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Encyclopedia > 1973 NFL season

The 1973 NFL season was the 54th regular season of the National Football League. The season ended with Super Bowl VIII when the Miami Dolphins defeated the Minnesota Vikings. The regular season is a term used, primarily, in North American sports. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities. ... Date January 13, 1974 Stadium Rice Stadium City Houston, Texas Attendance 71,882 MVP Mr. ... Conference AFC Division East Year Founded 1966 Home Field Dolphins Stadium City Miami, Florida Team Colors Aqua Green, Coral Orange, Blue, and White Head Coach Nick Saban League Championships 2: 1972 (Super Bowl VII), 1973 (Super Bowl VIII) The Miami Dolphins are a National Football League team based in Miami... Conference NFC Division North Year Founded 1961 Home Field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome City Minneapolis, Minnesota Team Colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike Tice All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 380-315-9 The Minnesota Vikings are a National Football League team based...

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Major rule changes

  • A jersey numbering system is adopted (players who played in the 1972 NFL season are grandfathered in):
    • 1-19: Quarterbacks and specialists
    • 20-49: Running backs and defensive backs
    • 50-59: Centers and linebackers
    • 60-79: Defensive linemen and offensive linemen other than centers
    • 80-89: Wide receivers and tight ends
  • Defensive players cannot jump or stand on a teammate while trying to block a kick.
  • The clock is to start at the snap following a change of possession.
  • If there is a foul by the offensive team, and it is followed by a change of possession, the period can be extended by one play by the other team.
  • If the receiving team commits a foul after the ball is kicked, possession will be presumed to have changed; the receiving team keeps the ball.

The 1972 NFL season was the 53rd regular season of the National Football League. ... A grandfather clause is an exception, originating from the United States, that allows a pre-existing rule to remain as it is despite a change in the rules applied to newer situations. ...

Final standings

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

Qualified for playoffs
AFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Miami Dolphins 12 2 0 .857 343 150
Buffalo Bills 9 5 0 .643 259 230
New England Patriots 5 9 0 .357 258 300
New York Jets 4 10 0 .286 240 306
Baltimore Colts 4 10 0 .286 226 341
AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Cincinnati Bengals 10 4 0 .714 286 231
Pittsburgh Steelers 10 4 0 .714 347 210
Cleveland Browns 7 5 2 .571 234 255
Houston Oilers 1 13 0 .071 199 447
AFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Oakland Raiders 9 4 1 .679 292 175
Kansas City Chiefs 7 5 2 .571 231 192
Denver Broncos 7 5 2 .571 354 296
San Diego Chargers 2 11 1 .179 188 386
NFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Dallas Cowboys 10 4 0 .714 382 203
Washington Redskins 10 4 0 .714 325 198
Philadelphia Eagles 5 8 1 .393 310 393
St. Louis Cardinals 4 9 1 .321 286 365
New York Giants 2 11 1 .179 226 362
NFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 .857 296 168
Detroit Lions 6 7 1 .464 271 247
Green Bay Packers 5 7 2 .429 202 259
Chicago Bears 3 11 0 .214 195 334
NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Los Angeles Rams 12 2 0 .857 388 178
Atlanta Falcons 9 5 0 .643 318 224
San Francisco 49ers 5 9 0 .357 262 319
New Orleans Saints 5 9 0 .357 163 312


The American Football Conference (or AFC) is one of the two conferences that compose the National Football League. ... Conference AFC Division East Year Founded 1966 Home Field Dolphins Stadium City Miami, Florida Team Colors Aqua Green, Coral Orange, Blue, and White Head Coach Nick Saban League Championships 2: 1972 (Super Bowl VII), 1973 (Super Bowl VIII) The Miami Dolphins are a National Football League team based in Miami... Conference AFC Division East Year Founded 1960 Home Field Ralph Wilson Stadium City Buffalo, New York Team Colors Dark Navy, Red, Royal, and Nickel Head Coach Mike Mularkey League Championships 2: 1964 (AFL), 1965 (AFL) The Buffalo Bills are a Buffalo, New York-based National Football League team which plays... Conference AFC Division East Year Founded 1960 Home Field Gillette Stadium City Foxborough, Massachusetts Team Colors Blue, Red, Silver, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick League Championships 3: 2001 (Super Bowl XXXVI), 2003 (Super Bowl XXXVII), 2004 (Super Bowl XXXIX) The New England Patriots are a National Football League team... Conference AFC Division East Year Founded 1960 Home Field Giants Stadium City East Rutherford, New Jersey Team Colors Green and White Head Coach Herman Edwards League Championships 1: 1968 (AFL & Super Bowl III) The New York Jets are a National Football League team that plays its home games in East... Conference AFC Division South Year Founded 1953 Home Field RCA Dome City Indianapolis, Indiana Team Colors Royal Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 389-390-7 The Indianapolis Colts are a National Football League team based in Indianapolis... The AFC Central refers to the Central Division of the American Football Conference of the National Football League. ... Conference AFC Division North Year Founded 1967 Home Field Paul Brown Stadium City Cincinnati, Ohio Team Colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis League Championships None The Cincinnati Bengals are a National Football League team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Conference AFC Division North Year Founded 1933 Home Field Heinz Field City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team Colors Black and Gold Head Coach Bill Cowher League Championships 4: 1974 (Super Bowl IX), 1975 (Super Bowl X), 1978 (Super Bowl XIII), 1979 (Super Bowl XIV) The Pittsburgh Steelers are a National Football League... Conference AFC Division North Year Founded 1946 Home Field Cleveland Browns Stadium City Cleveland, Ohio Team Colors Brown, Orange, and White Head Coach Romeo Crennel League Championships 8: 1946 (AAFC), 1947 (AAFC), 1948 (AAFC), 1949 (AAFC), 1950 (NFL), 1954 (NFL), 1955 (NFL), 1956 (NFL), 1964 (NFL) The Cleveland Browns are... Conference AFC Division South Founded 1960 Home Field The Coliseum City Nashville, Tennessee Colors Navy blue, Columbia blue, white, red, and silver Head Coach Jeff Fisher All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 342-359-6 The Tennessee Titans are a National Football League team based... The American Football Conference (or AFC) is one of the two conferences that compose the National Football League. ... Conference AFC Division West Year Founded 1960 Home Field McAfee Coliseum City Oakland, California Team Colors Silver and Black Head Coach Norv Turner League Championships 4: 1967 (AFL), 1976 (Super Bowl XI), 1980 (Super Bowl XV), 1983 (Super Bowl XVIII) The Oakland Raiders are a National Football League team based... Conference AFC Division West Year Founded 1960 Home Field Arrowhead Stadium City Kansas City, Missouri Team Colors Red, Gold, and White Head Coach Dick Vermeil League Championships 3: 1962 (AFL), 1966 (AFL), 1969 (AFL & Super Bowl IV) The Kansas City Chiefs are a National Football League team based in Kansas... Conference AFC Division West Year Founded 1960 Home Field INVESCO Field at Mile High City Denver, Colorado Team Colors Broncos Navy Blue, Orange, and White Head Coach Mike Shanahan League Championships 2: 1997 (Super Bowl XXXII), 1998 (Super Bowl XXXIII) The Denver Broncos are a National Football League team based... Conference AFC Division West Year Founded 1960 Home Field Qualcomm Stadium City San Diego, California Team Colors Navy Blue, White, and Gold Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer League Championships 1: 1963 (AFL) The San Diego Chargers are a National Football League team based in San Diego, California. ... This page refers to the NFC football conference. ... Conference NFC Division East Year Founded 1960 Home Field Texas Stadium City Irving, Texas Team Colors Royal Blue, Metallic Silver, Blue, and White Head Coach Bill Parcells League Championships 5: 1971 (Super Bowl VI), 1977 (Super Bowl XII), 1992 (Super Bowl XXVII), 1993 (Super Bowl XXVIII), 1995 (Super Bowl XXX... Conference NFC Division East Year Founded 1932 Home Field FedEx Field City Landover, Maryland Team Colors Burgundy and Gold Head Coach Joe Gibbs All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 527-477-27 The Washington Redskins are a National Football League team based in the Washington... Conference NFC Division East Year Founded 1933 Home Field Lincoln Financial Field City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team Colors Midnight Green, Silver, Black, and White Head Coach Andy Reid League Championships 3: 1948 (NFL), 1949 (NFL), 1960 (NFL) The Philadelphia Eagles are a National Football League team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Conference NFC Division West Year Founded 1898 Home Field Sun Devil Stadium City Tempe, Arizona Team Colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Dennis Green All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 448-642-39 The Arizona Cardinals are a National Football League team based... Conference NFC Division East Year Founded 1925 Home Field Giants Stadium City East Rutherford, New Jersey Team Colors Blue, Red, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 593-508-33 The New York Giants are a National Football League team... The NFC Central refers to the Central Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League. ... Conference NFC Division North Year Founded 1961 Home Field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome City Minneapolis, Minnesota Team Colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike Tice All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 380-315-9 The Minnesota Vikings are a National Football League team based... Conference NFC Division North Year Founded 1930 Home Field Ford Field City Detroit, Michigan Team Colors Honolulu Blue and Silver Head Coach Steve Mariucci League Championships 4: 1935 (NFL), 1952 (NFL), 1953 (NFL), 1957 (NFL) The Detroit Lions are a National Football League team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... Note: Basketball teams from Chicago and Anderson once used the name Packers as well. ... Conference NFC Division North Year Founded 1919 Home Field Soldier Field City Chicago, Illinois Team Colors Navy Blue, Orange, and White Head Coach Lovie Smith All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 660-489-42 (not counting 1919 season) The Chicago Bears are a National Football... The NFC West refers to the Western Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League. ... Conference NFC Division West Year Founded 1937 Home Field Edward Jones Dome City St. ... Conference NFC Division South Year Founded 1965 Home Field Georgia Dome City Atlanta, Georgia Team Colors Black, Red, Silver, and White Head Coach Jim L. Mora All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 243-357-6 The Atlanta Falcons are a National Football League team based... Conference NFC Division West Year Founded 1946 Home Field Monster Park City San Francisco, California Team Colors Metallic Gold, Cardinal Red, and Beige Head Coach Mike Nolan All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 498-379-15 The San Francisco 49ers are a National Football League... Conference NFC Division South Year Founded 1967 Home Field To be announced due to Hurricane Katrina City New Orleans, Louisiana Team Colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Jim Haslett All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 235-344-5 The New Orleans Saints are...


Tiebreakers

  • N.Y. Jets finished ahead of Baltimore in the AFC East based on head-to-head sweep (2-0).
  • Cincinnati finished ahead of Pittsburgh in the AFC Central based on better conference record (8-3 to Steelers' 7-4).
  • Kansas City finished ahead of Denver in the AFC West based on better division record (4-2 to Broncos' 3-2-1).
  • Dallas finished ahead of Washington in the NFC East based on better point differential in head-to-head games (13 points).
  • San Francisco finished ahead of New Orleans in the NFC West based on better division record (2-4 to Saints' 1-5).

Playoffs

Main article: NFL playoffs, 1973-74
Home team in capitals

The NFL playoffs for the 1973-74 season led up to Super Bowl VIII. // Divisional playoff round December 22, 1973 AFC: Oakland Raiders 33, Pittsburgh Steelers 14 at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California The Raiders scored on 6 drives that were all over 58 yards long. ...

AFC

  • Divisional playoffs: OAKLAND 33, Pittsburgh 14; MIAMI 34, Cincinnati 16
  • AFC Championship: MIAMI 27, Oakland 10

The American Football Conference (or AFC) is one of the two conferences that compose the National Football League. ...

NFC

  • Divisional playoffs: MINNESOTA 27, Washington 20; DALLAS 27, Los Angeles 16
  • NFC Championship: Minnesota 27, DALLAS 10

The National Football Conference is one of the two conferences of the National Football League. ...

Super Bowl VIII

Miami (AFC) 24, Minnesota (NFC) 7, at Rice Stadium, Houston, Texas Date January 13, 1974 Stadium Rice Stadium City Houston, Texas Attendance 71,882 MVP Mr. ... Rice Stadium is a football stadium located in Houston, Texas. ... Downtown Houston Uptown Houston City nickname: Space City Location in the state of Texas Founded   â€” Incorporated 1836 1837 Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Mayor Bill White Area   â€” Land   â€” Water 601. ...




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1972 NFL season
NFL seasons
1973
Succeeded by:
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The 1972 NFL season was the 53rd regular season of the National Football League. ... A list of National Football League seasons since inception of the league: 1920 | 1921 | 1922 | 1923 | 1924 | 1925 | 1926 | 1927 | 1928 | 1929 | 1930 | 1931 | 1932 | 1933 | 1934 | 1935 | 1936 | 1937 | 1938 | 1939 | 1940 | 1941 | 1942 | 1943 | 1944 | 1945 | 1946 | 1947 | 1948 | 1949 | 1950 | 1951 | 1952 | 1953 | 1954 | 1955 | 1956 | 1957...


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