Thanksgiving win for Griese

On November 24, 1977, Bob Griese threw five for touchdowns as the the Miami Dolphins claimed a 55-14 Thanksgiving Day victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, now the Arizona Cardinals.

The Dolphins took a 14-7 lead in the first quarter. By half time they were leading 28-7. Three of Miami’s four touchdowns in the first half were scored by Nat Moore. Duriel Harris accounted for the remaining points. Terry Metcalf scored the lone Cardinal touchdown in the first half.

Check out Moore’s touchdowns here:

Gary Davis, Andre Tillman and Leroy Harris each had a touchdown without the Cardinals answering with points of their own for most of the second half. Ike Harris scored the Cardinals scored in the fourth quarter, making the score 48-14 in favor of the Dolphins. Benny Malone crossed into the end zone for the Dolphins.

Miami accumulated 34 first downs and one turnover. St. Louis was only able to get 13 first downs and three turnovers. Jim Bakken made the extra point both times for the Cardinals and Garo Yepremian made seven of eight he attempted.

By the end of the season, Griese had thrown 22 touchdowns, and led the league in that column.

Griese played his entire Hall of Fame career (1967-80) with the Miami Dolphins. The 1967 fourth overall draft pick claimed two Super Bowl rings (1973/74) and appeared in three championship games. His outstanding talent also allowed him to appear in eight Pro Bowls. The two time All-American from Purdue was also named the NFL Player of the Year in 1971.

Griese was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.


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