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1975 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 21 – December 21, 1975
Playoffs
Start date December 27, 1975
AFC Champions Pittsburgh Steelers
NFC Champions Dallas Cowboys
Super Bowl X
Date January 18, 1976
Site Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida
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Champions Pittsburgh Steelers
Pro Bowl
Date January 26, 1976
National Football League seasons
 < 1974 1976 > 

The 1975 NFL season was the 56th regular season of the National Football League. The league made two significant changes to increase the appeal of the game:

  1. The surviving clubs with the best regular season records were made the home teams for each playoff round. Previously, game sites rotated by division.
  2. The league pioneered the use of equipping American football referees with wireless microphones to announce penalties and clarify complex and/or unusual rulings to both fans and the media.

Instead of a traditional Thanksgiving Day game hosted by the Dallas Cowboys, the league scheduled a Buffalo Bills at St. Louis Cardinals contest. This would be the first season since 1966 that the Cowboys did not play on that holiday.

The season ended with Super Bowl X when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys.

Major rule changesEdit

  • After a fourth down incomplete pass goes in or through the end zone, the other team will take possession at the previous line of scrimmage. Previously, it resulted in a touchback.
  • The penalty for pass interference on the offensive team is reduced from 15 yards to 10.
  • If there are fouls by both teams on the same play but one results in a player ejection, the penalties will still offset but the player will still be ejected.

Division racesEdit

Starting in 1970, and until 2002, there were three divisions (Eastern, Central and Western) in each conference. The winners of each division, and a fourth "wild card" team based on the best non-division winner, qualified for the playoffs. The tiebreaker rules were changed to start with head-to-head competition, followed by division records, common opponents' records, and conference play.

National Football Conference

Week Eastern Central Western Wild Card
1 4 teams 1–0–0 Tie: (Det, Min) 1–0–0 4 teams 0–1–0 4 teams 1–0–0
2 Tie: (Dal, Was) 2–0–0 Tie: (Det, Min) 2–0–0 Los Angeles 1–1–0 2 teams 2–0–0
3 Dallas 3–0–0 Minnesota 3–0–0 Los Angeles 2–1–0 3 teams 2–1–0
4 Dallas 4–0–0 Minnesota 4–0–0 Los Angeles 3–1–0 Tie: (Was, Det) 3–1–0
5 Dallas 4–1–0 Minnesota 5–0–0 Los Angeles 4–1–0 Tie: (StL, Det) 4–1–0
6 Dallas 5–1–0 Minnesota 6–0–0 Los Angeles 5–1–0 Washington* 4–2–0
7 Dallas* 5–2–0 Minnesota 7–0–0 Los Angeles 6–1–0 Washington* 5–2–0
8 Washington* 6–2–0 Minnesota 8–0–0 Los Angeles 6–2–0 St. Louis 6–2–0
9 St. Louis 7–2–0 Minnesota 9–0–0 Los Angeles 7–2–0 Dal, Det, Was 6–3–0
10 St. Louis 8–2–0 Minnesota 10–0–0 Los Angeles 8–2–0 Dallas 7–3–0
11 Dallas* 8–3–0 Minnesota 10–1–0 Los Angeles 9–2–0 St. Louis 8–3–0
12 St. Louis 9–3–0 Minnesota 11–1–0 Los Angeles 10–2–0 Dallas 8–4–0
13 St. Louis 10–3–0 Minnesota 11–2–0 Los Angeles 11–2–0 Dallas 9–4–0
14 St. Louis 11–3–0 Minnesota 12–2–0 Los Angeles 12–2–0 Dallas 10–4–0

American Football Conference

Week Eastern Central Western Wild Card
1 Tie: (Bal, Buf) 1–0–0 3 teams 1–0–0 Tie: (Den, Oak) 1–0–0 4 teams 1–0–0
2 Buffalo 2–0–0 Tie: (Cin, Hou) 2–0–0 Tie: (Den, Oak) 2–0–0 2 teams 2–0–0
3 Buffalo 3–0–0 Cincinnati 3–0–0 Oakland 3–0–0 5 teams 2–1–0
4 Buffalo 4–0–0 Cincinnati 4–0–0 Oakland 3–1–0 Pittsburgh* 3–1–0
5 Buffalo* 4–1–0 Cincinnati 5–0–0 Denver* 3–2–0 Pittsburgh* 4–1–0
6 Miami 5–1–0 Cincinnati 6–0–0 Oakland 4–2–0 Houston 5–1–0
7 Miami 6–1–0 Pittsburgh* 6–1–0 Oakland 5–2–0 Cincinnati* 6–1–0
8 Miami 7–1–0 Pittsburgh* 7–1–0 Oakland 5–2–0 Cincinnati* 7–1–0
9 Miami 7–2–0 Pittsburgh* 8–1–0 Oakland 7–2–0 Cincinnati* 8–1–0
10 Miami 7–3–0 Pittsburgh 9–1–0 Oakland 8–2–0 Cincinnati 8–2–0
11 Miami 8–3–0 Pittsburgh 10–1–0 Oakland 9–2–0 Cincinnati 9–2–0
12 Miami 9–3–0 Pittsburgh 11–1–0 Oakland 10–2–0 Cincinnati 10–2–0
13 Baltimore* 9–4–0 Pittsburgh 12–1–0 Oakland 10–3–0 Cincinnati 10–3–0
14 Baltimore 10–4–0 Pittsburgh 12–2–0 Oakland 11–3–0 Cincinnati 11–3–0

Final standingsEdit

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

 x  – clinched wild card berth,  y  – clinched division title

AFC East
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-Baltimore Colts 1040.714395269
Miami Dolphins 1040.714357222
Buffalo Bills 860.571420355
New York Jets 3110.214258433
New England Patriots 3110.214258358
AFC Central
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-Pittsburgh Steelers 1220.857373162
x-Cincinnati Bengals 1130.786340246
Houston Oilers 1040.714293226
Cleveland Browns 3110.214218372
AFC West
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-Oakland Raiders 1130.786375255
Denver Broncos 680.429254307
Kansas City Chiefs 590.357282341
San Diego Chargers 2120.143189345
NFC East
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-St. Louis Cardinals 1130.786356276
x-Dallas Cowboys 1040.714350268
Washington Redskins 860.571325276
New York Giants 590.357216306
Philadelphia Eagles 4100.286225302
NFC Central
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-Minnesota Vikings 1220.857377180
Detroit Lions 770.500245262
Chicago Bears 4100.286191379
Green Bay Packers 4100.286226285
NFC West
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-Los Angeles Rams 1220.857312135
San Francisco 49ers 590.357255286
Atlanta Falcons 4100.286240289
New Orleans Saints 2120.143165360


TiebreakersEdit

  • Baltimore finished ahead of Miami in the AFC East based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).
  • N.Y. Jets finished ahead of New England in the AFC East based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).
  • Minnesota was the top NFC playoff seed based on point rating system (Vikings were 1st in NFC in points scored and 2nd in NFC in points allowed for a combined rating of 3 while Rams were 5th in NFC in points scored and 1st in NFC in points allowed for a combined rating of 6).
  • Chicago finished ahead of Green Bay in the NFC Central based on better division record (2–4 to Packers' 1–5).

PlayoffsEdit

Divisional Playoffs Conference Championship Games Super Bowl X
                   
December 28 – Metropolitan Stadium        
 4) Dallas Cowboys  17
January 4 – L.A. Memorial Coliseum
 1) Minnesota Vikings  14  
 4) Dallas Cowboys  37
December 27 – L.A. Memorial Coliseum
     2) Los Angeles Rams  7  
 3) St. Louis Cardinals  23
January 18 – Miami Orange Bowl
 2) Los Angeles Rams  35  
 N4) Dallas Cowboys  17
December 28 – Oakland Coliseum    
   A1) Pittsburgh Steelers  21
 4) Cincinnati Bengals  28
January 4 – Three Rivers Stadium
 2)* Oakland Raiders  31  
 2) Oakland Raiders  10
December 27 – Three Rivers Stadium
     1) Pittsburgh Steelers  16  
 3) Baltimore Colts  10
 1)* Pittsburgh Steelers  28  
 

*Pittsburgh (the AFC 1 seed) did not play Cincinnati (the 4 seed) in the Divisional playoff round because both teams were in the same division.

AwardsEdit

Most Valuable PlayerFran Tarkenton, Quarterback, Minnesota
Coach of the YearTed Marchibroda, Baltimore Colts
Offensive Player of the YearFran Tarkenton, Quarterback, Minnesota
Defensive Player of the YearMel Blount, Cornerback, Pittsburgh
Offensive Rookie of the YearMike Thomas, Running Back, Washington
Defensive Rookie of the YearRobert Brazile, Linebacker, Houston Oilers

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