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1975 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 21, 1975–December 21, 1975
Playoffs
Start date December 27, 1975
AFC Champions Pittsburgh Steelers
NFC Champions Dallas Cowboys
Super Bowl X
Date January 18, 1976
Site Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida
Champions Pittsburgh Steelers
Pro Bowl
Date January 26, 1976
Site Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans
National Football League seasons
 < 1974 1976 > 

The 1975 NFL season was the 56th regular season of the National Football League. The league made two significant changes to increase the appeal of the game:

  1. The surviving clubs with the best regular season records were made the home teams for each playoff round. Previously, game sites rotated by division.
  2. The league pioneered the use of equipping American football referees with wireless microphones to announce penalties and clarify complex and/or unusual rulings to both fans and the media.

Instead of a traditional Thanksgiving Day game hosted by the Dallas Cowboys, the league scheduled a Buffalo Bills at St. Louis Cardinals contest. This would be the first season since 1966 that the Cowboys did not play on that holiday.

The season ended with Super Bowl X when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys.

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Major rule changes

  • After a fourth down incomplete pass goes in or through the end zone, the other team will take possession at the previous line of scrimmage. Previously, it resulted in a touchback.
  • The penalty for pass interference on the offensive team is reduced from 15 yards to 10.
  • If there are fouls by both teams on the same play but one results in a player ejection, the penalties will still offset but the player will still be ejected.

Division races

Starting in 1970, and until 2002, there were three divisions (Eastern, Central and Western) in each conference. The winners of each division, and a fourth "wild card" team based on the best non-division winner, qualified for the playoffs. The tiebraker rules were changed to start with head-to-head competition, followed by division records, common opponents records, and conference play.

National Football Conference

Week Eastern Central Western Wild Card
1 4 teams 1-0-0 (Det, Min) 1-0-0 4 teams 0-1-0 4 teams 1-0-0
2 (Dal, Was) 2-0-0 (Det, Min) 2-0-0 LOS ANGELES 1-1-0 2 teams 2-0-0
3 DALLAS 3-0-0 MINNESOTA 3-0-0 LOS ANGELES 2-1-0 3 teams 2-1-0
4 DALLAS 4-0-0 MINNESOTA 4-0-0 LOS ANGELES 3-1-0 (Was, Det) 2-1-0
5 DALLAS 4-1-0 MINNESOTA 5-0-0 LOS ANGELES 4-1-0 (StL, Det) 2-1-0
6 DALLAS 5-1-0 MINNESOTA 6-0-0 LOS ANGELES 5-1-0 WASHINGTON* 4-2-0
7 DALLAS* 5-2-0 MINNESOTA 7-0-0 LOS ANGELES 6-1-0 WASHINGTON* 5-2-0
8 WASHINGTON* 6-2-0 MINNESOTA 8-0-0 LOS ANGELES 6-2-0 ST. LOUIS 6-2-0
9 ST. LOUIS 7-2-0 MINNESOTA 9-0-0 LOS ANGELES 7-2-0 Dal, Det, Was 6-3-0
10 ST. LOUIS 8-2-0 MINNESOTA 10-0-0 LOS ANGELES 8-2-0 DALLAS 7-3-0
11 DALLAS* 8-3-0 MINNESOTA 10-1-0 LOS ANGELES 9-2-0 ST. LOUIS 8-3-0
12 ST. LOUIS 9-3-0 MINNESOTA 11-1-0 LOS ANGELES 10-2-0 DALLAS 8-4-0
13 ST. LOUIS 10-3-0 MINNESOTA 11-2-0 LOS ANGELES 11-2-0 DALLAS 9-4-0
14 ST. LOUIS 11-3-0 MINNESOTA 12-2-0 LOS ANGELES 12-2-0 DALLAS 10-4-0

American Football Conference

Week Eastern Central Western Wild Card
1 (Bal, Buf) 1-0-0 3 teams 1-0-0 (Den, Oak) 1-0-0 4 teams 1-0-0
2 BUFFALO 2-0-0 (Cin, Hou) 2-0-0 (Den, Oak) 2-0-0 2 teams 2-0-0
3 BUFFALO 3-0-0 CINCINNATI 3-0-0 OAKLAND 3-0-0 5 teams 2-1-0
4 BUFFALO 4-0-0 CINCINNATI 4-0-0 OAKLAND 3-1-0 PITTSBURGH* 3-1-0
5 BUFFALO* 4-1-0 CINCINNATI 5-0-0 DENVER* 3-2-0 PITTSBURGH* 4-1-0
6 MIAMI 5-1-0 CINCINNATI 6-0-0 OAKLAND 4-2-0 HOUSTON 5-1-0
7 MIAMI 6-1-0 PITTSBURGH* 6-1-0 OAKLAND 5-2-0 CINCINNATI* 6-1-0
8 MIAMI 7-1-0 PITTSBURGH* 7-1-0 OAKLAND 5-2-0 CINCINNATI* 7-1-0
9 MIAMI 7-2-0 PITTSBURGH* 8-1-0 OAKLAND 7-2-0 CINCINNATI* 8-1-0
10 MIAMI 7-3-0 PITTSBURGH 9-1-0 OAKLAND 8-2-0 CINCINNATI 8-2-0
11 MIAMI 8-3-0 PITTSBURGH 10-1-0 OAKLAND 9-2-0 CINCINNATI 9-2-0
12 MIAMI 9-3-0 PITTSBURGH 11-1-0 OAKLAND 10-2-0 CINCINNATI 10-2-0
13 BALTIMORE* 9-4-0 PITTSBURGH 12-1-0 OAKLAND 10-3-0 CINCINNATI 10-3-0
14 BALTIMORE 10-4-0 PITTSBURGH 12-2-0 OAKLAND 11-3-0 CINCINNATI 11-3-0

Final standings

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

   x  - clinched wild card berth,    y  - clinched division title

AFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
y-Baltimore Colts 10 4 0 .714 395 269
Miami Dolphins 10 4 0 .714 357 222
Buffalo Bills 8 6 0 .571 420 355
New York Jets 3 11 0 .214 258 433
New England Patriots 3 11 0 .214 258 358
AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
y-Pittsburgh Steelers 12 2 0 .857 373 162
x-Cincinnati Bengals 11 3 0 .786 340 246
Houston Oilers 10 4 0 .714 293 226
Cleveland Browns 3 11 0 .214 218 372
AFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
y-Oakland Raiders 11 3 0 .786 375 255
Denver Broncos 6 8 0 .429 254 307
Kansas City Chiefs 5 9 0 .357 282 341
San Diego Chargers 2 12 0 .143 189 345
NFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
y-St. Louis Cardinals 11 3 0 .786 356 276
x-Dallas Cowboys 10 4 0 .714 350 268
Washington Redskins 8 6 0 .571 325 276
New York Giants 5 9 0 .357 216 306
Philadelphia Eagles 4 10 0 .286 225 302
NFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
y-Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 .857 377 180
Detroit Lions 7 7 0 .500 245 262
Chicago Bears 4 10 0 .286 191 379
Green Bay Packers 4 10 0 .286 226 285
NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
y-Los Angeles Rams 12 2 0 .857 312 135
San Francisco 49ers 5 9 0 .357 255 286
Atlanta Falcons 4 10 0 .286 240 289
New Orleans Saints 2 12 0 .143 165 360


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Tiebreakers

  • Baltimore finished ahead of Miami in the AFC East based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).
  • N.Y. Jets finished ahead of New England in the AFC East based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).
  • Minnesota was the top NFC playoff seed.
  • Chicago finished ahead of Green Bay in the NFC Central based on better division record (2–4 to Packers' 1–5).

Playoffs

Divisional Playoffs Conference Championship Games Super Bowl X
                   
December 28 - Metropolitan Stadium        
 4) Dallas Cowboys  17
January 4 - L.A. Memorial Coliseum
 1) Minnesota Vikings  14  
 4) Dallas Cowboys  37
December 27 - L.A. Memorial Coliseum
   2) Los Angeles Rams  7  
 3) St. Louis Cardinals  23
January 18 - Miami Orange Bowl
 2) Los Angeles Rams  35  
 N4) Dallas Cowboys  17
December 28 - Oakland Coliseum
   A1) Pittsburgh Steelers  21
 4) Cincinnati Bengals  28
January 4 - Three Rivers Stadium
 2)* Oakland Raiders  31  
 2) Oakland Raiders  10
December 27 - Three Rivers Stadium
   1) Pittsburgh Steelers  16  
 3) Baltimore Colts  10
 1)* Pittsburgh Steelers  28  

*Pittsburgh (the AFC 1 seed) did not play Cincinnati (the 4 seed) in the Divisional playoff round because both teams were in the same division.

References

  • NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
  • NFL History 1971-1980 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
  • 1975 season in details
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
1975 NFL season
AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Buffalo Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Los Angeles
Miami Houston Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Washington
1975 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl X

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