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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.

Due to damage caused by the Loma Prieta earthquakemarker to Candlestick Parkmarker, the New England Patriots - San Francisco 49ers match on October 22 was played at Stanford Stadiummarker in Stanfordmarker.

The season ended with Super Bowl XXIV where the 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos.

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, 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 are enacted, including loss of time outs or five-yard penalties, to handle the problems of crowd noise when it becomes too loud that it prevents the offensive team from hearing 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.


Final standings

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

- clinched wild card berth, - clinched division title

AFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
y-Buffalo Bills 9 7 0 .563 409 317
Indianapolis Colts 8 8 0 .500 298 301
Miami Dolphins 8 8 0 .500 331 379
New England Patriots 5 11 0 .313 297 391
New York Jets 4 12 0 .250 253 411
AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
y-Cleveland Browns 9 6 1 .594 334 254
x-Houston Oilers 9 7 0 .563 365 412
x-Pittsburgh Steelers 9 7 0 .563 265 326
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 404 285
AFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
y-Denver Broncos 11 5 0 .688 362 226
Kansas City Chiefs 8 7 1 .531 318 286
Los Angeles Raiders 8 8 0 .500 315 297
Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 .438 241 327
San Diego Chargers 6 10 0 .375 266 290
NFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
y-New York Giants 12 4 0 .750 348 252
x-Philadelphia Eagles 11 5 0 .688 342 274
Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 386 308
Phoenix Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 258 377
Dallas Cowboys 1 15 0 .063 204 393
NFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
y-Minnesota Vikings 10 6 0 .625 351 275
Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 362 356
Detroit Lions 7 9 0 .438 312 364
Chicago Bears 6 10 0 .375 358 377
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 320 419
NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
y-San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 .875 442 253
x-Los Angeles Rams 11 5 0 .688 426 344
New Orleans Saints 9 7 0 .563 386 301
Atlanta Falcons 3 13 0 .188 279 437



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 (6–3 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

Home team in capitals

AFC

  • Wild-Card playoff: Pittsburgh 26, HOUSTON 23 (OT)
  • Divisional playoffs: CLEVELAND 34, Buffalo 30; DENVER 24, Pittsburgh 23
  • AFC Championship: DENVER 37, Cleveland 21 at Mile High Stadiummarker, Denver, Coloradomarker, January 14, 1990

NFC

  • Wild-Card playoff: L.A. Rams 21, PHILADELPHIA 7
  • Divisional playoffs: L.A. Rams 19, N.Y. GIANTS 13 (OT); SAN FRANCISCO 41, Minnesota 13
  • NFC Championship: SAN FRANCISCO 30, L.A. Rams 3 at Candlestick Parkmarker, San Francisco, Californiamarker, January 14, 1990

Super Bowl



References

  • NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
  • NFL History 1981-1990 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
  • 1989 season in details
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)



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