Don Shula, dead at 90, last coached Super Bowl with loss against 49ers

Dalton Johnson
NBC Sports BayArea

Legendary Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula died Monday morning. He was 90 years old. 

The Dolphins issued a statement saying that Shula died "peacefully at his home."

On Jan. 20, 1985, two Hall of Fame coaches and two Hall of Fame quarterbacks shared the field at Stanford Stadium for Super Bowl XIX. Shula, Dan Marino and the Dolphins came to the North Bay to face Bill Walsh, Joe Montana and the 49ers

The 49ers came out on top with a dominant 38-16 victory. Montana stole the show by outdueling Marino and winning Super Bowl MVP, as he completed 24 of his 35 pass attempts for a then-record 331 passing yards and three touchdowns. He also set a then-Super Bowl high for most rushing yards by a QB, carrying the ball five times for 59 yards and scoring one rushing touchdown. 

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Marino threw the ball 50 times. He completed 29 passes for 318 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The strong-armed star was just 23 years old at the time in his second professional season. The Hall of Fame QB was supposed to be a future champion with Shula as his coach, but the dominant run by Joe Montana and the 49ers as the team of 1980s foiled that dream. In fact, it was Dan Marino's lone Super Bowl and Don Shula's last. 

Shula set a long list of records over his 33-year coaching career. He is the all-time leader in career wins (347) and most games coached (526). With Shula roaming the sidelines, the 1972 Dolphins still are the only undefeated team in NFL history. 

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The legendary coach also was a two-time Super Bowl champion, and lost the Big Game four other times.

Shula easily is one of the most respected men in NFL history, and along with Walsh, perhaps the most influential coach of all time.

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