ESPN teamed with EA SPORTS to use the Madden NFL 08 game engine to create a dream matchup pitting the 1972 Dolphins against this season's Patriots.
A couple of ground rules: EA SPORTS modernized the Dolphins to level the playing field to reflect changes in the game since 1972. A few pounds were added to Miami's starting offensive line, which averaged about 250 pounds. That's the size of a linebacker today but about the norm for the time. Also, NFL rules reflected today's rules. In 1972, for example, defensive backs could almost mug a receiver down the field until a pass was thrown. Touch a receiver after five yards today and you could see a yellow flag.