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1987 NFL Week 16 San Diego at Denver
1987 NFL Week 16 San Diego at Denver
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NFL strike 1987 news clips
NFL strike 1987 news clips
Published: 2015/01/10
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1987 Inside the NFL [HBO] Week #2 [9-27-87]
1987 Inside the NFL [HBO] Week #2 [9-27-87]
Published: 2017/02/23
Channel: CURTIS EAKER
NFL 1987 Week 11 ESPN NFL Primetime Highlights
NFL 1987 Week 11 ESPN NFL Primetime Highlights
Published: 2015/08/02
Channel: cowtzu
#7 Redskins Replacement Players Knock Off the Cowboys | NFL Films | Top 10 Upsets
#7 Redskins Replacement Players Knock Off the Cowboys | NFL Films | Top 10 Upsets
Published: 2016/03/18
Channel: NFL
1987 NFL Strike - Deadline to Cross the Picket Line (ABC World News Report)
1987 NFL Strike - Deadline to Cross the Picket Line (ABC World News Report)
Published: 2011/02/07
Channel: TotallyToonz
1987 Inside the NFL (HBO)  Week #10   [11-19-87]
1987 Inside the NFL (HBO) Week #10 [11-19-87]
Published: 2017/03/01
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1987 NFC Divisional Playoffs: Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers | NFL Full Game
1987 NFC Divisional Playoffs: Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers | NFL Full Game
Published: 2017/01/11
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America
America's Game 1987 Washington Redskins
Published: 2017/02/26
Channel: Desmond Amy
1987 Eagles vs Buffalo
1987 Eagles vs Buffalo
Published: 2016/07/01
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NFL Live, Thanksgiving 1987
NFL Live, Thanksgiving 1987
Published: 2017/02/10
Channel: quirkyresearch
MNF 1987 -Raiders vs. Seahawks (Pt 1)
MNF 1987 -Raiders vs. Seahawks (Pt 1)
Published: 2016/06/02
Channel: Bran Stark
1987 ESPN PrimeTime the show first season
1987 ESPN PrimeTime the show first season
Published: 2017/02/18
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NFL 1987 Season - Week 16 - MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Intro - Patriots vs. Dolphins
NFL 1987 Season - Week 16 - MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Intro - Patriots vs. Dolphins
Published: 2010/11/19
Channel: Football Forever
1987 NFL Strike
1987 NFL Strike
Published: 2011/01/14
Channel: rfq382
HBO: Inside the NFL, featuring the New Orleans Saints 12/10/87
HBO: Inside the NFL, featuring the New Orleans Saints 12/10/87
Published: 2015/04/09
Channel: galaxies352
Cowboys vs. Giants Sep. 20 , 1987 part 8 Halftime Show
Cowboys vs. Giants Sep. 20 , 1987 part 8 Halftime Show
Published: 2008/11/08
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#9: Vikings Upset 49ers in 1987 Divisional Round | Top 10 Upsets of All Time | NFL Films
#9: Vikings Upset 49ers in 1987 Divisional Round | Top 10 Upsets of All Time | NFL Films
Published: 2016/03/18
Channel: NFL
NFL 1987 Season - Week 13 Predictions - THE NFL TODAY
NFL 1987 Season - Week 13 Predictions - THE NFL TODAY
Published: 2010/11/15
Channel: Football Forever
Brian Bosworth 1987 Season Vol. I,  Went to Playoff Championship.  Great Tackles!  THe best
Brian Bosworth 1987 Season Vol. I, Went to Playoff Championship. Great Tackles! THe best
Published: 2008/11/19
Channel: viola godwin
NFL 1987 Season - Week 14 Highlights - THE NFL TODAY
NFL 1987 Season - Week 14 Highlights - THE NFL TODAY
Published: 2010/11/15
Channel: Football Forever
1987 NFL Week 10 Indianapolis Colts vs New England Patriots 1st Half
1987 NFL Week 10 Indianapolis Colts vs New England Patriots 1st Half
Published: 2017/05/30
Channel: Michael Anderson
1987 NFL on NBC Intro
1987 NFL on NBC Intro
Published: 2012/11/14
Channel: Jean0987654321
1987 NFL Strike New Orleans Saints TV News
1987 NFL Strike New Orleans Saints TV News
Published: 2015/10/05
Channel: Classic New Orleans TV
1987 - Week 13 - NBC NFL
1987 - Week 13 - NBC NFL '87 Studio Show
Published: 2017/02/11
Channel: Dave Volsky
Football 1987 a
Football 1987 a
Published: 2011/11/12
Channel: hayleejake
JC vs Strong, football 1987: 2nd quarter
JC vs Strong, football 1987: 2nd quarter
Published: 2017/04/09
Channel: Sohn Enis
NFL 1987 Season - NFC Championship Postgame Ending - THE NFL TODAY
NFL 1987 Season - NFC Championship Postgame Ending - THE NFL TODAY
Published: 2010/11/19
Channel: Football Forever
1987 NFL Hawaiians
1987 NFL Hawaiians
Published: 2014/01/04
Channel: RainbowWarriors808
1987 NFL Strike Coverage
1987 NFL Strike Coverage
Published: 2011/11/16
Channel: tonyb147
The 1987 Nfl Season: The stories of the league
The 1987 Nfl Season: The stories of the league's ten playoff teams in 1987 | Ebook
Published: 2017/02/05
Channel: Santo Garrison
4th Down on Four - 1987 NFL Strike New Orleans Saints
4th Down on Four - 1987 NFL Strike New Orleans Saints
Published: 2015/10/01
Channel: Classic New Orleans TV
Super Bowl XXII: Redskins vs. Broncos | NFL
Super Bowl XXII: Redskins vs. Broncos | NFL
Published: 2016/01/18
Channel: NFL
'87NFLMNF
Published: 2009/01/06
Channel: Waters1964
1987 NFL Week 10 Indianapolis Colts vs New England Patriots 1st Half
1987 NFL Week 10 Indianapolis Colts vs New England Patriots 1st Half
Published: 2017/05/16
Channel: Timothy Donovan
Super Bowl XXII: Doug Williams Defeats John Elway | Redskins vs. Broncos | NFL Full Game
Super Bowl XXII: Doug Williams Defeats John Elway | Redskins vs. Broncos | NFL Full Game
Published: 2016/11/01
Channel: NFL
1987 NFL Commercial Break 1
1987 NFL Commercial Break 1
Published: 2015/07/26
Channel: cowtzu
1987 NFL Live on NBC Seahawks vs Dolphins Promo
1987 NFL Live on NBC Seahawks vs Dolphins Promo
Published: 2015/01/14
Channel: Beta MAX
ROAD TO THE SUPERBOWL
ROAD TO THE SUPERBOWL '87
Published: 2017/05/22
Channel: Gabriel Bassa
1987 Pro Bowl
1987 Pro Bowl
Published: 2017/01/28
Channel: CURTIS EAKER
NFL 1987 Season - Weeks 11 and 15 - CBS Radio Sports Halftime Report (from night games)
NFL 1987 Season - Weeks 11 and 15 - CBS Radio Sports Halftime Report (from night games)
Published: 2012/05/13
Channel: Football Forever
CBS NFL Opening theme 1987 Redskins Bears Playoffs
CBS NFL Opening theme 1987 Redskins Bears Playoffs
Published: 2014/01/31
Channel: Video Surplus
NFL 1987 Season - Week 9 - CBS Radio Sports Halftime Report (From Night Game)
NFL 1987 Season - Week 9 - CBS Radio Sports Halftime Report (From Night Game)
Published: 2012/05/15
Channel: Football Forever
1987 NFL Commercial Break 2
1987 NFL Commercial Break 2
Published: 2015/07/26
Channel: cowtzu
Threeweek Professionals: Inside the 1987 Nfl Players
Threeweek Professionals: Inside the 1987 Nfl Players' Strike | Ebook
Published: 2017/02/04
Channel: Wilmer John
Popular Videos - America
Popular Videos - America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions
Published: 2017/04/12
Channel: ladyfb
1987 Cleveland Browns @ San Francisco 49ers Week 12
1987 Cleveland Browns @ San Francisco 49ers Week 12
Published: 2017/03/26
Channel: Bob
1987 NFL Commercial Break 3
1987 NFL Commercial Break 3
Published: 2015/07/26
Channel: cowtzu
Brian Bosworth 1987 Season Vol. III
Brian Bosworth 1987 Season Vol. III
Published: 2008/12/04
Channel: viola godwin
Making a Move - 1987
Making a Move - 1987
Published: 2012/10/10
Channel: slingyrob43
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1987 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 13, 1987 – December 28, 1987
A player's strike shortened the regular season to 15 games.
Playoffs
Start date January 3, 1988
AFC Champions Denver Broncos
NFC Champions Washington Redskins
Super Bowl XXII
Date January 31, 1988
Site Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, California
Champions Washington Redskins
Pro Bowl
Date February 7, 1988
Site Aloha Stadium
The San Diego Chargers hosting a pre-season game at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium in 1987.

The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. This season feature games predominantly played by replacement players as the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) players were on strike from weeks four to six. The season ended with Super Bowl XXII, with the Washington Redskins defeating the Denver Broncos 42–10 at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego. The Broncos suffered their second consecutive Super Bowl defeat.

The NFLPA Strike[edit]

A 24-day players' strike was called after Week 2. The games that were scheduled for the third week of the season were cancelled, reducing the 16-game season to 15, but the games for Weeks 4–6 were played with replacement players, after which the union voted to end the strike. Approximately 15% of the NFLPA's players chose to cross picket lines to play during the strike; prominent players who did so included New York Jets defensive end Mark Gastineau, Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Randy White, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, New England Patriots quarterback Doug Flutie and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Steve Largent.[1] The replacement players were mostly those left out of work by the recent folding of the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes and the 1985 dissolution of the United States Football League, as well as others who had been preseason cuts, had long left professional football or were other assorted oddities (such as cinematographer Todd Schlopy, who, despite never playing professional football before or after the strike, served as placekicker for his hometown Buffalo Bills for three games). The replacement players, called to play on short notice and having little chance to jell as teammates, were widely treated with scorn by the press and general public, including name-calling, public shaming and accusations of being scabs. The games played by these replacement players were regarded with even less legitimacy (attendance plummeted to under 10,000 fans at many of the games in smaller markets, including a low of 4,074 for the lone replacement game played in Philadelphia), but nonetheless were counted as regular NFL games.[2] Final television revenues were down by about 20%, a smaller drop than the networks had expected.[3] The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants went 0–3 in replacement games, ultimately costing them a chance to make the playoffs and to repeat their championship. The final replacement game was a Monday Night Football matchup on October 19, 1987 between the Washington Redskins at the Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins were the lone NFL team not to have any players cross the picket line and were surprising 13-7 victors over the Cowboys who had plenty of big name players cross the picket line. This game was the inspiration behind the Gene Hackman and Keanu Reeves 2000 movie The Replacements.

Stadium changes/ relocation[edit]

The Miami Dolphins opened their new stadium Joe Robbie Stadium. This was also the last year in which the St. Louis Cardinals would play in St. Louis; the team relocated to Tempe, Arizona the following season. St. Louis would go seven seasons without the NFL before the Rams moved from Los Angeles to begin their 20-year stay in the Gateway City in 1995.

Media changes[edit]

Starting November 8, 1987, ESPN debuted ESPN Sunday Night Football, in which the cable network broadcast NFL Sunday-night games, primarily during the second half of the season, through 1997. ESPN went on to acquire the Sunday Night package for the entire season in 1998 and held it through 2005, after which time ESPN took over Monday Night Football and the Sunday Night package went to NBC.

Major rule changes[edit]

  • If a defensive player commits pass interference in his own end zone, the ball is placed at the 1-yard line, or if the previous spot was inside the 2-yard line, the penalty is half the distance to the goal line.
  • Except for the first onside kick attempt, if a kickoff goes out of bounds, the receiving team takes possession of the ball 30 yards from the spot of the kick or the spot it went out of bounds.
  • In order to stop the clock, the quarterback is permitted to throw the ball out of bounds or to the ground as long as he throws it immediately after receiving the snap.
  • During passing plays, an offensive player cannot chop block (block a defender below the thigh while the defensive player is already engaging another offensive player).
  • Illegal contact by a defensive player beyond the 5-yard zone from the line of scrimmage will not be called if the offensive team is in an obvious punt formation.
  • During kicks and punts, players on the receiving team cannot block below the waist. However, players on the kicking team may block below the waist, but only before the kick is made. On all other plays after a change of possession, no player can block below the waist.

Final standings[edit]

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

AFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(3) Indianapolis Colts 9 6 0 .600 300 238
New England Patriots 8 7 0 .533 320 293
Miami Dolphins 8 7 0 .533 362 335
Buffalo Bills 7 8 0 .467 270 305
New York Jets 6 9 0 .400 334 360
AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(2) Cleveland Browns 10 5 0 .667 390 239
(4) Houston Oilers 9 6 0 .600 345 349
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 7 0 .533 285 299
Cincinnati Bengals 4 11 0 .267 285 370
AFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(1) Denver Broncos 10 4 1 .700 379 288
(5) Seattle Seahawks 9 6 0 .600 371 314
San Diego Chargers 8 7 0 .533 253 317
Los Angeles Raiders 5 10 0 .333 301 289
Kansas City Chiefs 4 11 0 .267 273 388
NFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(3) Washington Redskins 11 4 0 .733 379 285
Dallas Cowboys 7 8 0 .467 340 348
St. Louis Cardinals 7 8 0 .467 362 368
Philadelphia Eagles 7 8 0 .467 337 380
New York Giants 6 9 0 .400 280 312
NFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(2) Chicago Bears 11 4 0 .733 356 282
(5) Minnesota Vikings 8 7 0 .533 336 335
Green Bay Packers 5 9 1 .367 255 300
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 11 0 .267 286 360
Detroit Lions 4 11 0 .267 269 384
NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(1) San Francisco 49ers 13 2 0 .867 459 253
(4) New Orleans Saints 12 3 0 .800 422 283
Los Angeles Rams 6 9 0 .400 317 361
Atlanta Falcons 3 12 0 .200 205 436

Tiebreakers[edit]

  • Houston was the #4 seed in the AFC, winning a tiebreaker over Seattle based on better conference record (7–4 vs. Seahawks' 5–6).
  • Chicago was the #2 seed in the NFC, winning a tiebreaker over Washington based on better conference record (9–2 vs. Redskins' 9–3).
  • New England finished ahead of Miami in the AFC East based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).
  • Dallas finished ahead of St. Louis and Philadelphia in the NFC East based on better division record (4–4 to Cardinals' 3–5 and Eagles' 3–5), and St. Louis finished ahead of Philadelphia based on better conference record (7–7 to Eagles' 4–7).
  • Tampa Bay finished ahead of Detroit in the NFC Central based on better division record (3–4 to Lions' 2–5).

Playoffs[edit]

                                   
Divisional Playoffs
    Jan. 9 – Candlestick Park        
NFC Wild Card Game NFC Championship
 5  Minnesota  36
Jan. 3 – Louisiana Superdome     Jan. 17 – Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
 1  San Francisco  24  
 5  Minnesota  44  5  Minnesota  10
Jan. 10 – Soldier Field
 4  New Orleans  10      3  Washington  17   Super Bowl XXII
 3  Washington  21
    Jan. 31 – Jack Murphy Stadium
 2  Chicago  17  
 N3  Washington  42
Jan. 9 – Cleveland Stadium
AFC Wild Card Game AFC Championship    A1  Denver  10
 3  Indianapolis  21
Jan. 3 – Astrodome     Jan. 17 – Mile High Stadium
 2  Cleveland  38  
 5  Seattle  20  2  Cleveland  33
Jan. 10 – Mile High Stadium
 4  Houston  23*      1  Denver  38  
 4  Houston  10
   
 1  Denver  34  
* Indicates overtime victory

Awards[edit]

As awarded by the Associated Press
Most Valuable Player John Elway, Quarterback, Denver
Coach of the Year Jim Mora, New Orleans
Offensive Player of the Year Jerry Rice, Wide receiver, San Francisco
Defensive Player of the Year Reggie White, Defensive end, Philadelphia
Offensive Rookie of the Year Troy Stradford, Running back, Miami
Defensive Rookie of the Year Shane Conlan, Linebacker, Buffalo
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Charles White, Running back, LA Rams

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6642330
  2. ^ NFL crossed the line on Replacement Sunday, By Clare Farnsworth, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Reporter
  3. ^ "N.F.L. TV Ratings Drop". New York Times. October 6, 1987. Retrieved September 15, 2009. 

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