The 1979 NFL season was the 60th regular season of the National Football League. The season ended with Super Bowl XIV when the Pittsburgh Steelers repeated as champions by defeating the Los Angeles Rams 31–19 at the Rose Bowl. The Steelers became the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls twice. It was also the 20th anniversary of the American Football League.
|1979 National Football League season|
|Duration||September 1 – December 17, 1979|
|Start date||December 23, 1979|
|AFC Champions||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|NFC Champions||Los Angeles Rams|
|Super Bowl XIV|
|Date||January 20, 1980|
|Site||Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California|
|Date||January 27, 1980|
Jerry Seeman was promoted to referee succeeding Don Wedge who returned to being a deep wing official, primarily as a back judge. Seeman served as a crew chief for 12 seasons, working Super Bowl XXIII and Super Bowl XXV before leaving the field to succeed Art McNally as NFL Vice President of Officiating from 1991-2001.
Starting in 1978, ten teams qualified for the playoffs: the winners of each of the divisions, and two wild-card teams in each conference.
|Week||NFC East||NFC Central||NFC West||Wild Card||Wild Card|
|1||Dallas, Philadelphia||1–0||3 teams||1–0||Atlanta||1–0|
|2||Dallas||2–0||Tampa Bay, Chicago||2–0||Atlanta||2–0|
|3||Dallas||3–0||Tampa Bay||3–0||Atlanta, L.A.||2–1|
|4||Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington||3–1||Tampa Bay||4–0||Atlanta, L.A.||2–2||Chicago||2–2||Minnesota||2–2|
|5||Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington||4–1||Tampa Bay||5–0||L.A.||3–2||Minnesota||3–2||4 teams||2–3|
|6||Dallas, Philadelphia||5–1||Tampa Bay||5–1||L.A.||4–2||Washington||4–2||3 teams||3–3|
|7||Dallas, Philadelphia||6–1||Tampa Bay||5–2||L.A.||4–3||Washington||5–2||5 teams||3–4|
|8||Dallas||7–1||Tampa Bay||6–2||L.A., New Orleans||4–4||Philadelphia, Washington||6–2||Minnesota||4–4|
|9||Dallas||7–2||Tampa Bay||7–2||L.A.||5–4||Philadelphia, Washington||6–3||4 teams||4–5|
|10||Dallas||8–2||Tampa Bay||7–3||L.A., New Orleans||5–5||Philadelphia, Washington||6–4||Chicago||5–5|
|11||Dallas||8–3||Tampa Bay||8–3||New Orleans||6–5||Philadelphia, Washington||7–4||Chicago||6–5|
|12||Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington||8–4||Tampa Bay||9–3||L.A., New Orleans||6–6||Chicago||7–5||Giants, Minnesota||5–7|
|13||Philadelphia||9–4||Tampa Bay||9–4||L.A., New Orleans||7–6||Dallas, Washington||8–5||Chicago||7–6|
|14||Philadelphia||10–4||Tampa Bay||9–5||L.A.||8–6||Dallas, Washington||9–5||Chicago||8–6|
|15||Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington||10–5||Tampa Bay, Chicago||9–6||L.A.||9–6||Minnesota, New Orleans||7–8||Giants||6–9|
|16||Dallas||11–5||Tampa Bay||10–6||Los Angeles||9–7||Philadelphia||11–5||Chicago||10–6|
|Week||AFC East||AFC Central||AFC West||Wild Card||Wild Card|
|1||Miami||1–0||3 teams||1–0||4 teams||1–0|
|2||Miami||2–0||Pittsburgh, Cleveland||2–0||San Diego||2–0|
|3||Miami||3–0||Pittsburgh, Cleveland||3–0||San Diego||3–0||New England, Houston, Denver||2–1|
|4||Miami||4–0||Pittsburgh, Cleveland||4–0||San Diego, Denver||3–1||New England, Houston||3–1||Buffalo, Kansas City||2–2|
|5||Miami||4–1||Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Houston||4–1||San Diego||4–1||New England, Denver, Buffalo, Kansas City||3–2||Jets, Oakland||2–3|
|6||Miami, New England||4–2||Pittsburgh||5–1||San Diego, Denver, Kansas City||4–2||Cleveland, Houston||4–2||Buffalo, Oakland||3–3|
|7||Miami, New England||5–2||Pittsburgh, Houston||5–2||San Diego, Denver||5–2||Cleveland, Kansas City, Oakland||4–3||Buffalo, Jets||3–4|
|8||New England||6–2||Pittsburgh||6–2||San Diego||6–2||Miami, Cleveland, Houston, Denver||5–3||Jets, Kansas City, Oakland||4–4|
|9||Miami, New England||6–3||Pittsburgh||7–2||San Diego, Denver||6–3||Cleveland, Houston||6–3||Oakland||5–4|
|10||New England||7–3||Pittsburgh||8–2||San Diego, Denver||7–3||Cleveland, Houston||7–3||Miami, Oakland||6–4|
|11||Miami, New England||7–4||Pittsburgh||9–2||San Diego, Denver||8–3||Houston||8–3||Cleveland||7–4|
|12||New England||8–4||Pittsburgh, Houston||9–3||San Diego, Denver||9–3||Cleveland||8–4||Miami||7–5|
|13||Miami, New England||8–5||Pittsburgh, Houston||10–3||San Diego||10–3||Denver||9–4||Cleveland||8–5|
|14||Miami||9–5||Pittsburgh||11–3||San Diego, Denver||10–4||Houston||10–4||Cleveland||9–5|
|15||Miami||10–5||Pittsburgh, Houston||11–4||San Diego||11–4||Denver||10–5||Cleveland, Oakland||9–6|
|Dec. 30 – Texas Stadium|
|NFC Wild Card Game||NFC Championship|
|Dec. 23 – Veterans Stadium||Jan. 6 – Tampa Stadium|
|Dec. 29 – Tampa Stadium|
|4||Philadelphia||27||2||Tampa Bay||0||Super Bowl XIV|
|Jan. 20 – Rose Bowl|
|Dec. 29 – San Diego Stadium|
|AFC Wild Card Game||AFC Championship||A2||Pittsburgh||31|
|Dec. 23 – Astrodome||Jan. 6 – Three Rivers Stadium|
|Dec. 30 – Three Rivers Stadium|
|Points scored||Pittsburgh Steelers (416)|
|Total yards gained||Pittsburgh Steelers (6,258)|
|Yards rushing||New York Jets (2,646)|
|Yards passing||San Diego Chargers (3,915)|
|Fewest points allowed||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (237)|
|Fewest total yards allowed||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3,949)|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed||Denver Broncos (1,693)|
|Fewest passing yards allowed||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2,076)|
|Most Valuable Player||Earl Campbell, Running Back, Houston Oilers|
|Coach of the Year||Jack Pardee, Washington|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Earl Campbell, Running Back, Houston Oilers|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Lee Roy Selmon, Defensive End, Tampa Bay|
|Offensive Rookie of the Year||Ottis Anderson, Running Back, St. Louis Cardinals|
|Defensive Rookie of the Year||Jim Haslett, Linebacker, Buffalo|
|Man of the Year Award||Joe Greene, Defensive Tackle, Pittsburgh|
|Comeback Player of the Year||Larry Csonka, Running Back, Miami|
|Super Bowl Most Valuable Player||Terry Bradshaw, Quarterback, Pittsburgh|
the Steelers, the only team to ever repeat twice as Super Bowl champions
Yet another standard was set the following year when the 1979 Steelers defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 31-19, in Super Bowl XIV to make them ... the only team to win back-to-back Super Bowls twice
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The 1979 Seattle Seahawks season was the team's fourth season in the National Football League. The Seahawks had a winning record for the second consecutive year, matching their 9–7 record from 1978.
Starting off the season with a 1–4 record, the Seahawks rallied to finish 9–7. Season highlights included a sweep of the Oakland Raiders for the second straight year, and winning both of their Monday Night Football contests in Atlanta and at home against the New York Jets, where Jim Zorn completed 13 passes in a row in 30 – 7 victory. The team also enjoyed their first victory over the Denver Broncos 28–23 on a 43-yard TD pass from Zorn to Largent in the final minutes.
Season lowlights included a 37–34 loss in Denver, after leading 34–10 midway through the 3rd quarter. The Los Angeles Rams shut out the Seattle Seahawks 24–0, holding the Seahawks to -7 yards total offense. The team lost twice to the Kansas City Chiefs, including a 37–21 defeat in week 14 that eliminated Seattle from playoff contention. The team also lost running back David Sims, who led the AFC in TDs in 1978, to a career-ending injury.
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This season marked the final coaching season for the legendary Tom Landry.
The season ended with Super Bowl XXIII when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 20–16 at the Joe Robbie Stadium in Florida.2010–11 NFL playoffs
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This was only the second postseason in NFL history that included a team with a losing record, and the first to occur with a full regular season. The Seattle Seahawks won their division with a 7–9 record, as all four teams in the NFC West had losing seasons in 2010. Only the 1982–83 NFL playoffs, following the strike-shortened 1982, had previously included teams with losing records (under a modified 16-team tournament, with eight from each conference, the 1982 Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions qualified with records of 4–5). Six days after winning the division, the Seahawks defeated the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints to become the first playoff team with a losing record to win in the postseason.
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1979 NFL season