The Tribune is counting down the 37 remaining days until Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale with a memory from each Super Bowl.
Super Bowl VII
When: Jan. 14, 1973
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Score: Miami 14, Washington 7
Defining moment: Washington was in danger of getting shut out until it blocked a field-goal attempt by Miami’s Garo Yepremian, and the little kicker inexplicably tried to throw a pass. His feeble toss was plucked out of the air by the Redskins’ Mike Bass and returned for a touchdown.
Quotable: “I thought I was doing something good, something to help the team. Instead it was almost a tragedy. I almost caused a disaster.” — Yepremian
Lasting impact: This is a no-brainer. The magnitude of the game has never been more evident than now, with the New England Patriots’ pursuit of an undefeated season. That is something only the 1972 Dolphins — who went 17-0, as the NFL played a 14-game regular-season schedule at the time — have achieved.