1978 NFL season

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1978 National Football League season
Preseason July 29-August 26, 1978
Regular Season September 2-December 18, 1978
Postseason December 24, 1979-January 29, 1979
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The 1979 NFL season was the 59th regular season of the National Football League. The league expanded the regular season from a 14-game schedule to 16 games, which it remained in place until 2021 when it was increased to 17 games. Furthermore, the playoff format was expanded from 8 teams to 10 teams by adding another wild card from each conference. The season ended with Super Bowl XIII when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys at the Orange Bowl in Miami.

Publications

Programs
Week Date Teams Venue
Preseason August 4, 1978 Seattle Seahawks vs. San Diego Chargers Kingdome
August 5, 1978 Baltimore Colts vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Memorial Stadium
August 5, 1978 New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles Olympic Stadium Sports City
August 5, 1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Tampa Stadium
August 12, 1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Baltimore Colts Tampa Stadium
August 12, 1978 Cincinnati Bengals vs. Detroit Lions Riverfront Stadium
August 12, 1978 San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks Candlestick Park
August 14, 1978 Houston Oilers vs. Philadelphia Eagles Astrodome
August 17, 1978 Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams Kingdome
August 26, 1978 Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Milwaukee County Stadium
Week 1 September 2, 1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants Tampa Stadium
September 3, 1978 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Los Angeles Rams Veterans Stadium
September 3, 1978 New England Patriots vs. Washington Redskins Schaefer Stadium
Week 2 September 10, 1978 New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys Giants Stadium
September 10, 1978 Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles RFK Stadium
September 10, 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks Three Rivers Stadium
Week 3 September 17, 1978 Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Riverfront Stadium
September 17, 1978 Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills Orange Bowl
September 17, 1978 Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers Mile High Stadium
September 17, 1978 Minnesota Vikings vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Metropolitan Stadium
Week 4 September 24, 1978 Oakland Raiders vs. New England Patriots Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
September 24, 1978 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Miami Dolphins Veterans Stadium
September 24, 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns Three Rivers Stadium
September 24, 1978 Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets RFK Stadium
September 24, 1978 New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers Giants Stadium
September 24, 1978 Dallas Cowboys vs. St. Louis Cardinals Texas Stadium
Week 5 October 1, 1978 Baltimore Colts vs. Philadelphia Eagles Memorial Stadium
October 2, 1978 Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys RFK Stadium
Week 6 October 8, 1978 San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos San Diego Stadium
October 8, 1978 Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Oilers Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Week 7 October 15, 1978 Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Cleveland Stadium
October 15, 1978 New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Giants Stadium
October 15, 1978 St. Louis Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys Busch Memorial Stadium
October 15, 1978 Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Week 8 October 22, 1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears Tampa Stadium
October 22, 1978 Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles Texas Stadium
October 22, 1978 Los Angeles Rams vs. New Orleans Saints Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
October 22, 1978 New York Jets vs. St. Louis Cardinals Shea Stadium
October 23, 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Houston Oilers Three Rivers Stadium
Week 9 October 26, 1978 Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings Texas Stadium
October 29, 1978 Philadelphia Eagles vs. St. Louis Cardinals Veterans Stadium
Week 10 November 5, 1978 Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots Rich Stadium
November 5, 1978 Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks Soldier Field
November 5, 1978 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers Veterans Stadium
Week 11 November 12, 1978 Los Angeles Rams vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Week 12 November 19, 1978 New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles Giants Stadium
November 19, 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Three Rivers Stadium
November 19, 1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Buffalo Bills Tampa Stadium
Week 13 November 26, 1978 St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Eagles Busch Memorial Stadium
Week 14 December 3, 1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers Tampa Stadium
December 3, 1978 Washington Redskins vs. Miami Dolphins RFK Stadium
Week 15 December 11, 1978 Los Angeles Rams vs. Cincinnati Bengals Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Week 16 December 17, 1978 Los Angeles Rams vs. Green Bay Packers Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Postseason December 24, 1978 Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium
December 30, 1978 Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons Texas Stadium
December 31, 1978 Los Angeles Rams vs. Minnesota Vikings Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
December 31, 1978 New England Patriots vs. Houston Oilers Schaefer Stadium
January 7, 1979 Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
January 21, 1979 Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Orange Bowl
January 29, 1979 1979 Pro Bowl Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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