1968 NFL season

Infobox NFL
year = 1968
NFLchampion = Baltimore Colts
Eastchampion = Cleveland Browns
Westchampion = Baltimore Colts
regular_season = September 14, 1968 - December 15, 1968

The 1968 NFL season was the 49th regular season of the National Football League. As per the agreement made during the 1967 realignment, the New Orleans Saints and the New York Giants switched divisions; the Saints joined the Century Division while the Giants became part of the Capitol Division.

The season ended when the Baltimore Colts defeated the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Championship Game, only to be upset by the American Football League's New York Jets in Super Bowl III.

Division races

The Eastern Conference was split into the Capitol and Century Divisions, and the Western Conference had the Coastal and Central Divisions. 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 which team that had less recently been in a title game [ http://www.pfraforum.org/index.php?act=Print&client=printer&f=2&t=305 ] . As such, only one team in a division would be the division winner, even if the won-loss record was the same.


Playoffs

Round4
RD1 = Conference Championship Games
RD2 = NFL Championship Game
December 22 1968 - Memorial Stadium|Minnesota Vikings|14|Baltimore Colts|24
December 21 1968 - Cleveland Stadium|Dallas Cowboys|20|Cleveland Browns|31
December 29 1968 - Cleveland Stadium|Baltimore Colts|34|Cleveland Browns|0

ee also

*Super Bowl III : N.Y. Jets (AFL) 16, Baltimore (NFL) 7, at Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

References

*The "NFL Record and Fact Book" (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
* [http://www.nfl.com/history/chronology/1961-1970 NFL History 1961-1970] (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
* [http://nflhistory.net/linescores/pdf/1968n.pdf 1968 season in details]
*"Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League" (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)

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