The season culminated with Super Bowl XXXIII, with the Denver Broncos defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34–19 at Pro Player Stadium. The Broncos had won their first thirteen games, the best start since the undefeated 1972 Dolphins, and were tipped by some to have a realistic chance at winning all nineteen games. The Minnesota Vikings became the first team since the 1968 Baltimore Colts to win all but one of their regular season games and not win the Super Bowl. After no team had won 14 regular season games since the 1992 49ers, three teams went 14–2 or better for the only time in a 16-game season.
Football Outsiders noted:
|1998 National Football League season|
|Duration||September 6 – December 28, 1998|
|Start date||January 2, 1999|
|AFC Champions||Denver Broncos|
|NFC Champions||Atlanta Falcons|
|Super Bowl XXXIII|
|Date||January 31, 1999|
|Site||Pro Player Stadium, Miami|
|Date||February 7, 1999|
This was the first season that CBS held the rights to televise American Football Conference games, taking over the package from NBC. Meanwhile, this was the first time that ESPN broadcast all of the Sunday night games throughout the season (this was also the first season in which ESPN's coverage used the Monday Night Football themes, before reverting to using an original theme in 2001).
|Jan. 3 – Alltel Stadium||Jan. 10 – Giants Stadium|
|3||Jacksonville||25||Jan. 17 – Mile High Stadium|
|Jan. 2 – Pro Player Stadium||2||NY Jets||10|
|Jan. 9 – Mile High Stadium|
|4||Miami||24||Jan. 31 – Pro Player Stadium|
|Wild card playoffs|
|Jan. 3 – 3Com Park||A1||Denver||34|
|Jan. 9 – Georgia Dome|
|5||Green Bay||27||Super Bowl XXXIII|
|4||San Francisco||30||Jan. 17 – Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome|
|Jan. 2 – Texas Stadium||2||Atlanta||30*|
|Jan. 10 – Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome|
* Indicates overtime victory
|Points scored||Minnesota Vikings (556)|
|Total yards gained||San Francisco 49ers (6,800)|
|Yards rushing||San Francisco 49ers (2,544)|
|Yards passing||Minnesota Vikings (4,328)|
|Fewest points allowed||Miami Dolphins (265)|
|Fewest total yards allowed||San Diego Chargers (4,208)|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed||San Diego Chargers (1,140)|
|Fewest passing yards allowed||Philadelphia Eagles (2,720)|
|Scoring||Gary Anderson, Minnesota (164 points)|
|Touchdowns||Terrell Davis, Denver (23 TDs)|
|Most field goals made||Al Del Greco, Tennessee (36 FGs)|
|Rushing||Terrell Davis, Denver (2,008 yards)|
|Passing||Randall Cunningham, Minnesota, (106.0 rating)|
|Passing touchdowns||Steve Young, San Francisco (36 TDs)|
|Pass receiving||O.J. McDuffie, Miami (90 catches)|
|Pass receiving yards||Antonio Freeman, Green Bay (1,424)|
|Receiving touchdowns||Randy Moss, Minnesota (17 touchdowns)|
|Punt returns||Deion Sanders, Dallas (15.6 average yards)|
|Kickoff returns||Terry Fair, Detroit (28.0 average yards)|
|Interceptions||Ty Law, New England (8)|
|Punting||Craig Hentrich, Tennessee (47.2 average yards)|
|Sacks||Michael Sinclair, Seattle (16.5)|
|Most Valuable Player||Terrell Davis, Running back, Denver|
|Coach of the Year||Dan Reeves, Atlanta|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Terrell Davis, Running back, Denver|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Reggie White, Defensive end, Green Bay|
|Offensive Rookie of the Year||Randy Moss, Wide receiver, Minnesota|
|Defensive Rookie of the Year||Charles Woodson, Cornerback, Oakland|
|NFL Comeback Player of the Year||Doug Flutie, Quarterback, Buffalo|
|NFL Man of the Year||Dan Marino, Quarterback, Miami|
|Super Bowl Most Valuable Player||John Elway, Quarterback, Denver|
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