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Encyclopedia > 1985 NFL season

The 1985 NFL season was the 66th regular season of the National Football League. The season ended with Super Bowl XX when the Chicago Bears defeated the New England Patriots. The regular season is a term used, primarily, in North American sports. ... NFL logo The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most popular professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities. ... Super Bowl XX took place on January 26, 1986 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... 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 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...

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Major rule changes

  • Whenever a team time out is called after the two minute warning of each half, it should only last 60 seconds instead of 90.
  • A play is immediately dead anytime the quarterback performs a kneel-down (the quarterback immediately kneels down after receiving the snap) after the two minute warning of each half, or whenever the player declares himself down by sliding feet first on the ground. The ball is then spotted at the point where the player touches the ground first.
  • Pass interference is not to be called when a pass is clearly uncatchable.
  • Both "Roughing the kicker" and "Running into the kicker" fouls are not to be called if the defensive player was blocked into the kicker.
  • The definition of a valid fair catch signal is clearly defined as one arm that is fully extended above the head and waved from side to side.
  • Goaltending (leaping up to deflect a kick as is passes through the goal posts) is illegal.

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 4 0 .750 428 320
New York Jets 11 5 0 .688 393 264
New England Patriots 11 5 0 .688 362 290
Indianapolis Colts 5 11 0 .313 320 386
Buffalo Bills 2 14 0 .125 200 381
AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Cleveland Browns 8 8 0 .500 287 294
Cincinnati Bengals 7 9 0 .438 441 437
Pittsburgh Steelers 7 9 0 .438 379 355
Houston Oilers 5 11 0 .313 284 412
AFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Los Angeles Raiders 12 4 0 .750 354 308
Denver Broncos 11 5 0 .688 380 329
Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 .500 349 303
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 .500 467 435
Kansas City Chiefs 6 10 0 .375 317 360
NFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Dallas Cowboys 10 6 0 .625 357 333
New York Giants 10 6 0 .625 399 283
Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 297 312
Philadelphia Eagles 7 9 0 .438 286 310
St. Louis Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 278 414
NFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Chicago Bears 15 1 0 .938 456 198
Green Bay Packers 8 8 0 .500 337 355
Minnesota Vikings 7 9 0 .438 346 359
Detroit Lions 7 9 0 .438 307 366
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 0 .125 294 448
NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Los Angeles Rams 11 5 0 .688 340 277
San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 .625 411 263
New Orleans Saints 5 11 0 .313 294 401
Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0 .250 282 452


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 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 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 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... 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... The AFC Central refers to the Central Division of the American Football Conference of the 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 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... 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... 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 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 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 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 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... 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 based in the Washington, D... 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 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... The NFC Central refers to the Central Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League. ... 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... Note: Basketball teams from Chicago and Anderson once used the name Packers as well. ... 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 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 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 [[{{{stadium}}}]] 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 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 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 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...


Tiebreakers

  • N.Y. Jets was the first AFC Wild Card based on better conference record (9-3) than New England (8-4) and Denver (8-4).
  • New England was the second AFC Wild Card ahead of Denver based on better record against common opponents (4-2 to Broncos' 3-3).
  • Cincinnati finished ahead of Pittsburgh in the AFC Central based on head-to-head sweep (2-0).
  • Seattle finished ahead of San Diego in the AFC West based on head-to-head sweep (2-0).
  • Dallas finished ahead of N.Y. Giants and Washington in the NFC East based on better head-to-head record (4-0 to Giants' 1-3 and Redskins' 1-3).
  • N.Y. Giants was the first NFC Wild Card based on better conference record (8-4) than San Francisco (7-5) and Washington (6-6).
  • San Francisco was the second NFC Wild Card based on head-to-head victory over Washington (1-0).
  • Minnesota finished ahead of Detroit in the NFC Central based on better division record (3-5 to Lions' 2-6).

Playoffs

Main article: NFL playoffs, 1985-86
Home team in capitals

The NFL playoffs for the 1985-86 season led up to Super Bowl XX. Because the Jets and Giants both played at Giants Stadium, the two wild card playoff games were held on different days. ...

AFC

  • Wild-Card playoff: New England 26, N.Y. JETS 14
  • Divisional playoffs: MIAMI 24, Cleveland 21; New England 27, L.A. RAIDERS 20
  • AFC Championship: New England 31, MIAMI 14

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

NFC

  • Wild-Card playoff: N.Y. GIANTS 17, San Francisco 3
  • Divisional playoffs: L.A. RAMS 20, Dallas 0; CHICAGO 21, N.Y. Giants 0
  • NFC Championship: CHICAGO 24, L.A. Rams 0

This page refers to the NFC football conference. ...

Super Bowl XX



Super Bowl XX took place on January 26, 1986 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... The Louisiana Superdome, often informally referred to simply as the Superdome, is a large, multi-purpose sports and exhibition facility located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana. ... City nickname: The Crescent City, The Big Easy, The City that Care Forgot Location of New Orleans Country   State     Parish United States   Louisiana     Orleans Parish Mayor C. Ray Nagin Area   â€“Land   â€“Water 350. ...

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1984 NFL season
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Succeeded by:
1986 NFL season


The 1984 NFL season was the 65th 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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