|1983 National Football League season|
|Duration||September 3 – December 19, 1983|
|Start date||December 24, 1983|
|AFC Champions||Los Angeles Raiders|
|NFC Champions||Washington Redskins|
|Super Bowl XVIII|
|Date||January 22, 1984|
|Site||Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida|
|Champions||Los Angeles Raiders|
|Date||January 28, 1984|
|National Football League seasons
Major rule changes
- In the last 30 seconds of a half, with the defensive team behind with no more time outs, a defensive foul cannot prevent the half to end except for the normal options that are available to the offensive team.
- Pass interference will not be called if there was incidental contact, or if when players make simultaneous attempts to catch, tip, block, or bat the ball.
- A player may not use a helmet, that is no longer worn by anyone, as a weapon to strike or hit an opponent.
Starting in 1978, ten teams qualified for the playoffs: the winners of each of the divisions, and two wild-card teams in each conference. The two wild cards would meet for the right to face whichever of the three division winners had the best overall record. The tiebreaker rules were based on head-to-head competition, followed by division records, common opponents records, and conference play.
National Football Conference
|1||Cowboys, Eagles||1–0||3 teams||1–0||3 teams||1–0|
|3||Cowboys||3–0||Vikings, Packers||2–1||4 teams||2–1|
|5||Cowboys||5–0||Vikings, Packers||3–2||49ers||4–1||Redskins||4–1||5 teams||3–2|
|6||Cowboys||6–0||Vikings||4–2||3 teams||4–2||Redskins||5–1||4 teams||4–2|
|7||Cowboys||7–0||Vikings||5–2||49ers, Rams||5–2||3 teams||5–2||3 teams||4–3|
|10||Cowboys||9–1||Vikings||6–4||3 teams||6–4||Redskins||8–2||3 teams||6–4|
|11||Cowboys, Redskins||9–2||Vikings, Packers||6–5||49ers, Rams||7–4||Cowboys, Redskins||9–2||49ers, Rams||7–4|
|12||Cowboys, Redskins||10–2||Vikings||7–5||49ers, Rams||7–5||Cowboys, Redskins||10–2||49ers, Rams||7–5|
|13||Cowboys, Redskins||11–2||Vikings, Lions||7–6||Rams||8–5||Cowboys, Redskins||11–2||Lions, Vikings||7–6|
|14||Cowboys, Redskins||12–2||Lions||8–6||49ers, Rams||8–6||Cowboys, Redskins||12–2||49ers, Rams||8–6|
|15||Redskins||13–2||Lions, Packers||8–7||49ers||9–6||Cowboys||12–3||4 teams||8–7|
American Football Conference
|1||3 teams||1–0||4 teams||0–1||3 teams||1–0|
|2||Dolphins||2–0||Steelers, Browns||1–1||Raiders, Broncos||2–0|
|3||Dolphins, Bills||2–1||Steelers, Browns||2–1||Raiders||3–0||6 teams||2–1|
|4||Dolphins, Bills||3–1||Browns||3–1||Raiders||4–0||3 teams||3–1||6 teams||2–2|
|5||4 teams||3–2||Steelers, Browns||3–2||Raiders||4–1||7 teams||3–2||4 teams||2–3|
|6||Bills, Colts||4–2||Steelers, Browns||4–2||Raiders||5–1||4 teams||4–2||5 teams||3–3|
|7||Bills||5–2||Steelers||5–2||Raiders||5–2||Dolphins, Colts||4–3||Browns, Seahawks||4–3|
|8||Dolphins, Bills||5–3||Steelers||6–2||Raiders||6–2||Dolphins, Bills||5–3||Broncos||5–3|
|9||Dolphins, Bills||6–3||Steelers||7–2||Raiders, Broncos||6–3||Dolphins, Bills||6–3||Raiders, Broncos||6–3|
|10||Dolphins||7–3||Steelers||8–2||Raiders||7–3||Bills, Colts||6–4||Seahawks, Broncos||6–4|
|11||Dolphins, Bills||7–4||Steelers||9–2||Raiders||8–3||Dolphins, Bills||7–4||5 teams||6–5|
|12||Dolphins||8–4||Steelers||9–3||Raiders||9–3||3 teams||7–5||3 teams||6–5|
|14||Dolphins||10–4||Steelers||9–5||Raiders||11–3||3 teams||8–6||4 teams||7–7|
W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against
wild card berth, – clinched division title– clinched
|New England Patriots||8||8||0||.500||274||289|
|New York Jets||7||9||0||.438||313||331|
|y-Los Angeles Raiders||12||4||0||.750||442||338|
|San Diego Chargers||6||10||0||.375||358||462|
|Kansas City Chiefs||6||10||0||.375||386||367|
|St. Louis Cardinals||8||7||1||.531||374||428|
|New York Giants||3||12||1||.219||267||347|
|Green Bay Packers||8||8||0||.500||429||439|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||14||0||.125||241||380|
|y-San Francisco 49ers||10||6||0||.625||432||293|
|x-Los Angeles Rams||9||7||0||.563||361||344|
|New Orleans Saints||8||8||0||.500||319||337|
- Los Angeles Raiders was the first AFC seed over Miami based on head-to-head sweep (1–0).
- Seattle was the first AFC Wild Card ahead of Denver based on better division record (5–3 to Broncos' 3–5) after Cleveland was eliminated from the three-way tie based on head-to-head record (Seattle and Denver 2–1 to Browns' 0–2).
- New England finished ahead of Buffalo in the AFC East based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).
- Baltimore finished ahead of N.Y. Jets in the AFC East based on better conference record (5–9 to Jets' 4–8).
- San Diego finished ahead of Kansas City in the AFC West based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).
- Minnesota ended up in fourth place in the NFC Central after being eliminated from the three-way tie based on conference record (Chicago 7–7 and Green Bay 6–6 to Vikings' 4–8).
- Green Bay finished ahead of Chicago in the NFC Central based on better record against common opponents (5–5 to Bears' 4–6).
- Main article: 1983–84 NFL playoffs
- Home team in capitals
- Wild-Card playoff: SEATTLE 31, Denver 7
- Divisional playoffs: Seattle 27, MIAMI 20; L.A. RAIDERS 38, Pittsburgh 10
- AFC Championship: L.A. RAIDERS 30, Seattle 14 at Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles January 8, 1984
- Wild-Card playoff: L.A. Rams 24, DALLAS 17
- Divisional playoffs: SAN FRANCISCO 24, Detroit 23; WASHINGTON 51, L.A. Rams 7
- NFC Championship: WASHINGTON 24, San Francisco 21 at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., January 8, 1984
- Super Bowl XVIII: L.A. Raiders (AFC) 38, Washington (NFC) 9, at Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida, January 22, 1984
|Most Valuable Player||Joe Theismann, Quarterback, Washington|
|Coach of the Year||Joe Gibbs, Washington|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Joe Theismann, Quarterback, Washington|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Doug Betters, Defensive End, Miami|
|Offensive Rookie of the Year||Eric Dickerson, Running Back, L.A. Rams|
|Defensive Rookie of the Year||Vernon Maxwell, Linebacker, Baltimore Colts|
- NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
- NFL History 1981–1990 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
- 1983 season in details
- Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
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