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1984 NFL season

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1984 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 2 – December 17, 1984
Start dateDecember 23, 1984
AFC ChampionsMiami Dolphins
NFC ChampionsSan Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl XIX
DateJanuary 20, 1985
SiteStanford Stadium, Stanford, California
ChampionsSan Francisco 49ers
Pro Bowl
DateJanuary 27, 1985
SiteAloha Stadium
The 49ers playing against the Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX.
The 49ers playing against the Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX.

The 1984 NFL season was the 65th regular season of the National Football League. The Colts relocated from Baltimore, Maryland to Indianapolis, Indiana before the season. The Colts new home field was the Hoosier Dome. The New York Jets moved their home games from Shea Stadium in New York City to Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The season ended with Super Bowl XIX when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins 38–16 at Stanford Stadium in California. This was the first Super Bowl televised by ABC, who entered into the annual championship game rotation with CBS and NBC. This game marked the second shortest distance between the Super Bowl host stadium (Stanford, California) and a Super Bowl team (San Francisco 49ers).[1]

The 49ers became the first team in NFL history to win 15 games in a regular season and to win 18 in an entire season (including the postseason). Additionally, two major offensive records were set this season, with quarterback Dan Marino establishing a new single-season passing yards record with 5,084 (later broken by Drew Brees and Tom Brady in 2011 and by Peyton Manning in 2013), and Eric Dickerson establishing a new single-season rushing yards record with 2,105.

Also during the season, San Diego Chargers wide receiver Charlie Joiner became the all-time leader in career receptions; he set that mark in a game between the Chargers and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium.

In a week 10 game against the Kansas City Chiefs the Seattle Seahawks set numerous NFL records for interception returns including most interception return yardage in a game and most interceptions returned for touchdowns in a game with 4 (all touchdowns over 50 yards in length). The Seahawks also tied an NFL record with 63 defensive takeaways on the season.

Salaries increased significantly over the past two seasons in the NFL, up nearly fifty percent; new Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon led the list at $1.1 million.[2]

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- Hey guys, this is the story of the NFL team that disappeared in 24 hours. With the Super Bowl right around the corner, these days it's just not all that uncommon to see major league teams move from city to city. Just in the last few years, the Rams, Chargers, and Raiders have all moved. Teams move for all kinds of reasons, whether it's dwindling ticket sales or a lack of funding for stadiums. Generally, these moves take place over years after being announced. However, what's not common is for an NFL team to move in 24 hours. In the '70s, the Baltimore Colts were sharing the same stadium as the Orioles baseball team. Not only did that mean sharing field space, but it also meant they had to share office space, locker rooms. I mean, there was barely enough space for one team, much less two. This was even worse for the fans. Because a baseball diamond is such a weird shape compared to a traditional football stadium, it meant that the vast majority of seats had terrible views. Also, there weren't enough bathrooms, so, you know. (feces plopping) With all this in mind, the new owner of the Colts, Robert Irsay, fought for a brand-new stadium that was actually good for football. You know, like everyone else had. Now this actually almost happened. Baltimore did have plans to build the BaltoDome, which might be the most '70s name of all time. However, the $78 million in funding to actually build it was vetoed by the governor. With that, Irsay started to shop for new cities for the Colts. The potential options included Memphis, Jacksonville, as well as Phoenix. Naturally, the city of Baltimore didn't exactly take too kindly to this, and then decided to steal the team. I'm actually not kidding, they tried to steal the team. On march 27, 1984, the city of Baltimore passed a bill that allowed them to take ownership of the Colts team through eminent domain. Eminent domain allows the government to seize private property for public use. This is not all that uncommon especially in sports. Pretty much any city that hosts the Olympics will use eminent domain to build the stadiums to host the games. What eminent domain isn't usually used for is to take control of a sports team as opposed to, say, building, like, some schools or something. Even though the bill had passed, it actually wouldn't take effect until the following day when the governor signed it, so that prompted Irsay to come up with a little bit of a crazy idea. By a little bit of a crazy idea, I mean a completely bat (bleep) insane one. Enter Operation: We Have To Find A New City To Move To And Move Our Entire NFL Team In Less Than 24 Hours. - [Matt] That's a long name. - They probably had a better code name. Irsay started by calling the list of cities that he'd been negotiating with and saying we need to make a deal, like, right now. The Colts were actually pretty close to a deal with Phoenix. However, because of the impending legislation, Phoenix pulled their offer off the table. However, Indianapolis had just finished completing their brand-new stadium known as the Hoosier Dome, and they were looking for an NFL team. Irsay called the mayor of Indianapolis, William Hudnut, and struck a deal to move the entire team in less than 24 hours over the phone. Lucky for everyone, the mayor had a friend who owned a large shipping company, and thus the operation was officially underway. 15 trucks were sent in the middle of night to collect everything that was necessary to run the Colts team. This included equipment, other stuff. I don't know, what do you need for an NFL team? It's just equipment, right? Because of the secrecy necessary to pull something like this off, most of the Colts staff had no idea what was going on. So instead, they hired a local frat house to load up all the trucks. (laughing) This is so stupid! Like, if this was a movie script, I'm like, that's unrealistic! As you might expect, this didn't exactly go perfectly, as frat guys (laughing) started immediately stealing all the memorabilia. Some guys were wearing, like, three or four jerseys. It's (laughing)-- - There was a report where they said, like, they put one jersey in a box, put one in their pocket. - That sounds exactly right! All 15 trucks drove through the night, each taking a different route in case the Maryland State Police were on their trail. As soon as they got to Indiana, their own state police escorted them into Indianapolis to make sure that no shenanigans or nefarious deeds happened to the goods. I got the nefarious in there. I got it in there, you can't take it out now! By the time the eminent domain bill was signed the next day, the entire Colts organization was already completely out of town. Well, besides the marching band. (sad trumpet music) (brass clanging) After losing the Colts in such spectacular fashion, this caused the city of Baltimore to really put a lot of effort into keeping their last remaining major league team, the Orioles, so a few years later, they built them a brand-new stadium, which would've solved the entire Colts issue to begin with.


Major rule changes

  • Linebackers are permitted to wear numbers 90 to 99.
  • The penalty for a kickoff or onside kick that goes out of bounds is 5 yards from the previous spot and a re-kick must be made. However, if the second (or more) kickoff or onside kick goes out of bounds, the receiving team may choose instead to take possession of the ball at the out of bounds spot.
  • Leaping to try to block a field goal or an extra point is illegal unless the defensive player was lined up at the line of scrimmage.
  • A kicker or holder who fakes being roughed or run into by a defensive player can receive an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct will also be called for any prolonged, excessive, or premeditated celebration by individual players or a group of players. This is usually referred to as the “Mark Gastineau Rule” because a major reason why this change was made was to stop him from performing his signature “Sack Dance” every time after he sacked an opposing quarterback. This also referred to the Washington Redskins "Fun Bunch".

Regular Season games not broadcast by Network TV

Date Time Teams Local TV Announcers
September 3, 1984 4:00 PM EDT Cleveland @ Seattle WKYC-TV (Cleveland area)
KING-TV(Seattle area)
Phil Stone/Reggie Rucker (WKYC)
Charlie Jones/Gene Washington (KING)
October 14, 1984 4:00 PM EDT Buffalo @ Seattle WKBW-TV (Buffalo area)
KING-TV (Seattle area)
Rick Azar/Marv Levy (WKBW)
Phil Stone/Norris Weese (KING)

Final standings


  • N.Y. Giants finished ahead of St. Louis and Dallas in the NFC East based on best head-to-head record (3–1 to Cardinals’ 2–2 and Cowboys’ 1–3).
  • St. Louis finished ahead of Dallas in the NFC East based on better division record (5–3 to Cowboys’ 3–5).


Divisional Playoffs
    Dec. 30 – Mile High Stadium        
AFC Wild Card Game AFC Championship
 3  Pittsburgh  24
Dec. 22 – Kingdome     Jan. 6 – Miami Orange Bowl
 2  Denver  17  
 5  LA Raiders  7  3  Pittsburgh  28
Dec. 29 – Miami Orange Bowl
 4  Seattle  13      1  Miami  45   Super Bowl XIX
 4  Seattle  10
    Jan. 20 – Stanford Stadium
 1  Miami  31  
 A1  Miami  16
Dec. 30 – RFK Stadium
NFC Wild Card Game NFC Championship    N1  San Francisco  38
 3  Chicago  23
Dec. 23 – Anaheim Stadium     Jan. 6 – Candlestick Park
 2  Washington  19  
 5  NY Giants  16  3  Chicago  0
Dec. 29 – Candlestick Park
 4  LA Rams  13      1  San Francisco  23  
 5  NY Giants  10
 1  San Francisco  21  

Statistical leaders


Points scored Miami Dolphins (513)
Total yards gained Miami Dolphins (6,936)
Yards rushing Chicago Bears (2,974)
Yards passing Miami Dolphins (5,018)
Fewest points allowed San Francisco 49ers (227)
Fewest total yards allowed Chicago Bears (3,863)
Fewest rushing yards allowed Chicago Bears (1,377)
Fewest passing yards allowed New Orleans Saints (2,453)


Walter Payton (34) pictured breaking the NFL's career rushing record on October 7, 1984..
Walter Payton (34) pictured breaking the NFL's career rushing record on October 7, 1984..
Eric Dickerson pictured in his record-breaking 1984 season, where he set the NFL record for most rushed yards.
Eric Dickerson pictured in his record-breaking 1984 season, where he set the NFL record for most rushed yards.

The following players set all-time records during the season:

Most Passing Yards Gained, Season Dan Marino, Miami (5,084)
Most Passing Touchdowns, Season Dan Marino, Miami (48)
Most Passes Completed, Season Dan Marino, Miami (362)
Most Rushing Yards Gained, Season Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (2,105)
Most Rushing Attempts, Season James Wilder Sr., Tampa Bay (407)
Most Pass Receptions, Season Art Monk, Washington (106)
Most Receiving Touchdowns, Season Mark Clayton, Miami (18)
Most Extra Points Made, Season Uwe von Schamann, Miami (66)
Most Extra Point Attempts, Season Uwe von Schamann, Miami (70)
Most Sacks, Season Mark Gastineau, New York Jets (22.0)
Most Rushing Yards Gained, Career Walter Payton, Chicago (13,309 at the end of the season)
Most Receptions, Career Charlie Joiner, San Diego (657 at the end of the season)


Most Valuable Player Dan Marino, Quarterback, Miami
Coach of the Year Chuck Knox, Seattle
Offensive Player of the Year Dan Marino, Quarterback, Miami
Defensive Player of the Year Kenny Easley, Safety, Seattle
Offensive Rookie of the Year Louis Lipps, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh
Defensive Rookie of the Year Bill Maas, Defensive Tackle, Kansas City
Man of the Year Marty Lyons, Defensive tackle, NY Jets
Comeback Player of the Year John Stallworth, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Joe Montana, Quarterback, San Francisco


The 1984 NFL Draft was held from May 1 to May 2, 1984 at New York City's Omni Park Central Hotel. With the first pick, the New England Patriots selected wide receiver Irving Fryar from the University of Nebraska.

Coaching changes



Notable events

  • For the only time in NFL history, two teams — the Oilers and the Bills — begin the season 0–10.[3]


  1. ^ The shortest distance was the Los Angeles Rams, whose home was the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving to Anaheim the year after playing in Super Bowl XIV vs the Pittsburgh Steelers, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca.
  2. ^ "NFL salaries increasing". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. January 15, 1985. p. 2B.
  3. ^ Tapp, Jerry; NFL Teams That Started the Season 0–10
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