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1970 Standings

By Wikipedia

The 1970 NFL season was the 51st regular season of the National Football League, and the first one after the AFL-NFL Merger. The Baltimore Colts, Cleveland Browns, and the Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to join the other AFL teams to form the American Football Conference (AFC). The remaining NFL teams formed the National Football Conference (NFC).

Also, the merged league began to use an eight-team playoff format that included one wild card team from each conference, the second-place team with the best record. The season ended with Super Bowl V when the Colts defeated the Dallas Cowboys.

Meanwhile, with the debut of Monday Night Football during this season, the NFL becomes the first professional sports league in the United States to have a regular series of nationally televised games in prime time.

Major rule changes

  • The NFL rules basically become the standardized rules for the merged league, including the rule that a point after touchdown is worth one point. The AFL previously used the two-point conversion, which would not be adopted to the NFL until 1994.
  • The official time of the game is kept on the stadium scoreboard clock.
  • Rules are added to place names on the back of players' jerseys.
 
AFC EAST W L T PCT PF PA   NFC EAST W L T PCT PF PA
Baltimore Colts 11 2 1 .846 321 234 Dallas Cowboys 10 4 0 .714 299 221
Miami Dolphins 10 4 0 .714 297 228 New York Giants 9 5 0 .643 301 270
New York Jets 4 10 0 .286 255 286 St. Louis Cardinals 8 5 1 .615 325 228
Buffalo Bills 3 10 1 .231 204 337 Washington Redskins 6 8 0 .429 297 314
Boston Patriots 2 12 0 .142 149 361 Philadelphia Eagles 3 10 1 .231 241 332
AFC CENTRAL W L T PCT PF PA NFC CENTRAL W L T PCT PF PA
Cincinnati Bengals 8 6 0 .571 312 255 Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 .857 335 143
Cleveland Browns 7 7 0 .500 286 265 Detroit Lions 10 4 0 .714 347 202
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 9 0 .357 210 272 Chicago Bears 6 8 0 .429 256 261
Houston Oilers 3 10 1 .231 217 352 Green Bay Packers 6 8 0 .429 196 293
AFC WEST W L T PCT PF PA NFC WEST W L T PCT PF PA
Oakland Raiders 8 4 2 .667 300 293 San Francisco 49ers 10 3 1 .769 352 267
Kansas City Chiefs 7 5 2 .583 272 244 Los Angeles Rams 9 4 1 .692 325 202
San Diego Chargers 5 6 3 .455 282 278 Atlanta Falcons 4 8 2 .333 206 261
Denver Broncos 5 8 1 .385 253 264 New Orleans Saints 2 11 1 .153 172 347
 

Tiebreakers: Green Bay finished ahead of Chicago in the NFC Central based on better division record (2-4 to Bears' 1-5).

Playoffs

Main articles: Division, Conference

(Home team in capitals.)

AFC

  • Divisional playoffs: BALTIMORE 17, Cincinnati 0; OAKLAND 21, Miami 14
  • AFC Championship: BALTIMORE 27, Oakland 17

NFC

  • Divisional playoffs: DALLAS 5, Detroit 0; San Francisco 17, MINNESOTA 14
  • NFC Championship: Dallas 17, SAN FRANCISCO 10

Super Bowl V

Baltimore (AFC) 16, Dallas (NFC) 13, at Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

 

 

1970 STANDINGS

Super Bowl Champions: Baltimore Colts


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