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Encyclopedia > 1988 NFL season

The 1988 NFL season was the 69th regular season of the National Football League. The Cardinals relocated from St. Louis, Missouri to the Phoenix, Arizona area. 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. ... 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 Gateway Arch, shown here behind the Old Courthouse, is the most recognizable part of the St. ... Phoenix (Oodham: Skikik) was incorporated as a city on February 5, 1881. ...


The season ended with Super Bowl XXIII when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals. Super Bowl XXIII took place on January 22, 1989 at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida. ... 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 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...

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Major rule changes

  • A standard system of two time intervals between plays are established (and would be timed using the Play Clock): For normal plays, the offensive team has 45 seconds to snap the ball after the previous play is signaled dead. After time outs and other administrative stoppages, the time limit is 30 seconds beginning after the Referee signals that the ball is ready to resume play.
  • If a fumble occurs during an extra point attempt, only the fumbling player can recover and/or advance the ball. This change closes a loophole in the "Stabler Fumble Rule" that was enacted during the 1979 NFL season in reaction to the Holy Roller Game.
  • The penalty for "Running into the kicker" is changed from five yards and a first down to just 5 yards.

In American football, the extra point, point after touchdown, or PAT is the act of lining up to kick, as in a field goal, immediately following a touchdown. ... The Holy Roller (known as the Immaculate Deception by San Diego Chargers fans) was an infamous game-winning play executed by the Oakland Raiders against the Chargers on September 21, 1978. ...

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
Buffalo Bills 12 4 0 .750 329 237
Indianapolis Colts 9 7 0 .563 354 315
New England Patriots 9 7 0 .563 250 284
New York Jets 8 7 1 .531 372 354
Miami Dolphins 6 10 0 .375 319 380
AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Cincinnati Bengals 12 4 0 .750 448 329
Cleveland Browns 10 6 0 .625 304 288
Houston Oilers 10 6 0 .625 424 365
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 11 0 .313 336 421
AFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 .563 339 329
Denver Broncos 8 8 0 .500 327 352
Los Angeles Raiders 7 9 0 .438 325 369
San Diego Chargers 6 10 0 .375 231 332
Kansas City Chiefs 4 11 1 .281 254 320
NFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 379 319
New York Giants 10 6 0 .625 359 304
Washington Redskins 7 9 0 .438 345 387
Phoenix Cardinals 7 9 0 .438 344 398
Dallas Cowboys 3 13 0 .188 265 381
NFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Chicago Bears 12 4 0 .750 312 215
Minnesota Vikings 11 5 0 .688 406 233
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 261 350
Detroit Lions 4 12 0 .250 220 313
Green Bay Packers 4 12 0 .250 240 315
NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 .625 369 294
Los Angeles Rams 10 6 0 .625 407 293
New Orleans Saints 10 6 0 .625 312 283
Atlanta Falcons 5 11 0 .313 244 315


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 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... 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 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 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... The AFC Central refers to the Central Division of the American Football Conference of the National Football League. ... 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 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 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 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. ... The American Football Conference (or AFC) is one of the two conferences that compose the National Football League. ... 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 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 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 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 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 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 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... 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... 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 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... 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... 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 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 West Year Founded 1937 Home Field [[{{{stadium}}}]] City St. ... 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

  • Cincinnati was the top AFC playoff seed ahead of Buffalo based on head-to-head victory (1-0).
  • Indianapolis finished ahead of New England in the AFC East based on better record against common opponents (7-5 to Patriots' 6-6).
  • Cleveland finished ahead of Houston in the AFC Central based on better division record (4-2 to Oilers' 3-3).
  • Philadelphia finished first in the NFC East based on head-to-head sweep of N.Y. Giants (2-0).
  • Washington finished third in in the NFC East based on better division record (4-4) than Phoenix (3-5).
  • Detroit finished fourth in the NFC Central based on head-to-head sweep of Green Bay (2-0).
  • San Francisco finished first in the NFC West based on better head-to-head record (3-1) against L.A. Rams (2-2) and New Orleans (1-3).
  • L.A. Rams finished second in the NFC West based on better division record (4-2) than New Orleans (3-3), and earned the last NFC Wild Card based on better conference record (8-4) than N.Y. Giants (9-5) and New Orleans (6-6).

Playoffs

Main article: NFL playoffs, 1988-89
Home team in capitals

The NFL playoffs following the 1988 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXIII. Due to Christmas, the two wild card playoff games were held in a span of three days. ...

AFC

  • Wild-Card playoff: Houston 24, CLEVELAND 23
  • Divisional playoffs: CINCINNATI 21, Seattle 13; BUFFALO 17, Houston 10
  • AFC Championship: CINCINNATI 21, Buffalo 10

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

NFC

  • Wild-Card playoff: MINNESOTA 28, L.A. Rams 17
  • Divisional playoffs: CHICAGO 20, Philadelphia 12; SAN FRANCISCO 34, Minnesota 9
  • NFC Championship: San Francisco 28, CHICAGO 3

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

Super Bowl XXIII


Super Bowl XXIII took place on January 22, 1989 at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida. ... Dolphins Stadium (originally named such, later named Joe Robbie Stadium and then Pro Player Stadium, and now back to Dolphins Stadium) is an American football and baseball stadium in Miami, Florida. ... The Miami skyline, as it is seen from the northeast on Biscayne Bay. ...

Preceded by:
1987 NFL season
NFL seasons
1988
Succeeded by:
1989 NFL season


The 1987 NFL season was the 68th 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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