1982 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 12, 1982 – January 3, 1983
A player's strike shortened the regular season to 6 games.
Start date January 8, 1983
AFC Champions Miami Dolphins
NFC Champions Washington Redskins
Super Bowl XVII
Date January 30, 1983
Site Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
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Champions Washington Redskins
Pro Bowl
Date February 6, 1983
National Football League seasons
 < 1981 1983 > 

The 1982 NFL season was the 63rd regular season of the National Football League. A 57-day long players' strike reduced the 1982 season from a 16-game schedule per team to an abbreviated nine game schedule. Because of the shortened season, the NFL adopted a special 16-team playoff tournament; division standings were ignored (although each division did send at least one team to the playoffs). Eight teams from each conference were seeded 1–8 based on their regular season records. Two teams qualified for the playoffs despite losing records. The season ended with Super Bowl XVII when the Washington Redskins defeated the Miami Dolphins.

Before the season, a verdict was handed down against the league in the trial brought by the Oakland Raiders and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 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 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.

For the start of the 1982 season, the Minnesota Vikings moved from Metropolitan Stadium to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Major rule changesEdit

  • 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 standingsEdit

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

(1) Los Angeles Raiders 810.889260200
(2) Miami Dolphins 720.778198131
(3) Cincinnati Bengals 720.778232177
(4) Pittsburgh Steelers 630.667204146
(5) San Diego Chargers 630.667288221
(6) New York Jets 630.667245166
(7) New England Patriots 540.556143157
(8) Cleveland Browns 450.444140182
Buffalo Bills 450.444150154
Seattle Seahawks 450.444127147
Kansas City Chiefs 360.333176184
Denver Broncos 270.222148226
Houston Oilers 180.111136245
Baltimore Colts 081.056113236
(1) Washington Redskins 810.889190128
(2) Dallas Cowboys 630.667226145
(3) Green Bay Packers 531.611226169
(4) Minnesota Vikings 540.556187198
(5) Atlanta Falcons 540.556183199
(6) St. Louis Cardinals 540.556135170
(7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 540.556158178
(8) Detroit Lions 450.444181176
New Orleans Saints 450.444129160
New York Giants 450.444164160
San Francisco 49ers 360.333209206
Chicago Bears 360.333141174
Philadelphia Eagles 360.333191195
Los Angeles Rams 270.222200250


  • 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).


Template:Round16 Bold type indicates the winning team.

Until this season, no team ever reached the post-season with a losing record. The Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions both made playoff appearances with 4–5 records. It would be 28 years before another team with a losing record would make the post-season.[1]


Most Valuable PlayerMark Moseley, Placekicker, Washington
Coach of the YearJoe Gibbs, Washington
Offensive Player of the YearDan Fouts, Quarterback, San Diego
Defensive Player of the YearLawrence Taylor, Linebacker, N.Y. Giants
Offensive Rookie of the YearMarcus Allen, Running Back, L.A. Raiders
Defensive Rookie of the YearChip Banks, Linebacker, Cleveland


  1. [citation needed]

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