Super Bowl 8 logo, Miami Dolphins 24VS Minnesota Vikings 7, MVP Larry Csonka

Super Bowl VIII (8)
Game Summary

Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
Miami Dolphins Superbowl VIII Ring


Miami Dolphins:
Don Shula
Minnesota Vikings:
Bud Grant

Half Time Show

Headliner: University of Texas Band.


Rice Stadium
Houston, TX

Date: August 17, 1970
Attendance: 71,882


Larry Csonka
Running Back (RB)
Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins Defeats Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl VIII.  Larry Csonka named MVP.

The defending NFL champion Dolphins, representing the AFC for the third straight year, scored the first two times they had possession on marches of 62 and 56 yards while the Miami defense limited the Vikings to only seven plays in the first period.

Larry Csonka climaxed the initial 10-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown bolt through right guard after 5:27 had elapsed. Four plays later, Miami began another 10-play scoring drive, which ended with Jim Kiick bursting one yard through the middle for another touchdown after 13:38 of the period.

Garo Yepremian added a 28-yard field goal midway in the second period for a 17-0 Miami lead. After building the 17-0 lead, the Dolphins forced a Minnesota fumble on a fourth-and-one play at the Miami 6-yard-line at the end of the first half. MVP Larry Csonka was magnificent, rushing for 145 yards on 33 carries as Miami easily handled the Vikings. The Miami rushing game was so dominant that Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese threw only seven passes, completing six in the entire game. Minnesota's quarterback Fran Tarkenton said after Superbowl VIII, "Miami played as nearly perfect a game as a team can play."

Minnesota then drove from its 20 to a second-and-2 situation on the Miami seven yard line with 1:18 left in the half. But on two plays, Miami limited Oscar Reed to 1 yard.

On fourth-and-1 from the 6, Reed went over right tackle, but Dolphins middle linebacker Nick Buoniconti jarred the ball loose and Jake Scott recovered for Miami to halt the Minnesota threat.

The Vikings were unable to muster enough offense in the second half to threaten the Dolphins.

Csonka rushed 33 times for a new Super Bowl-record 145 yards.

Bob Griese of Miami completed 6 of 7 passes for 73 yards.

Scoring Information

 ScoreTimeFirst DownsEfficiencies
Game Summary PossRPXT3Down4Down
Minnesota Vikings 726:15 5 81148/150/1
Miami Dolphins 2433:4513 44214/111/1
TeamQtrTimePlay Description (Extra Point) (Drive Info)VisitorHome
Dolphins1 5:27Csonka 5 run (Yepremian kick)07
Dolphins113:38Kiick 1 run (Yepremian kick)014
Dolphins2 8:58Yepremian 28yd Field Goal017
Dolphins3 6:16Csonka 2 run (Yepremian kick)024
Vikings 4 1:35Tarkenton 4 run (Cox kick)724
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