Miami, Florida @ Orange Bowl,January 6, 1985
AFC Championship: Miami Dolphins 45, Pittsburgh Steelers 28
In a shootout, quarterback Dan Marino led the Dolphins to a victory by throwing for 421 yards and 4 touchdowns with 1 interception. Steelers quarterback Mark Malone recorded 312 yards and 3 touchdowns, but was intercepted 3 times. Miami scored first on Marino's 40-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mark Clayton, but Pittsburgh countered with running back Rich Erenberg 7-yard rushing touchdown. Then after Dolphins kicker Uwe von Schamann made a 26-yard field goal, the Steelers took the lead, 14-10, with wide receiver John Stallworth's 65-yard touchdown reception. Marino threw a 41-yard touchdown to wide receiver Mark Duper, and an interception then set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Tony Nathan to give Miami a 24-14 lead before halftime. On the opening drive of the second half, Marino completed a 36-yard touchdown to Duper. Then after Stallworth caught a 19-yard touchdown, the Dolphins scored two more touchdowns, including Marino's fourth score, to clinch the victory. Malone threw a 29-yard touchdown pass in the final period to close out the scoring.
Duper finished the game with 5 receptions for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns. Clayton caught 4 passes for 95 yards and a score. Nathan rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown, while also catching 8 passes for 114 yards. Stallworth caught 4 passes for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns in the final postseason game of his Hall of Fame career.