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The 1984 NFL season was the 65th regular season of the National Football League. The Colts relocated from Baltimore, Maryland to Indianapolis, Indiana before the season. The Colts new home field was the Hoosier Dome. The New York Jets moved their home games from Shea Stadium in New York City to Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

1984 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 2 – December 17, 1984
Playoffs
Start dateDecember 23, 1984
AFC ChampionsMiami Dolphins
NFC ChampionsSan Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl XIX
DateJanuary 20, 1985
SiteStanford Stadium, Stanford, California
ChampionsSan Francisco 49ers
Pro Bowl
DateJanuary 27, 1985
SiteAloha Stadium
The 49ers playing against the Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX.

The season ended with Super Bowl XIX when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins 38–16 at Stanford Stadium in California. 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 stadium (Stanford, California) and a Super Bowl team (San Francisco 49ers).[1]

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 (including the postseason). Additionally, two major offensive records were set this season, with quarterback Dan Marino establishing a new single-season passing yards record with 5,084 (later broken by Drew Brees and Tom Brady in 2011 and by Peyton Manning in 2013), and Eric Dickerson establishing a new single-season rushing yards record with 2,105.

Also during the season, San Diego Chargers wide receiver Charlie Joiner became the all-time leader in career receptions; he set that mark in a game between the Chargers and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium.

In a week 10 game against the Kansas City Chiefs the Seattle Seahawks set numerous NFL records for interception returns including most interception return yardage in a game and most interceptions returned for touchdowns in a game with 4 (all touchdowns over 50 yards in length). The Seahawks also tied an NFL record with 63 defensive takeaways on the season.

Salaries increased significantly over the past two seasons in the NFL, up nearly fifty percent; new Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon led the list at $1.1 million.[2]

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Major rule changesEdit

  • Linebackers are permitted to wear numbers 90 to 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 scrimmage.
  • 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 be 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.

Regular Season games not broadcast by Network TVEdit

Date Time Teams Local TV Announcers
September 3, 1984 4:00 PM EDT Cleveland @ Seattle WKYC-TV (Cleveland area)
KING-TV(Seattle area)
Phil Stone/Reggie Rucker (WKYC)
Charlie Jones/Gene Washington (KING)
October 14, 1984 4:00 PM EDT Buffalo @ Seattle WKBW-TV (Buffalo area)
KING-TV (Seattle area)
Rick Azar/Marv Levy (WKBW)
Phil Stone/Norris Weese (KING)

Final standingsEdit

TiebreakersEdit

  • 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).

PlayoffsEdit

                                   
Divisional Playoffs
    Dec. 30 – Mile High Stadium        
AFC Wild Card Game AFC Championship
 3  Pittsburgh  24
Dec. 22 – Kingdome     Jan. 6 – Miami Orange Bowl
 2  Denver  17  
 5  LA Raiders  7  3  Pittsburgh  28
Dec. 29 – Miami Orange Bowl
 4  Seattle  13      1  Miami  45   Super Bowl XIX
 4  Seattle  10
    Jan. 20 – Stanford Stadium
 1  Miami  31  
 A1  Miami  16
Dec. 30 – RFK Stadium
NFC Wild Card Game NFC Championship    N1  San Francisco  38
 3  Chicago  23
Dec. 23 – Anaheim Stadium     Jan. 6 – Candlestick Park
 2  Washington  19  
 5  NY Giants  16  3  Chicago  0
Dec. 29 – Candlestick Park
 4  LA Rams  13      1  San Francisco  23  
 5  NY Giants  10
   
 1  San Francisco  21  

Statistical leadersEdit

TeamEdit

Points scored Miami Dolphins (513)
Total yards gained Miami Dolphins (6,936)
Yards rushing Chicago Bears (2,974)
Yards passing Miami Dolphins (5,018)
Fewest points allowed San Francisco 49ers (227)
Fewest total yards allowed Chicago Bears (3,863)
Fewest rushing yards allowed Chicago Bears (1,377)
Fewest passing yards allowed New Orleans Saints (2,453)

MilestonesEdit

 
Walter Payton (34) pictured breaking the NFL's career rushing record on October 7, 1984..

The following players set all-time records during the season:

Most Passing Yards Gained, Season Dan Marino, Miami (5,084)
Most Passing Touchdowns, Season Dan Marino, Miami (48)
Most Passes Completed, Season Dan Marino, Miami (362)
Most Rushing Yards Gained, Season Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (2,105)
Most Rushing Attempts, Season James Wilder, Tampa Bay (407)
Most Pass Receptions, Season Art Monk, Washington (106)
Most Receiving Touchdowns, Season Mark Clayton, Miami (18)
Most Extra Points Made, Season Uwe von Schamann, Miami (66)
Most Extra Point Attempts, Season Uwe von Schamann, Miami (70)
Most Sacks, Season Mark Gastineau, New York Jets (22.0)
Most Rushing Yards Gained, Career Walter Payton, Chicago (13,309 at the end of the season)
Most Receptions, Career Charlie Joiner, San Diego (657 at the end of the season)

AwardsEdit

DraftEdit

The 1984 NFL Draft was held from May 1 to May 2, 1984 at New York City's Omni Park Central Hotel. With the first pick, the New England Patriots selected wide receiver Irving Fryar from the University of Nebraska.

CoachesEdit

Notable eventsEdit

  • For the only time in NFL history, two teams — the Oilers and the Bills — begin the season 0–10.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The shortest distance was the Los Angeles Rams, whose 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.
  2. ^ "NFL salaries increasing". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. January 15, 1985. p. 2B.
  3. ^ Tapp, Jerry; NFL Teams That Started the Season 0–10