|Duration||August 31, 1997 – December 22, 1997|
|Start date||December 27, 1997|
|AFC Champions||Denver Broncos|
|NFC Champions||Green Bay Packers|
|Super Bowl XXXII|
|Date||January 25, 1998|
|Site||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California|
|Date||February 1, 1998|
The 1997 NFL season was the 78th regular season of the National Football League. The Oilers relocated from Houston, Texas to Nashville, Tennessee. The newly renamed Tennessee Oilers played their home games during this season at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee while construction of a new stadium in Nashville started. Houston would rejoin the NFL with the expansion Texans in 2002.
This was the last season to date that TNT broadcast NFL games, as well as the last for NBC until 2006. When the TV contracts were renewed near the end of the season, Fox retained the National Football Conference package, CBS took over the American Football Conference package and ESPN won the right to televise all of the Sunday night games.
Due to Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, the Chicago Bears–Miami Dolphins game at Pro Player Stadium was delayed one day to Monday, October 27.
The Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers both changed their uniforms, and the new uniforms for both teams were introduced during this season.
The season ended with Super Bowl XXXII when the Denver Broncos defeated the Green Bay Packers 31–24 at Qualcomm Stadium. This broke the National Football Conference's streak of thirteen consecutive Super Bowl victories, the last American Football Conference win having been the Los Angeles Raiders defeating the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII.
The 1997 NFL Draft was held from April 19 to 20, 1997 at New York City's Theater at Madison Square Garden. With the first pick, the St. Louis Rams selected offensive tackle Orlando Pace from Ohio State University.
Red Cashion and Howard Roe retired. Bill Carollo and Phil Luckett were promoted to referee.
A series of National Football League pre-season exhibition games that were held at sites outside the United States. Three were contested in 1997, including the defending Super Bowl XXXI champion Green Bay Packers competing in Toronto.
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Score||Stadium||City|
|July 27, 1997||Pittsburgh Steelers||30||Chicago Bears||17||Croke Park||Dublin|
|August 4, 1997||Miami Dolphins||38||Denver Broncos||19||Estadio Guillermo Cañedo||Mexico City|
|August 16, 1997||Green Bay Packers||35||Buffalo Bills||3||SkyDome||Toronto|
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, in which the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28–26, was played on July 26, and held at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, the same city where the league was founded. The 1997 Hall of Fame Class included Mike Haynes, Wellington Mara, Don Shula and Mike Webster.
Highlights of the 1997 season included:
|Dec. 28 – Houlihan's Stadium||Jan. 4 – Lambeau Field|
|4||Tampa Bay||20||Jan. 11 – 3Com Park|
|Dec. 27 – Giants Stadium||2||Green Bay||23|
|Jan. 3 – 3Com Park|
|3||NY Giants||22||Jan. 25 – Qualcomm Stadium|
|Wild Card playoffs|
|Dec. 27 – Mile High Stadium||N2||Green Bay||24|
|Jan. 4 – Arrowhead Stadium|
|5||Jacksonville||17||Super Bowl XXXII|
|4||Denver||42||Jan. 11 – Three Rivers Stadium|
|Dec. 28 – Foxboro Stadium||4||Denver||24|
|Jan. 3 – Three Rivers Stadium|
|Points scored||Denver Broncos (472)|
|Total yards gained||Denver Broncos (5,872)|
|Yards rushing||Pittsburgh Steelers (2,479)|
|Yards passing||Seattle Seahawks (3,959)|
|Fewest points allowed||Kansas City Chiefs (232)|
|Fewest total yards allowed||San Francisco 49ers (4,013)|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed||Pittsburgh Steelers (1,318)|
|Fewest passing yards allowed||Dallas Cowboys (2,522)|
|Scoring||Mike Hollis, Jacksonville (134 points)|
|Touchdowns||Karim Abdul-Jabbar, Miami (16 TDs)|
|Most field goals made||Richie Cunningham, Dallas (34 FGs)|
|Rushing yards||Barry Sanders, Detroit, (2,053 yards)|
|Passer rating||Steve Young, San Francisco (104.7 rating)|
|Passing yards||Jeff George, Oakland (3,917 yards)|
|Passing touchdowns||Brett Favre, Green Bay (35 TDs)|
|Receptions||Tim Brown, Oakland and Herman Moore, Detroit (104 catches)|
|Receiving yards||Rob Moore, Arizona (1,584)|
|Receiving touchdowns||Cris Carter, Minnesota (13)|
|Punt returns||Jermaine Lewis, Baltimore (15.6 average yards)|
|Kickoff returns||Michael Bates, Carolina (27.3 average yards)|
|Interceptions||Ryan McNeil, St. Louis (9)|
|Punting||Mark Royals, New Orleans (45.9 average yards)|
|Sacks||John Randle, Minnesota (15.5)|
|Most Valuable Players||Brett Favre, Quarterback, Green Bay and Barry Sanders, Running back, Detroit|
|Coach of the Year||Jim Fassel, New York Giants|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Barry Sanders, Running back, Detroit|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Dana Stubblefield, Defensive tackle, San Francisco|
|Offensive Rookie of the Year||Warrick Dunn, Running back, Tampa Bay|
|Defensive Rookie of the Year||Peter Boulware, Linebacker, Baltimore|
|NFL Comeback Player of the Year||Robert Brooks, Wide Receiver, Green Bay|
|NFL Man of the Year||Troy Aikman, Quarterback, Dallas|
|Super Bowl Most Valuable Player||Terrell Davis, Running Back, Denver|
|September||RB – Terrell Davis, Denver||LB – Chris Slade, New England||K – Matt Stover, Baltimore|
|October||RB – Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh||DE – Bruce Smith, Buffalo||K – Greg Davis, San Diego|
|November||QB – John Elway, Denver||S – Jerome Woods, Kansas City||WR-PR – Eric Metcalf, San Diego|
|December||WR – Keenan McCardell, Jacksonville||LB – Derrick Thomas, Kansas City||K – Pete Stoyanovich, Kansas City|
|September||WR – Jake Reed, Minnesota||DT – Warren Sapp, Tampa Bay||K – Richie Cunningham, Dallas|
|October||RB – Barry Sanders, Detroit||DT – John Randle, Minnesota||P – Matt Turk, Washington|
|November||RB – Barry Sanders, Detroit||DT – Dana Stubblefield, San Francisco||K – Doug Brien, New Orleans|
|December||RB – Barry Sanders, Detroit||CB – Jason Sehorn, New York Giants||RB-KR – Byron Hanspard, Atlanta|
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