SATURDAY DECEMBER 26
Minnesota 26, TENNESSEE 16             Kansas City 31, OAKLAND 24
SUNDAY DECEMBER 27
ATLANTA 38, Miami 16                   Carolina 27, INDIANAPOLIS 19
NY Giants 20, PHILADELPHIA 10          ARIZONA 16, San Diego 13
DALLAS 23, Washington 7                BALTIMORE 19, Detroit 10
Buffalo 45, NEW ORLEANS 33             SAN FRANCISCO 38, St. Louis 19
DENVER 28, Seattle 21                  Green Bay 16, CHICAGO 13
NY JETS 31, New England 10             Tampa Bay 35, CINCINNATI 0
MONDAY DECEMBER 28
JACKSONVILLE 21, Pittsburgh 3
NFC EASTERN DIVISION                   AFC EASTERN DIVISION
X-Dallas         10  6 0  .625 381 275 X-NY Jets        12  4 0  .750 416 226
Y-Arizona         9  7 0  .563 325 378 Y-Miami          10  6 0  .625 321 265
NY Giants         8  8 0  .500 287 309 Y-Buffalo        10  6 0  .625 400 333
Washington        6 10 0  .375 319 421 Y-New England     9  7 0  .563 337 329
Philadelphia      3 13 0  .188 161 344 Indianapolis      3 13 0  .188 310 444
NFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   AFC CENTRAL DIVISION
X-Minnesota      15  1 0  .938 556 296 X-Jacksonville   11  5 0  .688 392 338
Y-GREEN BAY      11  5 0  .688 408 319 Tennessee         8  8 0  .500 330 320
Tampa Bay         8  8 0  .500 314 295 Pittsburgh        7  9 0  .438 263 303
Detroit           5 11 0  .313 306 378 Baltimore         6 10 0  .375 269 335
Chicago           4 12 0  .250 276 368 Cincinnati        3 13 0  .188 268 452
NFC WESTERN DIVISION                   AFC WESTERN DIVISION
X-Atlanta        14  2 0  .875 442 289 X-Denver         14  2 0  .875 501 309
Y-San Francisco  12  4 0  .750 479 328 Oakland           8  8 0  .500 288 356
New Orleans       6 10 0  .375 305 359 Seattle           8  8 0  .500 372 310
Carolina          4 12 0  .250 336 413 Kansas City       7  9 0  .438 327 363
St. Louis         4 12 0  .250 285 378 San Diego         5 11 0  .313 241 342
X-Clinched Division Title              Y-Clinched Wildcard Berth
ALL STAR FOOTBALL (1998) - All Star Football had been in the idea phase since CBS lost the rights to broadcast NFC games to Fox in the mid-1990s. Former NFL players Joe Kapp, Craig Morton, and Jim Marshall were the brain trust behind the league, along with Team Dynamics, Inc. The league planned to use a business plan similar to that of Major League Soccer, the Women's National Basketball Association, and the American Basketball League, with the league owning all the teams and those 16 teams will report operating expenses and revenue back to the league. All Star Football would also use syndication as a part of their television strategy. The league would be able to essentially create their own network of TV stations throughout the country to show off their product. The league, scheduled to kick off in fall of 1999, never made it.
ALL-AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE (1998) - The AAFL planned on operating in the spring of 1998, but was forced to postpone until 1999. The league was headed by Bernard Glieberman who has been involved with CFL teams in Ottawa and Shreveport and Randy Vataha who was involved with Boston of the USFL. The AAFL had plans for 12 teams in major cities. Those cities are: Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, San Francisco, Miami, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Tampa. The Detroit team named Forrest Gregg as head coach. AAFL teams would not have a single owner. Instead, different investors would own the teams and have a president in charge of the business operations. Eventually, Vataha hoped to sell stock for the league. AAFL players would sign with the league instead of with individual teams. Contracts were expected to range from $35,000 to $50,000. After a player signed with the league, teams would draft those players. The league planned to play a 20-game schedule and expected to draw about 17,000 fans a game. It drew none as the league fell apart.
1998 The Year in Football
Baltimore Ravens (6-10)
Head Coach: Ted Marchibroda
Passing Leader: Jim Harbaugh (1839)
Rushing Leader: Priest Holmes (1008)
Receiving Leader: Priest Holmes (43-260)
Washington Redskins (6-10)
Head Coach: Norv Turner
Passing Leader: Trent Green (3441)
Rushing Leader: Terry Allen (700)
Receiving Leader: Michael Westbrook (44-736)/Brian Mitchell (44-306)
Pittsburgh Steelers (7-9)
Head Coach: Bill Cowher
Passing Leader: Kordell Stewart (2560)
Rushing Leader: Jerome Bettis (1185)
Receiving Leader: Courtney Hawkins (66-751)
Carolina Panthers (4-12)
Head Coach: Dom Capers
Passing Leader: Steve Beuerlein (2613)
Rushing Leader: Fred Lane (717)
Receiving Leader: Raghib ismail (69-1024)
Chicago Bears (4-12)
Head Coach: Dave Wannstedt
Passing Leader: Erik Kramer (1823)
Rushing Leader: Edgar Bennett (611)
Receiving Leader: Bobby Engram (987)
Philadelphia Eagles (3-13)
Head Coach: Ray Rhodes
Passing Leader: Koy Detmer (1011)
Rushing Leader: Duce Staley (1065)
Receiving Leader: Duce Staley (57-432)
Arizona Cardinals (9-7)
Head Coach: Vince Tobin
Passing Leader: Jake Plummer (3737)
Rushing Leader: Adrian Murrell (1042)
Receiving Leader: Frank Sanders (89-1145)
New York Giants (8-8)
Head Coach: Jim Fassel
Passing Leader: Danny Kanell (1603)
Rushing Leader: Gary Brown (1063)
Receiving Leader: Chris Calloway (62-812)
Indianapolis Colts (3-13)
Head Coach: Jim Mora
Passing Leader: Peyton Manning (3739)
Rushing Leader: Marshall Faulk (1319)
Rec. Leader: Marshall Faulk (86-908)
Detroit Lions (5-11)
Head Coach: Bobby Ross
Passing Leader: Charlie Batch (2178)
Rushing Leader: Barry Sanders (1491)
Receiving Leader: Herman Moore (82-983)
San Francisco 49ers (12-4)
Head Coach: Steve Mariucci
Passing Leader: Steve Young (4170)
Rushing Leader: Garrison Hearst (1570)
Receiving Leader: Jerry Rice (82-1157)
Green Bay Packers (11-5)
Head Coach: Mike Holmgren
Passing Leader: Brett Favre (4212)
Rushing Leader: Darick Holmes (386)
Receiving Leader: Antonio Freeman (84-1424)
Dallas Cowboys (10-6)
Head Coach: Chan Gailey
Passing Leader: Troy Aikman (2330)
Rushing Leader: Emmitt Smith (1332)
Receiving Leader: Michael Irvin (74-1057)
Tennessee Oilers (8-8)
Head Coach: Jeff Fisher
Passing Leader: Steve McNair (3228)
Rushing Leader: Eddie George (1294)
Receiving Leader: Frank Wycheck (70-768)
New York Jets (12-4)
Head Coach: Bill Parcells
Passing Leader: Vinny Testaverde (3256)
Rushing Leader: Curtis Martin (1287)
Receiving Leader: Keyshawn Johnson (83-1131)
Buffalo Bills (10-6)
Head Coach: Wade Phillips
Passing Leader: Doug Flutie (2711)
Rushing Leader: Antowain Smith (1124)
Receiving Leader: Eric Moulds (67-1368)
New England Patriots (9-7)
Head Coach: Pete Carroll
Passing Leader: Drew Bledsoe (3633)
Rushing Leader: Robert Edwards (1115)
Receiving Leader: Ben Coates (67-668)
San Diego Chargers (5-11)
Head Coach: Kevin Gilbride (2-4)/June Jones (3-7)
Passing Leader: Craig Whelihan (1803)
Rushing Leader: Natrone Means (883)
Receiving Leader: Freddie Jones (57-602)
Kansas City Chiefs (7-9)
Head Coach: Marty Schottenheimer
Passing Leader: Rich Gannon (2305)
Rushing Leader: Donnell Bennett (527)
Receiving Leader: Kimble Anders (64-462)
Oakland Raiders (8-8)
Head Coach: Jon Gruden
Passing Leader: Donald Hollas (1754)
Rushing Leader: Napoleon Kaufman (921)
Receiving Leader: Tim Brown (81-1012)
Denver Broncos (14-2)
Head Coach: Mike Shanahan
Passing Leader: John Elway (2806)
Rushing Leader: Terrell Davis (2008)
Receiving Leader: Rod Smith (86-1222)
Minnesota Vikings (15-1)
Head Coach: Dennis Green
Passing Leader: Randall Cunningham (3704)
Rushing Leader: Robert Smith (1187)
Receiving Leader: Cris Carter (78-1011)
Atlanta Falcons (14-2)
Head Coach: Dan Reeves
Passing Leader: Chris Chandler (3154)
Rushing Leader: Jamal Anderson (1846)
Receiving Leader: Tony Martin (66-1181)
Miami Dolphins (10-6)
Head Coach: Jimmy Johnson
Passing Leader: Dan Marino (3497)
Rushing Leader: Abdul Karim al-Jabbar (960)
Receiving Leader: O.J. McDuffie (90-1050)
New Orleans Saints (6-10)
Head Coach: Mike Ditka
Passing Leader: Billy Joe Tolliver (1427)
Rushing Leader: Lamar Smith (457)
Receiving Leader: Cameron Cleeland (54-684)
Cincinnati Bengals (3-13)
Head Coach: Bruce Coslet
Passing Leader: Neil O'Donnell (2216)
Rushing Leader: Corey Dillon (1130)
Receiving Leader: Carl Pickens (82-1023)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8)
Head Coach: Tony Dungy
Passing Leader: Trent Dilfer (2729)
Rushing Leader: Warrick Dunn (1026)
Receiving Leader: Reidel Anthony (51-708)
Seattle Seahawks (8-8)
Head Coach: Dennis Erickson
Passing Leader: Warren Moon (1632)
Rushing Leader: Ricky Watters (1239)
Receiving Leader: Joey Galloway (65-1047)
Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5)
Head Coach: Tom Coughlin
Passing Leader: Mark Brunell (2601)
Rushing Leader: Fred Taylor (1223)
Receiving Leader: Jimmy Smith (78-1182)
St. Louis Rams (4-12)
Head Coach: Dick Verneil
Passing Leader: Tony Banks (2535)
Rushing Leader: June Henley (313)
Receiving Leader: Amp Lee (64-667)
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 6
Pittsburgh 20, BALTIMORE 13            GREEN BAY 38, Detroit 19
New Orleans 24, ST. LOUIS 17           KANSAS CITY 28, Oakland 8
DALLAS 38, Arizona 10                  SAN DIEGO 16, Buffalo 14
Atlanta 19, CAROLINA 14                Seattle 38, PHILADELPHIA 0
Jacksonville 24, CHICAGO 23            MINNESOTA 31, Tampa Bay 7
SAN FRAN 36, NY Jets 30 (OT)           Miami 24, INDIANAPOLIS 15
Tennessee 23, CINCINNATI 14            NY GIANTS 31, Washington 24
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 7
DENVER 27, New England 21
NFC EASTERN DIVISION                   AFC EASTERN DIVISION
NY Giants         1  0 0 1.000  31  24 Miami             1  0 0 1.000  24  15
Dallas            1  0 0 1.000  38  10 New England       0  1 0  .000  21  27
Washington        0  1 0  .000  24  31 NY Jets           0  1 0  .000  30  36
Philadelphia      0  1 0  .000   0  38 Buffalo           0  1 0  .000  14  16
Arizona           0  1 0  .000  10  38 Indianapolis      0  1 0  .000  15  24
NFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   AFC CENTRAL DIVISION
GREEN BAY         1  0 0 1.000  38  19 Jacksonville      1  0 0 1.000  24  23
Minnesota         1  0 0 1.000  31   7 Tennessee         1  0 0 1.000  23  14
Detroit           0  1 0  .000  19  38 Pittsburgh        1  0 0 1.000  20  13
Tampa Bay         0  1 0  .000   7  31 Cincinnati        0  1 0  .000  14  23
Chicago           0  1 0  .000  23  24 Baltimore         0  1 0  .000  13  20
NFC WESTERN DIVISION                   AFC WESTERN DIVISION
Atlanta           1  0 0 1.000  19  14 Denver            1  0 0 1.000  27  21
San Francisco     1  0 0 1.000  36  30 Kansas City       1  0 0 1.000  28   8
New Orleans       1  0 0 1.000  24  17 San Diego         1  0 0 1.000  16  14
Carolina          0  1 0  .000  14  19 Seattle           1  0 0 1.000  38   0
St. Louis         0  1 0  .000  17  24 Oakland           0  1 0  .000   8  28
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13
Baltimore 24, NY JETS 10               Cincinnati 34, DETROIT 28 (OT)
MIAMI 13, Buffalo 7                    San Diego 13, TENNESSEE 7
SEATTLE 33, Arizona 14                 NEW ENGLAND 29, Indianapolis 6
JACKSONVILLE 21, Kansas City 16        GREEN BAY 23, Tampa Bay 15
OAKLAND 20, NY Giants 17               DENVER 42, Dallas 23
NEW ORLEANS 19, Carolina 14            Minnesota 38, ST. LOUIS 31
PITTSBURGH 17, Chicago 12              ATLANTA 17, Philadelphia 12
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 14
San Francisco 45, WASHINGTON 10
NFC EASTERN DIVISION                   AFC EASTERN DIVISION
NY Giants         1  1 0  .500  48  44 Miami             2  0 0 1.000  37  22
Dallas            1  1 0  .500  61  52 New England       1  1 0  .500  50  33
Washington        0  2 0  .000  34  76 NY Jets           0  2 0  .000  40  60
Philadelphia      0  2 0  .000  12  55 Buffalo           0  2 0  .000  21  29
Arizona           0  2 0  .000  24  71 Indianapolis      0  2 0  .000  21  53
NFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   AFC CENTRAL DIVISION
GREEN BAY         2  0 0 1.000  61  34 Jacksonville      2  0 0 1.000  45  39
Minnesota         2  0 0 1.000  69  38 Pittsburgh        2  0 0 1.000  37  25
Detroit           0  2 0  .000  47  72 Tennessee         1  1 0  .500  30  27
Tampa Bay         0  2 0  .000  22  54 Cincinnati        1  1 0  .500  48  51
Chicago           0  2 0  .000  35  41 Baltimore         1  1 0  .500  37  30
NFC WESTERN DIVISION                   AFC WESTERN DIVISION
Atlanta           2  0 0 1.000  36  26 Denver            2  0 0 1.000  69  44
San Francisco     2  0 0 1.000  81  40 Seattle           2  0 0 1.000  71  14
New Orleans       2  0 0 1.000  43  31 San Diego         2  0 0 1.000  29  21
Carolina          0  2 0  .000  28  38 Kansas City       1  1 0  .500  44  29
St. Louis         0  2 0  .000  48  62 Oakland           1  1 0  .500  28  45
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 20
MINNESOTA 29, Detroit 6                St. Louis 34, BUFFALO 33
TAMPA BAY 27, Chicago 15               Green Bay 13, CINCINNATI 6
JACKSONVILLE 24, Baltimore 10          ARIZONA 17, Philadelphia 3
KANSAS CITY 23, San Diego 7            SEATTLE 24, Washington 14
MIAMI 21, Pittsburgh 0                 Denver 34, OAKLAND 17
NY JETS 44, Indianapolis 6             NEW ENGLAND 27, Tennessee 16
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21
Dallas 31, NY GIANTS 7
NFC EASTERN DIVISION                   AFC EASTERN DIVISION
Dallas            2  1 0  .667  92  59 Miami             3  0 0 1.000  58  22
NY Giants         1  2 0  .333  55  75 New England       2  1 0  .667  77  49
Arizona           1  2 0  .333  41  74 NY Jets           1  2 0  .333  84  66
Philadelphia      0  3 0  .000  15  72 Buffalo           0  3 0  .000  54  63
Washington        0  3 0  .000  48 100 Indianapolis      0  3 0  .000  27  97
NFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   AFC CENTRAL DIVISION
GREEN BAY         3  0 0 1.000  74  40 Jacksonville      3  0 0 1.000  69  49
Minnesota         3  0 0 1.000  98  44 Pittsburgh        2  1 0  .667  37  46
Tampa Bay         1  2 0  .333  49  69 Tennessee         1  2 0  .333  46  54
Detroit           0  3 0  .000  53 101 Cincinnati        1  2 0  .333  54  64
Chicago           0  3 0  .000  50  68 Baltimore         1  2 0  .333  47  54
NFC WESTERN DIVISION                   AFC WESTERN DIVISION
Atlanta           2  0 0 1.000  36  26 Denver            3  0 0 1.000 103  61
San Francisco     2  0 0 1.000  81  40 Seattle           3  0 0 1.000  95  28
New Orleans       2  0 0 1.000  43  31 San Diego         2  1 0  .667  36  44
St. Louis         1  2 0  .333  82  95 Kansas City       2  1 0  .667  67  36
Carolina          0  2 0  .000  28  38 Oakland           1  2 0  .333  45  79
(Bye - Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans, San Francisco)
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27
Arizona 20, ST. LOUIS 17               Kansas City 24, PHILADELPHIA 21
PITTSBURGH 13, Seattle 10              Denver 38, WASHINGTON 16
Minnesota 31, CHICAGO 28               BALTIMORE 31, Cincinnati 24
New Orleans 19, INDIANAPOLIS 13 (OT)   SAN FRANCISCO 31, Atlanta 20
Jacksonville 27, TENNESSEE 22          Green Bay 37, CAROLINA 30
Oakland 13, DALLAS 12                  NY Giants 34, SAN DIEGO 16
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 28
DETROIT 27, Tampa Bay 6
NFC EASTERN DIVISION                   AFC EASTERN DIVISION
Dallas            2  2 0  .500 104  72 Miami             3  0 0 1.000  58  22
NY Giants         2  2 0  .500  89  91 New England       2  1 0  .667  77  49
Arizona           2  2 0  .500  61  91 NY Jets           1  2 0  .333  84  66
Philadelphia      0  4 0  .000  36  96 Buffalo           0  3 0  .000  54  63
Washington        0  4 0  .000  64 138 Indianapolis      0  4 0  .000  40 116
NFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   AFC CENTRAL DIVISION
GREEN BAY         4  0 0 1.000 111  70 Jacksonville      4  0 0 1.000  96  71
Minnesota         4  0 0 1.000 129  72 Pittsburgh        3  1 0  .750  50  56
Tampa Bay         1  3 0  .250  55  96 Baltimore         2  2 0  .500  78  78
Detroit           1  3 0  .250  80 107 Cincinnati        1  3 0  .250  78  95
Chicago           0  4 0  .000  78  99 Tennessee         1  3 0  .250  68  81
NFC WESTERN DIVISION                   AFC WESTERN DIVISION
New Orleans       3  0 0 1.000  62  44 Denver            4  0 0 1.000 141  77
San Francisco     3  0 0 1.000 112  60 Seattle           3  1 0  .750 105  41
Atlanta           2  1 0  .667  56  57 Kansas City       3  1 0  .750  91  57
St. Louis         1  3 0  .250  99 115 San Diego         2  2 0  .500  52  78
Carolina          0  3 0  .000  58  75 Oakland           2  2 0  .500  58  91
(Bye - Buffalo, Miami, New England, NY Jets)
SUNDAY OCTOBER 4
ATLANTA 51, Carolina 23                New England 30, NEW ORLEANS 27
Oakland 23, ARIZONA 20                 DENVER 41, Philadelphia 16
KANSAS CITY 17, Seattle 6              Dallas 31, WASHINGTON 10
INDIANAPOLIS 17, San Diego 12          TAMPA BAY 20, NY Giants 3
CHICAGO 31, Detroit 27                 BUFFALO 26, San Francisco 21
NY JETS 20, Miami 9
MONDAY OCTOBER 5
Minnesota 37, GREEN BAY 24
NFC EASTERN DIVISION                   AFC EASTERN DIVISION
Dallas            3  2 0  .600 135  82 Miami             3  1 0  .750  67  42
NY Giants         2  3 0  .400  92 111 New England       3  1 0  .750 107  76
Arizona           2  3 0  .400  81 114 NY Jets           2  2 0  .500 104  75
Philadelphia      0  5 0  .000  52 137 Buffalo           1  3 0  .250  80  84
Washington        0  5 0  .000  74 169 Indianapolis      1  4 0  .200  57 128
NFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   AFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Minnesota         5  0 0 1.000 166  96 Jacksonville      4  0 0 1.000  96  71
GREEN BAY         4  1 0  .800 135 107 Pittsburgh        3  1 0  .750  50  56
Tampa Bay         2  3 0  .400  75  99 Baltimore         2  2 0  .500  78  78
Detroit           1  4 0  .200 107 138 Cincinnati        1  3 0  .250  78  95
Chicago           1  4 0  .200 109 126 Tennessee         1  3 0  .250  68  81
NFC WESTERN DIVISION                   AFC WESTERN DIVISION
New Orleans       3  1 0  .750  89  74 Denver            5  0 0 1.000 182  93
San Francisco     3  1 0  .750 133  86 Kansas City       4  1 0  .800 108  63
Atlanta           3  1 0  .750 107  80 Seattle           3  2 0  .600 111  58
St. Louis         1  3 0  .250  99 115 Oakland           3  2 0  .600  81 111
Carolina          0  4 0  .000  81 126 San Diego         2  3 0  .400  64  95
(Bye - Baltimore, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tennessee)
SUNDAY OCTOBER 11
Buffalo 31, INDIANAPOLIS 24            San Francisco 31, NEW ORLEANS 0
ARIZONA 20, Chicago 7                  Denver 21, SEATTLE 16
Atlanta 34, NY GIANTS 20               DALLAS 27, Carolina 20
Tennessee 12, BALTIMORE 8              OAKLAND 7, San Diego 6
NEW ENGLAND 40, Kansas City 10         PHILADELPHIA 17, Washington 12
ST. LOUIS 30, NY Jets 10               CINCINNATI 25, Pittsburgh 20
MONDAY OCTOBER 12
JACKSONVILLE 28, Miami 21
NFC EASTERN DIVISION                   AFC EASTERN DIVISION
Dallas            4  2 0  .667 162 102 New England       4  1 0  .800 147  86
Arizona           3  3 0  .500 101 121 Miami             3  2 0  .600  88  70
NY Giants         2  4 0  .333 112 145 NY Jets           2  3 0  .400 104  75
Philadelphia      1  5 0  .167  69 149 Buffalo           2  3 0  .400 111 108
Washington        0  6 0  .000  86 186 Indianapolis      1  5 0  .167  81 159
NFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   AFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Minnesota         5  0 0 1.000 166  96 Jacksonville      5  0 0 1.000 124  92
GREEN BAY         4  1 0  .800 135 107 Pittsburgh        3  2 0  .600  70  81
Tampa Bay         2  3 0  .400  75  99 Baltimore         2  3 0  .400  86  90
Detroit           1  4 0  .200 107 138 Cincinnati        2  3 0  .400 103 115
Chicago           1  5 0  .167 116 146 Tennessee         2  3 0  .400  80  89
NFC WESTERN DIVISION                   AFC WESTERN DIVISION
Atlanta           4  1 0  .800 141 100 Denver            6  0 0 1.000 203 109
San Francisco     4  1 0  .800 164  86 Kansas City       4  2 0  .667 118 103
New Orleans       3  2 0  .600  89 105 Oakland           4  2 0  .667  88 117
St. Louis         2  3 0  .400 129 125 Seattle           3  3 0  .500 127  79
Carolina          0  5 0  .000 101 153 San Diego         2  4 0  .333  70 102
(Bye - Detroit, Green Bay, Minnesota, Tampa Bay)
THURSDAY OCTOBER 15
DETROIT 27, Green Bay 20
SUNDAY OCTOBER 18
NY GIANTS 34, Arizona 7                ATLANTA 31, New Orleans 23
SAN FRAN 34, Indianapolis 31           CHICAGO 13, Dallas 12
PITTSBURGH 16, Baltimore 6             BUFFALO 17, Jacksonville 16
TAMPA BAY 16, Carolina 13              MINNESOTA 41, Washington 7
SAN DIEGO 13, Philadelphia 10          TENNESSEE 44, Cincinnati 14
MIAMI 14, St. Louis 0
MONDAY OCTOBER 19
NY Jets 24, NEW ENGLAND 14
NFC EASTERN DIVISION                   AFC EASTERN DIVISION
Dallas            4  3 0  .571 174 115 New England       4  2 0  .667 161 110
Arizona           3  4 0  .429 108 155 Miami             4  2 0  .667 102  70
NY Giants         3  4 0  .429 146 152 NY Jets           3  3 0  .500 128  89
Philadelphia      1  6 0  .143  79 162 Buffalo           3  3 0  .500 128 124
Washington        0  7 0  .000  93 227 Indianapolis      1  6 0  .143  97 176
NFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   AFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Minnesota         6  0 0 1.000 207 103 Jacksonville      5  1 0  .833 140 109
GREEN BAY         4  2 0  .667 155 134 Pittsburgh        4  2 0  .667  86  87
Tampa Bay         3  3 0  .500  91 112 Tennessee         3  3 0  .500 124 103
Detroit           2  4 0  .333 134 158 Cincinnati        2  4 0  .333 117 159
Chicago           2  5 0  .286 129 158 Baltimore         2  4 0  .333  92 106
NFC WESTERN DIVISION                   AFC WESTERN DIVISION
Atlanta           5  1 0  .833 172 123 Denver            6  0 0 1.000 203 109
San Francisco     5  1 0  .833 198 117 Kansas City       4  2 0  .667 118 103
New Orleans       3  3 0  .500 112 136 Oakland           4  2 0  .667  88 117
St. Louis         2  4 0  .333 129 139 Seattle           3  3 0  .500 127  79
Carolina          0  6 0  .000 114 169 San Diego         3  4 0  .429  83 112
(Bye - Denver, Kansas City, Oakland, Seattle)
SUNDAY OCTOBER 25
Minnesota 34, DETROIT 13               NY JETS 28, Atlanta 3
DENVER 37, Jacksonville 24             Buffalo 30, CAROLINA 14
MIAMI 12, New England 9 (OT)           GREEN BAY 28, Baltimore 10
San Francisco 28, ST. LOUIS 10         OAKLAND 27, Cincinnati 10
Seattle 27, SAN DIEGO 20               NEW ORLEANS 9, Tampa Bay 3
Chicago 23, TENNESSEE 20
MONDAY OCTOBER 26
Pittsburgh 20, KANSAS CITY 13
NFC EASTERN DIVISION                   AFC EASTERN DIVISION
Dallas            4  3 0  .571 174 115 Miami             5  2 0  .714 114  79
Arizona           3  4 0  .429 108 155 New England       4  3 0  .571 170 122
NY Giants         3  4 0  .429 146 152 NY Jets           4  3 0  .571 156  92
Philadelphia      1  6 0  .143  79 162 Buffalo           4  3 0  .571 158 138
Washington        0  7 0  .000  93 227 Indianapolis      1  6 0  .143 97 176
NFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   AFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Minnesota         7  0 0 1.000 241 116 Jacksonville      5  2 0  .714 164 146
GREEN BAY         5  2 0  .714 183 144 Pittsburgh        5  2 0  .714 106 100
Tampa Bay         3  4 0  .429  94 121 Tennessee         3  4 0  .429 144 126
Chicago           3  5 0  .375 152 178 Cincinnati        2  5 0  .286 127 186
Detroit           2  5 0  .286 147 192 Baltimore         2  5 0  .286 102 134
NFC WESTERN DIVISION                   AFC WESTERN DIVISION
San Francisco     6  1 0  .857 226 127 Denver            7  0 0 1.000 240 133
Atlanta           5  2 0  .714 175 151 Oakland           5  2 0  .714 115 127
New Orleans       4  3 0  .571 121 139 Kansas City       4  3 0  .571 131 123
St. Louis         2  5 0  .286 139 167 Seattle           4  3 0  .571 154  99
Carolina          0  7 0  .000 128 199 San Diego         3  5 0  .375 103 139
(Bye - Arizona, Dallas, Indianapolis, NY Giants, Philadelphia, Washington)
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1
ATLANTA 37, St. Louis 15               Denver 33, CINCINNATI 26
TAMPA BAY 27, Minnesota 24             NY Jets 20, KANSAS CITY 17
GREEN BAY 36, San Francisco 22         Oakland 31, SEATTLE 18
Jacksonville 45, BALTIMORE 19          Arizona 17, DETROIT 15
WASHINGTON 21, NY Giants 14            BUFFALO 30, Miami 24
New England 21, INDIANAPOLIS 16        CAROLINA 31, New Orleans 17
Tennessee 41, PITTSBURGH 31
MONDAY NOVEMBER 2
Dallas 34, PHILADELPHIA 0
NFC EASTERN DIVISION                   AFC EASTERN DIVISION
Dallas            5  3 0  .625 208 115 Miami             5  3 0  .625 138 109
Arizona           4  4 0  .500 125 170 New England       5  3 0  .625 191 138
NY Giants         3  5 0  .375 160 173 NY Jets           5  3 0  .625 176 109
Washington        1  7 0  .125 114 241 Buffalo           5  3 0  .625 188 162
Philadelphia      1  7 0  .125  79 196 Indianapolis      1  7 0  .125 113 197
NFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   AFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Minnesota         7  1 0  .875 265 143 Jacksonville      6  2 0  .750 209 165
GREEN BAY         6  2 0  .750 219 166 Pittsburgh        5  3 0  .625 137 141
Tampa Bay         4  4 0  .500 121 145 Tennessee         4  4 0  .500 185 157
Chicago           3  5 0  .375 152 178 Cincinnati        2  6 0  .250 153 219
Detroit           2  6 0  .250 162 209 Baltimore         2  6 0  .250 121 179
NFC WESTERN DIVISION                   AFC WESTERN DIVISION
San Francisco     6  2 0  .750 248 163 Denver            8  0 0 1.000 273 159
Atlanta           6  2 0  .750 212 166 Oakland           6  2 0  .750 146 145
New Orleans       4  4 0  .500 138 170 Kansas City       4  4 0  .500 148 143
St. Louis         2  6 0  .250 154 204 Seattle           4  4 0  .500 172 130
Carolina          1  7 0  .125 159 216 San Diego         3  5 0  .375 103 139
(Bye - Chicago, San Diego)
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8
BALTIMORE 13, Oakland 10               MIAMI 27, Indianapolis 14
ARIZONA 29, Washington 27              DENVER 27, San Diego 10
Tennessee 31, TAMPA BAY 22             St. Louis 20, CHICAGO 12
MINNESOTA 31, New Orleans 24           SAN FRANCISCO 25, Carolina 23
NY JETS 34, Buffalo 12                 DALLAS 16, NY Giants 6
Atlanta 41, NEW ENGLAND 10             SEATTLE 24, Kansas City 12
JACKSONVILLE 24, Cincinnati 11         PHILADELPHIA 10, Detroit 9
MONDAY NOVEMBER 9
PITTSBURGH 27, Green Bay 20
NFC EASTERN DIVISION                   AFC EASTERN DIVISION
Dallas            6  3 0  .667 224 121 Miami             6  3 0  .667 165 123
Arizona           5  4 0  .556 154 197 NY Jets           6  3 0  .667 210 121
NY Giants         3  6 0  .333 166 189 New England       5  4 0  .556 201 179
Philadelphia      2  7 0  .222  89 205 Buffalo           5  4 0  .556 200 196
Washington        1  8 0  .111 141 270 Indianapolis      1  8 0  .111 127 224
NFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   AFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Minnesota         8  1 0  .889 296 167 Jacksonville      7  2 0  .778 233 176
GREEN BAY         6  3 0  .667 239 193 Pittsburgh        6  3 0  .667 164 161
Tampa Bay         4  5 0  .444 143 176 Tennessee         5  4 0  .556 216 179
Chicago           3  6 0  .333 164 198 Baltimore         3  6 0  .333 134 189
Detroit           2  7 0  .222 171 219 Cincinnati        2  7 0  .222 164 243
NFC WESTERN DIVISION                   AFC WESTERN DIVISION
San Francisco     7  2 0  .778 273 186 Denver            9  0 0 1.000 300 169
Atlanta           7  2 0  .778 253 176 Oakland           6  3 0  .667 156 158
New Orleans       4  5 0  .444 162 201 Seattle           5  4 0  .556 196 142
St. Louis         3  6 0  .333 174 216 Kansas City       4  5 0  .444 160 167
Carolina          1  8 0  .111 182 241 San Diego         3  6 0  .333 113 166
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 15
ATLANTA 31, San Francisco 19           MINNESOTA 24, Cincinnati 3
OAKLAND 20, Seattle 17                 Dallas 35, ARIZONA 28
DETROIT 26, Chicago 3                  BUFFALO 13, New England 10
NEW ORLEANS 24, St. Louis 3            SAN DIEGO 14, Baltimore 13
JACKSONVILLE 29, Tampa Bay 24          Miami 13, CAROLINA 9
TENNESSEE 23, Pittsburgh 14            Green Bay 37, NY GIANTS 3
INDIANAPOLIS 24, NY Jets 23            WASHINGTON 28, Philadelphia 3
MONDAY NOVEMBER 16
Denver 30, KANSAS CITY 7
NFC EASTERN DIVISION                   AFC EASTERN DIVISION
Dallas            7  3 0  .700 259 149 Miami             7  3 0  .700 178 132
Arizona           5  5 0  .500 182 232 NY Jets           6  4 0  .600 233 145
NY Giants         3  7 0  .300 169 226 Buffalo           6  4 0  .600 213 206
Philadelphia      2  8 0  .200  92 233 New England       5  5 0  .500 211 192
Washington        2  8 0  .200 169 273 Indianapolis      2  8 0  .200 151 247
NFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   AFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Minnesota         9  1 0  .900 320 170 Jacksonville      8  2 0  .800 262 200
GREEN BAY         7  3 0  .700 276 196 Pittsburgh        6  4 0  .600 178 184
Tampa Bay         4  6 0  .400 167 205 Tennessee         6  4 0  .600 239 193
Chicago           3  7 0  .300 167 224 Baltimore         3  7 0  .300 147 203
Detroit           3  7 0  .300 197 222 Cincinnati        2  8 0  .200 167 267
NFC WESTERN DIVISION                   AFC WESTERN DIVISION
Atlanta           8  2 0  .800 284 195 Denver           10  0 0 1.000 330 176
San Francisco     7  3 0  .700 292 217 Oakland           7  3 0  .700 176 175
New Orleans       5  5 0  .500 186 204 Seattle           5  5 0  .500 213 162
St. Louis         3  7 0  .300 177 240 Kansas City       4  6 0  .400 167 197
Carolina          1  9 0  .100 191 254 San Diego         4  6 0  .400 127 179
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22
ATLANTA 20, Chicago 13                 NY GIANTS 20, Philadelphia 0
Carolina 24, ST. LOUIS 20              Baltimore 20, CINCINNATI 13
SAN FRAN 31, New Orleans 20            BUFFALO 34, Indianapolis 11
PITTSBURGH 30, Jacksonville 15         DENVER 40, Oakland 14
DALLAS 30, Seattle 22                  Detroit 28, TAMPA BAY 25
SAN DIEGO 38, Kansas City 37           MINNESOTA 28, Green Bay 14
Arizona 45, WASHINGTON 42              NY Jets 24, TENNESSEE 3
MONDAY NOVEMBER 23
NEW ENGLAND 26, Miami 23
NFC EASTERN DIVISION                   AFC EASTERN DIVISION
Dallas            8  3 0  .727 289 171 NY Jets           7  4 0  .636 257 148
Arizona           6  5 0  .545 227 274 Miami             7  4 0  .636 201 158
NY Giants         4  7 0  .364 189 226 Buffalo           7  4 0  .636 247 217
Philadelphia      2  9 0  .182  92 253 New England       6  5 0  .545 237 215
Washington        2  9 0  .182 211 318 Indianapolis      2  9 0  ,182 162 281
NFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   AFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Y-Minnesota      10  1 0  .909 348 184 Jacksonville      8  3 0  .727 277 230
GREEN BAY         7  4 0  .636 290 224 Pittsburgh        7  4 0  .636 208 199
Tampa Bay         4  7 0  .364 192 233 Tennessee         6  5 0  .545 242 217
Detroit           4  7 0  .364 225 247 Baltimore         4  7 0  .364 167 216
Chicago           3  8 0  .273 180 244 Cincinnati        2  9 0  .182 180 287
NFC WESTERN DIVISION                   AFC WESTERN DIVISION
Atlanta           9  2 0  .818 304 208 Denver           11  0 0 1.000 370 190
San Francisco     8  3 0  .727 323 237 Oakland           7  4 0  .636 190 215
New Orleans       5  6 0  .455 206 235 Seattle           5  6 0  .455 235 192
St. Louis         3  8 0  .273 197 264 San Diego         5  6 0  .455 165 216
Carolina          2  9 0  .182 215 274 Kansas City       4  7 0  .364 204 235
Y-Clinched Playoff Berth
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 26
DETROIT 19, Pittsburgh 16 (OT)         Minnesota 46, DALLAS 36
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 29
BALTIMORE 38, Indianapolis 31          NY JETS 48, Carolina 21
MIAMI 30, New Orleans 10               NEW ENGLAND 25, Buffalo 21
GREEN BAY 24, Philadelphia 18          Denver 31, SAN DIEGO 16
Tampa Bay 31, CHICAGO 17               Atlanta 21, ST. LOUIS 10
SEATTLE 20, Tennessee 18               Washington 29, OAKLAND 19
Jacksonville 34, CINCINNATI 17         KANSAS CITY 34, Arizona 24
MONDAY NOVEMBER 30
SAN FRANCISCO 31, NY Giants 7
NFC EASTERN DIVISION                   AFC EASTERN DIVISION
Dallas            8  4 0  .667 325 217 Miami             8  4 0  .667 231 168
Arizona           6  6 0  .500 251 308 NY Jets           8  4 0  .667 305 169
NY Giants         4  8 0  .333 196 257 New England       7  5 0  .583 262 236
Washington        3  9 0  .250 240 337 Buffalo           7  5 0  .583 268 242
Philadelphia      2 10 0  .167 110 277 Indianapolis      2 10 0  .167 193 319
NFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   AFC CENTRAL DIVISION
Y-Minnesota      11  1 0  .917 394 220 Jacksonville      9  3 0  .750 311 247
GREEN BAY         8  4 0  .667 314 242 Pittsburgh        7  5 0  .583 224 218
Tampa Bay         5  7 0  .417 223 250 Tennessee         6  6 0  .500 260 237
Detroit           5  7 0  .417 244 263 Baltimore         5  7 0  .417 205 247
Chicago           3  9 0  .250 197 275 Cincinnati        2 10 0  .167 197 321
NFC WESTERN DIVISION                   AFC WESTERN DIVISION
Y-Atlanta        10  2 0  .833 325 218 X-Denver         12  0 0 1.000 401 206
San Francisco     9  3 0  .750 354 244 Oakland           7  5 0  .583 209 244
New Orleans       5  7 0  .417 216 265 Seattle           6  6 0  .500 255 210
St. Louis         3  9 0  .250 207 285 San Diego         5  7 0  .417 181 247
Carolina          2 10 0  .167 236 322 Kansas City       5  7 0  .417 238 259
X-Clinched Division Title              Y-Clinched Playoff Berth
THURSDAY DECEMBER 3
PHILADELPHIA 17, St. Louis 14
SUNDAY DECEMBER 6
ATLANTA 28, Indianapolis 21            San Francisco 31, CAROLINA 28 (OT)
Buffalo 33, CINCINNATI 20              JACKSONVILLE 37, Detroit 22
NEW ORLEANS 22, Dallas 3               NY Giants 23, ARIZONA 19
DENVER 35, Kansas City 31              MINNESOTA 48, Chicago 22
NY JETS 32, Seattle 31                 Miami 27, OAKLAND 17
New England 23, PITTSBURGH 9           TENNESSEE 16, Baltimore 14
WASHINGTON 24, San Diego 20
MONDAY DECEMBER 7
TAMPA BAY 24, Green Bay 22
NFC EASTERN DIVISION                   AFC EASTERN DIVISION
Dallas            8  5 0  .615 328 239 Miami             9  4 0  .692 258 185
Arizona           6  7 0  .462 270 331 NY Jets           9  4 0  .692 337 200
NY Giants         5  8 0  .385 219 276 New England       8  5 0  .615 285 245
Washington        4  9 0  .308 264 357 Buffalo           8  5 0  .615 301 262
Philadelphia      3 10 0  .231 127 291 Indianapolis      2 11 0  .154 214 347
NFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   AFC CENTRAL DIVISION
X-Minnesota      12  1 0  .923 442 242 Jacksonville     10  3 0  .769 348 269
GREEN BAY         8  5 0  .615 336 266 Pittsburgh        7  6 0  .538 233 241
Tampa Bay         6  7 0  .462 247 272 Tennessee         7  6 0  .538 276 251
Detroit           5  8 0  .385 266 300 Baltimore         5  8 0  .385 219 263
Chicago           3 10 0  .231 219 323 Cincinnati        2 11 0  .154 217 354
NFC WESTERN DIVISION                   AFC WESTERN DIVISION
Y-Atlanta        11  2 0  .846 353 239 X-Denver         13  0 0 1.000 436 237
Y-San Francisco  10  3 0  .769 385 272 Oakland           7  6 0  .538 226 271
New Orleans       6  7 0  .462 238 268 Seattle           6  7 0  .463 286 242
St. Louis         3 10 0  .231 221 302 San Diego         5  8 0  .385 201 271
Carolina          2 11 0  .154 264 353 Kansas City       5  8 0  .385 269 294
X-Clinched Division Title              Y-Clinched Playoff Berth
SUNDAY DECEMBER 13
BUFFALO 44, Oakland 21                 Tennessee 16, JACKSONVILLE 13
ST. LOUIS 32, New England 18           SEATTLE 38, San Diego 17
Minnesota 38, BALTIMORE 28             NY Jets 21, MIAMI 16
Washington 28, CAROLINA 25             Atlanta 27, NEW ORLEANS 17
TAMPA BAY 16, Pittsburgh 3             KANSAS CITY 20, Dallas 17
GREEN BAY 26, Chicago 20               NY GIANTS 20, Denver 16
INDIANAPOLIS 39, Cincinnati 26         Arizona 20, PHILADELPHIA 17 (OT)
MONDAY DECEMBER 14
SAN FRANCISCO 35, Detroit 13
NFC EASTERN DIVISION                   AFC EASTERN DIVISION
Dallas            8  6 0  .571 345 259 NY Jets          10  4 0  .714 358 216
Arizona           7  7 0  .500 290 348 Miami             9  5 0  .643 274 206
NY Giants         6  8 0  .429 239 292 Buffalo           9  5 0  .643 345 283
Washington        5  9 0  .357 292 382 New England       8  6 0  .571 303 277
Philadelphia      3 11 0  .214 144 311 Indianapolis      3 11 0  .214 253 373
NFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   AFC CENTRAL DIVISION
X-Minnesota      13  1 0  .929 480 270 Jacksonville     10  4 0  .714 361 285
Y-GREEN BAY       9  5 0  .643 362 286 Tennessee         8  6 0  .571 292 264
Tampa Bay         7  7 0  .500 263 275 Pittsburgh        7  7 0  .500 236 257
Detroit           5  9 0  .357 279 335 Baltimore         5  9 0  .357 247 301
Chicago           3 11 0  .214 239 349 Cincinnati        2 12 0  .143 243 393
NFC WESTERN DIVISION                   AFC WESTERN DIVISION
Y-Atlanta        12  2 0  .857 380 256 X-Denver         13  1 0  .929 452 257
Y-San Francisco  11  3 0  .786 420 285 Oakland           7  7 0  .500 247 315
New Orleans       6  8 0  .429 255 295 Seattle           7  7 0  .500 324 259
St. Louis         4 10 0  .286 253 320 Kansas City       6  8 0  .429 289 311
Carolina          2 12 0  .143 289 381 San Diego         5  9 0  .357 218 309
X-Clinched Division Title              Y-Clinched Playoff Berth
SATURDAY DECEMBER 19
NY Jets 17, BUFFALO 10                 WASHINGTON 20, Tampa Bay 16
SUNDAY DECEMBER 20
CAROLINA 20, St. Louis 13              NY GIANTS 28, Kansas City 7
Atlanta 24, DETROIT 17                 Oakland 17, SAN DIEGO 10
ARIZONA 19, New Orleans 17             MINNESOTA 50, Jacksonville 10
CHICAGO 24, Baltimore 3                Cincinnati 25, PITTSBURGH 24
SEATTLE 27, Indianapolis 23            DALLAS 13, Philadelphia 9
GREEN BAY 30, Tennessee 22             NEW ENGLAND 24, San Francisco 21
MONDAY DECEMBER 21
MIAMI 31, Denver 21
NFC EASTERN DIVISION                   AFC EASTERN DIVISION
X-Dallas          9  6 0  .600 358 268 Y-NY Jets        11  4 0  .733 375 226
Arizona           8  7 0  .533 309 365 Miami            10  5 0  .667 305 227
NY Giants         7  8 0  .467 267 309 New England       9  6 0  .600 327 298
Washington        6  9 0  .400 312 398 Buffalo           9  6 0  .600 355 300
Philadelphia      3 12 0  .200 153 324 Indianapolis      3 12 0  .200 276 400
NFC CENTRAL DIVISION                   AFC CENTRAL DIVISION
X-Minnesota      14  1 0  .933 530 280 X-Jacksonville   10  5 0  .667 371 335
Y-GREEN BAY      10  5 0  .667 392 308 Tennessee         8  7 0  .533 314 294
1998 PLAYOFFS - AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
Wildcard (January 2) - MIAMI (10-6) 24, Buffalo (10-6) 17
Wildcard (January 3) - JACKSONVILLE (11-5) 25, New England (9-7) 10
Divisional (January 9) - DENVER (14-2) 38, Miami (11-6) 3
Divisional (January 10) - NY JETS (12-4) 34, Jacksonville (12-5) 24
Conference (January 17) - DENVER (15-2) 23, NY Jets (13-4) 10
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
Wildcard (January 2) - Arizona (9-7) 29, DALLAS (10-6) 7
Wildcard (January 3) - SAN FRANCISCO (12-4) 30, Green Bay (11-5) 27
Divisional (January 9) - ATLANTA (14-2) 20, San Francisco (13-4) 18
Divisional (January 10) - MINNESOTA (15-1) 41, Arizona (10-7) 21
Conference (January 17) - Atlanta (15-2) 30, MINNESOTA (16-1) 27 (OT)
SUPER BOWL 33 (January 31, 1999 at Miami)
DENVER BRONCOS (16-2) 34, ATLANTA FALCONS (16-2) 19 - John Elway, in his last game, passed for 336 yards and ran for a touchdown to earn most valuable player honors as the Broncos became the first AFC team to win consecutive Super Bowls since the Steelers won XIII and XIV. A 25-yard pass interference penalty on Ray Crockett assisted the Falcons' nine-play, 48-yard game-opening drive that was capped by Morten Andersen's 32-yard field goal. Elway's 41-yard pass to Rod Smith kept alive Denver's ensuing drive and led to Howard Griffith's 1-yard touchdown run. Ronnie Bradford's interception and return to the Broncos' 35 late in the first quarter gave Atlanta excellent field position. However, Jamal Anderson was stopped for no gain on third-and-1 and thrown for a 2-yard loss on fourth down. Denver capitalized on its defensive effort with Jason Elam's 26-yard field goal. The Falcons responded by driving to the Broncos' 8, but Andersen's 26-yard field-goal attempt sailed wide right and on the next play, Elway fired an 80-yard touchdown pass to Smith to turn a possible 10-6 game into a 17-3 Broncos lead. Andersen's 28-yard field goal and two misses by Elam on the Broncos' first two second-half possessions gave Atlanta an opportunity to climb back into the game. However, Darrien Gordon dashed the Falcons' hopes with interceptions on consecutive possessions inside the Broncos' 20 to stop drives and set up Broncos touchdowns. Gordon returned the first interception, on a tipped pass, 58 yards to the Falcons' 24 to set up Griffith's second touchdown five plays later, and picked the second pass off at the Broncos' 2 and returned it 50 yards. Terrell Davis turned a short pass into a 39-yard gain, and Elway scored two plays later to give Denver a 31-6 lead. Tim Dwight returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, and, after a field goal by Elam, the Falcons' offense scored with 2:04 remaining on Chandler's 3-yard pass to Tony Martin. Byron Chamberlain recovered the ensuing onside kick, but Tyrone Braxton recovered Anderson's fumble at the Falcons' 33 with 1:30 remaining to ice the game. The Falcons drove inside the Broncos' 30 seven times, but tallied just one touchdown and two field goals, throwing two interceptions, missing a field goal, and turning the ball over one time on downs during the other possessions. Elway was 18 of 29 for 336 yards and one touchdown, with an interception. Davis had 25 carries for 102 yards. Smith had five receptions for 152 yards. Chandler was 19 of 35 for 219 yards and a touchdown, with three interceptions.
Tampa Bay         7  8 0  .467 279 295 Pittsburgh        7  8 0  .467 260 282
Detroit           5 10 0  .333 296 359 Baltimore         5 10 0  .333 250 325
Chicago           4 11 0  .267 263 352 Cincinnati        3 12 0  .200 268 417
NFC WESTERN DIVISION                   AFC WESTERN DIVISION
X-Atlanta        13  2 0  .867 404 273 X-Denver         13  2 0  .867 473 288
Y-San Francisco  11  4 0  .733 441 309 Oakland           8  7 0  .533 264 325
New Orleans       6  9 0  .400 272 314 Seattle           8  7 0  .533 351 282
St. Louis         4 11 0  .267 266 340 Kansas City       6  9 0  .400 296 339
Carolina          3 12 0  .200 309 394 San Diego         5 10 0  .333 228 326
X-Clinched Division Title              Y-Clinched Playoff Berth