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1998 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 6, 1998 – December 28, 1998
Playoffs
Start date January 2, 1999
AFC Champions Denver Broncos
NFC Champions Atlanta Falcons
Super Bowl XXXIII
Date January 31, 1999
Site Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Florida
Champions {{{sb_champions}}}
Champions Denver Broncos
Pro Bowl
Date February 7, 1999
National Football League seasons
 < 1997 1999 > 

The 1998 NFL season was the 79th regular season of the National Football League.

The Tennessee Oilers moved their home games from Liberty Bowl in Memphis to Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, still awaiting construction on a new stadium (Adelphia Coliseum) in Nashville.

This was the first season that CBS held the rights to televise American Football Conference games, taking over the package from NBC. Meanwhile, this was the first time that ESPN broadcast all of the Sunday night games throughout the season (this was also the first season in which ESPN's coverage used the Monday Night Football themes, before reverting to using an original theme in 2001).

Football Outsiders noted "1998 was the last hurrah for the great quarterbacks who came into the league in the eighties. The top four QBs [statistically] were all over 35: Vinny Testaverde, Randall Cunningham, Steve Young, and John Elway. Troy Aikman, age 32, was fifth. Dan Marino was 11th in his last good year."[1]

The season ended with Super Bowl XXXIII when the Denver Broncos defeated the Atlanta Falcons.

Major rule changesEdit

  • Tinted visors on players' facemasks are banned except for medical need.
  • A defensive player can no longer flinch before the snap in an attempt to draw movement from an offensive linemen.
  • A team will be penalized immediately for having 12 players in a huddle even if the 12th player goes straight to the sideline as the huddle breaks.
  • The coin toss will be called before the coin itself is tossed, not while the coin is in the air.
    • This is a mid-season change resulting from a controversy during the Detroit LionsPittsburgh Steelers game on Thanksgiving Day, where conflicting calls were heard during the toss. The toss was made prior to a Sudden Death overtime period. The official making the call judged Detroit the winner while Pittsburgh argued they made the right call. If the Steelers were to be believed, the game could have had a different outcome. Pittsburgh's next trip to Detroit would also not be without significant controversy.

1998 NFL Season ChangesEdit

Stadium changesEdit

Uniform changesEdit

1998 Coaching ChangesEdit

Final regular season 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

AFC East
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
(2) New York Jets 1240.750416266
(4) Miami Dolphins 1060.625321265
(5) Buffalo Bills 1060.625400333
(6) New England Patriots 970.563337329
Indianapolis Colts 3130.188310444
AFC Central
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
(3) Jacksonville Jaguars 1150.688392338
Tennessee Oilers 880.500330320
Pittsburgh Steelers 790.438263303
Baltimore Ravens 6100.375269335
Cincinnati Bengals 3130.188268452
AFC West
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
(1) Denver Broncos 1420.875501309
Oakland Raiders 880.500288356
Seattle Seahawks 880.500372310
Kansas City Chiefs 790.438327363
San Diego Chargers 5110.313241342
NFC East
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
(3) Dallas Cowboys 1060.625381275
(6) Arizona Cardinals 970.563325378
New York Giants 880.500287309
Washington Redskins 6100.375319421
Philadelphia Eagles 3130.188161344
NFC Central
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
(1) Minnesota Vikings 1510.938556296
(5) Green Bay Packers 1150.688408319
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 880.500314295
Detroit Lions 5110.313306378
Chicago Bears 4120.250276368
NFC West
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
(2) Atlanta Falcons 1420.875442289
(4) San Francisco 49ers 1240.750479328
New Orleans Saints 6100.375305359
Carolina Panthers 4120.250336413
St. Louis Rams 4120.250285378

TiebreakersEdit

  • Miami finished ahead of Buffalo in the AFC East based on better net division points (6 to Bills' 0).
  • Oakland finished ahead of Seattle in the AFC West based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).
  • Carolina finished ahead of St. Louis in the NFC West based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).

PlayoffsEdit

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Home team in capitals

AFCEdit

  • Wild-Card playoffs: MIAMI 24, Buffalo 17; JACKSONVILLE 25, New England 10
  • Divisional playoffs: DENVER 38, Miami 3; N.Y. JETS 34, Jacksonville 24
  • AFC Championship: DENVER 23, N.Y. Jets 10 at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado, January 17, 1999

NFCEdit

  • Wild-Card playoffs: Arizona 20, DALLAS 7; SAN FRANCISCO 30, Green Bay 27
  • Divisional playoffs: ATLANTA 20, San Francisco 18; MINNESOTA 41, Arizona 21
  • NFC Championship: Atlanta 30, MINNESOTA 27 (OT) at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 17, 1999

Super BowlEdit

  • Super Bowl XXXIII: Denver (AFC) 34, Atlanta (NFC) 19, at Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Florida, January 31, 1999

Statistical leadersEdit

TeamEdit

Points scoredMinnesota Vikings (556)
Total yards gainedSan Francisco 49ers (6,800)
Yards rushingSan Francisco 49ers (2,544)
Yards passingMinnesota Vikings (4,328)
Fewest points allowedMiami Dolphins (265)
Fewest total yards allowedSan Diego Chargers (4,208)
Fewest rushing yards allowedSan Diego Chargers (1,140)
Fewest passing yards allowedPhiladelphia Eagles (2,720)

IndividualEdit

ScoringGary Anderson, Minnesota (164 points)
TouchdownsTerrell Davis, Denver (23 TDs)
Most field goals madeAl Del Greco, Tennessee (36 FGs)
RushingTerrell Davis, Denver (2,008 yards)
PassingRandall Cunningham, Minnesota, (106.0 rating)
Passing touchdownsSteve Young, San Francisco (36 TDs)
Pass receivingO.J. McDuffie, Miami (90 catches)
Pass receiving yardsAntonio Freeman, Green Bay (1,424)
Receiving touchdownsRandy Moss, Minnesota (17 touchdowns)
Punt returnsDeion Sanders, Dallas (15.6 average yards)
Kickoff returnsTerry Fair, Detroit (28.0 average yards)
InterceptionsTy Law, New England (8)
PuntingCraig Hentrich, Tennessee (47.2 average yards)
SacksMichael Sinclair, Seattle (16.5)

AwardsEdit

Most Valuable PlayerTerrell Davis, Running Back, Denver
Coach of the YearDan Reeves, Atlanta
Offensive Player of the YearTerrell Davis, Running Back, Denver
Defensive Player of the YearReggie White, Defensive End, Green Bay
Offensive Rookie of the YearRandy Moss, Wide Receiver, Minnesota
Defensive Rookie of the YearCharles Woodson, Cornerback, Oakland
NFL Comeback Player of the YearDoug Flutie, Quarterback, Buffalo

External LinksEdit

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