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49ers vs. Dolphins: A prospector’s guide

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We take a look at pertinent facts, figures and history in the Week 12 matchup with the Miami Dolphins.

Week 12 is upon us, and that means the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins are squaring off on Sunday. The two teams rarely play given their opposite conferences. They last met in 2012 at Candlestick Park, with the 49ers winning 27-13. Colin Kaepernick made his fourth career start in that game. He completed 18 of 23 passes for 185 yards, and rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown in the win.

The most notable matchup of course was when they squared off in Super Bowl 19. It was a matchup of great offense and great defense, with Joe Montana and Dan Marino squaring off in the latter’s only Super Bowl appearance. We know how that turned out!

The 49ers enter this game stumbling along at 1-9 and competing for one of the top picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. On the other hand, the Miami Dolphins are surging. After a 1-4 start, they have won five straight games, and are right in the thick of the AFC wild card race. They currently sit two games back of the New England Patriots, and one game back of the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos for the two wild card spots. Their win streak opened with home wins over the Steelers, Bills, and Jets, and then continued with road wins over the Chargers and Rams. They beat the Steelers by double digits, but otherwise they have all been single digit wins. Wins are wins, but they have a lot of work in front of them.

Matchups: 12
Series Record: Series tied 6-6
49ers Away Record vs. Dolphins: Dolphins lead series 3-2
First Meeting: 9/16/73, Dolphins win 21-13, at Mia.
Last Meeting: 12/9/12, 49ers win 27-13, at SF
Current Streak: Won 1
Longest 49ers Win Streak: 5 (1/20/85 – 12/16/01)
Longest Dolphins Win Streak: 4 (9/16/73 – 11/6/83)
Most 49ers Points: 44 (11/20/95): 49ers win 44-20, at Mia.
Most Dolphins Points: 24 (11/28/04): Dolphins win 24-17, at SF
49ers Shutouts: 1 (12/16/01): 49ers win 21-0, at SF
Dolphins Shutouts: None


  • As a member of the Indianapolis Colts, recorded 8 tackles, 1 INT and 1 PD at Miami (9/21/09), intercepting Dolphins QB Chad Pennington.


  • As a member of the Cleveland Browns, converted the 23-yard game winning FG as time expired at Miami (12/5/10).


  • Completed 18 of 23 attempts (78.3 completion percentage) for 185 yards and rushed 6 times for 53 yards and 1 TD while leading the 49ers to a 27-13 victory vs. Miami (12/9/12).