1989 Houston Oilers season

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1989 Houston Oilers season
Head coach Jerry Glanville
General manager Mike Holovak
Owner Bud Adams
Home field Astrodome
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd AFC Central
Playoff finish Lost AFC Wild Card
Timeline
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< 1988 1990 >

The 1989 season was the Houston Oilers 30th season and their 20th in the National Football League (NFL). The franchise scored 365 points while the defense gave up 412 points. Their record of 9 wins and 7 losses resulted in a second place finish in the AFC Central Division. The Oilers appeared once on Monday Night Football and appeared in the playoffs for the third consecutive year. It would be Jerry Glanville’s final year as the Oilers coach.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1989 Houston Oilers staff
Front office
  • Owner/Chairman of the Board/President – Bud Adams
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – Mike Holovak

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Rehabilitation – Steve Watterson

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 10, 1989 at Minnesota Vikings L 38–7
54,015
2 September 17, 1989 at San Diego Chargers W 34–27
42,013
3 September 24, 1989 Buffalo Bills L 47–41
57,278
4 October 1, 1989 Miami Dolphins W 39–7
53,326
5 October 8, 1989 at New England Patriots L 23–13
59,828
6 October 15, 1989 at Chicago Bears W 33–28
64,383
7 October 22, 1989 Pittsburgh Steelers W 27–0
59,091
8 October 29, 1989 at Cleveland Browns L 28–17
78,765
9 November 5, 1989 Detroit Lions W 35–31
48,056
10 November 13, 1989 Cincinnati Bengals W 26–24
60,694
11 November 19, 1989 Los Angeles Raiders W 23–7
59,198
12 November 26, 1989 at Kansas City Chiefs L 34–0
51,342
13 December 3, 1989 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 23–16
40,541
14 December 10, 1989 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 20–17
54,532
15 December 17, 1989 at Cincinnati Bengals L 61–7
47,510
16 December 23, 1989 Cleveland Browns L 24–20
58,852

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard December 31, 1989 Pittsburgh Steelers L 26–23
58,406

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Cleveland Browns(2) 9 6 1 .594 3–3 6–5–1 334 254
Houston Oilers(4) 9 7 0 .563 3–3 6–6 365 412
Pittsburgh Steelers(5) 9 7 0 .563 1–5 6–6 265 326
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 5–1 6–6 404 285

Playoffs[edit]

AFC Wildcard Game[edit]

Pittsburgh Steelers 26, Houston Oilers 23 (OT)
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Steelers 7 3 3 10 3 26
Oilers 0 6 3 14 0 23

at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Steelers defensive back Rod Woodson recovered a fumble to set up Gary Anderson's winning 51-yard field goal in overtime to give Pittsburgh the win. The Steelers scored first with running back Tim Worley's 1-yard rushing touchdown. But from that point on until the fourth quarter, the two teams exchanged 6 field goals. In the final period, Oilers quarterback Warren Moon, who finished the game with 315 passing yards, threw two touchdowns to wide receiver Ernest Givins, an 18-yarder and a 9-yarder. However, Pittsburgh running back Merrill Hoge tied the game on a 2-yard rushing touchdown with 46 seconds left in regulation.

Hoge finished the game with 100 rushing yards on just 17 carries, along with 3 receptions for 26 yards.

Awards and records[edit]

  • Ray Childress, 1989 AFC Pro Bowl selection
  • Warren Moon, Pro Bowl
  • Warren Moon, All-Pro selection
  • Warren Moon, Man of the Year

Milestones[edit]

  • Warren Moon, 1st 400 Yard Passing Game (414)

References[edit]

External links[edit]