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1968 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 14, 1968 - December 15, 1968
Playoffs
East Champions Cleveland Browns
West Champions Baltimore Colts
Championship Game
Champions Baltimore Colts
National Football League seasons
 < 1967 1969 > 

The 1968 NFL season was the 49th regular season of the National Football League. As per the agreement made during the 1967 realignment, the New Orleans Saints and the New York Giants switched divisions; the Saints joined the Century Division while the Giants became part of the Capitol Division.

The season ended when the Baltimore Colts defeated the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Championship Game, only to be upset by the American Football League's New York Jets in Super Bowl III.

Division racesEdit

The Eastern Conference was split into the Capitol and Century Divisions, and the Western Conference had the Coastal and Central Divisions. In the past, if two teams were tied for the division lead at season's end, a one-game playoff was conducted to break the tie. Starting in 1967, a tiebreaking system was implemented that started with net points in head-to-head competition, followed by which team that had less recently been in a title game [1]. As such, only one team in a division would be the division winner, even if the won-lost record was the same.

Week Capitol Century Coastal Central
1 WASHINGTON* 1-0-0 CLEVELAND 1-0-0 BALTIMORE* 1-0-0 MINNESOTA* 1-0-0
2 N.Y. GIANTS* 2-0-0 CLEVELAND* 1-1-0 BALTIMORE* 2-0-0 MINNESOTA* 2-0-0
3 N.Y. GIANTS* 3-0-0 CLEVELAND* 1-2-0 BALTIMORE* 3-0-0 MINNESOTA* 2-1-0
4 N.Y. GIANTS* 3-1-0 CLEVELAND 2-2-0 BALTIMORE* 4-0-0 MINNESOTA 3-1-0
5 DALLAS 5-0-0 ST. LOUIS* 2-3-0 BALTIMORE* 5-0-0 MINNESOTA* 3-2-0
6 DALLAS 6-0-0 ST. LOUIS* 3-3-0 LOS ANGELES 6-0-0 DETROIT 3-2-1
7 DALLAS 6-1-0 ST. LOUIS* 4-3-0 BALTIMORE* 6-1-0 DETROIT* 3-3-1
8 DALLAS 7-1-0 ST. LOUIS* 5-3-0 BALTIMORE* 7-1-0 CHICAGO* 4-4-0
9 DALLAS 7-2-0 CLEVELAND 6-3-0 BALTIMORE* 8-1-0 CHICAGO* 5-4-0
10 DALLAS 8-2-0 CLEVELAND 7-3-0 BALTIMORE 9-1-0 MINNESOTA 6-4-0
11 DALLAS 9-2-0 CLEVELAND 8-3-0 BALTIMORE 10-1-0 MINNESOTA 6-5-0
12 DALLAS 10-2-0 CLEVELAND 9-3-0 BALTIMORE 11-1-0 CHICAGO* 6-6-0
13 DALLAS 11-2-0 CLEVELAND 10-3-0 BALTIMORE 12-1-0 CHICAGO* 7-6-0
14 DALLAS 12-2-0 CLEVELAND 10-4-0 BALTIMORE 13-1-0 MINNESOTA 8-6-0
  • indicates more than one team with record

Final standingsEdit

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

Note: Prior to 1972, the NFL did not include tie games when calculating a team's winning percentage in the official standings

Eastern Conference
Capitol Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Dallas Cowboys 1220.857431186
New York Giants 770.500294325
Washington Redskins 590.357249358
Philadelphia Eagles 2120.143202351
Century Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Cleveland Browns 1040.714394273
St. Louis Cardinals 941.692325289
New Orleans Saints 491.308246327
Pittsburgh Steelers 2111.154244397
Western Conference
Coastal Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Baltimore Colts 1310.929402144
Los Angeles Rams 1031.769312200
San Francisco 49ers 761.538303310
Atlanta Falcons 2120.143170389
Central Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Minnesota Vikings 860.571282242
Chicago Bears 770.500250333
Green Bay Packers 671.462281227
Detroit Lions 482.333207241

PlayoffsEdit

  Conference Championship Games NFL Championship Game
December 22, 1968 - Memorial Stadium
 Minnesota Vikings 14  
 Baltimore Colts 24  
 
December 29, 1968 - Cleveland Stadium
     Baltimore Colts 34
   Cleveland Browns 0
December 21, 1968 - Cleveland Stadium
 Dallas Cowboys 20
 Cleveland Browns 31  

AwardsEdit

Most Valuable PlayerEarl Morrall, Quarterback, Baltimore Colts
Coach of the YearDon Shula, Baltimore Colts
Offensive Rookie of the YearEarl McCullouch, Wide receiver, Detroit
Defensive Rookie of the YearClaude Humphrey, Defensive End, Atlanta

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

1968 NFL Seasonv · d · e
Eastern Conference Western Conference
Capitol Century Coastal Central
Dallas Cleveland Atlanta Chicago
NY Giants New Orleans Baltimore Detroit
Philadelphia Pittsburgh Los Angeles Green Bay
Washington St. Louis San Francisco Minnesota
1968 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsNFL ChampionshipPro BowlSuper Bowl III
Related: 1968 AFL Season
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