|Duration||September 15 – December 15, 1974|
|Start date||December 21, 1974|
|AFC Champions||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|NFC Champions||Minnesota Vikings|
|Super Bowl IX|
|Date||January 12, 1975|
|Site|| Tulane Stadium,|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Date||January 20, 1975|
|Site||Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida|
The 1974 NFL season was the 55th regular season of the National Football League. The season ended with Super Bowl IX when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Minnesota Vikings. Players held a strike from July 1 until August 10,prior to the regular season beginning; only one preseason game (that year's College All-Star Game) was canceled, and the preseason contests were held with all-rookie rosters.
The 1974 NFL Draft was held from January 29 to 30, 1974 at New York City's Americana Hotel. With the first pick, the Dallas Cowboys selected defensive end Ed "Too Tall" Jones from the Tennessee State University.
There were two new referees in 1974, Cal Lepore and Gordon McCarter. Lepore replaced the retired John McDonough, the referee for Super Bowl IV and the NFL's longest game, the 1971 Christmas Day playoff between the Dolphins and Chiefs which lasted 82 minutes, 40 seconds. McCarter succeeded Jack Reader, who left the field to become chief lieutenant to NFL Director of Officiating Art McNally at league headquarters in New York.
The following changes were adopted to add tempo and action to the gameand to help counter the proposed changes announced by the World Football League to their games:
In addition to the on-field rule changes, the league eliminated the "future list" of players a team could sign without placing them on an active roster. The future list had been formalized by the league in 1965 and had informally existed for over a decade before that. The concept would return in 1977, renamed the practice squad.
From 1970 to 2001, there were three divisions (Eastern, Central and Western) in each conference. The winners of each division, and a fourth “wild card” team based on the best non-division winner, qualified for the playoffs. The tiebreaker rules were changed to start with head-to-head competition, followed by division records, records against common opponents, and records in conference play.
|1||St. Louis, Washington, Dallas||1–0–0||Chicago, Minnesota||1–0–0||Los Angeles, San Fran.||1–0–0||4 teams||1–0–0|
|2||St. Louis||2–0–0||Minnesota||2–0–0||Los Angeles, San Fran.||2–0–0||Los Angeles, San Fran.||2–0–0|
|3||St. Louis||3–0–0||Minnesota||3–0–0||Los Angeles, San Fran.||2–1–0||4 teams||2–1–0|
|4||St. Louis||4–0–0||Minnesota||4–0–0||Los Angeles||3–1–0||Philadelphia||3–1–0|
|5||St. Louis||5–0–0||Minnesota||5–0–0||Los Angeles||3–2–0||Philadelphia||4–1–0|
|6||St. Louis||6–0–0||Minnesota||5–1–0||Los Angeles||4–2–0||Philadelphia||4–2–0|
|7||St. Louis||7–0–0||Minnesota||5–2–0||Los Angeles||5–2–0||Washington||4–3–0|
|8||St. Louis||7–1–0||Minnesota||6–2–0||Los Angeles||6–2–0||Washington||5–3–0|
|9||St. Louis||7–2–0||Minnesota||7–2–0||Los Angeles||7–2–0||Washington||6–3–0|
|10||St. Louis||8–2–0||Minnesota||7–3–0||Los Angeles||7–3–0||Washington||7–3–0|
|11||St. Louis||9–2–0||Minnesota||7–4–0||Los Angeles||8–3–0||Washington||8–3–0|
|12||St. Louis||9–3–0||Minnesota||8–4–0||Los Angeles||9–3–0||Washington||8–4–0|
|13||St. Louis||9–4–0||Minnesota||9–4–0||Los Angeles||9–4–0||Washington||9–4–0|
|14||St. Louis||10–4–0||Minnesota||10–4–0||Los Angeles||10–4–0||Washington||10–4–0|
|1||Buffalo, New England||1–0–0||Pittsburgh, Houston, Cincinnati||1–0–0||Kansas City||1–0–0||Denver, Kansas City, San Diego||1–0–0|
|2||New England||2–0–0||Pittsburgh||1–0–1||Oakland*||1–1–0||8 teams||1–1–0|
|3||New England||3–0–0||Cincinnati||2–1–0||Oakland*||2–1–0||3 teams||2–1–0|
|Dec. 22 – Three Rivers Stadium|
|Dec. 29 - Oakland Coliseum|
|Dec. 21 – Oakland Coliseum|
|Jan. 12 - Tulane Stadium|
|Dec. 22 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|Super Bowl IX|
|Dec. 29 - Metropolitan Stadium|
|Dec. 21 – Metropolitan Stadium|
|Most Valuable Player||Ken Stabler, Quarterback, Oakland|
|Coach of the Year||Don Coryell, St. Louis Cardinals|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Ken Stabler, Quarterback, Oakland|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Joe Greene, Defensive End, Pittsburgh|
|Offensive Rookie of the Year||Don Woods, Running Back, San Diego|
|Defensive Rookie of the Year||Jack Lambert, Linebacker, Pittsburgh|
|Man of the Year||George Blanda, Quarterback, Oakland|
|Comeback Player of the Year||Joe Namath, Quarterback, New York|
|Super Bowl Most Valuable Player||Franco Harris Running Back, Pittsburgh|
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