The Steelers’ chances at an unbeaten season were dashed on Monday night, as they lost for the first time, dropping a 23-17 decision to Washington at Heinz Field.
That’s not totally unexpected, as just one team has run the table in the NFL history, with the 1972 Miami Dolphins standing alone as the only team to go all the way from Week 1 to the Super Bowl without losing.
Ever since those Dolphins accomplished that feat, they’ve enjoyed their status as they only holders of a perfect NFL season. Those Dolphins that still lived in the Miami area have been known to gather and share a bottle of champagne to celebrate the occasion, though their ranks have thinned over the years.
Former Dolphins fullback Larry Csonka, who played eight seasons with the Dolphins and won two Super Bowls in his Hall of Fame career, rushed for over 1,000 yards for Miami in 1972.
Monday, Csonka toasted the Steelers’ loss as the final unbeaten team of the 2020 season with a drink and a cigar and posted the moment on his Twitter account.
“Tonight, I am a Washington fan,” Csonka said.
— Larry Csonka (@Larry_Csonka39) December 8, 2020