- 1997 NFL season
year = 1997
August 31 1997- December 22 1997
December 27 1997
Green Bay Packers
sb_name = XXXII
January 25 1998
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
February 1 1998
The 1997 NFL season was the 78th
regular seasonof the National Football League. The Oilers relocated from Houston, Texasto Nashville, Tennessee. The newly-renamed "Tennessee Oilers" played their home games during this season at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadiumin Memphis, Tennesseewhile a new stadium in Nashville began construction.
This was the last season that both
NBCand the TNT network held rights to broadcast NFL games. When the TV contracts were renewed near the end of the season, CBS took over the American Football Conferencepackage and ESPNwon the right to televise "all" of the Sunday night games.
Due to Game 7 of the
1997 World Series, the Chicago Bears- Miami Dolphinsgame at Pro Player Stadiumwas moved back one day to Monday, October 27.
The Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers both changed their uniforms, and the new uniforms for both teams were introduced during this season.
The season ended with
Super Bowl XXXIIwhen the Denver Broncosdefeated the Green Bay Packers.
1997 NFL Season Changes
Washington Redskins- New Stadium called Jack Kent Cooke Stadium. Pittsburgh Steelers- New font style numbers. Steelers logo patch on uniform.
Tennessee Oilers - Move out Houston to Tennessee. Played in the
Liberty Bowl. Baltimore Ravens- new style numbers with shadow in the back. Wore white pants with road uniforms. Cincinnati Bengals- Brighter orange to uniform. New Logo, and Bengal logo on sleeve ends. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- New Logo. New Uniforms. Jacksonville Jaguars- new font style numbers. Black side panels on uniforms. Atlanta Falcons- New Logo. new stripping on pants. On road uniforms red numbers with black trim. San Diego Chargers- White pants with road uniforms. Denver Broncos- New Logo and uniforms. Miami Dolphins- New Logo with darker aqua. new shadow in the numbers.
1997 Coaching Changes
St. Louis Rams- Dick Vermeilnew coach. Replace Rich Brookswho was fired after the 1996 season. New Orleans Saints- Mike Ditkanew coach. Replace the interim head coach who was fired along with Jim Mora that same year. New York Giants- Jim Fasselnew coach. Replace Dan Reeveswho was fired after the 96 season. Atlanta Falcons- Dan Reevesnew coach. Replace June Joneswho was fired early in the 96 season after dispute with quarterback Jeff George. New York Jets- Bill Parcellsnew coach. Replace Rich Kotitewho was fired after the 96 season. Detroit Lions- Bobby Rossnew coach. Replace Wayne Fonteswho was fired after the 96 season. San Francisco 49ers- Steve Mariuccinew coach. Replace George Seifertwho retire after the 96 season. New England Patriots- Pete Carrollnew coach. Replace Bill Parcellswho accept the job to coach the Jets.
Major rule changes
*When a team fakes a punt and throws the ball downfield, pass interference will not be called on the two outside defenders who are actually trying to block a coverage man from getting downfield and might not even know the ball has been thrown.
*In order to reduce taunting and excessive celebrations, no player may remove his helmet while on the playing field except during timeouts and between quarters. This is known as the "
Emmitt Smithrule" after the Dallas Cowboys' Running Back's habit of taking his helmet off every time he scored a touchdown.
Final regular season standings
"W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against"
"Clinched playoff seeds are marked in parentheses and shaded in green"
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* [http://www.nfl.com/history/chronology/1991-2000 NFL History 1991-2000] (Last accessed October 17, 2005)
* [http://nflhistory.net/linescores/pdf/1997.pdf 1997 season in details]
* "Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League" (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
* [http://www.steelersfever.com/nfl_history_of_rules.html Steelers Fever - History of NFL Rules] (Last accessed October 17, 2005)
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