1980 NFL season

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1980 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 7 – December 22, 1980
Playoffs
Start dateDecember 28, 1980
AFC ChampionsOakland Raiders
NFC ChampionsPhiladelphia Eagles
Super Bowl XV
DateJanuary 25, 1981
SiteLouisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
ChampionsOakland Raiders
Pro Bowl
DateFebruary 1, 1981
SiteAloha Stadium
National Football League seasons
 < 19791981 > 
 
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1980 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 7 – December 22, 1980
Playoffs
Start dateDecember 28, 1980
AFC ChampionsOakland Raiders
NFC ChampionsPhiladelphia Eagles
Super Bowl XV
DateJanuary 25, 1981
SiteLouisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
ChampionsOakland Raiders
Pro Bowl
DateFebruary 1, 1981
SiteAloha Stadium
National Football League seasons
 < 19791981 > 

The 1980 NFL season was the 61st regular season of the National Football League.

After the league declined to approve the proposed move by the Raiders from Oakland, California to Los Angeles, the team along with the Los Angeles Coliseum sued the NFL for violating antitrust laws. A verdict in the trial would not be decided until before the 1982 NFL season.

Meanwhile, the season ended with Super Bowl XV when the Raiders defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, becoming the first Wild Card playoff team ever to do so.[1]

Major rule changes[edit]

Teams can take a time-out (if available) to prevent the runoff. .[2]

Division Races[edit]

Starting in 1978, ten teams qualified for the playoffs: the winners of each of the divisions, and two wild-card teams in each conference. These are the leaders for each playoff slot, week by week. Teams listed in Week 16 indicate playoff participants.

National Football Conference[edit]

WeekNFC EastNFC CentralNFC WestWild CardWild Card
13 teams1–04 teams1–0San Francisco1–0
2Philadelphia2–0Detroit, Tampa Bay2–0San Francisco2–0
3Philadelphia3–0Detroit3–0San Francisco3–0Dallas, Tampa Bay, Minnesota2–1
4Philadelphia, Dallas3–1Detroit4–0San Francisco3–1Philadelphia, Dallas3–14 teams2–2
5Philadelphia, Dallas4–1Detroit4–1San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta3–2Philadelphia, Dallas4–1San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta3–2
6Philadelphia, Dallas5–1Detroit5–1Los Angeles4–2Philadelphia, Dallas5–1Minnesota, San Francisco, Atlanta3–3
7Philadelphia6–1Detroit5–2Los Angeles5–2Dallas5–2Atlanta4–3
8Philadelphia7–1Detroit5–3Los Angeles, Atlanta5–3Dallas6–2Los Angeles, Atlanta5–3
9Philadelphia8–1Detroit6–3Los Angeles, Atlanta6–3Dallas7–2Los Angeles, Atlanta6–3
10Philadelphia9–1Detroit6–4Atlanta7–3Dallas7–3Los Angeles6–4
11Philadelphia10–1Detroit, Minnesota6–5Atlanta8–3Dallas8–3Los Angeles7–4
12Philadelphia11–1Detroit7–5Atlanta9–3Dallas9–3Los Angeles8–4
13Philadelphia11–2Detroit, Minnesota7–6Atlanta10–3Dallas10–3Los Angeles9–4
14Philadelphia, Dallas11–3Minnesota8–6Atlanta11–3Philadelphia, Dallas11–3Los Angeles9–5
15Philadelphia12–3Minnesota9–6Atlanta12–3Dallas11–4Los Angeles10–5
16Philadelphia12–4Minnesota9–7Atlanta12–4Dallas12–4Los Angeles11–5

American Football Conference[edit]

WeekAFC EastAFC CentralAFC WestWild CardWild Card
13 teams1–0Pittsburgh1–0San Diego, Oakland1–0
2Buffalo2–0Pittsburgh2–0San Diego2–0
3Buffalo3–0Pittsburgh, Houston2–1San Diego3–0Pittsburgh, Houston, Miami, New England, Oakland2–1
4Buffalo4–0Pittsburgh, Houston3–1San Diego4–0Pittsburgh, Houston, Miami, New England3–1Baltimore, Cleveland, Oakland, Seattle2–2
5Buffalo5–0Pittsburgh4–1San Diego4–1New England4–1Miami, Baltimore, Houston, Seattle3–2
6Buffalo, New England5–1Pittsburgh4–2San Diego4–2Buffalo, New England5–1Baltimore4–2
7New England6–1Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Houston4–3San Diego5–2Buffalo5–26 teams4–3
8Buffalo, New England6–2Cleveland, Houston5–3San Diego, Oakland5–3Buffalo, New England6–2Cleveland, Houston, San Diego, Oakland5–3
9New England7–2Cleveland, Houston6–3San Diego, Oakland6–3Buffalo, Cleveland, Houston, San Diego, Oakland6–3Baltimore, Pittsburgh5–4
10Buffalo, New England7–3Cleveland, Houston7–3Oakland7–3Buffalo, New England, Cleveland, Houston7–3Pittsburgh, San Diego6–4
11Buffalo8–3Houston8–3Oakland8–3New England, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, San Diego7–4Miami, Baltimore, Denver6–5
12Buffalo9–3Cleveland, Houston8–4San Diego, Oakland8–4New England, Cleveland, Houston, San Diego, Oakland8–4Pittsburgh, Denver7–5
13Buffalo9–4Cleveland9–4San Diego, Oakland9–4San Diego, Oakland9–4New England, Pittsburgh, Houston8–5
14Buffalo10–4Cleveland10–4San Diego, Oakland9–5San Diego, Oakland, Houston9–5New England, Pittsburgh8–6
15Buffalo10–5Cleveland, Houston10–5San Diego, Oakland10–5Cleveland, Houston, San Diego, Oakland10–5New England, Pittsburgh9–6
16Buffalo11–5Cleveland11–5San Diego11–5Oakland11–5Houston11–5

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-Buffalo Bills1150.688320260Details
New England Patriots1060.625441325Details
Miami Dolphins880.500266305Details
Baltimore Colts790.438355387Details
New York Jets4120.250302395Details
AFC Central
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-Cleveland Browns1150.688357310Details
x-Houston Oilers1150.688295251Details
Pittsburgh Steelers970.563352313Details
Cincinnati Bengals6100.375244312Details
AFC West
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-San Diego Chargers1150.688418327Details
x-Oakland Raiders1150.688364306Details
Kansas City Chiefs880.500319336Details
Denver Broncos880.500310323Details
Seattle Seahawks4120.250291408Details
NFC East
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-Philadelphia Eagles1240.750384222Details
x-Dallas Cowboys1240.750454311Details
Washington Redskins6100.375261293Details
St. Louis Cardinals5110.313299350Details
New York Giants4120.250249425Details
NFC Central
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-Minnesota Vikings970.563317308Details
Detroit Lions970.563334272Details
Chicago Bears790.438304264Details
Tampa Bay Buccaneers5101.344271341Details
Green Bay Packers5101.344231371Details
NFC West
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
y-Atlanta Falcons1240.750405272Details
x-Los Angeles Rams1150.688424289Details
San Francisco 49ers6100.375320415Details
New Orleans Saints1150.063291487Details


Tiebreakers[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

Home team in capitals

AFC[edit]

NFC[edit]

Super Bowl[edit]

Awards[edit]

Most Valuable PlayerBrian Sipe, Quarterback, Cleveland
Coach of the YearChuck Knox, Buffalo
Offensive Player of the YearEarl Campbell, Running Back, Houston Oilers
Defensive Player of the YearLester Hayes, Cornerback, Oakland
Offensive Rookie of the YearBilly Sims, Running Back, Detroit
Defensive Rookie of the YearBuddy Curry & Al Richardson, Linebackers, Atlanta

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "NFL.com: Super Bowl XV Recap". Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (First Edition ed.). 1997. p. 1585. ISBN 0-06-270170-3. 

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