1974 NFL season

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1974 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 15 – December 15, 1974
Playoffs
Start dateDecember 21, 1974
AFC ChampionsPittsburgh Steelers
NFC ChampionsMinnesota Vikings
Super Bowl IX
DateJanuary 12, 1975
SiteTulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
ChampionsPittsburgh Steelers
Pro Bowl
DateJanuary 20, 1975
SiteMiami Orange Bowl
National Football League seasons
 < 19731975 > 
 
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1974 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 15 – December 15, 1974
Playoffs
Start dateDecember 21, 1974
AFC ChampionsPittsburgh Steelers
NFC ChampionsMinnesota Vikings
Super Bowl IX
DateJanuary 12, 1975
SiteTulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
ChampionsPittsburgh Steelers
Pro Bowl
DateJanuary 20, 1975
SiteMiami Orange Bowl
National Football League seasons
 < 19731975 > 

The 1974 NFL season was the 55th regular season of the National Football League. The season ended with Super Bowl IX when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Minnesota Vikings. Players held a strike from July until August prior to the regular season beginning; no games were canceled, and the preseason contests were held with all-rookie rosters.

Major rule changes[edit]

The following changes were adopted to add tempo and action to the game (and to help counter the proposed changes announced by the World Football League to their games):

Division races[edit]

Starting in 1970, and until 2002, there were three divisions (Eastern, Central and Western) in each conference. The winners of each division, and a fourth "wild card" team based on the best non-division winner, qualified for the playoffs. The tiebreaker rules were changed to start with head-to-head competition, followed by division records, common opponents records, and conference play.

National Football Conference[edit]

WeekEasternCentralWesternWild Card
1St. Louis, Washington, Dallas1–0–0Chicago, Minnesota1–0–0Los Angeles, San Fran.1–0–04 teams1–0–0
2St. Louis2–0–0Minnesota2–0–0Los Angeles, San Fran.2–0–0Los Angeles, San Fran.2–0–0
3St. Louis3–0–0Minnesota3–0–0Los Angeles, San Fran.2–1–04 teams2–1–0
4St. Louis4–0–0Minnesota4–0–0Los Angeles3–1–0Philadelphia3–1–0
5St. Louis5–0–0Minnesota5–0–0Los Angeles3–2–0Philadelphia4–1–0
6St. Louis6–0–0Minnesota5–1–0Los Angeles4–2–0Philadelphia4–2–0
7St. Louis7–0–0Minnesota5–2–0Los Angeles5–2–0Washington4–3–0
8St. Louis7–1–0Minnesota6–2–0Los Angeles6–2–0Washington5–3–0
9St. Louis7–2–0Minnesota7–2–0Los Angeles7–2–0Washington6–3–0
10St. Louis8–2–0Minnesota7–3–0Los Angeles7–3–0Washington7–3–0
11St. Louis9–2–0Minnesota7–4–0Los Angeles8–3–0Washington8–3–0
12St. Louis9–3–0Minnesota8–4–0Los Angeles9–3–0Washington8–4–0
13St. Louis9–4–0Minnesota9–4–0Los Angeles9–4–0Washington9–4–0
14ST. LOUIS10–4–0MINNESOTA10–4–0LOS ANGELES10–4–0WASHINGTON10–4–0

American Football Conference[edit]

WeekEasternCentralWesternWild Card
1Buffalo, New England1–0–0Pittsburgh, Houston, Cincinnati1–0–0Kansas City1–0–0Denver, Kansas City, San Diego1–0–0
2New England2–0–0Pittsburgh1–0–1Oakland*1–1–08 teams1–1–0
3New England3–0–0Cincinnati2–1–0Oakland*2–1–03 teams2–1–0
4New England4–0–0Cincinnati3–1–0Oakland3–1–0Pittsburgh2–1–1
5New England5–0–0Cincinnati4–1–0Oakland4–1–0Buffalo4–1–0
6Buffalo5–1–0Pittsburgh4–1–1Oakland5–1–0New England5–1–0
7Buffalo6–1–0Pittsburgh5–1–1Oakland6–1–0New England6–1–0
8Buffalo7–1–0Pittsburgh6–1–1Oakland7–1–0New England6–2–0
9Miami7–2–0Pittsburgh6–2–1Oakland8–1–0Buffalo7–2–0
10Miami8–2–0Pittsburgh7–2–1Oakland9–1–0Buffalo7–3–0
11Miami8–3–0Pittsburgh8–2–1Oakland9–2–0Buffalo8–3–0
12Miami9–3–0Pittsburgh8–3–1Oakland10–2–0Buffalo9–3–0
13Miami10–3–0Pittsburgh9–3–1Oakland11–2–0Buffalo9–4–0
14MIAMI11–3–0PITTSBURGH10–3–1OAKLAND12–2–0BUFFALO9–5–0

Final standings[edit]

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 Dolphins1130.786327216
x-Buffalo Bills950.643264244
New England Patriots770.500348289
New York Jets770.500279300
Baltimore Colts2120.143190329
AFC Central
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-Pittsburgh Steelers1031.750305189
Houston Oilers770.500236282
Cincinnati Bengals770.500283259
Cleveland Browns4100.286251344
AFC West
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-Oakland Raiders1220.857355228
Denver Broncos761.536302294
Kansas City Chiefs590.357233293
San Diego Chargers590.357212285
NFC East
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-St. Louis Cardinals1040.714285218
x-Washington Redskins1040.714320196
Dallas Cowboys860.571297235
Philadelphia Eagles770.500242217
New York Giants2120.143195299
NFC Central
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-Minnesota Vikings1040.714310195
Detroit Lions770.500256270
Green Bay Packers680.429210206
Chicago Bears4100.286152279
NFC West
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-Los Angeles Rams1040.714263181
San Francisco 49ers680.429226236
New Orleans Saints590.357166263
Atlanta Falcons3110.214111271


Tiebreakers[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

Note: Prior to the 1975 season, the home teams in the playoffs were decided based on a yearly rotation.
Divisional PlayoffsConf. Championship GamesSuper Bowl IX
          
December 22 – Three Rivers Stadium    
 Buffalo Bills 14
December 29 – Oakland Coliseum
 Pittsburgh Steelers 32 
 Pittsburgh Steelers 24
December 21 – Oakland Coliseum
   Oakland Raiders 13 
 Miami Dolphins 26
January 12 – Tulane Stadium
 Oakland Raiders 28 
 Pittsburgh Steelers 16
December 22 – L.A. Coliseum  
  Minnesota Vikings 6
 Washington Redskins 10
December 29 – Metropolitan Stadium
 Los Angeles Rams 19 
 Los Angeles Rams 10
December 21 – Metropolitan Stadium
   Minnesota Vikings 14 
 St. Louis Cardinals 14
 Minnesota Vikings 30 
 

Awards[edit]

Most Valuable PlayerKen Stabler, Quarterback, Oakland
Coach of the YearDon Coryell, St. Louis Cardinals
Offensive Player of the YearKen Stabler, Quarterback, Oakland
Defensive Player of the YearJoe Greene, Defensive End, Pittsburgh
Offensive Rookie of the YearDon Woods, Running Back, San Diego
Defensive Rookie of the YearJack Lambert, Linebacker, Pittsburgh

References[edit]