1998 NFL season was the 79th regular season of the National Football League.
Tennessee Oilers moved their home games from Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis to Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, still awaiting construction on a new stadium ( Adelphia Coliseum) in Nashville.
This was the first season that
CBS held the rights to televise American Football Conference games, taking over the package from NBC. Meanwhile, this was the first time that ESPN broadcast all of the Sunday night games throughout the season.
The season ended with
Super Bowl XXXIII when the Denver Broncos defeated the Atlanta Falcons.
Major rule changes
Tinted visors on players' facemasks are banned except for medical need.
A defensive player can no longer flinch before the snap in an attempt to draw movement from an offensive linemen.
A team will be penalized immediately for having 12 players in a huddle even if the 12th player goes straight to the sideline as the huddle breaks.
The coin toss will be called before the coin itself is tossed, not while the coin is in the air.
This is a mid-season change resulting from a controversy during the Detroit Lions– Pittsburgh Steelers game on Thanksgiving Day, where conflicting calls were heard during the toss. The toss was made prior to a Sudden Death overtime period. The official making the call judged Detroit the winner while Pittsburgh argued they made the right call. If the Steelers were to be believed, the game could have had a different outcome.
1998 NFL Season Changes
1998 Coaching Changes
Final regular season standings W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against
Clinched playoff seeds are marked in parentheses and shaded in green
Miami finished ahead of Buffalo in the AFC East based on better net division points (6 to Bills' 0).
Oakland finished ahead of Seattle in the AFC West based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).
Carolina finished ahead of St. Louis in the NFC West based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).
Wild Card Playoffs
Super Bowl XXXIII
Home team in capitals
Wild-Card playoffs: MIAMI 24, Buffalo 17; JACKSONVILLE 25, New England 10
Divisional playoffs: DENVER 38, Miami 3; N.Y. JETS 34, Jacksonville 24
AFC Championship: DENVER 23, N.Y. Jets 10 at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado, January 17, 1999
Wild-Card playoffs: Arizona 20, DALLAS 7; SAN FRANCISCO 30, Green Bay 27
Divisional playoffs: ATLANTA 20, San Francisco 18; MINNESOTA 41, Arizona 21
NFC Championship: Atlanta 30, MINNESOTA 27 (OT) at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 17, 1999
Points scored Minnesota Vikings (556)
Total yards gained San Francisco 49ers (6,800)
Yards rushing San Francisco 49ers (2,544)
Yards passing Minnesota Vikings (4,328)
Fewest points allowed Miami Dolphins (265)
Fewest total yards allowed San Diego Chargers (4,208)
Fewest rushing yards allowed San Diego Chargers (1,140)
Fewest passing yards allowed Philadelphia Eagles (2,720)
Scoring Gary Anderson, Minnesota (164 points)
Touchdowns Terrell Davis, Denver (23 TDs)
Most field goals made Al Del Greco, Tennessee (36 FGs)
Rushing Terrell Davis, Denver (2,008 yards)
Passing Randall Cunningham, Minnesota, (106.0 rating)
Passing touchdowns Steve Young, San Francisco (36 TDs)
Pass receiving O.J. McDuffie, Miami (90 catches)
Pass receiving yards
Antonio Freeman, Green Bay (1,424)
Randy Moss, Minnesota (17 touchdowns)
Punt returns Deion Sanders, Dallas (15.6 average yards)
Kickoff returns Terry Fair, Detroit (28.0 average yards)
Interceptions Ty Law, New England (8)
Punting Craig Hentrich, Tennessee (47.2 average yards)
Sacks Michael Sinclair, Seattle (16.5)
Most Valuable Player Terrell Davis, Running Back, Denver
Coach of the Year Dan Reeves, Atlanta
Offensive Player of the Year Terrell Davis, Running Back, Denver
Defensive Player of the Year Reggie White, Defensive End, Green Bay
Offensive Rookie of the Year Randy Moss, Wide Receiver, Minnesota
Defensive Rookie of the Year Charles Woodson, Cornerback, Oakland
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Doug Flutie, Quarterback, Buffalo