1983 NFL season


1983 NFL season

Infobox NFL
year = 1983
NFLchampion = Los Angeles Raiders
regular_season = September 3 1983-December 19 1983
playoffs_start = December 25 1983
AFCchampion = Los Angeles Raiders
NFCchampion = Washington Redskins
sb_name = XVIII
sb_date = January 22 1984
sb_site = Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida
pb_date = January 28 1984

The 1983 NFL season was the 64th regular season of the National Football League. The season ended with Super Bowl XVIII when the Los Angeles Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins.

Major rule changes

*In the last 30 seconds of a half, with the defensive team behind with no more time outs, a defensive foul cannot prevent the half to end except for the normal options that are available to the offensive team.
*Pass interference will not be called if there was incidental contact, or if when players make simultaneous attempts to catch, tip, block, or bat the ball.
*A player may not use a helmet, that is no longer worn by anyone, as a weapon to strike or hit an opponent.

Final standings

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

"Green-shaded teams clinched playoff berths"
"x - clinched wild card berth, y - clinched division title"


Tiebreakers

*Los Angeles Raiders was the first AFC seed over Miami based on head-to-head sweep (1-0).
*Seattle was the first AFC Wild Card ahead of Denver based on better division record (5-3 to Broncos' 3-5) after Cleveland was eliminated from the three-way tie based on head-to-head record (Seattle and Denver 2-1 to Browns' 0-2).
*New England finished ahead of Buffalo in the AFC East based on head-to-head sweep (2-0).
*Baltimore finished ahead of N.Y. Jets in the AFC East based on better conference record (5-9 to Jets' 4-8).
*San Diego finished ahead of Kansas City in the AFC West based on head-to-head sweep (2-0).
*Minnesota ended up in fourth place in the NFC Central after being eliminated from the three-way tie based on conference record (Chicago 7-7 and Green Bay 6-6 to Vikings' 4-8).
*Green Bay finished ahead of Chicago in the NFC Central based on better record against common opponents (5-5 to Bears' 4-6).

Playoffs

:"Home team in capitals"

AFC

*Wild-Card playoff: SEATTLE 31, Denver 7
*Divisional playoffs: Seattle 27, MIAMI 20; L.A. RAIDERS 38, Pittsburgh 10
*AFC Championship: L.A. RAIDERS 30, Seattle 14 at Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles,CA January 8, 1984

NFC

*Wild-Card playoff: L.A. Rams 24, DALLAS 17
*Divisional playoffs: SAN FRANCISCO 24, Detroit 23; WASHINGTON 51, L.A. Rams 7
*NFC Championship: WASHINGTON 24, San Francisco 21 at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., January 8, 1984

uper Bowl

*Super Bowl XVIII: L.A. Raiders (AFC) 38, Washington (NFC) 9, at Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida, January 22, 1984

References

* "NFL Record and Fact Book" (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
* [http://www.nfl.com/history/chronology/1981-1990 NFL History 1981-1990] (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
* [http://nflhistory.net/linescores/pdf/1983.pdf 1983 season in details]
* "Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League" (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)


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