1984 National Football League season
Regular 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
Pro Bowl
Date January 27, 1985
Site Aloha Stadium
National Football League seasons
 < 1983 1985 > 

The 1984 NFL season was the 65th regular season of the National Football League. The Colts relocated from Baltimore, Maryland to Indianapolis, Indiana.

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 changesEdit

  • 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 standingsEdit

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

  x  - clinched wild card berth,   y  - clinched division title

AFC East
y-Miami Dolphins 1420.875513298
New England Patriots 970.563362352
New York Jets 790.438332364
Indianapolis Colts 4120.250239414
Buffalo Bills 2140.125250454
AFC Central
y-Pittsburgh Steelers 970.563387310
Cincinnati Bengals 880.500339339
Cleveland Browns 5110.313250297
Houston Oilers 3130.188240437
AFC West
y-Denver Broncos 1330.813353241
x-Seattle Seahawks 1240.750418282
x-Los Angeles Raiders 1150.688368278
Kansas City Chiefs 880.500314324
San Diego Chargers 790.438394413
NFC East
y-Washington Redskins 1150.688426310
x-New York Giants 970.563299301
St. Louis Cardinals 970.563423345
Dallas Cowboys 970.563308308
Philadelphia Eagles 691.406278320
NFC Central
y-Chicago Bears 1060.625325248
Green Bay Packers 880.500390309
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6100.375335380
Detroit Lions 4111.281283408
Minnesota Vikings 3130.188276484
NFC West
y-San Francisco 49ers 1510.938475227
x-Los Angeles Rams 1060.625346316
New Orleans Saints 790.438298361
Atlanta Falcons 4120.250281382


  • 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).


Home team in capitals


  • 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


  • 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 BowlEdit


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)


Most Valuable PlayerDan Marino, Quarterback, Miami
Coach of the YearChuck Knox, Seattle
Offensive Player of the YearDan Marino, Quarterback, Miami
Defensive Player of the YearKenny Easley, Safety, Seattle
Offensive Rookie of the YearLouis Lipps, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh
Defensive Rookie of the YearBill Maas, Defensive Tackle, Kansas City


1984 NFL seasonv · d · e
AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Buffalo Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Indianapolis Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit LA Rams
Miami Houston LA Raiders Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
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