On This Date 12/31/1972

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The Miami Dolphins reach the Super Bowl for the second consecutive year, defeating the Pittsburg Steelers 21-17 in the AFC Championship at Three Rivers Stadium. Despite being unbeaten, Miami had to travel for the AFC Championship, as the host was decided on a rotational basis before 1975.  The Dolphins trailed 10-7 in the third quarter when Don Shula decided to bring back Bob Griese, who had only seen limited action since returning from a broken leg. Griese gave the Dolphins the spark they needed with two touchdown drives, each capped by touchdown runs by Jim Kiick, as the Dolphins advanced to Super Bowl VII.