|Duration||September 10 – December 25, 1989|
|Start date||December 31, 1989|
|AFC Champions||Denver Broncos|
|NFC Champions||San Francisco 49ers|
|Super Bowl XXIV|
|Date||January 28, 1990|
|Site||Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Champions||San Francisco 49ers|
|Date||February 2, 1990|
The 1989 NFL season was the 70th regular season of the National Football League. Before the season, NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle announced his retirement. Paul Tagliabue was eventually chosen to succeed him, taking over on November 5.
Due to damage caused by the Loma Prieta earthquake to Candlestick Park, the New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ers game on October 22 was played at Stanford Stadium in Stanford.
The season ended with Super Bowl XXIV where the 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos 55–10 at the Louisiana Superdome.
Main article: Herschel Walker trade
Main article: 1989 NFL Draft
The 1989 NFL Draft was held from April 23 to 24, 1989 at New York City's Marriott Marquis. With the first pick, the Dallas Cowboys selected quarterback Troy Aikman from the University of California, Los Angeles. Selecting third, the Detroit Lions drafted Barry Sanders, who would retire as the NFL's second all-time leading scorer (since broken).
Fred Silva retired during the 1989 off-season. He joined the NFL in 1968 as a line judge before being promoted to referee in 1969. Games that he officiated include Super Bowl XIV and the Freezer Bowl.
Dale Hamer, the head linesman for Super Bowl XVII and Super Bowl XXII, and Howard Roe were promoted to referee. In addition to replacing Silva, an extra 16th officiating crew was added to help handle the weekly workload of 14 games.
Walt Coleman was hired as a line judge. He was promoted to referee in 1995 and was a crew chief through 2018.
A series of National Football League pre-season exhibition games that were held at sites outside the United States, a pair of games in 1989 were contested in London, England and Tokyo, Japan.
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Score||Stadium||City|
|August 6, 1989||Los Angeles Rams||16||San Francisco 49ers||13||Tokyo Dome||Tokyo|
|August 6, 1989||Philadelphia Eagles||17||Cleveland Browns||13||Wembley Stadium||London|
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, in which the Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills 31–6, was played on August 5, televised nationally by ABC and held at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, the same city where the league was founded. The 1989 Hall of Fame Class included Mel Blount and Terry Bradshaw, teammates on four Super Bowl championship teams with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s, Art Shell, a member of the Oakland Raiders Super Bowl XI and Super Bowl XV teams, plus Willie Wood, who captured five NFL championships, including Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II with the Green Bay Packers.
Highlights of the 1989 season included:
Main article: 1989–90 NFL playoffs
|Jan 7 – Giants Stadium|
|Dec 31 – Veterans Stadium||Jan. 14 – Candlestick Park|
|5||LA Rams||21||5||LA Rams||3|
|Jan 6 – Candlestick Park|
|Jan 28 – Louisiana Superdome|
|Wild Card playoffs||N1||San Francisco||55|
|Jan 6 – Cleveland Stadium|
|Super Bowl XXIV|
|Dec 31 – Astrodome||Jan. 14 – Mile High Stadium|
|Jan 7 – Mile High Stadium|
|Points scored||San Francisco 49ers (442)|
|Total yards gained||San Francisco 49ers (6,268)|
|Yards rushing||Cincinnati Bengals (2,483)|
|Yards passing||Washington Redskins (4,349)|
|Fewest points allowed||Denver Broncos (226)|
|Fewest total yards allowed||Minnesota Vikings (4,184)|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed||New Orleans Saints (1,326)|
|Fewest passing yards allowed||Minnesota Vikings (2,501)|
|Most Valuable Player||Joe Montana, quarterback, San Francisco|
|Coach of the Year||Lindy Infante, Green Bay|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Joe Montana, quarterback, San Francisco|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Keith Millard, defensive tackle, Minnesota|
|Offensive Rookie of the Year||Barry Sanders, running back, Detroit|
|Defensive Rookie of the Year||Derrick Thomas, linebacker, Kansas City|
|NFL Comeback Player of the Year||Ottis Anderson, running back, NY Giants|
|NFL Man of the Year||Warren Moon, quarterback, Houston|
|Super Bowl Most Valuable Player||Joe Montana, quarterback, San Francisco|
This was the third and final year under the league's broadcast contracts with ABC, CBS, NBC, and ESPN to televise Monday Night Football, the NFC package, the AFC package, and Sunday Night Football, respectively. O. J. Simpson was named as the sole studio analyst for NBC's NFL Live!, joining host Bob Costas. NBC also hired the then-recently retired head coach Bill Walsh to join Dick Enberg on the network's lead broadcast team, replacing Merlin Olsen as the network's lead color commentator; Olsen left for CBS after this season.