New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins 3 to 23

Monday, December 18, 1978, Week 16

The New England Patriots played the Miami Dolphins in Miami on Monday, December 18, 1978, Week 16 of the 1978 season. The Dolphins won by a score of 23-3. The Dolphins and the Patriots split the season series for the 1978 season, each winning one game. With this game, the Dolphins finished the season 7-1-0 at home, while the Patriots finished 6-2-0 on the road for the 1978 season.

The Dolphins finished the season with a record of 11-5-0, while the Patriots finished the season at 11-5-0.

New England Patriots offense

Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs
296 219 77 4 16


Head Coach: Chuck Fairbanks Defensive Coordinator: Charlie Sumner Quarterbacks Coach: John Polonchek Wide Receivers Coach: Raymond Berry Offensive Line Coach: Jim Ringo Offensive Backs Coach: Tom Yewcic Offensive Backfield Coach: Ron Erhardt Defensive Line Coach: Hank Bullough, Fritz Shurmur Special Teams Coach: Tom Yewcic Special Assistant to the Head Coach: John Polonchek Assistant Offensive Coach: Ernie Adams Administrative Assistant: Ernie Adams

Miami Dolphins offense

Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs
285 171 114 1 12


Head Coach: Don Shula Assistant Head Coach-Defense: Bill Arnsparger Running Game Coordinator: John Sandusky Passing Game Coordinator: Howard Schnellenberger Running Defense Coordinator: Mike Scarry Wide Receivers Coach: Howard Schnellenberger Offensive Line Coach: John Sandusky Offensive Assistant Coach: Howard Schnellenberger Offensive Backs Coach: Carl Taseff Defensive Line Coach: Mike Scarry Defensive Backs Coach: Tom Keane Special Teams Coach: Carl Taseff Punting Coach: Tom Keane Scout: Steve Crosby