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Encyclopedia > 1978 NFL season

The 1978 NFL season was the 59th regular season of the National Football League. To increase revenue, the league expanded the regular season from a 14-game schedule to 16. Furthermore, the playoff format was expanded from 8 teams to 10 teams by adding another wild card from each conference. The wild card teams would play each other with the winner advancing to the playoff round of eight teams. The regular season is a term used, primarily, in North American sports. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most popular professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities. ...


The season ended with Super Bowl XIII when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys. Categories: American football competitions | American football stubs ... Conference AFC Division North Year Founded 1933 Home Field Heinz Field City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team Colors Black and Gold Head Coach Bill Cowher All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 508-498-21 The Pittsburgh Steelers are a National Football League team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... 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 All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 415-307-6 The Dallas Cowboys are a National Football League team...

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Major rule changes

  • To open up the passing game, defenders are permitted to make contact with receivers only to a point of five yards beyond the line of scrimmage. Previously, contact was allowed anywhere on the field.
  • The offensive team may only make one forward pass during a play from scrimmage, but only if the ball does not cross the line and return behind the line prior to the pass.
  • Double touching of a forward pass is legal, but batting a pass toward toward's the opponent's end zone is illegal. Previously, a second offensive player could not legally catch a deflected pass unless a defensive player had touched it. This is usually referred to as the "Mel Renfro Rule". During a play in Super Bowl V, Baltimore Colts receiver Eddie Hinton tipped a pass intended for him. Renfro, the Cowboys defensive back, made a stab at the ball and it was ruled that he tipped it ever so slightly (which he denied) into the arms of Colts tight end John Mackey, who ran for a touchdown. Later, this rule was also the one in question during the Immaculate Reception in 1972. But despite these two incidents, the rule change did not occur until this season.
  • The pass blocking rules were extended to permit extended arms and open hands.
  • The penalty for intentional grounding is reduced from a loss of down and 15 yards to a loss of down and 10 yards from the previous spot. If the passer commits the foul in his own end zone, the defense scores a safety.
  • Hurdling is no longer a foul.
  • A seventh official, the Side Judge, is added to the officiating crew to help rule on legalities downfield.

Melvin Lacy Mel Renfro (born December 30, 1941 in Houston, Texas) is a former American football cornerback and safety who spent his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys. ... Date January 17, 1971 Location Orange Bowl, Miami, FL Attendance 79,204 MVP Chuck Howley, LB, Dallas Super Bowl V was the fifth Super Bowl, the championship of American football. ... 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... John Mackey can refer to: John Mackey an American football player John Mackey the CEO of Whole Foods Market This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The Immaculate Reception is the nickname given to one of the most famous single plays in the history of professional American football. ...

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
New England Patriots 11 5 0 .688 358 286
Miami Dolphins 11 5 0 .688 372 254
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 359 364
Buffalo Bills 5 11 0 .313 302 354
Baltimore Colts 5 11 0 .313 239 421
AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers 14 2 0 .875 356 195
Houston Oilers 10 6 0 .625 283 298
Cleveland Browns 8 8 0 .500 334 356
Cincinnati Bengals 4 12 0 .250 252 284
AFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Denver Broncos 10 6 0 .625 282 198
Oakland Raiders 9 7 0 .563 311 283
Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 .563 345 358
San Diego Chargers 9 7 0 .563 355 309
Kansas City Chiefs 4 12 0 .250 243 327
NFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Dallas Cowboys 12 4 0 .750 384 208
Philadelphia Eagles 9 7 0 .563 270 250
Washington Redskins 8 8 0 .500 273 283
St. Louis Cardinals 6 10 0 .375 248 296
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 264 298
NFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Minnesota Vikings 8 7 1 .531 294 306
Green Bay Packers 8 7 1 .531 249 269
Detroit Lions 7 9 0 .438 290 300
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 253 274
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 241 259
NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Los Angeles Rams 12 4 0 .750 316 245
Atlanta Falcons 9 7 0 .563 240 290
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 281 298
San Francisco 49ers 2 14 0 .125 219 350


The American Football Conference (or AFC) is one of the two conferences that compose the National Football League. ... 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 All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 344-349-9 The New England Patriots are a National Football League team based... 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 All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 373-254-4 The Miami Dolphins 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 All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 312-374-8 The New York Jets are a National Football League team that... 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 All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 336-361-8 The Buffalo Bills are a Buffalo, 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 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 1933 Home Field Heinz Field City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team Colors Black and Gold Head Coach Bill Cowher All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 508-498-21 The Pittsburgh Steelers are a National Football League team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... 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... 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 All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 467-356-13 The Cleveland Browns are a National Football League team based in... Conference AFC Division North Founded 1966 Home Field Paul Brown Stadium City Cincinnati, Ohio Team Colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 240-308-0 The Cincinnati Bengals are a National Football League team based in Cincinnati... 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 INVESCO Field at Mile High City Denver, Colorado Team Colors Broncos Navy Blue, Orange, and White Head Coach Mike Shanahan All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 365-331-10 The Denver Broncos are a National Football... Conference AFC Division West Year Founded 1960 Home Field McAfee Coliseum City Oakland, California Team Colors Silver and Black Head Coach Norv Turner All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 415-293-11 The Oakland Raiders are a National Football League team based in Oakland, California. ... 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 All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 217-245-0 The Seattle Seahawks are a National Football League team... 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 All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 327-357-11 The San Diego Chargers are a National Football League team... 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 All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 364-320-12 The Kansas City Chiefs are a National Football League team based... 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 All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 415-307-6 The Dallas Cowboys are a National Football League team... 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 All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 471-516-25 The Philadelphia Eagles are a National Football League team... 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 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 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 originating... 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... Note: Basketball teams from Chicago and Anderson once used the name Packers as well. ... Conference NFC Division North Year Founded 1930 Home Field Ford Field City Detroit, Michigan Team Colors Honolulu Blue and Silver Head Coach Steve Mariucci All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 480-530-32 The Detroit Lions are a National Football League team based in Detroit... 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... 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. ... 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 South Year Founded 1967 Home Field Louisiana Superdome 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 a National Football League team... 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...


Tiebreakers

  • New England finished ahead of Miami in the AFC East based on better division record (6-2 to Dolphins' 5-3).
  • Buffalo finished ahead of Baltimore in the AFC East based on head-to-head sweep (2-0).
  • Oakland, Seattle, and San Diego finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, respectively, in the AFC West based on better record against common opponents (6-2 to Seahawks' 5-3 and Chargers' 4-4).
  • Minnesota finished ahead of in the NFC Central Green Bay based on better head-to-head record (1-0-1).
  • Detroit finished ahead of Chicago in the NFC Central based on better division record (4-4 to Bears' 3-5).
  • Atlanta was the first NFC Wild Card based on better conference record than Philadelphia (8-4 to Eagles' 6-6).
  • St. Louis finished ahead of N.Y. Giants in the NFC East based on better division record (3-5 to Giants' 2-6).

Playoffs

Main article: NFL playoffs, 1978-79
Home team in capitals

The NFL playoffs for the 1978-79 season led up to Super Bowl XIII. This was the first year that the playoffs expanded to a ten-team tournament, adding a second wild card team from each conference. ...

AFC

  • Wild-Card playoff: Houston 17, MIAMI 9
  • Divisional playoffs: Houston 31, NEW ENGLAND 14; PITTSBURGH 33, Denver 10
  • AFC Championship: PITTSBURGH 34, Houston 5

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

NFC

  • Wild-Card playoff: ATLANTA 14, Philadelphia 13
  • Divisional playoffs: DALLAS 27, Atlanta 20; LOS ANGELES 34, Minnesota 10
  • NFC Championship: Dallas 28, LOS ANGELES 0

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

Super Bowl XIII

Pittsburgh (AFC) 35, Dallas (NFC) 31, at Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida Categories: American football competitions | American football stubs ... Aerial view of the Orange Bowl The Orange Bowl Stadium is a stadium in the City of Miami, Florida, near downtown Miami, Florida. ... Miami skyline, sunset. ...




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1977 NFL season
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1979 NFL season


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