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The 1982 NFL season was the 63rd regular season of the National Football League. Before the season, a verdict was handed down against the league in the trial brought by the Oakland Raiders and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseummarker back in 1980. The jury ruled that the NFL violated antitrust laws when it declined to approve the proposed move by the team from Oakland, Californiamarker to Los Angeles. Thus, the league was forced to let the officially renamed Los Angeles Raiders play in the second largest city in the United States.

A 57-day long players' strike reduced the 1982 season from a 16-game schedule per team to 9. Because of the shortened season, the NFL adopted a special 16-team playoff tournament; division standings were ignored. Eight teams from each conference were seeded 1-8 based on their regular season records.

For the start of the 1982 season, the Minnesota Vikings moved from Metropolitan Stadiummarker to the Metrodomemarker.

The season ended with Super Bowl XVII when the Washington Redskins defeated the Miami Dolphins.

Major rule changes

  • The penalty for incidental grabbing of a facemask that is committed by the defensive team is changed from 5 yards and an automatic first down to just 5 yards.
  • The penalties for illegally kicking, batting, or punching the ball are changed from 15 yards to 10 yards.
  • The league discontinued the 1979 numbering system for officials, with officials numbered separately by position, and reverted back to the original system where each NFL official was assigned a different number. Also the officials' position was now abbreviated on the back of the uniform instead of being spelled out.


Final standings

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

Clinched playoff seeds are marked in parentheses and shaded in green

AFC
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(1) Los Angeles Raiders 8 1 0 .889 260 200
(2) Miami Dolphins 7 2 0 .778 198 131
(3) Cincinnati Bengals 7 2 0 .778 232 177
(4) Pittsburgh Steelers 6 3 0 .667 204 146
(5) San Diego Chargers 6 3 0 .667 288 221
(6) New York Jets 6 3 0 .667 245 166
(7) New England Patriots 5 4 0 .556 143 157
(8) Cleveland Browns 4 5 0 .444 140 182
Buffalo Bills 4 5 0 .444 150 154
Seattle Seahawks 4 5 0 .444 127 147
Kansas City Chiefs 3 6 0 .333 176 184
Denver Broncos 2 7 0 .222 148 226
Houston Oilers 1 8 0 .111 136 245
Baltimore Colts 0 8 1 .056 113 236
NFC
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(1) Washington Redskins 8 1 0 .889 190 128
(2) Dallas Cowboys 6 3 0 .667 226 145
(3) Green Bay Packers 5 3 1 .611 226 169
(4) Minnesota Vikings 5 4 0 .556 187 198
(5) Atlanta Falcons 5 4 0 .556 183 199
(6) St. Louis Cardinals 5 4 0 .556 135 170
(7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 4 0 .556 158 178
(8) Detroit Lions 4 5 0 .444 181 176
New Orleans Saints 4 5 0 .444 129 160
New York Giants 4 5 0 .444 164 160
San Francisco 49ers 3 6 0 .333 209 206
Chicago Bears 3 6 0 .333 141 174
Philadelphia Eagles 3 6 0 .333 191 195
Los Angeles Rams 2 7 0 .222 200 250



Tiebreakers

  • AFC
    • Miami finished ahead of Cincinnati based on better conference record (6-1 to Bengals' 6-2).
    • Pittsburgh finished ahead of San Diego based on better record against common opponents (3-1 to Chargers' 2-1) after N.Y. Jets were eliminated from three-way tie based on conference record (Pittsburgh and San Diego 5-3 to Jets' 2-3).
    • Cleveland finished ahead of Buffalo and Seattle based on better conference record (4-3 to Bills' 3-3 to Seahawks' 3-5).
    • Buffalo finished ahead of Seattle based on better conference record (3-3 to Seahawks' 3-5).
  • NFC
    • Minnesota (4-1), Atlanta (4-3), St. Louis (5-4), Tampa Bay (3-3) seeds were determined by best won-lost record in conference games.
    • Detroit finished ahead of New Orleans and the N.Y. Giants based on best conference record (4-4 to Saints' 3-5 to Giants' 3-5).
    • San Francisco finished ahead of Chicago, and Chicago finished ahead of Philadelphia, based on conference record (49ers' 2-3 to Bears' 2-5 to Eagles' 1-5).


Playoffs

References

  • NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
  • NFL History 1981-1990 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
  • 1982 season in details
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)



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