1997 NFL season

1997 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration August 31, 1997 – December 22, 1997
Start date December 27, 1997
AFC Champions Denver Broncos
NFC Champions Green Bay Packers
Super Bowl XXXII
Date January 25, 1998
Site Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
Champions Denver Broncos
Pro Bowl
Date February 1, 1998
Site Aloha Stadium

The 1997 NFL season was the 78th regular season of the National Football League. The Oilers relocated from Houston, Texas to Nashville, Tennessee. The newly renamed Tennessee Oilers played their home games during this season at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee while a new stadium in Nashville began construction. Houston would rejoin the NFL with the expansion Texans in 2002.

This was the last season to date that TNT broadcast NFL games, as well as the last for NBC until 2006. When the TV contracts were renewed near the end of the season, Fox retained the National Football Conference package, CBS took over the American Football Conference package and ESPN won the right to televise all of the Sunday night games.

Due to Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, the Chicago BearsMiami Dolphins game at Pro Player Stadium was moved back one day to Monday, October 27.

The Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers both changed their uniforms, and the new uniforms for both teams were introduced during this season.

The season ended with Super Bowl XXXII when the Denver Broncos defeated the Green Bay Packers 31-24 at the Qualcomm Stadium. This broke the National Football Conference's streak of 13 consecutive Super Bowl victories.

1997 NFL Season Changes



1997 Coaching Changes

Major rule changes

Final regular season standings

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
(3) New England Patriots 1060.625369289
(6) Miami Dolphins 970.563339327
New York Jets 970.563348287
Buffalo Bills 6100.375255367
Indianapolis Colts 3130.188313401
AFC Central
(2) Pittsburgh Steelers 1150.688372307
(5) Jacksonville Jaguars 1150.688394318
Tennessee Oilers 880.500333310
Cincinnati Bengals 790.438355405
Baltimore Ravens 691.406326345
AFC West
(1) Kansas City Chiefs 1330.813375232
(4) Denver Broncos 1240.750472287
Seattle Seahawks 880.500365362
Oakland Raiders 4120.250324419
San Diego Chargers 4120.250266425
NFC East
(3) New York Giants 1051.656307265
Washington Redskins 871.531327289
Philadelphia Eagles 691.406317372
Dallas Cowboys 6100.375304314
Arizona Cardinals 4120.250283379
NFC Central
(2) Green Bay Packers 1330.813422282
(4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1060.625299263
(5) Detroit Lions 970.563379306
(6) Minnesota Vikings 970.563354359
Chicago Bears 4120.250263421
NFC West
(1) San Francisco 49ers 1330.813375265
Carolina Panthers 790.438265314
Atlanta Falcons 790.438320361
New Orleans Saints 6100.375237327
St. Louis Rams 5110.313299359


Players of the Month


1997 Offensive Defensive Special Teams
September RB – Terrell Davis, Denver LB – Chris Slade, New England K – Matt Stover, Baltimore
October RB – Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh DE – Bruce Smith, Buffalo K – Greg Davis, San Diego
November QB – John Elway, Denver S – James Wood, Kansas City WR-PR – Eric Metcalf, San Diego
December WR – Keenan McCardell, Jacksonville LB – Derrick Thomas, Kansas City K – Pete Stoyanovich, Kansas City


1997 Offensive Defensive Special Teams
September WR – Jake Reed, Minnesota DT – Warren Sapp, Tampa Bay K – Richie Cunningham, Dallas
October RB – Barry Sanders, Detroit DT – John Randle, Minnesota P – Matt Turk, Washington
November RB – Barry Sanders, Detroit DT – Dana Stubblefield, San Francisco K – Doug Brien, New Orleans
December RB – Barry Sanders, Detroit CB – Jason Sehorn, New York Giants RB-KR – Byron Hanspard, Atlanta


Dec. 28 – Houlihan's Stadium   Jan. 4 – Lambeau Field          
 5  Detroit  10
 4  Tampa Bay  7
 4  Tampa Bay  20     Jan. 11 – 3Com Park
 2  Green Bay  21  
Dec. 27 – Giants Stadium  2  Green Bay  23
Jan. 3 – 3Com Park
   1  San Francisco  10  
 6  Minnesota  23 NFC Championship
 6  Minnesota  22
 3  N.Y. Giants  22   Jan. 25 – Qualcomm Stadium
 1  San Francisco  38  
Dec. 27 – Mile High Stadium  N2  Green Bay  24
Jan. 4 – Arrowhead Stadium
   A4  Denver  31
 5  Jacksonville  17 Super Bowl XXXII
 4  Denver  14
 4  Denver  42     Jan. 11 – Three Rivers Stadium
 1  Kansas City  10  
Dec. 28 – Foxboro Stadium  4  Denver  24
Jan. 3 – Three Rivers Stadium
   2  Pittsburgh  21  
 6  Miami  3 AFC Championship
 3  New England  6
 3  New England  17  
 2  Pittsburgh  7  

Statistical leaders


Points scoredDenver Broncos (472)
Total yards gainedDenver Broncos (5,872)
Yards rushingPittsburgh Steelers (2,479)
Yards passingSeattle Seahawks (3,959)
Fewest points allowedKansas City Chiefs (232)
Fewest total yards allowedSan Francisco 49ers (4,013)
Fewest rushing yards allowedPittsburgh Steelers (1,318)
Fewest passing yards allowedDallas Cowboys (2,522)


ScoringMike Hollis, Jacksonville (134 points)
TouchdownsKarim Abdul-Jabbar, Miami (16 TDs)
Most field goals madeRichie Cunningham, Dallas (34 FGs)
RushingBarry Sanders, Detroit, (2,053 yards)
PassingSteve Young, San Francisco (104.7 rating)
Passing touchdownsBrett Favre, Green Bay (35 TDs)
Pass receivingTim Brown, Oakland and Herman Moore, Detroit (104 catches)
Pass receiving yardsRob Moore, Arizona (1,584)
Punt returnsJermaine Lewis, Baltimore (15.6 average yards)
Kickoff returnsMichael Bates, Carolina (27.3 average yards)
InterceptionsRyan McNeil, St. Louis (9)
PuntingMark Royals, New Orleans (45.9 average yards)
SacksJohn Randle, Minnesota (15.5)


Most Valuable PlayersBrett Favre, Quarterback, Green Bay and Barry Sanders, Running back, Detroit
Coach of the YearJim Fassel, New York Giants
Offensive Player of the YearBarry Sanders, Running back, Detroit
Defensive Player of the YearDana Stubblefield, Defensive tackle, San Francisco
Offensive Rookie of the YearWarrick Dunn, Running back, Tampa Bay
Defensive Rookie of the YearPeter Boulware, Linebacker, Baltimore

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