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Encyclopedia > 1974 NFL season

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. 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. ... Super Bowl IX was game that matched two of the NFLs greatest ever defenses -- Pittsburghs Steel Curtain against the Purple People Eaters of Minnesota -- and two legendary quarterbacks: Terry Bradshaw and Fran Tarkenton, respectively. ... 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) Conference Championships (5) AFC: 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979... 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 League Championships 1: 1969 (NFL) The Minnesota Vikings are a National Football League team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota along with fellow major pro sports...

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Major rule changes

The following changes were adopted to add tempo and action to the game (and to help counter the proposed changes announced by the World Football League to their games): WFL logo The World Football League was an American football league that played in 1974 and part of 1975. ...

  • One sudden death overtime period is added to all preseason and regular season games.
  • In order to reduce the number of games being decided on field goals, and to make them more difficult, the goal posts are moved from the goal lines to the end lines.
  • The spot of kickoffs is moved from the 40-yard line to the 35-yard line.
  • After a field goal is missed beyond the 20-yard line, the defensive team takes possession of the ball at the previous line of scrimmage. After a field goal is missed from inside the 20-yard line, the defensive team takes possession of the ball at the 20-yard line.
  • In order to increase punt returns, members of the kicking team cannot go beyond the line of scrimmage until the ball is kicked.
  • An eligible pass receiver can only be contacted once by defenders after the receiver has gone 3 yards beyond the line of scrimmage.
  • When the defensive team commits an illegal use of hands, arms, or body foul from behind the line of scrimmage, the penalty will be assessed from the previous spot instead of the spot of the foul.
  • The penalties for offensive holding, illegal use of hands, and tripping is reduced from 15-yards to 10-yards.
  • Wide recievers blocking back towards the ball within three yards from the line of scrimmage may not block below the waist.

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 11 3 0 .786 327 216
Buffalo Bills 9 5 0 .643 264 244
New England Patriots 7 7 0 .500 348 289
New York Jets 7 7 0 .500 279 300
Baltimore Colts 2 12 0 .143 190 329
AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers 10 3 1 .750 305 189
Houston Oilers 7 7 0 .500 236 282
Cincinnati Bengals 7 7 0 .500 283 259
Cleveland Browns 4 10 0 .286 251 344
AFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Oakland Raiders 12 2 0 .857 355 228
Denver Broncos 7 6 1 .536 302 294
Kansas City Chiefs 5 9 0 .357 233 293
San Diego Chargers 5 9 0 .357 212 285
NFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
St. Louis Cardinals 10 4 0 .714 285 218
Washington Redskins 10 4 0 .714 320 196
Dallas Cowboys 8 6 0 .571 297 235
Philadelphia Eagles 7 7 0 .500 242 217
New York Giants 2 12 0 .143 195 299
NFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Minnesota Vikings 10 4 0 .714 310 195
Detroit Lions 7 7 0 .500 256 270
Green Bay Packers 6 8 0 .429 210 206
Chicago Bears 4 10 0 .286 152 279
NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Los Angeles Rams 10 4 0 .714 263 181
San Francisco 49ers 6 8 0 .429 226 236
New Orleans Saints 5 9 0 .357 166 263
Atlanta Falcons 3 11 0 .214 111 271


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) Conference Championships (0) Division Championships (4) AFL East: 1968, 1969 AFC East: 1998, 2002 The New York... Conference AFC Division South Year Founded 1953 Home Field RCA Dome City Indianapolis, Indiana Team Colors Royal Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy League Championships (3) 1958 (NFL), 1959 (NFL), 1968 (NFL), 1970 (Super Bowl V) Conference Championships (5) NFL Western: 1958, 1959, 1964, 1968 AFC: 1970 Division Championships... The AFC Central refers to the Central Division of the American Football Conference of the National Football League. ... 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) Conference Championships (5) AFC: 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979... Conference AFC Division South Year Founded 1960 Home Field The Coliseum City Nashville, Tennessee Team Colors Navy, Titans Blue, Red, and Silver Head Coach Jeff Fisher League Championships 2: 1960 (AFL), 1961 (AFL) The Tennessee Titans are a National Football League team based in Nashville, Tennessee. ... 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 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... 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) Conference Championships (4) AFC: 1976, 1980, 1983, 2002 Division Championships... 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 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 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 West Year Founded 1898 Home Field Sun Devil Stadium City Tempe, Arizona Team Colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Dennis Green League Championships (2) 1925 (NFL), 1947 (NFL) Conference Championships (0) Division Championships (4) NFL West: 1947, 1948 NFC East: 1974, 1975 The Arizona Cardinals... Conference NFC Division East Year Founded 1932 Home Field FedEx Field City Landover, Maryland Team Colors Burgundy and Gold Head Coach Joe Gibbs League Championships 5: 1937 (NFL), 1942 (NFL), 1982 (Super Bowl XVII), 1987 (Super Bowl XXII), 1991 (Super Bowl XXVI) The Washington Redskins are a National Football League... 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 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) Conference Championships (3) NFL Eastern: 1960 NFC: 1980, 2004 Division Championships (9) NFL East... 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 League Championships (6) 1927 (NFL), 1934 (NFL), 1938 (NFL), 1956 (NFL), 1986 (Super Bowl XXI), 1990 (Super Bowl XXV) Conference Championships (9) NFL Eastern... 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 League Championships 1: 1969 (NFL) The Minnesota Vikings are a National Football League team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota along with fellow major pro sports... 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 League Championships (9) 1921 (AFPA), 1932 (NFL), 1933 (NFL), 1940 (NFL), 1941 (NFL), 1943 (NFL), 1946 (NFL), 1963 (NFL), 1985 (Super Bowl XX) Conference Championships... 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 West Year Founded 1946 Home Field Monster Park City San Francisco, California Team Colors Metallic Gold, Cardinal Red, and Beige Head Coach Mike Nolan League Championships (5) 1981 (Super Bowl XVI), 1984 (Super Bowl XIX), 1988 (Super Bowl XXIII), 1989 (Super Bowl XXIV), 1994 (Super Bowl XXIX... Conference NFC Division South Year Founded 1967 Home Field Due to damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, games are split between: Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge) Alamodome City New Orleans, Louisiana Team Colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Jim Haslett League Championships None The New Orleans Saints are a National... 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 League Championships None The Atlanta Falcons are a National Football League team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ...


Tiebreakers

  • New England finished ahead of N.Y. Jets in the AFC East based on better record against common opponents (5-4 to Jets' 4-5).
  • Houston finished ahead of Cincinnati in the AFC Central based on head-to-head sweep (2-0).
  • Kansas City finished ahead of San Diego in the AFC West based on better record against common opponents (4-6 to Chargers' 3-7).
  • St. Louis finished ahead of Washington in the NFC East based on head-to-head sweep (2-0).

Playoffs

Main article: NFL playoffs, 1974-75
Home team in capitals

The NFL playoffs for the 1974-75 season led up to Super Bowl IX. // Divisional playoff round December 21, 1974 AFC: Oakland Raiders 28, Miami Dolphins 26 at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California With 24 seconds left in the game, the Raiders Clarence Davis somehow catches the winning touchdown pass among...

AFC

  • Divisional playoffs: OAKLAND 28, Miami 26; PITTSBURGH 32, Buffalo 14
  • AFC Championship: Pittsburgh 24, OAKLAND 13

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

NFC

  • Divisional playoffs: MINNESOTA 30, St. Louis 14; LOS ANGELES 19, Washington 10
  • NFC Championship: MINNESOTA 14, Los Angeles 10

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

Super Bowl IX

Pittsburgh (AFC) 16, Minnesota (NFC) 6, at Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana Super Bowl IX was game that matched two of the NFLs greatest ever defenses -- Pittsburghs Steel Curtain against the Purple People Eaters of Minnesota -- and two legendary quarterbacks: Terry Bradshaw and Fran Tarkenton, respectively. ... Tulane Stadium was an outdoor football stadium located in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... For information on the events of Hurricane Katrina, see effect of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans. ...



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1973 NFL season
NFL seasons
1974
Succeeded by:
1975 NFL season


The 1973 NFL season was the 54th 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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