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1983 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 3 – December 19, 1983
Playoffs
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 {{{sb_champions}}}
Champions Los Angeles Raiders
Pro Bowl
Date January 28, 1984
National Football League seasons
 < 1982 1984 > 

The 1983 NFL season was the 64th regular season of the National Football League. The season ended with Super Bowl XVIII when the Los Angeles Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins.

Major rule changesEdit

  • 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.

Division RacesEdit

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 ConferenceEdit

Week Eastern Central Western WildCard WildCard
1 Cowboys, Eagles 1–0 3 teams 1–0 3 teams 1–0
2 Cowboys 2–0 4 teams 1–1 Rams 2–0
3 Cowboys 3–0 Vikings, Packers 2–1 4 teams 2–1
4 Cowboys 4–0 Vikings 3–1 49ers 3–1 Redskins 3–1 6 teams 2–2
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
8 Cowboys 7–1 Vikings 6–2 49ers 6–2 Redskins 6–2 Saints, Rams 5–3
9 Cowboys 8–1 Vikings 6–3 49ers 6–3 Redskins 7–2 Saints, Rams 5–4
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
16 Redskins 14–2 Lions 9–7 49ers 10–6 Cowboys 12–4 Rams 9–7

American Football ConferenceEdit

Week Eastern Central Western WildCard WildCard
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
13 Dolphins 9–4 Steelers 9–4 Raiders 10–3 Browns 8–5 3 teams 7–6
14 Dolphins 10–4 Steelers 9–5 Raiders 11–3 3 teams 8–6 4 teams 7–7
15 Dolphins 11–4 Steelers 10–5 Raiders 11–4 Broncos 9–6 4 teams 8–7
16 Dolphins 12–4 Steelers 10–6 Raiders 12–4 Seahawks 9–7 Broncos 9–7

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-Miami Dolphins 1240.750389250
New England Patriots 880.500274289
Buffalo Bills 880.500283351
Baltimore Colts 790.438264354
New York Jets 790.438313331
AFC Central
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-Pittsburgh Steelers 1060.625355303
Cleveland Browns 970.563356342
Cincinnati Bengals 790.438346302
Houston Oilers 2140.125288460
AFC West
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-Los Angeles Raiders 1240.750442338
x-Seattle Seahawks 970.563403397
x-Denver Broncos 970.563302327
San Diego Chargers 6100.375358462
Kansas City Chiefs 6100.375386367
NFC East
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-Washington Redskins 1420.875541332
x-Dallas Cowboys 1240.750479360
St. Louis Cardinals 871.531374428
Philadelphia Eagles 5110.313233322
New York Giants 3121.219267347
NFC Central
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-Detroit Lions 970.563347286
Green Bay Packers 880.500429439
Chicago Bears 880.500311301
Minnesota Vikings 880.500316348
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2140.125241380
NFC West
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-San Francisco 49ers 1060.625432293
x-Los Angeles Rams 970.563361344
New Orleans Saints 880.500319337
Atlanta Falcons 790.438370389

TiebreakersEdit

  • 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).

PlayoffsEdit

Home team in capitals

AFCEdit

  • 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

NFCEdit

  • 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 BowlEdit

AwardsEdit

Most Valuable PlayerJoe Theismann, Quarterback, Washington
Coach of the YearJoe Gibbs, Washington
Offensive Player of the YearJoe Theismann, Quarterback, Washington
Defensive Player of the YearDoug Betters, Defensive End, Miami
Offensive Rookie of the YearEric Dickerson, Running Back, L.A. Rams
Defensive Rookie of the YearVernon Maxwell, Linebacker, Baltimore Colts

ReferencesEdit

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