|1989 National Football League season|
|Duration||September 10 – December 25, 1989|
|Start date||December 31, 1989|
|AFC Champions||Denver Broncos|
|NFC Champions||San Francisco 49ers|
|Super Bowl XXIV|
|Date||January 28, 1990|
|Site||Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Champions||San Francisco 49ers|
|Date||February 4, 1990|
|National Football League seasons
The 1989 NFL season was the 70th regular season of the National Football League. Before the season, NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle announced his retirement. Paul Tagliabue was eventually chosen to succeed him.
Major rule changes
- After a foul that occurs inside the last two minutes of the first half and inside the last five minutes of the second half, the game clock will start at the snap, instead of when the ball is spotted and the Referee signals it is ready to be played.
- New rules are enacted, including loss of timeouts or five-yard penalties, to handle the problems of crowd noise when it becomes too loud that it prevents the offensive team from hearing its signals.
- If a receiver and a defender eventually establish joint control of a pass, the ball will be awarded to whoever was the first player to establish control of the ball.
- While not a rule "change" per se, the "hurry up offense" was recognized as fully legal, and penalties for delay of game would be called against teams whose defenders faked injuries in order to slow down the tempo, unless those teams called for timeouts.
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||5||11||0||.313||297||391|
|New York Jets||4||12||0||.250||253||411|
|Kansas City Chiefs||8||7||1||.531||318||286|
|Los Angeles Raiders||8||8||0||.500||315||297|
|San Diego Chargers||6||10||0||.375||266||290|
|y-New York Giants||12||4||0||.750||348||252|
|Green Bay Packers||10||6||0||.625||362||356|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||11||0||.313||320||419|
|y-San Francisco 49ers||14||2||0||.875||442||253|
|x-Los Angeles Rams||11||5||0||.688||426||344|
|New Orleans Saints||9||7||0||.563||386||301|
- Indianapolis finished ahead of Miami in the AFC East based on better conference record (7–5 vs. Dolphins' 6–8).
- Houston finished ahead of Pittsburgh in the AFC Central based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).
- Philadelphia was first NFC Wild Card ahead of L.A. Rams based on better record against common opponents (6–3 to Rams' 5–4).
- Minnesota finished ahead of Green Bay in the NFC Central based on better division record (6–2 vs. Packers' 5–3).
- Main article: 1989–90 NFL playoffs
- Home team in capitals
- Wild-Card playoff: Pittsburgh 26, HOUSTON 23 (OT)
- Divisional playoffs: CLEVELAND 34, Buffalo 30; DENVER 24, Pittsburgh 23
- AFC Championship: DENVER 37, Cleveland 21 at Mile High Stadium, Denver, January 14, 1990
- Wild-Card playoff: L.A. Rams 21, PHILADELPHIA 7
- Divisional playoffs: L.A. Rams 19, N.Y. GIANTS 13 (OT); SAN FRANCISCO 41, Minnesota 13
- NFC Championship: SAN FRANCISCO 30, L.A. Rams 3 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, January 14, 1990
- Super Bowl XXIV: San Francisco (NFC) 55, Denver (AFC) 10, at Superdome, New Orleans, January 28, 1990
|Most Valuable Player||Joe Montana, Quarterback, San Francisco|
|Coach of the Year||Lindy Infante, Green Bay|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Joe Montana, Quarterback, San Francisco|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Keith Millard, Defensive Tackle, Minnesota|
|Offensive Rookie of the Year||Barry Sanders, Running Back, Detroit|
|Defensive Rookie of the Year||Derrick Thomas, Linebacker, Kansas City|
- NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
- NFL History 1981-1990 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
- 1989 season in details
- Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
Template:1989 NFL season by team
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