1989 NFL season

1989 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 10 – December 25, 1989
Playoffs
Start date December 31, 1989
AFC Champions Denver Broncos
NFC Champions San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl XXIV
Date January 28, 1990
Site Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Champions San Francisco 49ers
Pro Bowl
Date February 4, 1990
Site Aloha Stadium

The 1989 NFL season was the 70th regular season of the National Football League. Before the season, NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle announced his retirement. Paul Tagliabue was eventually chosen to succeed him, taking over on November 5.

Due to damage caused by the Loma Prieta earthquake to Candlestick Park, the New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ers game on October 22 was played at Stanford Stadium in Stanford.

The season ended with Super Bowl XXIV where the 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos 55–10 at the Louisiana Superdome.

Major rule changes

  • After a foul that occurs inside the last two minutes of the first half and inside the last five minutes of the second half or overtime, the game clock will start at the snap, instead of when the ball is spotted and the Referee signals it is ready to be played.
  • New rules were enacted, including loss of timeouts or five-yard penalties, to handle the problem of crowd noise when it becomes too loud for the offensive team to hear its signals.
  • If a receiver and a defender eventually establish joint control of a pass, the ball will be awarded to whoever was the first player to establish control of the ball.
  • While not a rule “change” per se, the “hurry up offense” was recognized as fully legal, and penalties for delay of game would be called against teams whose defenders faked injuries in order to slow down the tempo, unless those teams called for timeouts.

Final standings

Tiebreakers

  • Indianapolis finished ahead of Miami in the AFC East based on better conference record (7–5 vs. Dolphins' 6–8).
  • Houston finished ahead of Pittsburgh in the AFC Central based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).
  • Philadelphia was first NFC Wild Card ahead of L.A. Rams based on better record against common opponents (7–3 to Rams' 5–4).
  • Minnesota finished ahead of Green Bay in the NFC Central based on better division record (6–2 vs. Packers' 5–3).

Playoffs

NOTE: The San Francisco 49ers (the NFC 1 seed) did not play the Los Angeles Rams (the 5 seed) in the Divisional playoff round because both teams were in the same division.
                                   
Divisional Playoffs
    Jan. 7 – Giants Stadium        
NFC Wild Card Game NFC Championship
 5  LA Rams  19*
Dec. 31 – Veterans Stadium     Jan. 14 – Candlestick Park
 2  NY Giants  13  
 5  LA Rams  21  5  LA Rams  3
Jan. 6 – Candlestick Park
 4  Philadelphia  7      1  San Francisco  30   Super Bowl XXIV
 3  Minnesota  13
    Jan. 28 – Louisiana Superdome
 1  San Francisco  41  
 N1  San Francisco  55
Jan. 6 – Cleveland Stadium
AFC Wild Card Game AFC Championship    A1  Denver  10
 3  Buffalo  30
Dec. 31 – Astrodome     Jan. 14 – Mile High Stadium
 2  Cleveland  34  
 5  Pittsburgh  26*  2  Cleveland  21
Jan. 7 – Mile High Stadium
 4  Houston  23      1  Denver  37  
 5  Pittsburgh  23
   
 1  Denver  24  
* Indicates overtime victory

Statistical leaders

Team

Points scoredSan Francisco 49ers (442)
Total yards gainedSan Francisco 49ers (6,268)
Yards rushingCincinnati Bengals (2,483)
Yards passingWashington Redskins (4,349)
Fewest points allowedDenver Broncos (226)
Fewest total yards allowedMinnesota Vikings (4,184)
Fewest rushing yards allowedNew Orleans Saints (1,326)
Fewest passing yards allowedMinnesota Vikings (2,501)

Awards

Most Valuable PlayerJoe Montana, Quarterback, San Francisco
Coach of the YearLindy Infante, Green Bay
Offensive Player of the YearJoe Montana, Quarterback, San Francisco
Defensive Player of the YearKeith Millard, Defensive Tackle, Minnesota
Offensive Rookie of the YearBarry Sanders, Running Back, Detroit
Defensive Rookie of the YearDerrick Thomas, Linebacker, Kansas City
NFL Comeback Player of the YearOttis Anderson, Running Back, NY Giants
NFL Man of the YearWarren Moon, Quarterback, Houston
Super Bowl Most Valuable PlayerJoe Montana, Quarterback, San Francisco

Draft

The 1989 NFL Draft was held from April 23 to 24, 1989 at New York City's Marriott Marquis. With the first pick, the Dallas Cowboys selected quarterback Troy Aikman from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Coaches

American Football Conference

National Football Conference

References

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


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