- Super Bowl XI – Oakland Raiders won 32-14 over the Minnesota Vikings
- October 9 - Eddie Brown sets NFL record for punt returns in a game (11).
- November 20 – Playing despite a 101 °F (38 °C) fever as a result of the flu, Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton sets a new single-game NFL rushing record, gaining 275 yards in a 10–7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
- December 11 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their second NFL season win their first ever game over the New Orleans Saints. The win ends their NFL record 26-game losing streak encompassing the entire 1976 season and the first 12 games in 1977.
- Sugar Bowl (1976 season):
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