|1984 National Football League season|
|Duration||September 2, 1984–December 17, 1984|
|Start date||December 23, 1984|
|AFC Champions||Miami Dolphins|
|NFC Champions||San Francisco 49ers|
|Super Bowl XIX|
|Date||January 20, 1985|
|Site||Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California|
|Champions||San Francisco 49ers|
|Date||January 27, 1985|
|National Football League seasons
The season ended with Super Bowl XIX when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins. This was the first Super Bowl televised by ABC, who entered into the annual championship game rotation with CBS and NBC. This game marked the second shortest distance between the Super Bowl host city (Palo Alto, CA) and a Super Bowl team (San Francisco 49ers). The first was The Los Angeles Rams, who's home was The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving to Anaheim the year after playing in Super Bowl XIV vs The Pittsburgh Steelers, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca.
The 49ers became the first team in NFL history to win 15 games in a regular season and to win 18 in an entire season (counting post-season).
Major rule changes[edit | edit source]
- Linebackers are permitted to wear numbers 90–99.
- The penalty for a kickoff or onside kick that goes out of bounds is 5 yards from the previous spot and a re-kick must be made. However, if the second (or more) kickoff or onside kick goes out of bounds, the receiving team may choose instead to take possession of the ball at the out of bounds spot.
- Leaping to try to block a field goal or an extra point is illegal unless the defensive player was lined up at the line of scimmage.
- A kicker or holder who fakes being roughed or run into by a defensive player can receive an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
- Unsportsmanlike conduct will also by called for any prolonged, excessive, or premeditated celebration by individual players or a group of players. This is usually referred to as the "Mark Gastineau Rule" because a major reason why this change was made was to stop him from performing his signature "Sack Dance" every time after he sacked an opposing quarterback.
Final standings[edit | edit source]
W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against
wild card berth, - clinched division title- clinched
|New England Patriots||9||7||0||.563||362||352|
|New York Jets||7||9||0||.438||332||364|
|x-Los Angeles Raiders||11||5||0||.688||368||278|
|Kansas City Chiefs||8||8||0||.500||314||324|
|San Diego Chargers||7||9||0||.438||394||413|
|x-New York Giants||9||7||0||.563||299||301|
|St. Louis Cardinals||9||7||0||.563||423||345|
|Green Bay Packers||8||8||0||.500||390||309|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||10||0||.375||335||380|
|y-San Francisco 49ers||15||1||0||.938||475||227|
|x-Los Angeles Rams||10||6||0||.625||346||316|
|New Orleans Saints||7||9||0||.438||298||361|
Tiebreakers[edit | edit source]
- N.Y. Giants finished ahead of St. Louis and Dallas in the NFC East based on best head-to-head record (3-1 to Cardinals' 2-2 and Cowboys' 1-3).
- St. Louis finished ahead of Dallas in the NFC East based on better division record (5-3 to Cowboys' 3-5).
Playoffs[edit | edit source]
- Home team in capitals
AFC[edit | edit source]
- Wild-Card playoff: SEATTLE 13, L.A. Raiders 7
- Divisional playoffs: MIAMI 31, Seattle 10; PITTSBURGH 24, Denver 17
- AFC Championship: MIAMI 45, Pittsburgh 28 at Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida, January 6, 1985
NFC[edit | edit source]
- Wild-Card playoff: N.Y. Giants 16, L.A. RAMS 13
- Divisional playoffs: SAN FRANCISCO 21, N.Y. Giants 10; CHICAGO 23, Washington 19
- NFC Championship: SAN FRANCISCO 23, Chicago 0 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California, January 6, 1985
Super Bowl[edit | edit source]
- Super Bowl XIX: San Francisco (NFC) 38, Miami (AFC) 16, at Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California, January 20, 1985
Milestones[edit | edit source]
The following players set all-time records during the season:
|Most Passing Yards Gained, Season||Dan Marino, Miami (5,084)|
|Most Passing Touchdowns, Season||Marino, Miami (48)|
|Most Rushing Yards Gained, Season||Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (2,105)|
|Most Pass Receptions, Season||Art Monk, Washington (106)|
|Most Rushing Yards Gained, Career||Walter Payton, Chicago (13,309 at the end of the season)|
Awards[edit | edit source]
|Most Valuable Player||Dan Marino, Quarterback, Miami|
|Coach of the Year||Chuck Knox, Seattle|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Dan Marino, Quarterback, Miami|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Kenny Easley, Safety, Seattle|
|Offensive Rookie of the Year||Louis Lipps, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh|
|Defensive Rookie of the Year||Bill Maas, Defensive Tackle, Kansas City|
References[edit | edit source]
- NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
- NFL History 1981-1990 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
- 1984 season in details
- Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)