- 1988 NFL season
year = 1988
San Francisco 49ers
September 4 1988- December 19 1988
December 24 1988
San Francisco 49ers
sb_name = XXIII
January 22 1989
Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida
January 29 1989
The 1988 NFL season was the 69th
regular seasonof the National Football League. The Cardinals relocated from St. Louis, Missourito the Phoenix, Arizonaarea becoming the Phoenix Cardinals but remained in the NFC East division.
The season ended with
Super Bowl XXIIIwhen the San Francisco 49ersdefeated the Cincinnati Bengals.
Major rule changes
*A standard system of two time intervals between plays are established (and would be timed using the Play Clock): For normal plays, the offensive team has 45 seconds to snap the ball after the previous play is signaled dead. After time outs and other administrative stoppages, the time limit is 30 seconds beginning after the Referee signals that the ball is ready to resume play.
*If a fumble occurs during an
extra pointattempt, only the fumbling player can recover and/or advance the ball. This change closes a loophole in the "Stabler Fumble Rule" that was enacted during the 1979 NFL seasonin reaction to the Holy Roller Game.
*The penalty for "Running into the kicker" is changed from five yards and a first down to just 5 yards.
*Referees were outfitted with white hats while all other officials wore black hats, which was the standard practice in college and high school football. From 1979 through 1987, referees wore black hats while all other officials wore white hats.
"W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against"
"Green-shaded teams clinched playoff berths"
"x - clinched wild card berth, y - clinched division title"
*Cincinnati was the top AFC playoff seed ahead of Buffalo based on head-to-head victory (1-0).
*Indianapolis finished ahead of New England in the AFC East based on better record against common opponents (7-5 to Patriots' 6-6).
*Cleveland finished ahead of Houston in the AFC Central based on better division record (4-2 to Oilers' 3-3).
*San Francisco was the second NFC playoff seed ahead of Philadelphia on better record against common opponents (6-3 to Eagles' 5-4)
*Philadelphia finished first in the NFC East based on head-to-head sweep of N.Y. Giants (2-0).
*Washington finished third in the NFC East based on better division record (4-4) than Phoenix (3-5).
*Detroit finished fourth in the NFC Central based on head-to-head sweep of Green Bay (2-0).
*San Francisco finished first in the NFC West based on better head-to-head record (3-1) against L.A. Rams (2-2) and New Orleans (1-3).
*L.A. Rams finished second in the NFC West based on better division record (4-2) than New Orleans (3-3), and earned the last NFC Wild Card based on better conference record (8-4) than N.Y. Giants (9-5) and New Orleans (6-6).
:"Home team in capitals"
*Wild-Card playoff: Houston 24, CLEVELAND 23
*Divisional playoffs: CINCINNATI 21, Seattle 13; BUFFALO 17, Houston 10
*AFC Championship: CINCINNATI 21, Buffalo 10 at
Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio, January 8, 1989
*Wild-Card playoff: MINNESOTA 28, L.A. Rams 17
*Divisional playoffs: CHICAGO 20, Philadelphia 12; SAN FRANCISCO 34, Minnesota 9
*NFC Championship: San Francisco 28, CHICAGO 3 at
Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, January 8, 1989
Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco (NFC) 20, Cincinnati (AFC) 16, at Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida, January 22, 1989
* "NFL Record and Fact Book" (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
* [http://www.nfl.com/history/chronology/1981-1990 NFL History 1981-1990] (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
* [http://nflhistory.net/linescores/pdf/1988.pdf 1988 season in details]
* "Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League" (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
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