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The NFL playoffs following the 1984 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XIX.

The two wild card games were held on different days because both venues were in the Pacific Standard Time Zone. The NFL did not schedule prime time playoff games on the east coast until 2002. Normally, playoff games started at either 12:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time/9:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time or 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST. A 9:30 a.m. PST game was considered too early to be played on the west coast.

Playoff seeds
Seed AFC NFC
1 Miami Dolphins (East winner) San Francisco 49ers (West winner)
2 Denver Broncos (West winner) Washington Redskins (East winner)
3 Pittsburgh Steelers (Central winner) Chicago Bears (Central winner)
4 Seattle Seahawks Los Angeles Rams
5 Los Angeles Raiders New York Giants

Contents

Wild Card playoffs

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December 22, 1984

AFC: Seattle Seahawks 13, Los Angeles Raiders 7

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 0 0 7 7
Seahawks 0 7 3 3 13

at Seattle Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

The Seahawks ran for 205 rushing yards while Seattle's defense forced 2 interceptions and 6 sacks. Although Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg only completed 4 passes in 10 attempts, he threw a 26-yard touchdown to Daryl Turner. Meanwhile, running back Dan Doornink recorded 29 carries for 126 rushing yards, and kicker Norm Johnson made two field goals. Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett threw a 46-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, but his team could not overcome his 2 interceptions or Seattle's ball control offense.

  • Scoring
    • SEA - Turner 26 pass from Krieg (Johnson kick) SEA 7-0
    • SEA - field goal Johnson 35 SEA 10-0
    • SEA - field goal Johnson 44 SEA 13-0
    • RAI - Allen 46 pass from Plunkett (Bahr kick) SEA 13-7

December 23, 1984

NFC: New York Giants 16, Los Angeles Rams 13

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 10 0 6 0 16
Rams 0 3 7 3 13

at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, California

In a defensive struggle, the Giants ended up scoring one more field goal than the Rams. Giants kicker Ali Haji-Sheikh made 3 field goals while the Rams' Mike Lansford made 2. In the first quarter, New York defensive back Bill Currier recovered a fumble at Los Angeles 23-yard line, setting up running back Rob Carpenter's touchdown run. Running back Eric Dickerson recorded a 14-yard touchdown run in the third period.

  • Scoring
    • NYG - field goal Haji-Sheikh 37 NYG 3-0
    • NYG - Carpenter 1 run (Haji-Sheikh kick) NYG 10-0
    • RAMS - field goal Lansford 38 NYG 10-3
    • NYG - field goal Haji-Sheikh 39 NYG 13-3
    • RAMS - Dickerson 14 run (Lansford kick) NYG 13-10
    • NYG - field goal Haji-Sheikh 36 NYG 16-10
    • RAMS - field goal Lansford 22 NYG 16-13

Divisional playoffs

December 29, 1984

AFC: Miami Dolphins 31, Seattle Seahawks 10

1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 10 0 0 10
Dolphins 7 7 14 3 31

at Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

The Dolphins ran off 70 plays, gained 405 yards of total offense, and scored 17 unanswered points in the second half. Miami scored first with Tony Nathan's 14-yard touchdown run, but the Seahawks responded with a field goal. In the second quarter, Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino threw a 34-yard pass to wide receiver Jimmy Cefalo, but Seattle wide receiver Steve Largent recorded a 56-yard touchdown reception, and Miami only lead 14-10 before halftime. However, the Dolphins dominated the Seahawks in the second half. Marino threw two touchdown passes in the third period: a 3-yard pass to tight end Bruce Hardy, and a 33-yarder to wide receiver Mark Clayton after the Dolphins recovered a fumble.

  • Scoring
    • MIA - Nathan 14 run (von Schamann kick) MIA 7-0
    • SEA - field goal Johnson 27 MIA 7-3
    • MIA - Cefalo 34 pass from Marino (von Schamann kick) MIA 14-3
    • SEA - Largent 56 pass from Krieg (Johnson kick) MIA 14-10
    • MIA - Hardy 3 pass from Marino (von Schamann kick) MIA 21-10
    • MIA - Clayton 33 pass from Marino (von Schamann kick) MIA 28-10
    • MIA - field goal von Schamann 37 MIA 31-10

NFC: San Francisco 49ers 21, New York Giants 10

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 10 0 0 10
49ers 14 7 0 0 21

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

Quarterback Joe Montana threw for 309 yards and 3 touchdown passes as he led the 49ers to a victory, while receiver Dwight Clark caught 9 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. The 49ers defense also played exceptionally well, holding the Giants offense to a single field goal even though Montana was intercepted 3 times. On San Francisco's first drive of the game, Montana completed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Clark. Then defensive back Ronnie Lott intercepted a pass to set up Montana's 9-yard pass to Russ Francis. In the second quarter, New York kicker Ali Haji-Sheikh's 46-yard field goal and linebacker Harry Carson's 14-yard interception return for a touchdown cut the score, 14-10. But Montana responded with a 29-yard touchdown to Freddie Solomon. Both defenses then controlled the rest of the game, allowing no points in the second half.

  • Scoring
    • SF - Clark 21 pass from Montana (Wersching kick) SF 7-0
    • SF - Francis 9 pass from Montana (Wersching kick) SF 14-0
    • NYG - field goal Haji-Sheikh 46 SF 14-3
    • NYG - Carson 14 interception return (Haji-Sheikh kick) SF 14-10
    • SF - Solomon 29 pass from Montana (Wersching kick) SF 21-10

December 30, 1984

NFC: Chicago Bears 23, Washington Redskins 19

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 10 13 0 23
Redskins 3 0 14 2 19

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

The Bears upset the two-time NFC champion Redskins with clutch plays and a stout defense that forced 3 turnovers and 7 sacks. Chicago's victory was Washington's first-ever playoff defeat at RFK Stadium.

With the scored tied 3-3 in the second quarter, the Bears executed a halfback option play at the Redskins' 19-yard line, with running back Walter Payton throwing a 19-yard touchdown to Pat Dunsmore. Then on the second play in the third period, Bears wide receiver Willie Gault caught a short pass from quarterback Steve Fuller, evaded Redskins defensive back Darrell Green who was too aggressive in trying to make an interception, and turned upfield for a 75-yard touchdown. Redskins running back John Riggins capped off a 74-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run then cut the lead, 16-10. But a roughing the passer penalty call against Ken Coffey set up Dennis McKinnon's 16-yard reception to cap a Chicago 77-yard scoring drive to push their lead back to 13 at 23-10.

Washington attempted a comeback late in the third quarter. Rich Milot recovered a Fuller fumble at the Chicago 36-yard line, setting up a one-yard touchdown run by Riggins to cut the Bears lead to six. Then after being backing up deep in their own territory on fourth down with eight minutes left in the game, Chicago punter Dave Finzer stepped out of the end zone and give the Redskins an intentional safety to make it 23-19. Washington then advanced to the Bears 24-yard line, but quarterback Joe Theismann threw three straight incompletions and Mark Moseley missed a 41-yard field goal attempt. Two other Washington possessions went nowhere and Chicago moved on to the NFC championship game.

Payton finished the game with a career postseason high 104 rushing yards, and caught one pass for 12.

  • Scoring
    • WAS - field goal Moseley 35 WAS 3-0
    • CHI - field goal Thomas 34 3-3
    • CHI - Dunsmore 19 pass from Payton (Thomas kick) CHI 10-3
    • CHI - Gault 75 pass from Fuller (kick failed) CHI 16-3
    • WAS - Riggins 1 run (Moseley kick) CHI 16-10
    • CHI - McKinnon 16 pass from Fuller (Thomas kick) CHI 23-10
    • WAS - Riggins 1 run (Moseley kick) CHI 23-17
    • WAS - Safety, Finzer ran out of end zone CHI 23-19

AFC: Pittsburgh Steelers 24, Denver Broncos 17

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 10 7 7 24
Broncos 7 0 10 0 17

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

The Broncos scored first after linebacker Tom Jackson's fumble recovery set up quarterback John Elway's 9-yard touchdown pass to Jim Wright. But Pittsburgh then scored 10 unanswered points in the second quarter, including running back Frank Pollard's 1-yard touchdown. Denver tied the game in the third period with a 21-yard field goal. Then Elway completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Steve Watson to take the lead. But the Steelers tied the game with a quarterback Mark Malone's 10-yard touchdown to Louis Lipps. With 3 minutes left in the game, Steelers safety Eric Williams returned an interception to the Broncos' 2-yard line to set up Pollard's winning touchdown. Malone finished the game with 227 passing yards and a touchdown. This was Elway's first playoff game as a starter; because of the Broncos' elimination, he was denied the opportunity to play in the only Super Bowl to be held at his college home field, Stanford Stadium.

  • Scoring
    • DEN - Wright 9 pass from Elway (Karlis kick)DEN 7-0
    • PIT - field goal Anderson 28 DEN 7-3
    • PIT - Pollard 1 run (Anderson kick) PIT 10-7
    • DEN - field goal Karlis 21 10-10
    • DEN - Watson 20 pass from Elway (Karlis kick) DEN 17-10
    • PIT - Lipps 10 pass from Malone (Anderson kick) 17-17
    • PIT - Pollard 2 run (Anderson kick) PIT 24-17

Conference Championships

January 6, 1985

AFC: Miami Dolphins 45, Pittsburgh Steelers 28

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 7 7 7 28
Dolphins 7 17 14 7 45

at Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

In a shootout, quarterback Dan Marino led the Dolphins to a victory by throwing for 421 yards and 4 touchdowns with 1 interception. Steelers quarterback Mark Malone recorded 312 yards and 3 touchdowns, but was intercepted 3 times. Miami scored first on Marino's 40-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mark Clayton, but Pittsburgh countered with running back Rich Erenberg 7-yard rushing touchdown. Then after Dolphins kicker Uwe von Schamann made a 26-yard field goal, the Steelers took the lead, 14-10, with wide receiver John Stallworth's 65-yard touchdown reception. Marino threw a 41-yard touchdown to wide receiver Mark Duper, and an interception then set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Tony Nathan to give Miami a 24-14 lead before halftime. On the opening drive of the second half, Marino completed a 36-yard touchdown to Duper. Then after Stallworth caught a 19-yard touchdown, the Dolphins scored two more touchdowns, including Marino's fourth score, to clinch the victory. Malone threw a 29-yard touchdown pass in the final period to close out the scoring.

Duper finished the game with 5 receptions for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns. Clayton caught 4 passes for 95 yards and a score. Nathan rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown, while also catching 8 passes for 114 yards. Stallworth caught 4 passes for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns in the final postseason game of his Hall of Fame career.

  • Scoring
    • MIA - Clayton 40 pass from Marino (von Schamann kick)MIA 7-0
    • PIT - Erenberg 7 run (Anderson kick) 7-7
    • MIA - field goal von Schamann 26 MIA 10-7
    • PIT - Stallworth 65 pass from Malone (Anderson kick) PIT 14-10
    • MIA - Duper 41 pass from Marino (von Schamann kick) MIA 17-14
    • MIA - Nathan 2 run (von Schamann kick) MIA 24-14
    • MIA - Duper 36 pass from Marino (von Schamann kick) MIA 31-14
    • PIT - Stallworth 19 pass from Malone (Anderson kick) MIA 31-21
    • MIA - Bennett 1 run (von Schamann kick) MIA 38-21
    • MIA - Moore 6 pass from Marino (von Schamann kick) MIA 45-21
    • PIT - Capers 29 pass from Malone (Anderson kick) MIA 45-28

NFC: San Francisco 49ers 23, Chicago Bears 0

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 0 0 0
49ers 3 3 7 10 23

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

The 49ers passed for 228 yards while limiting the Bears to only 37 passing yards and no points. San Francisco kicker Ray Wersching made 3 field goals, running back Wendell Tyler scored on a 9-yard touchdown on the 49ers first possession of the third quarter, and quarterback Joe Montana threw a 10-yard score to Freddie Solomon early in the fourth quarter. Chicago quarterback Steve Fuller threw one interception and was sacked 9 times. Bears safety Gary Fencik intercepted Montana twice in the first half, but Chicago could not convert those turnovers into points.

  • Scoring
    • SF - field goal Wersching 21 SF 3-0
    • SF - field goal Wersching 22 SF 6-0
    • SF - Tyler 9 run (Wersching kick)SF 13-0
    • SF - Solomon 10 pass from Montana (Wersching kick) SF 20-0
    • SF - field goal Wersching 34 SF 23-0

Bracket

                                   
Divisional Playoffs
    December 30 - Mile High Stadium        
AFC Wild Card Game AFC Championship
 3  Pittsburgh  24
December 22 - The Kingdome     January 6 - Miami Orange Bowl
 2  Denver  17  
 5  L.A. Raiders  7  3  Pittsburgh  28
December 29 - Miami Orange Bowl
 4  Seattle  13      1  Miami  45   Super Bowl XIX
 4  Seattle  10
    January 20 - Stanford Stadium
 1  Miami  31  
 A1  Miami  16
December 30 - RFK Stadium
NFC Wild Card Game NFC Championship    N1  San Francisco  38
 3  Chicago  23
December 23 - Anaheim Stadium     January 6 - Candlestick Park
 2  Washington  19  
 5  N.Y. Giants  16  3  Chicago  0
December 29 - Candlestick Park
 4  L.A. Rams  13      1  San Francisco  23  
 5  N.Y. Giants  10
   
 1  San Francisco  21  

Super Bowl

San Francisco 49ers (NFC) 38, Miami Dolphins (AFC) 16, at Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California

References

  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
  • The Sporting News Complete Super Bowl Book 1995 (ISBN 0-89204-523-X)

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