1989 NFL season was the 70th regular season of the National Football League. Before the season, NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle announced his retirement. Paul Tagliabue was eventually chosen to succeed him, taking over on November 5.
Due to damage caused by the
Loma Prieta earthquake to Candlestick Park, the New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ers game on October 22 was played at Stanford Stadium in Stanford.
The season ended with
Super Bowl XXIV where the 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos 55–10 at the Louisiana Superdome.
Major rule changes [ edit ]
After a foul that occurs inside the last two minutes of the first half and inside the last five minutes of the second half or overtime, the game clock will start at the snap, instead of when the ball is spotted and the Referee signals it is ready to be played.
New rules were enacted, including loss of timeouts or five-yard penalties, to handle the problem of crowd noise when it becomes too loud for the offensive team to hear its signals.
If a receiver and a defender eventually establish joint control of a pass, the ball will be awarded to whoever was the first player to establish control of the ball.
While not a rule “change” per se, the “hurry up offense” was recognized as fully legal, and penalties for delay of game would be called against teams whose defenders faked injuries in order to slow down the tempo, unless those teams called for timeouts.
Referee changes [ edit ] Fred Silva retired during the 1989 off-season. He joined the NFL in 1968 as a line judge before being promoted to referee in 1969. Games that he officiated include Super Bowl XIV and the Freezer Bowl.
Dale Hamer and Howard Roe were promoted to referee. In addition to replacing Silva, an extra 16th officiating crew was added to help handle the weekly workload of 14 games.
Final standings [ edit ]
Tiebreakers [ edit ]
Indianapolis finished ahead of Miami in the AFC East based on better conference record (7–5 vs. Dolphins' 6–8).
Houston finished ahead of Pittsburgh in the AFC Central based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).
Philadelphia was first NFC Wild Card ahead of L.A. Rams based on better record against common opponents (7–3 to Rams' 5–4).
Minnesota finished ahead of Green Bay in the NFC Central based on better division record (6–2 vs. Packers' 5–3).
Playoffs [ edit ]
NOTE: The San Francisco 49ers (the NFC 1 seed) did not play the Los Angeles Rams (the 5 seed) in the Divisional playoff round because both teams were in the same division.
* Indicates overtime victory
Statistical leaders [ edit ]
Points scored San Francisco 49ers (442)
Total yards gained San Francisco 49ers (6,268)
Yards rushing Cincinnati Bengals (2,483)
Yards passing Washington Redskins (4,349)
Fewest points allowed Denver Broncos (226)
Fewest total yards allowed Minnesota Vikings (4,184)
Fewest rushing yards allowed New Orleans Saints (1,326)
Fewest passing yards allowed Minnesota Vikings (2,501)
Most Valuable Player Joe Montana, Quarterback, San Francisco
Coach of the Year Lindy Infante, Green Bay
Offensive Player of the Year Joe Montana, Quarterback, San Francisco
Defensive Player of the Year Keith Millard, Defensive Tackle, Minnesota
Offensive Rookie of the Year Barry Sanders, Running Back, Detroit
Defensive Rookie of the Year Derrick Thomas, Linebacker, Kansas City
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Ottis Anderson, Running Back, NY Giants
NFL Man of the Year Warren Moon, Quarterback, Houston
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Joe Montana, Quarterback, San Francisco
1989 NFL Draft was held from April 23 to 24, 1989 at New York City's Marriott Marquis. With the first pick, the Dallas Cowboys selected quarterback Troy Aikman from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Coaching changes [ edit ]
Offseason [ edit ]
In-season [ edit ]
References [ edit ]