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Encyclopedia > 1987 NFL Season

The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. A 24-day players' strike reduced the 16-game season to 15. The games that were scheduled for the third week of the season were cancelled, but the games for weeks 4-6 were played with replacement players. 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 and regions. ...


Starting on November 8, 1987, ESPN debuted ESPN Sunday Night Football, in which the cable network started to broadcast NFL Sunday night games primarily during the second half of the season. November 8 is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 53 days remaining. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ESPN (formerly an initialism for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... ESPN Sunday Night Football is a TV program showing National Football League games on Sunday evenings. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ...


Due to Game 7 of the 1987 World Series, the Denver Broncos - Minnesota Vikings game at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was moved back one day to Monday, October 26. 1987 World Series Logo The 1987 World Series was played from October 17 to October 25, 1987 between the Minnesota Twins and the St. ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush Team colors Broncos Navy Blue, Orange, and White Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles Local radio Flagship stations: KOA (850 AM)-English and KBNO (1280 AM)-Spanish Announcers: David Diaz-Infante and Dave Logan-English; Luke... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar and Vikadontis Rex Local radio Flagship stations: KFAN (1130 AM) Announcers: Paul Allen, Greg Coleman, and... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 66 days remaining. ...


The season ended with Super Bowl XXII when the Washington Redskins defeated the Denver Broncos. Date January 31, 1988 Stadium Jack Murphy Stadium City San Diego, California MVP Doug Williams, Quarterback Favorite Broncos by 3 National Anthem Herb Alpert Coin toss Don Hutson Halftime show Chubby Checker and The Rockettes Attendance 73,302 TV in the United States Network ABC Announcers Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf... City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Daniel Snyder General manager Vinny Cerrato Fight song Hail to the Redskins League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933-present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush Team colors Broncos Navy Blue, Orange, and White Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles Local radio Flagship stations: KOA (850 AM)-English and KBNO (1280 AM)-Spanish Announcers: David Diaz-Infante and Dave Logan-English; Luke...

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Major rule changes

  • If a defensive player commits pass interference in his own end zone, the ball is placed at the 1-yard line, or if the previous spot was inside the 2-yard line, the penalty is half the distance to the goal line.
  • Except for the first onside kick attempt, if a kickoff goes out of bounds, the receiving team takes possession of the ball 30 yards from the spot of the kick or the spot it went out of bounds.
  • In order to stop the clock, the quarterback is permitted to throw the ball out of bounds or to the ground as long as he throws it immediately after receiving the snap.
  • During passing plays, an offensive player cannot chop block (block a defender below the thigh while the defensive player is already engaging another offensive player).
  • Illegal contact by a defensive player beyond the 5-yard zone from the line of scrimmage will not be called if the offensive team is in an obvious punt formation.
  • During kicks and punts, players on the receiving team cannot block below the waist. However, players on the kicking team may block below the waist, but only before the kick is made. On all other plays after a change of possession, no player can 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
Indianapolis Colts 9 6 0 .600 300 238
New England Patriots 8 7 0 .533 320 293
Miami Dolphins 8 7 0 .533 362 335
Buffalo Bills 7 8 0 .467 270 305
New York Jets 6 9 0 .400 334 360
AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Cleveland Browns 10 5 0 .667 390 239
Houston Oilers 9 6 0 .600 345 349
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 7 0 .533 285 299
Cincinnati Bengals 4 11 0 .267 285 370
AFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Denver Broncos 10 4 1 .700 379 288
Seattle Seahawks 9 6 0 .600 371 314
San Diego Chargers 8 7 0 .533 253 317
Los Angeles Raiders 5 10 0 .333 301 289
Kansas City Chiefs 4 11 0 .267 273 388
NFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Washington Redskins 11 4 0 .733 379 285
Dallas Cowboys 7 8 0 .467 340 348
St. Louis Cardinals 7 8 0 .467 362 368
Philadelphia Eagles 7 8 0 .467 337 380
New York Giants 6 9 0 .400 280 312
NFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Chicago Bears 11 4 0 .733 356 282
Minnesota Vikings 8 7 0 .533 336 335
Green Bay Packers 5 9 1 .367 255 300
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 11 0 .267 286 360
Detroit Lions 4 11 0 .267 269 384
NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
San Francisco 49ers 13 2 0 .867 459 253
New Orleans Saints 12 3 0 .800 422 283
Los Angeles Rams 6 9 0 .400 317 361
Atlanta Falcons 3 12 0 .200 205 436


The AFC East refers to the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference of the National Football League. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Spike and Spirit Local radio Flagship stations: WFBQ (94. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Blue, Red, Silver, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Scott Pioli Mascot Pat Patriot Local radio Flagship stations: WBCN 104. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua Green, Coral Orange, Navy Blue, and White Head Coach Nick Saban Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T. D. Local radio Flagship stations: WAXY (790 AM) and WNMA (1210 AM) -Spanish Announcers: Jimmy Cefalo and Joe Rose... City Orchard Park, New York Team colors Dark Navy, Red, Royal, Nickel, and White Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, J-E-T-S Team colors Green and White Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Robert Wood Johnson IV General manager Mike Tannenbaum Local radio Flagship stations: WABC (770 AM) and WEPN (1050 AM) Announcers: Marty Lyons and Bob Wischusen League/Conference... The AFC Central was a division of the National Football Leagues American Football Conference from 1970 to 2001. ... City Cleveland, Ohio Team colors Seal Brown, Orange, and White Head Coach Romeo Crennel Owner Randy Lerner General manager Phil Savage Mascot CB, Chomps, TD, and Trapper Local radio Flagship stations: WMMS (100. ... City Nashville, Tennessee Team colors Navy, Titans Blue, White, and Red Head Coach Jeff Fisher Owner Bud Adams General manager Floyd Reese Mascot T-Rac Local radio Flagship stations: WKDF (103. ... City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Bill Cowher Owner Dan Rooney General manager Kevin Colbert League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933-present) Eastern Division (1933-1943; 1945-1949) Western Division (1944) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Century Division (1967-1969) American Football... City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey Local radio Flagship stations: WSAI (1360 AM), WLW (700 AM), and WOFX (92. ... The AFC West is a division of the National Football Leagues American Football Conference. ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush Team colors Broncos Navy Blue, Orange, and White Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles Local radio Flagship stations: KOA (850 AM)-English and KBNO (1280 AM)-Spanish Announcers: David Diaz-Infante and Dave Logan-English; Luke... City Seattle, Washington Other nicknames The Hawks Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976-present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference (1976... City San Diego, California Other nicknames Bolts, Super Chargers Team colors Navy Blue, White, and Gold Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer Owner Alex Spanos George Pernicano (Minority owner (3%)) General manager A.J. Smith Fight song San Diego Super Chargers Local radio Flagship stations: KIOZ (105. ... City Oakland, California Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Art Shell Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis Local radio Flagship stations: KSFO (560 AM)-English and KZSF (1370 AM)-Spanish Announcers: George Atkinson, Tom Flores, Greg Papa, and Jim Plunkett (English) and Erwin Higueros and Ambrosio Rico (Spanish... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, Yellow, and White Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner Lamar Hunt General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf Local radio Flagship stations: 101. ... The NFC East refers to the Eastern Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League. ... City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Daniel Snyder General manager Vinny Cerrato Fight song Hail to the Redskins League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933-present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal, Navy, Silver-Green, Silver, and White Head Coach Bill Parcells Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones Mascot Rowdy [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960-present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Dennis Green Owner Bidwill Family General manager John Idzik Mascot Big Red Local radio Flagship stations: KMVP (860 AM), KTAR (620 AM), and KMIA (710 AM)-Spanish Announcers: Kent Derdivanis and Ron Wolfley-Radio... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Other nicknames The Birds, The Iggles Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933-present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, the Giants, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner The Mara and Tisch Families General manager Ernie Accorsi Local radio Flagship stations: WFAN (660... The NFC Central refers to the Central Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner McCaskey Family General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear Local radio Flagship stations: WBBM (780 AM) Announcers: Jeff Joniak... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar and Vikadontis Rex Local radio Flagship stations: KFAN (1130 AM) Announcers: Paul Allen, Greg Coleman, and... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Forest Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner Green Bay Packers, Inc. ... City Tampa, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear Local radio Flagship stations: WDAE (620 AM), WFUS (103. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... The NFC West refers to the Western Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners Team colors Cardinal Red, Metallic Gold and Black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager none Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division (1946-1948) National Football League (1950-present... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo Local radio Flagship stations: WWL (870 AM)-English and WFNO (830 AM)-Spanish Announcers: Jim Henderson, Hokie Gajan, Kenny Wilkerson, and Larry Matson (English); Marco Garcia... City St. ... City Atlanta, Georgia Other nicknames Dirty Birds Team colors Black, Red, Silver, and White Head Coach Jim L. Mora Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon Local radio Flagship stations: WZGC (92. ...


Tiebreakers

  • New England finished ahead of Miami in the AFC East based on head-to-head sweep (2-0).
  • Houston was the first AFC Wild Card ahead of Seattle based on better conference record (7-4 to Seahawks' 5-6).
  • Chicago was the second NFC playoff seed ahead of Washington based on better conference record (9-2 to Redskins' 9-3).
  • Dallas finished ahead of St. Louis and Philadelphia in the NFC East based on better division record (4-4 to Cardinals' 3-5 and Eagles' 3-5). *St. Louis finished ahead of Philadelphia in the NFC East based on better conference record (7-7 to Eagles' 4-7).
  • Tampa Bay finished ahead of Detroit in the NFC Central based on better division record (3-4 to Lions' 2-5).

Playoffs

Main article: NFL playoffs, 1987-88
Home team in capitals

The NFL playoffs following the 1987 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXII. // Wild Card playoffs January 3, 1988 NFC: Minnesota Vikings 44, New Orleans Saints 10 at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana Game time: 12:30 p. ...

AFC

  • Wild-Card playoff: HOUSTON 23, Seattle 20 (OT)
  • Divisional playoffs: CLEVELAND 38, Indianapolis 21; DENVER 34, Houston 10
  • AFC Championship: DENVER 38, Cleveland 33

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

NFC

  • Wild-Card playoff: Minnesota 44, NEW ORLEANS 10
  • Divisional playoffs: Minnesota 36, SAN FRANCISCO 24; Washington 21, CHICAGO 17
  • NFC Championship: WASHINGTON 17, Minnesota 10

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

Super Bowl XXII

Date January 31, 1988 Stadium Jack Murphy Stadium City San Diego, California MVP Doug Williams, Quarterback Favorite Broncos by 3 National Anthem Herb Alpert Coin toss Don Hutson Halftime show Chubby Checker and The Rockettes Attendance 73,302 TV in the United States Network ABC Announcers Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf... Qualcomm Stadium, formerly known as San Diego Stadium and Jack Murphy Stadium, is a multiple-use stadium in San Diego, California. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Americas Finest City Location Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates , Government County San Diego Mayor City Attorney         City Council District One District Two District Three District Four District Five District Six District Seven District Eight Jerry Sanders Michael Aguirre          Scott Peters Kevin Faulconer...

References

  • NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
  • NFL History 1981-1990 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
  • 1987 season in details
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)

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Twelve times during that season he gained more than 100 yards rushing, breaking the record of 100-yard games in a season held by O.J. Simpson.
Dickerson's neck was injured during the season, and on his doctor's advice, he elected to retire.
As of the 2005 football season, Dickerson was working as a broadcaster for KCBS television in Los Angeles, providing commentary for that station's NFL pregame and postgame shows.
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