1984 NFL season

1984 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 2 – December 17, 1984
Start date December 23, 1984
AFC Champions Miami Dolphins
NFC Champions San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl XIX
Date January 20, 1985
Site Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California
Champions San Francisco 49ers
Pro Bowl
Date January 27, 1985
Site Aloha Stadium
The 49ers playing against the Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX.

The 1984 NFL season was the 65th regular season of the National Football League. The Colts relocated from Baltimore, Maryland to Indianapolis, Indiana before the season. The Colts new home field was the Hoosier Dome. The New York Jets moved their home games from Shea Stadium in New York City to Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The season ended with Super Bowl XIX when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins 38-16 at Stanford Stadium in California. This was the first Super Bowl televised by ABC, who entered into the annual championship game rotation with CBS and NBC. This game marked the second shortest distance between the Super Bowl host stadium (Stanford, California) and a Super Bowl team (San Francisco 49ers).[1]

The 49ers became the first team in NFL history to win 15 games in a regular season and to win 18 in an entire season (including the post-season). Additionally, two major offensive records were set this season, with quarterback Dan Marino establishing a new single-season passing yards record with 5,084 (later broken by Drew Brees and Tom Brady in 2011 Then later broken by Peyton Manning in 2013 NFL Season), and Eric Dickerson establishing a new single-season rushing yards record with 2,105.

Also during the season, San Diego Chargers wide receiver Charlie Joiner became the all-time leader in career receptions; he set that mark in a game between the Chargers and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium.

Salaries increased significantly over the past two seasons in the NFL, up nearly fifty percent; quarterback Warren Moon led the list at $1.1 million.[2]

Major rule changes

Regular Season games not broadcast by Network TV

Date Time Teams Local TV Announcers
September 3, 1984 4:00 PM EDT Cleveland @ Seattle WKYC-TV (Cleveland area)
KING-TV (Seattle area)
October 14, 1984 4:00 PM EDT Buffalo @ Seattle WKBW-TV (Buffalo area)
KING-TV (Seattle area)

Final standings

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

AFC East
(1) Miami Dolphins 1420.875513298
New England Patriots 970.563362352
New York Jets 790.438332364
Indianapolis Colts 4120.250239414
Buffalo Bills 2140.125250454
AFC Central
(3) Pittsburgh Steelers 970.563387310
Cincinnati Bengals 880.500339339
Cleveland Browns 5110.313250297
Houston Oilers 3130.188240437
AFC West
(2) Denver Broncos 1330.813353241
(4) Seattle Seahawks 1240.750418282
(5) Los Angeles Raiders 1150.688368278
Kansas City Chiefs 880.500314324
San Diego Chargers 790.438394413
NFC East
(2) Washington Redskins 1150.688426310
(5) New York Giants 970.563299301
St. Louis Cardinals 970.563423345
Dallas Cowboys 970.563308308
Philadelphia Eagles 691.406278320
NFC Central
(3) Chicago Bears 1060.625325248
Green Bay Packers 880.500390309
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6100.375335380
Detroit Lions 4111.281283408
Minnesota Vikings 3130.188276484
NFC West
(1) San Francisco 49ers 1510.938475227
(4) Los Angeles Rams 1060.625346316
New Orleans Saints 790.438298361
Atlanta Falcons 4120.250281382



Divisional Playoffs
    Dec. 30 – Mile High Stadium        
AFC Wild Card Game AFC Championship
 3  Pittsburgh  24
Dec. 22 – Kingdome     Jan. 6 – Miami Orange Bowl
 2  Denver  17  
 5  LA Raiders  7  3  Pittsburgh  28
Dec. 29 – Miami Orange Bowl
 4  Seattle  13      1  Miami  45   Super Bowl XIX
 4  Seattle  10
    Jan. 20 – Stanford Stadium
 1  Miami  31  
 A1  Miami  16
Dec. 30 – RFK Stadium
NFC Wild Card Game NFC Championship    N1  San Francisco  38
 3  Chicago  23
Dec. 23 – Anaheim Stadium     Jan. 6 – Candlestick Park
 2  Washington  19  
 5  NY Giants  16  3  Chicago  0
Dec. 29 – Candlestick Park
 4  LA Rams  13      1  San Francisco  23  
 5  NY Giants  10
 1  San Francisco  21  

Statistical leaders


Points scoredMiami Dolphins (513)
Total yards gainedMiami Dolphins (6,936)
Yards rushingChicago Bears (2,974)
Yards passingMiami Dolphins (5,018)
Fewest points allowedSan Francisco 49ers (227)
Fewest total yards allowedChicago Bears (3,863)
Fewest rushing yards allowedChicago Bears (1,377)
Fewest passing yards allowedNew Orleans Saints (2,453)


Walter Payton (34) pictured breaking the NFL's career rushing record on October 7, 1984..

The following players set all-time records during the season:

Most Passing Yards Gained, Season Dan Marino, Miami (5,084)
Most Passing Touchdowns, Season Dan Marino, Miami (48)
Most Passes Completed, Season Dan Marino, Miami (362)
Most Rushing Yards Gained, Season Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (2,105)
Most Rushing Attempts, Season James Wilder, Tampa Bay (407)
Most Pass Receptions, Season Art Monk, Washington (106)
Most Receiving Touchdowns, Season Mark Clayton, Miami (18)
Most Extra Points Made, Season Uwe von Schamann, Miami (66)
Most Extra Point Attempts, Season Uwe von Schamann, Miami (70)
Most Sacks, Season Mark Gastineau, New York Jets (22.0)
Most Rushing Yards Gained, Career Walter Payton, Chicago (13,309 at the end of the season)
Most Receptions, Career Charlie Joiner, San Diego (657 at the end of the season)


Most Valuable PlayerDan Marino, Quarterback, Miami
Coach of the YearChuck Knox, Seattle
Offensive Player of the YearDan Marino, Quarterback, Miami
Defensive Player of the YearKenny Easley, Safety, Seattle
Offensive Rookie of the YearLouis Lipps, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh
Defensive Rookie of the YearBill Maas, Defensive Tackle, Kansas City


  1. The shortest distance was the Los Angeles Rams, whose home was the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving to Anaheim the year after playing in Super Bowl XIV vs the Pittsburgh Steelers, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca.
  2. "NFL salaries increasing". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. January 15, 1985. p. 2B.
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