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Encyclopedia > 1976 NFL season

The 1976 NFL season was the 57th regular season of the National Football League. The league expanded to 28 teams with the addition of the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For this season only, the Seahawks played in the NFC West while the Buccaneers played in the AFC West. 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. ... Conference NFC Division West Year Founded 1976 Home Field Qwest Field City Seattle, Washington Team Colors Seahawks Blue, Seahawks Navy, Seahawks Bright Green Head Coach Mike Holmgren League Championships (0) Conference Championships (0) Division Championships (3) AFC West: 1988, 1999 NFC West: 2004 The Seattle Seahawks are a National Football... Conference NFC Division South Year Founded 1976 Home Field Raymond James Stadium City Tampa, Florida Team Colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 178-286-1 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (sometimes abbreviated as the Bucs... The NFC West refers to the Western Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League. ... The American Football Conference (or AFC) is one of the two conferences that compose the National Football League. ...


The season ended with Super Bowl XI when the Oakland Raiders defeated the Minnesota Vikings. Categories: American football competitions | American football stubs ... 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 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

  • Two 30-seconds clocks, one on each end of the field, will be used for all games. They will be visible to both players and fans to note the official time between the ready-for-play signal and the snap of the ball.
  • If the defensive team commits a foul during a failed extra point attempt, the try is replayed and the offensive team has the option to either have the distance penalty assessed on the next try or the ensuing kickoff.
  • If the defensive team commits a foul during a successful extra point attempt, the penalty will be assessed on the ensuing kickoff.
  • Players cannot grasp the facemask of an opponent. The penalty for an incidental grasp of the facemask is 5 yards. The penalty for twisting, turning, or pulling the facemask is 15 yards. A player can be ejected from the game if the foul is judged to be vicious and/or flagrant.
  • A defender is prohibited from running or diving into, or throwing his body against or on a ballcarrier who falls or slips to the ground untouched and makes no attempt to advance, before or after the ball is dead. This is sometimes called as the "Ben Davidson Rule" after the Raiders defender who almost seriously injured quarterback Len Dawson after the Chiefs passer fell to the ground and made no attempt to advance.

Len Dawson (born June 20, 1935) was an American college and professional American football quarterback from Purdue University. ...

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
Baltimore Colts 11 3 0 .786 417 246
New England Patriots 11 3 0 .786 376 236
Miami Dolphins 6 8 0 .429 263 264
New York Jets 3 11 0 .214 169 383
Buffalo Bills 2 12 0 .143 245 363
AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers 10 4 0 .714 342 138
Cincinnati Bengals 10 4 0 .714 335 210
Cleveland Browns 9 5 0 .643 267 287
Houston Oilers 5 9 0 .357 222 273
AFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Oakland Raiders 13 1 0 .929 350 237
Denver Broncos 9 5 0 .643 315 206
San Diego Chargers 6 8 0 .429 248 285
Kansas City Chiefs 5 9 0 .357 290 376
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 14 0 .000 125 412
NFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Dallas Cowboys 11 3 0 .786 296 194
Washington Redskins 10 4 0 .714 291 217
St. Louis Cardinals 10 4 0 .714 309 267
Philadelphia Eagles 4 10 0 .286 165 286
New York Giants 3 11 0 .214 170 250
NFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Minnesota Vikings 11 2 1 .821 305 176
Chicago Bears 7 7 0 .500 253 216
Detroit Lions 6 8 0 .429 262 220
Green Bay Packers 5 9 0 .357 218 299
NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Los Angeles Rams 10 3 1 .750 351 190
San Francisco 49ers 8 6 0 .571 270 190
Atlanta Falcons 4 10 0 .286 172 312
New Orleans Saints 4 10 0 .286 253 346
Seattle Seahawks 2 12 0 .143 229 429


The American Football Conference (or AFC) is one of the two conferences that compose the National Football League. ... 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... 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 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 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 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... 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 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... 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. ... 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 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. ... 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 NFC Division South Year Founded 1976 Home Field Raymond James Stadium City Tampa, Florida Team Colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 178-286-1 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (sometimes abbreviated as the Bucs... 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 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 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 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 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... 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. ... 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 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. ... 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 West Year Founded 1976 Home Field Qwest Field City Seattle, Washington Team Colors Seahawks Blue, Seahawks Navy, Seahawks Bright Green Head Coach Mike Holmgren League Championships (0) Conference Championships (0) Division Championships (3) AFC West: 1988, 1999 NFC West: 2004 The Seattle Seahawks are a National Football...


Tiebreakers

  • Baltimore finished ahead of New England in the AFC East based on better division record (7-1 to Patriots' 6-2).
  • Pittsburgh finished ahead of Cincinnati in the AFC Central based on head-to-head sweep (2-0).
  • Washington finished ahead of St. Louis in the NFC East based on head-to-head sweep (2-0).
  • Atlanta 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, 1976-77
Home team in capitals

The NFL playoffs for the 1976-77 season led up to Super Bowl XI. // Divisional playoff round December 18, 1976 AFC: Oakland Raiders 24, New England Patriots 21 at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California Quarterback Ken Stabler dived into the end zone with 10 seconds left in the game to score...

AFC

  • Divisional playoffs: OAKLAND 24, New England 21; Pittsburgh 40, BALTIMORE 14
  • AFC Championship: OAKLAND 24, Pittsburgh 7

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

NFC

  • Divisional playoffs: MINNESOTA 35, Washington 20; Los Angeles 14, DALLAS 12
  • NFC Championship: MINNESOTA 24, Los Angeles 13

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

Super Bowl XI

Oakland (AFC) 32, Minnesota (NFC) 14, at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California Categories: American football competitions | American football stubs ... This article is about the Los Angeles stadium. ... Pasadena is a city located in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ...




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The 1975 NFL season was the 56th 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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