Miami kicker Garo Yepremian (1) attempts to escape Washington defensive lineman Bill Brundige (77) and defensive back Mike Bass (41) after a failed field goal attempt in Super Bowl VII in Los Angeles, California, on January 14, 1973. // Garo Yepremian and the volleyball (NFL/NFL)

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Miami kicker Garo Yepremian (1) attempts to escape Washington defensive lineman Bill Brundige (77) and defensive back Mike Bass (41) after a failed field goal attempt in Super Bowl VII in Los Angeles, California, on January 14, 1973.

Moments before the Don Shula watch heist, something even zanier happened. Up 14-0, the Miami Dolphins were just over two minutes away from earning the first shutout in Super Bowl history when kicker Garo Yepremian lined up a 42-yard field goal. The kick was blocked by Washington's Bill Brundige, but then Yepremian picked up the ball, tried to throw it, and instead, volleyed it into the air. Mike Bass of the Redskins caught the ball and ran it back for a touchdown, ruining a perfect ending to a perfect season.