 yards up the middle.
2:002/Goal310 - 17122*** 2 Minute Warning ***
2:002/Goal310 - 17122 Faulk carries, but is tackled for a loss of 1 yard.
1:563/Goal410 - 17122*** 1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:563/Goal410 - 17221 Faulk picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
1:524/Goal210 - 17221*** 1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:524/Goal210 - 17FG2007 New England Patriots (NE) prepares for a FG attempt.
Gostkowski's 19 yd. field goal hooks through the uprights!
Drive Summary: 8 plays, 44 yds, 3:59
2007 New England Patriots (NE) at 1:48
1:48Kickoffown 3010 - 20K2007 New England Patriots (NE) prepares to kickoff.
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) catch the ball at the Mia 7 and return it to the Mia 26.
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) at 1:44
1:441/10own 2610 - 20221 Morris picks up 21 yards off tackle left, and is run out of bounds.
1:361/10own 4710 - 20221 Csonka gets 2 yards on a pitch right, and runs out of bounds.
1:322/8own 4910 - 20131Morrall is sacked by Mel Mitchell for 2 yards.
1:123/10own 4710 - 20131 Morrall hits Fleming downfield. Catch is good and Fleming gets some yardage for a 33 yd gain.
0:471/102010 - 20221 Morrall's pass is just out of the reach of Twilley.
0:402/102010 - 20212 Csonka picks up 9 yards on a draw play.
0:343/11110 - 20212*** 1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:343/11110 - 20221 Morrall overthrows Csonka and the pass is incomplete.
0:294/11110 - 20212 PENALTY on NE: Encroachment, 5 yards enforced on the NE 11 - NO PLAY.
0:291/Goal610 - 20131 Briscoe comes down with the pass in the endzone.
1972 Miami Dolphins scores a touchdown!
0:23PAT 16 - 20FG1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 8 plays, 69 yds, 1:21
1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) at 0:23
0:23Kickoffown 3017 - 20K1972 Miami Dolphins (Mia) prepares for an onside kick.
2007 New England Patriots (NE) recover the onside kick at the Mia 38.
2007 New England Patriots (NE) at 0:23
0:231/103817 - 20212Brady takes a knee.
0:002/113917 - 20212Time Expires
End of 4th Quarter ... 1972 Miami Dolphins: 17 2007 New England Patriots: 20


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