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 ] A ten-second runoff will be implemented when a team commits the following fouls within the last minute of either half: Fouls by either team that prevents the snap (i.e., false start, encroachment, etc.) Intentional grounding Illegal forward pass thrown from beyond the line of scrimmage Throwing a backward pass out of bounds Spiking or throwing the ball in the field of play after a down has ended, except after a touchdown Any other intentional foul that causes the clock to stop. Any excess time-out taken for injuries by either team.
Teams can take a time-out (if available) to prevent the runoff. .
[2 ] Players are prohibited from striking, swinging, or clubbing to the head, face, or neck. The personal foul could be called whether or not the initial contact was made below the neck. A "Guidelines for Captains" section was added to the rules. 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.
Week NFC East NFC Central NFC West Wild Card Wild Card 1 3 teams 1–0 4 teams 1–0 San Francisco 1–0 2 Philadelphia 2–0 Detroit, Tampa Bay 2–0 San Francisco 2–0 3 Philadelphia 3–0 Detroit 3–0 San Francisco 3–0 Dallas, Tampa Bay, Minnesota 2–1 4 Philadelphia, Dallas 3–1 Detroit 4–0 San Francisco 3–1 Philadelphia, Dallas 3–1 4 teams 2–2 5 Philadelphia, Dallas 4–1 Detroit 4–1 San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta 3–2 Philadelphia, Dallas 4–1 San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta 3–2 6 Philadelphia, Dallas 5–1 Detroit 5–1 Los Angeles 4–2 Philadelphia, Dallas 5–1 Minnesota, San Francisco, Atlanta 3–3 7 Philadelphia 6–1 Detroit 5–2 Los Angeles 5–2 Dallas 5–2 Atlanta 4–3 8 Philadelphia 7–1 Detroit 5–3 Los Angeles, Atlanta 5–3 Dallas 6–2 Los Angeles, Atlanta 5–3 9 Philadelphia 8–1 Detroit 6–3 Los Angeles, Atlanta 6–3 Dallas 7–2 Los Angeles, Atlanta 6–3 10 Philadelphia 9–1 Detroit 6–4 Atlanta 7–3 Dallas 7–3 Los Angeles 6–4 11 Philadelphia 10–1 Detroit, Minnesota 6–5 Atlanta 8–3 Dallas 8–3 Los Angeles 7–4 12 Philadelphia 11–1 Detroit 7–5 Atlanta 9–3 Dallas 9–3 Los Angeles 8–4 13 Philadelphia 11–2 Detroit, Minnesota 7–6 Atlanta 10–3 Dallas 10–3 Los Angeles 9–4 14 Philadelphia, Dallas 11–3 Minnesota 8–6 Atlanta 11–3 Philadelphia, Dallas 11–3 Los Angeles 9–5 15 Philadelphia 12–3 Minnesota 9–6 Atlanta 12–3 Dallas 11–4 Los Angeles 10–5 16 Philadelphia 12–4 Minnesota 9–7 Atlanta 12–4 Dallas 12–4 Los Angeles 11–5 [edit ]
Week AFC East AFC Central AFC West Wild Card Wild Card 1 3 teams 1–0 Pittsburgh 1–0 San Diego, Oakland 1–0 2 Buffalo 2–0 Pittsburgh 2–0 San Diego 2–0 3 Buffalo 3–0 Pittsburgh, Houston 2–1 San Diego 3–0 Pittsburgh, Houston, Miami, New England, Oakland 2–1 4 Buffalo 4–0 Pittsburgh, Houston 3–1 San Diego 4–0 Pittsburgh, Houston, Miami, New England 3–1 Baltimore, Cleveland, Oakland, Seattle 2–2 5 Buffalo 5–0 Pittsburgh 4–1 San Diego 4–1 New England 4–1 Miami, Baltimore, Houston, Seattle 3–2 6 Buffalo, New England 5–1 Pittsburgh 4–2 San Diego 4–2 Buffalo, New England 5–1 Baltimore 4–2 7 New England 6–1 Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Houston 4–3 San Diego 5–2 Buffalo 5–2 6 teams 4–3 8 Buffalo, New England 6–2 Cleveland, Houston 5–3 San Diego, Oakland 5–3 Buffalo, New England 6–2 Cleveland, Houston, San Diego, Oakland 5–3 9 New England 7–2 Cleveland, Houston 6–3 San Diego, Oakland 6–3 Buffalo, Cleveland, Houston, San Diego, Oakland 6–3 Baltimore, Pittsburgh 5–4 10 Buffalo, New England 7–3 Cleveland, Houston 7–3 Oakland 7–3 Buffalo, New England, Cleveland, Houston 7–3 Pittsburgh, San Diego 6–4 11 Buffalo 8–3 Houston 8–3 Oakland 8–3 New England, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, San Diego 7–4 Miami, Baltimore, Denver 6–5 12 Buffalo 9–3 Cleveland, Houston 8–4 San Diego, Oakland 8–4 New England, Cleveland, Houston, San Diego, Oakland 8–4 Pittsburgh, Denver 7–5 13 Buffalo 9–4 Cleveland 9–4 San Diego, Oakland 9–4 San Diego, Oakland 9–4 New England, Pittsburgh, Houston 8–5 14 Buffalo 10–4 Cleveland 10–4 San Diego, Oakland 9–5 San Diego, Oakland, Houston 9–5 New England, Pittsburgh 8–6 15 Buffalo 10–5 Cleveland, Houston 10–5 San Diego, Oakland 10–5 Cleveland, Houston, San Diego, Oakland 10–5 New England, Pittsburgh 9–6 16 Buffalo 11–5 Cleveland 11–5 San Diego 11–5 Oakland 11–5 Houston 11–5 Final standings [edit ] W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against – clinched x wild card berth, – clinched division title y Tiebreakers [edit ] Cleveland finished ahead of Houston in the AFC Central based on better conference record (8–4 to Oilers' 7–5). San Diego finished ahead of Oakland in the AFC West based on better net points in division games (plus 60 net points to Raiders' plus 37). San Diego was the top AFC playoff seed based on better conference record than Cleveland and Buffalo (9–3 to Browns' 8–4 and Bills' 8–4). Cleveland was the second AFC playoff seed based on better record against common opponents (5–2 to Bills' 5–3). Oakland was the first AFC Wild Card based on better conference record than Houston (9–3 to Oilers' 7–5). Kansas City finished ahead of Denver in the AFC West based on head-to-head sweep (2–0). Philadelphia finished ahead of Dallas in the NFC East based on better net points in division games (plus 84 net points to Cowboys' plus 50). Atlanta was the top NFC playoff seed based on head-to-head victory over Philadelphia (1–0). Minnesota finished ahead of Detroit in the NFC Central based on better conference record (8–4 to Lions' 9–5). Tampa Bay finished ahead of Green Bay in the NFC Central based on better head-to-head record (1–0–1 to Packers' 0–1–1). Playoffs [edit ] Home team in capitals AFC [edit ] NFC [edit ] Super Bowl [edit ] Awards [edit ]
Most Valuable Player Brian Sipe, Quarterback, Cleveland Coach of the Year Chuck Knox, Buffalo Offensive Player of the Year Earl Campbell, Running Back, Houston Oilers Defensive Player of the Year Lester Hayes, Cornerback, Oakland Offensive Rookie of the Year Billy Sims, Running Back, Detroit Defensive Rookie of the Year Buddy Curry & Al Richardson, Linebackers, Atlanta [edit ] ^ "NFL.com: Super Bowl XV Recap" . Retrieved January 16, 2014. ^ Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (First Edition ed.). 1997. p. 1585. ISBN 0-06-270170-3. References [edit ]