HISTORY
1988
American Conference
Eastern Division W L T Pct. Pts. OP
Buffalo 12 4 0 .750 329 237
Indianapolis 9 7 0 .563 354 315
New England 9 7 0 .563 250 284
N.Y. Jets 8 7 1 .531 372 354
Miami 6 10 0 .375 319 380
Central Division W L T Pct. Pts. OP
Cincinnati# 12 4 0 .750 448 329
Cleveland* 10 6 0 .625 304 288
Houston* 10 6 0 .625 424 365
Pittsburgh 5 11 0 .313 336 421
Western Division W L T Pct. Pts. OP
Seattle 9 7 0 .563 339 329
Denver 8 8 0 .500 327 352
L.A. Raiders 7 9 0 .438 325 369
San Diego 6 10 0 .375 231 332
Kansas City 4 11 1 .281 254 320
National Conference
Eastern Division W L T Pct. Pts. OP
Philadelphia 10 6 0 .625 379 319
N.Y. Giants 10 6 0 .625 359 304
Washington 7 9 0 .438 345 387
Phoenix 7 9 0 .438 344 398
Dallas 3 13 0 .188 265 381
Central Division W L T Pct. Pts. OP
Chicago# 12 4 0 .750 312 215
Minnesota* 11 5 0 .688 406 233
Tampa Bay 5 11 0 .313 261 350
Detroit 4 12 0 .250 220 313
Green Bay 4 12 0 .250 240 315
Western Division W L T Pct. Pts. OP
San Francisco 10 6 0 .625 369 294
L.A. Rams* 10 6 0 .625 407 293
New Orleans 10 6 0 .625 312 283
Atlanta 5 11 0 .313 244 315
*Wild-Card qualifier for playoffs; #Top playoff seed in conference
Cincinnati was top playoff seed ahead of Buffalo based on head-to-head victory (1-0). Indianapolis finished ahead of New England based on better record against common opponents (7-5 to Patriots' 6-6). Cleveland finished ahead of Houston based on better division record (4-2 to Oilers' 3-3). Houston did not play Cincinnati, and Minnesota did not play Chicago in the divisional playoffs because, from 1970-1989, two teams from the same division could not meet prior to the conference championship game. Philadelphia finished first in NFC East based on head-to-head sweep of N.Y. Giants (2-0). Washington finished third in NFC East based on better division record (4-4) than Phoenix (3-5). Detroit finished fourth in NFC Central based on head-to-head sweep of Green Bay (2-0). San Francisco finished first in NFC West based on better head-to-head record (3-1) against L.A. Rams (2-2) and New Orleans (1-3). L.A. Rams finished second in NFC West based on better division record (4-2) than New Orlevans (3-3) and earned Wild-Card position based on better conference record (8-4) than N.Y. Giants (9-5) and New Orleans (6-6).
Wild-Card playoff: Houston 24, CLEVELAND 23
Divisional playoffs: CINCINNATI 21, Seattle 13; BUFFALO 17, Houston 10
AFC Championship: CINCINNATI 21, Buffalo 10
Wild-Card playoff: MINNESOTA 28, L.A. Rams 17
Divisional playoffs: CHICAGO 20, Philadelphia 12; SAN FRANCISCO 34, Minnesota 9
NFC Championship: San Francisco 28, CHICAGO 3
Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco (NFC) 20, Cincinnati (AFC) 16, at Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida
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