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1994 National Football League season
NFL75th
NFL 75th season anniversary logo
Regular season
Duration September 4, 1994-December 26, 1994
Playoffs
Start date December 31, 1994
AFC Champions San Diego Chargers
NFC Champions San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl XXIX
Date January 29, 1995
Site Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida
Champions San Francisco 49ers
Pro Bowl
Date February 5, 1995
Site Aloha Stadium
National Football League seasons
 < 1993 1995 > 

The 1994 NFL season was the 75th regular season of the National Football League. To honor the NFL's 75th season, a special anniversary logo was designed and each player wore a patch on their jerseys with this logo throughout the season. Also, a selection committee of media and league personnel named a special NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, honoring the best NFL players from the first 75 seasons.

The Phoenix Cardinals changed their name to Arizona Cardinals in an attempt to widen their appeal to the entire state of Arizona instead of just the Phoenix area.

The Seattle Seahawks played their first three regular season home games at Husky Stadium because the Kingdome, the Seahawks' regular home field, was undergoing repairs for damaged tiles on its roof.

This was also the first season that the then-fledgling Fox Network televised NFL games. Fox took over the National Football Conference package from CBS. The league also signed an exclusivity agreement with the direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service DirecTV to launch NFL Sunday Ticket, a satellite television subscription service that offers every regular season NFL game.

The season ended with Super Bowl XXIX when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers.

Major rule changesEdit

A package of changes were adopted to increase offensive production and scoring:

  • The two-point conversion after touchdowns is adopted.
  • The spot of the kickoff is moved from the 35-yard line to the 30-yard line. This would remain intact through the 2010 season.
  • The "Neutral zone infraction" foul is adopted. A play is automatically dead before the snap when a defensive player enters the neutral zone and causes an offensive player to react.
  • After a field goal is missed, the defensive team takes possession of the ball at the spot of the kick (instead of at the line of scrimmage) or the 20 yard line, whichever is farther from the goal line.
  • During field goal attempts and extra point tries, players on the receiving team cannot block below the waist.

Throwback jerseysEdit

The league also honored its 75th season by having each team wear throwback uniforms during selected games. The designs varied widely in their accuracy:

  • While no attempt was made to simulate obsolete leather helmets (which were phased out in the 1950s), teams simulating uniforms from the era of leather headgear simply removed all decals and striping from their regular hard-shell helmets.
  • All jerseys displayed the player's last name on the back side, though this practice did not become standard until 1970[1].
  • Many of the uniforms worn were not completely accurate displays of previous team uniforms. For example, the Buffalo Bills throwback contained a red helmet with a white buffalo logo with white (instead of gray) facemasks. However, the actual historic uniform displayed a white helmet with a red buffalo logo with gray facemasks. The New York Jets did the same, with green helmets and white logos and a black facemask (instead of gray). The Dallas Cowboys wore their current helmets. Ironically, the Cowboys in 2004 and the Bills In 2005 would later adopt an accurate representation of their 1960s throwbacks as their alternate uniform, while the Jets would return to their "throwback" style (albeit with a darker shade of green and green facemasks) full-time in 1998.
  • In some instances the fonts and typestyles used were only approximate matches at best, although the San Diego Chargers and Houston Oilers' throwbacks were completely accurate replications, including typefaces, of their first uniforms in 1960.

Some teams occasionally wore theirs in additional games during the season, and the San Francisco 49ers wore them through the Super Bowl. They proved to be so popular that the New York Giants followed the lead of their stadium tenants and eventually returned to wearing them full-time, with very slightly modifications, in 2000. And after the NFL modified its rules to allow teams to wear alternate jerseys in 2002, the San Diego Chargers selected their throwbacks as their third uniforms.

Final regular season standingsEdit

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
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
(3) Miami Dolphins 1060.625389327
(5) New England Patriots 1060.625351312
Indianapolis Colts 880.500307320
Buffalo Bills 790.438340356
New York Jets 6100.375264320
AFC Central
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
(1) Pittsburgh Steelers 1240.750316234
(4) Cleveland Browns 1150.688340204
Cincinnati Bengals 3130.188276406
Houston Oilers 2140.125226352
AFC West
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
(2) San Diego Chargers 1150.688381306
(6) Kansas City Chiefs 970.563319298
Los Angeles Raiders 970.563303327
Denver Broncos 790.438347396
Seattle Seahawks 6100.375287323
NFC East
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
(2) Dallas Cowboys 1240.750414248
New York Giants 970.563279305
Arizona Cardinals 880.500235267
Philadelphia Eagles 790.438308308
Washington Redskins 3130.188320412
NFC Central
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
(3) Minnesota Vikings 1060.625356314
(4) Green Bay Packers 970.563382287
(5) Detroit Lions 970.563357342
(6) Chicago Bears 970.563271307
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6100.375251351
NFC West
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
(1) San Francisco 49ers 1330.813505296
New Orleans Saints 790.438348407
Atlanta Falcons 790.438317385
Los Angeles Rams 4120.250286365

TiebreakersEdit

  • Miami finished ahead of New England in the AFC East based on head-to-head sweep (2-0).
  • Kansas City finished ahead of L.A. Raiders in the AFC West based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).
  • Green Bay was the first NFC Wild Card based on best head-to-head record (3–1) vs. Detroit (2–2) and Chicago (1–3) and better conference record (8–4) than N.Y. Giants (6–6).
  • Detroit was the second NFC Wild Card based on better division record (4–4) than Chicago (3–5) and head-to-head victory over N.Y. Giants (1–0).
  • Chicago was the third NFC Wild Card based on better record against common opponents (4–4) than N.Y. Giants (3–5).
  • New Orleans finished ahead of Atlanta in the NFC West based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).

PlayoffsEdit

Home team in capitals

AFCEdit

  • Wild-Card playoffs: MIAMI 27, Kansas City 17; CLEVELAND 20, New England 13
  • Divisional playoffs: PITTSBURGH 29, Cleveland 9; SAN DIEGO 22, Miami 21
  • AFC Championship: San Diego 17, PITTSBURGH 13 at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 15, 1995

NFCEdit

  • Wild-Card playoffs: GREEN BAY 16, Detroit 12; Chicago 35, MINNESOTA 18
  • Divisional playoffs: SAN FRANCISCO 44, Chicago 15; DALLAS 35, Green Bay 9
  • NFC Championship: SAN FRANCISCO 38, Dallas 28 at Candlestick Park, January 15, 1995

Super BowlEdit

Statistical leadersEdit

TeamEdit

Points scoredSan Francisco 49ers (505)
Total yards gainedMiami Dolphins (6,078)
Yards rushingPittsburgh Steelers (2,180)
Yards passingNew England Patriots (4,444)
Fewest points allowedCleveland Browns (204)
Fewest total yards allowedDallas Cowboys (4,313)
Fewest rushing yards allowedMinnesota Vikings (1,090)
Fewest passing yards allowedDallas Cowboys (2,752)

IndividualEdit

ScoringJohn Carney, San Diego (135 points)
TouchdownsEmmitt Smith, Dallas (22 TDs)
Most field goals madeJohn Carney, San Diego and Fuad Reveiz, Minnesota (34 FGs)
RushingBarry Sanders, Detroit (1,883 yards)
PassingSteve Young, San Francisco (112.8 rating)
Passing touchdownsSteve Young, San Francisco (35 TDs)
Pass receivingCris Carter, Minnesota (122 catches)
Pass receiving yardsJerry Rice, San Francisco (1,499)
Punt returnsBrian Mitchell, Washington (14.1 average yards)
Kickoff returnsMel Gray, Detroit (28.4 average yards)
InterceptionsEric Turner, Cleveland and Aeneas Williams, Arizona (9)
PuntingSean Landeta, L.A. Rams (44.8 average yards)
SacksKevin Greene, Pittsburgh (14)

AwardsEdit

Most Valuable PlayerSteve Young, Quarterback, San Francisco
Coach of the YearBill Parcells, New England
Offensive Player of the YearBarry Sanders, Running Back, Detroit
Defensive Player of the YearDeion Sanders, Cornerback, San Francisco
Offensive Rookie of the YearMarshall Faulk, Running Back, Indianapolis
Defensive Rookie of the YearTim Bowens, Defensive Tackle, Miami

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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