1989 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 10, 1989–December 25, 1989
Start date December 31, 1989
AFC Champions Denver Broncos
NFC Champions San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl XXIV
Date January 28, 1990
Site Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Champions San Francisco 49ers
Pro Bowl
Date February 4, 1990
Site Aloha Stadium
National Football League seasons
 < 1988 1990 > 

The 1989 NFL season was the 70th regular season of the National Football League. Before the season, NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle announced his retirement. Paul Tagliabue was eventually chosen to succeed him.

Due to damage caused by the Loma Prieta earthquake to Candlestick Park, the New England Patriots - San Francisco 49ers game on October 22 was played at Stanford Stadium in Stanford.

The season ended with Super Bowl XXIV where the 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos.

Major rule changesEdit

  • After a foul that occurs inside the last two minutes of the first half and inside the last five minutes of the second half, the game clock will start at the snap, instead of when the ball is spotted and the Referee signals it is ready to be played.
  • New rules are enacted, including loss of timeouts or five-yard penalties, to handle the problems of crowd noise when it becomes too loud that it prevents the offensive team from hearing its signals.
  • If a receiver and a defender eventually establish joint control of a pass, the ball will be awarded to whoever was the first player to establish control of the ball.

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-Buffalo Bills 970.563409317
Indianapolis Colts 880.500298301
Miami Dolphins 880.500331379
New England Patriots 5110.313297391
New York Jets 4120.250253411
AFC Central
y-Cleveland Browns 961.594334254
x-Houston Oilers 970.563365412
x-Pittsburgh Steelers 970.563265326
Cincinnati Bengals 880.500404285
AFC West
y-Denver Broncos 1150.688362226
Kansas City Chiefs 871.531318286
Los Angeles Raiders 880.500315297
Seattle Seahawks 790.438241327
San Diego Chargers 6100.375266290
NFC East
y-New York Giants 1240.750348252
x-Philadelphia Eagles 1150.688342274
Washington Redskins 1060.625386308
Phoenix Cardinals 5110.313258377
Dallas Cowboys 1150.063204393
NFC Central
y-Minnesota Vikings 1060.625351275
Green Bay Packers 1060.625362356
Detroit Lions 790.438312364
Chicago Bears 6100.375358377
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5110.313320419
NFC West
y-San Francisco 49ers 1420.875442253
x-Los Angeles Rams 1150.688426344
New Orleans Saints 970.563386301
Atlanta Falcons 3130.188279437


  • Indianapolis finished ahead of Miami in the AFC East based on better conference record (7–5 vs. Dolphins' 6–8).
  • Houston finished ahead of Pittsburgh in the AFC Central based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).
  • Philadelphia was first NFC Wild Card ahead of L.A. Rams based on better record against common opponents (6–3 to Rams' 5–4).
  • Minnesota finished ahead of Green Bay in the NFC Central based on better division record (6–2 vs. Packers' 5–3).


Home team in capitals


  • Wild-Card playoff: PITTSBURGH 26, Houston 23 (OT)
  • Divisional playoffs: CLEVELAND 34, Buffalo 30; DENVER 24, Pittsburgh 23
  • AFC Championship: DENVER 37, Cleveland 21 at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado, January 14, 1990


  • Wild-Card playoff: L.A. Rams 21, PHILADELPHIA 7
  • Divisional playoffs: L.A. Rams 19, N.Y. GIANTS 13 (OT); SAN FRANCISCO 41, Minnesota 13
  • NFC Championship: SAN FRANCISCO 30, L.A. Rams 3 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California, January 14, 1990

Super BowlEdit


Most Valuable PlayerJoe Montana, Quarterback, San Francisco
Coach of the YearLindy Infante, Green Bay
Offensive Player of the YearJoe Montana, Quarterback, San Francisco
Defensive Player of the YearKeith Millard, Defensive Tackle, Minnesota
Offensive Rookie of the YearBarry Sanders, Running Back, Detroit
Defensive Rookie of the YearDerrick Thomas, Linebacker, Kansas City


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Indianapolis Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit LA Rams
Miami Houston LA Raiders Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego Phoenix Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
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