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Christmas Day game was prelude to Miami’s perfect season

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Just like this year, Christmas Day 1971 saw unseasonably warm temperatures in northern cities. In Kansas City, it was in the upper 60s as the defending NFL Champion Chiefs prepared to host the Miami Dolphins in a first-round playoff game. For the 6-year-old Miami Dolphins franchise, they prepared for their second playoff game in team history under second-year coach Don Shula. Shula guided Miami to a 10-4 record and a playoff berth in his first season. In 1971, the Dolphins…

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