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1967 NFL season


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1967_NFL_season
Updated: 2017-08-23T15:28Z
1967 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 17 – December 17, 1967
Playoffs
East ChampionsDallas Cowboys
West ChampionsGreen Bay Packers
Championship Game
ChampionsGreen Bay Packers

The 1967 NFL season was the 48th regular season of the National Football League. The league expanded to 16 teams with the addition of the New Orleans Saints.

The two 8-team conferences were split into two divisions each: the Eastern Conference divisions were Capitol (Dallas, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Washington) and Century (Cleveland, New York, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis), and the Western Conference divisions were Central (Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, and Minnesota) and Coastal (Atlanta, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and San Francisco). Each division winner advanced to the playoffs, expanded to four teams in this year. The Saints and the New York Giants agreed to switch divisions in 1968 and return to the 1967 alignment in 1969. This was done to allow all Eastern Conference teams to visit New York at least once over the three-year period.

The NFL season concluded on December 31, when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Championship Game (a game that became known as the "Ice Bowl"). Two weeks later, on January 14 1968, the Packers handily defeated the AFL's Oakland Raiders 33-14 in Super Bowl II at Miami's Orange Bowl. This was Vince Lombardi's final game as the Packers' head coach. At the time, it was officially the "AFL-NFL World Championship Game," though the more succinct "Super Bowl" was commonly used.

The Baltimore Colts had tied for the NFL's best record in 1967 at 11–1–2, but were excluded from the postseason because of new rules introduced for breaking ties within a division. The L.A. Rams won the division title over Baltimore as a result of the Rams' 34–10 win over Baltimore on the last game of the regular season and a 24–24 tie in Baltimore in mid-October. L.A. had a 24-point edge over Baltimore in head-to-head meetings, giving them the tiebreaker and the Coastal division title. The other three division winners had only nine victories each.

Prior to 1975, the playoff sites rotated and were known prior to the start of the season. The hosts in 1967 were the Capitol and Central division winners for the conference championships (first round), and the Western Conference for the championship game. The 1968 playoff hosts were Century, Coastal, and Eastern, respectively, and 1969 was like 1967.

Major rule changes

  • The "slingshot" or "tuning fork" goalpost, with one curved support from the ground and offset behind the crossbar, was made standard in the NFL. This replaced the previous year's offset goalpost, which had two non-curved supports from the ground. Before the introduction of the offset goalpost, the supports were directly on the goal line. Posts also had to be painted bright gold.
  • A 6-foot-wide (1.8 m) border around the field was also made standard in the league. Its outer edge designates the closest that non-participants can be to the field, and thus enables the game officials to have a running lane to work in.

Division races

The Eastern Conference was split into the Capitol and Century Divisions, and the Western Conference had the Coastal and Central Divisions. (Each of the new division names began with the letter C and contained seven letters.) Under the new system, each team played six division games (a home-and-away series against teams in its division); a game against each of the other four teams in its conference; and a nonconference game against two of the four members of each four-team division in the other conference, for a total of 14 games. In the past, if two teams were tied for the division lead at season's end, a one-game playoff was conducted to break the tie. Starting in 1967, a tiebreaking system was implemented that started with net points in head-to-head competition, followed by the team that had less recently played in a title game. As such, only one team in a division would be the division winner, even if the won-loss record was the same.

WeekCapitolCenturyCoastalCentral
1Dallas1–0–0Pittsburgh1–0–0San Francisco1–0–0Detroit0–0–1
2Dallas2–0–0St. Louis1–1–0San Francisco2–0–0Detroit1–0–1
3Philadelphia2–1–0St. Louis2–1–0Los Angeles3–0–0Green Bay2–0–1
4Dallas3–1–0St. Louis3–1–0Baltimore4–0–0Green Bay3–0–1
5Dallas4–1–0New York3–2–0Baltimore4–0–1Green Bay3–1–1
6Dallas5–1–0Cleveland3–2–0Baltimore4–0–2Green Bay4–1–1
7Dallas5–2–0New York4–3–0Baltimore5–0–2Green Bay5–1–1
8Dallas6–2–0St. Louis5–3–0Baltimore6–0–2Green Bay5–2–1
9Dallas7–2–0St. Louis5–3–1Baltimore7–0–2Green Bay6–2–1
10Dallas7–3–0Cleveland6–4–0Baltimore8–0–2Green Bay7–2–1
11Dallas8–3–0Cleveland7–4–0Baltimore9–0–2Green Bay8–2–1
12Dallas8–4–0Cleveland8–4–0Baltimore10–0–2Green Bay9–2–1
13Dallas9–4–0Cleveland9–4–0Baltimore11–0–2Green Bay9–3–1
14Dallas9–5–0Cleveland9–5–0Los Angeles11–1–2Green Bay9–4–1

Final standings

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

Note: Prior to 1972, the NFL did not include tie games when calculating a team's winning percentage in the official standings

Eastern Conference
Capitol Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Dallas Cowboys950.643342268
Philadelphia Eagles671.462351409
Washington Redskins563.455347353
New Orleans Saints3110.214233379
Century Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Cleveland Browns950.643334297
New York Giants770.500369379
St. Louis Cardinals671.462333356
Pittsburgh Steelers491.308281320
Western Conference
Coastal Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Los Angeles Rams1112.917398196
Baltimore Colts1112.917394198
San Francisco 49ers770.500273337
Atlanta Falcons1121.077175422
Central Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Green Bay Packers941.692332209
Chicago Bears761.538239218
Detroit Lions572.417260259
Minnesota Vikings383.273233294

Tiebreakers

Los Angeles won the Coastal Division based on better point differential in head-to-head games (net 24 points) vs. Baltimore. The Rams and Colts played to a 24–24 tie in Baltimore in October before the Rams won 34–10 on the season's final Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. NOTE: The result would be the same under the modern tiebreaker, which relies first on head-to-head record (Los Angeles won the head-to-head series, 1–0–1).

Playoffs

Conference Championship GamesNFL Championship Game
December 24, 1967 – Cotton Bowl
 Cleveland Browns14 
 Dallas Cowboys52 
 
* December 31, 1967 – Lambeau Field
   Dallas Cowboys17
  Green Bay Packers21
December 23, 1967 – Milwaukee County Stadium
 Los Angeles Rams7
 Green Bay Packers28 

* - The Ice Bowl

Awards

Most Valuable PlayerJohnny Unitas, Quarterback, Baltimore Colts
Coach of the YearGeorge Allen, L.A. Rams; Don Shula, Baltimore Colts (tie)
Offensive Rookie of the YearMel Farr, Running Back, Detroit
Defensive Rookie of the YearLem Barney, Cornerback, Detroit

See also

References

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