|1967 National Football League season|
|Duration||September 17 – December 17, 1967|
|East Champions||Dallas Cowboys|
|West Champions||Green Bay Packers|
|Champions||Green Bay Packers|
| National Football League seasons
The 1967 NFL season was the 48th regular season of the National Football League. The league expanded to 16 teams with the addition of the New Orleans Saints. The league's teams were realigned into four divisions: the Capitol and Century Divisions in the Eastern Conference, and the Central and Coastal Divisions in the Western Conference. The Saints and the New York Giants agreed to switch divisions in 1968 and return to the 1967 alignment in 1969.
The NFL season concluded on December 31, when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Championship Game (in a game that would be known as the "Ice Bowl"). Two weeks later, the Packers handily defeated the AFL's Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II in Miami's Orange Bowl, Vince Lombardi's final game as the Packers' head coach.
The Baltimore Colts had tied for the NFL's best record at 11–1–2, but were excluded from the four team playoff, because of the rules for breaking ties within a division. The L.A. Rams won their division title over Baltimore as a result of the Rams' 34–10 win over Baltimore on the last game of the regular season and a 20–20 tie against Baltimore earlier. In competition against Baltimore, L.A. had a 1–0–1 edge, giving them the tiebreaker. Each of the other three division winners had only nine victories.
Major rule changesEdit
- The "slingshot" or "tuning fork" goalpost, with one curved support from the ground and offset behind the crossbar, was made standard in the NFL. This replaced the previous year's offset goalpost, which had two non-curved supports from the ground. Before the introduction of the offset goalpost, the supports were directly on the goal line.
- A 6 foot-wide border around the field was also made standard in the league. Its outer edge designates the closest that non-players can be to the field, and thus enables the game officials to have a running lane to work in.
The Eastern Conference was split into the Capitol and Century Divisions, and the Western Conference had the Coastal and Central Divisions. (Each of the new division names began with the letter C and contained seven letters.) Under the new system, each team would play six division games (a home-and-away series against teams in its division); a game against each of the other four teams in its conference; and a nonconference game against each member of a four-team division, for a total of 14 games. In the past, if two teams were tied for the division lead at season's end, a one-game playoff was conducted to break the tie. Starting in 1967, a tiebreaking system was implemented that started with net points in head-to-head competition, followed by which team that had less recently been in a title game . As such, only one team in a division would be the division winner, even if the won-loss record was the same.
|2||Dallas||2–0–0||St. Louis||1–1–0||San Francisco||2–0–0||Detroit||1–0–1|
|3||Philadelphia||2–1–0||St. Louis||2–1–0||Los Angeles||3–0–0||Green Bay||2–0–1|
|4||Dallas||3–1–0||St. Louis||3–1–0||Baltimore||4–0–0||Green Bay||3–0–1|
|5||Dallas||4–1–0||N.Y. Giants||3–2–0||Baltimore||4–0–1||Green Bay||3–1–1|
|7||Dallas||5–2–0||N.Y. Giants||4–3–0||Baltimore||5–0–2||Green Bay||5–1–1|
|8||Dallas||6–2–0||St. Louis||5–3–0||Baltimore||6–0–2||Green Bay||5–2–1|
|9||Dallas||7–2–0||St. Louis||5–3–1||Baltimore||7–0–2||Green Bay||6–2–1|
|14||Dallas||9–5–0||Cleveland||9–5–0||Los Angeles||11–1–2||Green Bay||9–4–1|
W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against
Note: Prior to 1972, the NFL did not include tie games when calculating a team's winning percentage in the official standings
|New Orleans Saints||3||11||0||.214||233||379|
|New York Giants||7||7||0||.500||369||379|
|St. Louis Cardinals||6||7||1||.462||333||356|
|Los Angeles Rams||11||1||2||.917||398||196|
|San Francisco 49ers||7||7||0||.500||273||337|
|Green Bay Packers||9||4||1||.692||332||209|
Los Angeles won the Coastal Division based on better point differential in head-to-head games (net 24 points) vs. Baltimore. The Rams and Colts played to a 24–24 tie in Baltimore in October before the Rams won 34–10 on the season's final Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. NOTE: The result would be the same under the modern tiebreaker, which relies first on head-to-head record (Los Angeles won the head-to-head series, 1–0–1).
- Main article: NFL playoffs, 1967
|Most Valuable Player||Johnny Unitas, Quarterback, Baltimore Colts|
|Coach of the Year||George Allen, L.A. Rams; Don Shula, Baltimore Colts (tie)|
|Offensive Rookie of the Year||Mel Farr, Running Back, Detroit|
|Defensive Rookie of the Year||Lem Barney, Cornerback, Detroit|
- Super Bowl II: Green Bay (NFL) 33, Oakland (AFL) 14, at Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida
- 1967 American Football League season
- NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
- 1967 season in details
- NFL History 1961–1970 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
- Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
Early Era (1920-1969)
|1920 • 1921 • 1922 • 1923 • 1924 • 1925 • 1926 • 1927 • 1928 • 1929|
|Modern Era (1970-present)|
|1970 • 1971 • 1972 • 1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1976 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979|