1990 NFL season

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1990 National Football League season
Preseason August 9-September 1, 1990
Regular Season September 9-December 31, 1990
Postseason January 5-February 3, 1991
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The 1990 NFL season was the 71st regular season of the National Football League. To increase revenue, the league, for the first time since 1966, reinstated bye weeks, so that all NFL teams would play their 16-game schedule over a 17-week period. Furthermore, the playoff format was expanded from 10 teams to 12 teams by adding another wild card from each conference, thus adding two more contests to the postseason schedule; this format remained in use until 2019 (there were four division spots and two wild card spots available with realignment in 2002).

This was the first full season for Paul Tagliabue as the league's Commissioner, after taking over from Pete Rozelle midway through the previous season. The season ended with Super Bowl XXV when the New York Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills 20-19 at Tampa Stadium.

Publications

Programs
Week Date Teams Venue
Preseason August 9, 1990 Houston Oilers vs. Detroit Lions Astrodome
August 18, 1990 Houston Oilers vs. New York Giants Astrodome
August 18, 1990 Los Angeles Rams vs. San Diego Chargers Anaheim Stadium
August 24, 1990 Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Raiders Soldier Field
August 25, 1990 New York Giants vs. New York Jets Giants Stadium
August 31, 1990 New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts Louisiana Superdome
September 1, 1990 Dallas Cowboys vs. Houston Oilers Texas Stadium
September 1, 1990 New York Giants vs. Cleveland Browns Giants Stadium
Week 1 September 9, 1990 Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts Rich Stadium
September 9, 1990 New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles Giants Stadium
September 9, 1990 Washington Redskins vs. Phoenix Cardinals RFK Stadium
Week 2 September 16, 1990 San Francisco 49ers vs. Washington Redskins Candlestick Park
Week 3 September 23, 1990 Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys RFK Stadium
Week 4 September 30, 1990 Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland Browns Arrowhead Stadium
September 30, 1990 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Indianapolis Colts Veterans Stadium
September 30, 1990 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Miami Dolphins Three Rivers Stadium
Week 5 October 8, 1990 Denver Broncos vs. Cleveland Browns Mile High Stadium
Week 6 October 14, 1990 New York Jets vs. San Diego Chargers Giants Stadium
October 15, 1990 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings Veterans Stadium
Week 7 October 21, 1990 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys Tampa Stadium
Week 8 October 28, 1990 Houston Oilers vs. New York Jets Astrodome
October 28, 1990 San Francisco 49ers vs. Cleveland Browns Candlestick Park
Week 9 November 4, 1990 Cincinnati Bengals vs. New Orleans Saints Riverfront Stadium
November 4, 1990 Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Raiders Arrowhead Stadium
November 11, 1990 Chicago Bears vs. Atlanta Falcons Soldier Field
Week 10 November 11, 1990 Kansas City Chiefs vs. Seattle Seahawks Arrowhead Stadium
November 11, 1990 New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Louisiana Superdome
Week 11 November 18, 1990 Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots Rich Stadium
November 18, 1990 Denver Broncos vs. Chicago Bears Mile High Stadium
November 18, 1990 Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Diego Chargers Arrowhead Stadium
Week 12 November 25, 1990 Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Milwaukee County Stadium
Week 13 December 3, 1990 San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Giants Candlestick Park
Week 14 December 9, 1990 Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos Arrowhead Stadium
December 9, 1990 New York Giants vs. Minnesota Vikings Giants Stadium
Week 15 December 16, 1990 Cleveland Browns vs. Atlanta Falcons Cleveland Stadium
December 16, 1990 Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Oilers Arrowhead Stadium
December 16, 1990 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers Veterans Stadium
Week 16 December 23, 1990 Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins Rich Stadium
Postseason January 5, 1991 Miami Dolphins vs. Kansas City Chiefs Joe Robbie Stadium
January 5, 1991 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins Veterans Stadium
January 6, 1991 Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints Soldier Field
January 13, 1991 New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears Giants Stadium
January 20, 1991 Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Raiders Rich Stadium
January 20, 1991 San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Giants Candlestick Park
January 27, 1991 Super Bowl XXV (New York Giants vs. Buffalo Bills) Tampa Stadium
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