|1994 National Football League season|
NFL 75th season anniversary logo
|Duration||September 4, 1994-December 26, 1994|
|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|
|Date||February 5, 1995|
| National Football League seasons
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
|(3) Miami Dolphins||10||6||0||.625||389||327|
|(5) New England Patriots||10||6||0||.625||351||312|
|New York Jets||6||10||0||.375||264||320|
|(1) Pittsburgh Steelers||12||4||0||.750||316||234|
|(4) Cleveland Browns||11||5||0||.688||340||204|
|(2) San Diego Chargers||11||5||0||.688||381||306|
|(6) Kansas City Chiefs||9||7||0||.563||319||298|
|Los Angeles Raiders||9||7||0||.563||303||327|
|(2) Dallas Cowboys||12||4||0||.750||414||248|
|New York Giants||9||7||0||.563||279||305|
|(3) Minnesota Vikings||10||6||0||.625||356||314|
|(4) Green Bay Packers||9||7||0||.563||382||287|
|(5) Detroit Lions||9||7||0||.563||357||342|
|(6) Chicago Bears||9||7||0||.563||271||307|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||10||0||.375||251||351|
|(1) San Francisco 49ers||13||3||0||.813||505||296|
|New Orleans Saints||7||9||0||.438||348||407|
|Los Angeles Rams||4||12||0||.250||286||365|
- 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).
- Home team in capitals
- 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
- 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 Bowl XXIX: San Francisco (NFC) 49, San Diego (AFC) 26, at Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida, January 29, 1995
|Points scored||San Francisco 49ers (505)|
|Total yards gained||Miami Dolphins (6,078)|
|Yards rushing||Pittsburgh Steelers (2,180)|
|Yards passing||New England Patriots (4,444)|
|Fewest points allowed||Cleveland Browns (204)|
|Fewest total yards allowed||Dallas Cowboys (4,313)|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed||Minnesota Vikings (1,090)|
|Fewest passing yards allowed||Dallas Cowboys (2,752)|
|Scoring||John Carney, San Diego (135 points)|
|Touchdowns||Emmitt Smith, Dallas (22 TDs)|
|Most field goals made||John Carney, San Diego and Fuad Reveiz, Minnesota (34 FGs)|
|Rushing||Barry Sanders, Detroit (1,883 yards)|
|Passing||Steve Young, San Francisco (112.8 rating)|
|Passing touchdowns||Steve Young, San Francisco (35 TDs)|
|Pass receiving||Cris Carter, Minnesota (122 catches)|
|Pass receiving yards||Jerry Rice, San Francisco (1,499)|
|Punt returns||Brian Mitchell, Washington (14.1 average yards)|
|Kickoff returns||Mel Gray, Detroit (28.4 average yards)|
|Interceptions||Eric Turner, Cleveland and Aeneas Williams, Arizona (9)|
|Punting||Sean Landeta, L.A. Rams (44.8 average yards)|
|Sacks||Kevin Greene, Pittsburgh (14)|
|Most Valuable Player||Steve Young, Quarterback, San Francisco|
|Coach of the Year||Bill Parcells, New England|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Barry Sanders, Running Back, Detroit|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Deion Sanders, Cornerback, San Francisco|
|Offensive Rookie of the Year||Marshall Faulk, Running Back, Indianapolis|
|Defensive Rookie of the Year||Tim Bowens, Defensive Tackle, Miami|
- NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
- NFL History 1991-2000 (Last accessed October 17, 2005)
- 1994 season in details
- Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
- NFL 75th Anniversary Throwbacks (Archived 2009-10-21)