1982–83 NFL Playoffs
The NFL playoffs following the 1982 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XVII.
A players' strike reduced the regular season to nine games. Thus, the league used a special 16-team playoff format (dubbed the "Super Bowl Tournament"), just for this year. Division standings were ignored (although each division did send at least one team to the playoffs). Eight teams from each conference were seeded 1-8 based on their regular season records:
|1||Los Angeles Raiders||Washington Redskins|
|2||Miami Dolphins||Dallas Cowboys|
|3||Cincinnati Bengals||Green Bay Packers|
|4||Pittsburgh Steelers||Minnesota Vikings|
|5||San Diego Chargers||Atlanta Falcons|
|6||New York Jets||St. Louis Cardinals|
|7||New England Patriots||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|8||Cleveland Browns||Detroit Lions|
Because of the eight-game first round, this was the first (and currently only) time that NFL playoff games were regionally televised across the United States instead of nationwide. This year was also the only season in which the conference championship games were played on separate days.
In addition, it marked the first time in NFL history in which a team that qualified for the playoffs had a losing record (< .500), as both Cleveland and Detroit finished with 4-5 records (.444). Both teams lost in the first round of the playoffs. Until 2010, it was also the only time any team had made the playoffs with a losing record, a feat since broken by the 2010 Seattle Seahawks, which finished 7-9 (.438). However, it is not the only time that teams with non-winning records (≤ .500) have made the playoffs. In eight seasons, nine teams with a record of 8-8 (.500) made the playoffs: 1985 Browns, 1990 Saints, 1991 Jets, 1999 Lions, 2004 Vikings, 2004 Rams, 2006 Giants, 2008 Chargers, and the 2011 Broncos.
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