1984 NFL season

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1984 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 2 – December 17, 1984
Playoffs
Start dateDecember 23, 1984
AFC Champions Miami Dolphins
NFC Champions San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl XIX
DateJanuary 20, 1985
Site Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California
Champions San Francisco 49ers
Pro Bowl
DateJanuary 27, 1985
Site Aloha Stadium
The 49ers playing against the Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX. 1986 Jeno's Pizza - 28 - Roger Craig (cropped).jpg
The 49ers playing against the Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX.

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.

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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 in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016, by Tom Brady in 2011, by Peyton Manning in 2013, by Ben Roethlisberger and Patrick Mahomes in 2018 and by Jameis Winston in 2019) and Eric Dickerson establishing a new single-season rushing yards record with 2,105. Another statistical record broken was Mark Gastineau for most sacks in a single season, with 22 (surpassed by Michael Strahan in 2001).

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.

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]

Player movement

Transactions

Trades

Retirements

Draft

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.

Major rule changes

1984 deaths

Preseason

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, in which the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38–0, was contested on July 28, 1984 and held at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, the same city where the league was founded. The 1984 Hall of Fame Class included Willie Brown, Mike McCormack, Charley Taylor and Arnie Weinmeister.

Regular season

Scheduling formula

    Inter-conference
AFC East vs NFC East
AFC Central vs NFC East
AFC West vs NFC Central

Highlights of the 1984 season included:

Final standings

Tiebreakers

Playoffs

Dec. 30 – Mile High Stadium
3 Pittsburgh 24
Dec. 22 – Kingdome Jan. 6 – Miami Orange Bowl
2 Denver 17
AFC
5 LA Raiders 73Pittsburgh28
Dec. 29 – Miami Orange Bowl
4 Seattle 131Miami45
AFC Championship
4Seattle10
Jan. 20 – Stanford Stadium
1 Miami 31
Divisional playoffs
Wild Card playoffsA1Miami16
Dec. 30 – RFK Stadium
N1San Francisco38
Super Bowl XIX
3 Chicago 23
Dec. 23 – Anaheim Stadium Jan. 6 – Candlestick Park
2 Washington 19
NFC
5 NY Giants 163Chicago0
Dec. 29 – Candlestick Park
4 LA Rams 131San Francisco23
NFC Championship
5NY Giants10
1 San Francisco 21

Notable events

Milestones

Walter Payton (34) pictured breaking the NFL's career rushing record on October 7, 1984.. 1986 Jeno's Pizza - 12 - Walter Payton (cropped).jpg
Walter Payton (34) pictured breaking the NFL's career rushing record on October 7, 1984..
Eric Dickerson pictured in his record-breaking 1984 season, where he set the NFL record for most rushed yards. 1985 Police Raiders-Rams - 20 Eric Dickerson (crop).jpg
Eric Dickerson pictured in his record-breaking 1984 season, where he set the NFL record for most rushed yards.

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 Sr., 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)

Statistical leaders

Team

Points scoredMiami Dolphins (513)
Total yards gainedMiami Dolphins (6,936)
Yards rushingChicago Bears (2,974)
Yards passingMiami Dolphins (5,018)
Fewest points allowedSan Francisco 49ers (227)
Fewest total yards allowedChicago Bears (3,863)
Fewest rushing yards allowedChicago Bears (1,377)
Fewest passing yards allowedNew Orleans Saints (2,453)

Awards

Most Valuable Player Dan Marino, Quarterback, Miami
Coach of the Year Chuck Knox, Seattle
Offensive Player of the Year Dan Marino, Quarterback, Miami
Defensive Player of the Year Kenny Easley, Safety, Seattle
Offensive Rookie of the Year Louis Lipps, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh
Defensive Rookie of the Year Bill Maas, Defensive Tackle, Kansas City
Man of the Year Marty Lyons, Defensive tackle, NY Jets
Comeback Player of the Year John Stallworth, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Joe Montana, Quarterback, San Francisco

Coaching changes

Offseason

In-season

Stadium changes

The relocated Indianapolis Colts moved from Baltimore's Memorial Stadium to the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis.

The New York Jets moved their home games from Shea Stadium in New York City to Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, sharing it with the Giants.

Uniform changes

Regular season games not broadcast by Network TV

DateTimeTeamsLocal TVAnnouncers
September 3, 19844:00 PM EDT Cleveland @ Seattle WKYC-TV (Cleveland area)
KING-TV(Seattle area)
Phil Stone/Reggie Rucker (WKYC)
Charlie Jones/Gene Washington (KING)
October 14, 19844:00 PM EDT Buffalo @ Seattle WKBW-TV (Buffalo area)
KING-TV (Seattle area)
Rick Azar/Marv Levy (WKBW)
Phil Stone/Norris Weese (KING)

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