1974 NFL Season

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As originally written by Tim Brulia and Jimmy Delach:


CBS ends the practice of having a specific "CBS Control" man at their games, where a "host" would conduct halftime updates and statistics, and if time permitted, conduct postgame interviews. CBS would start this season by phasing in a wraparound live studio pregame, halftime and postgame show, co-hosted by Jack Whitaker and Lee Leonard, all originating in New York.

The NFL signs a new four contract with the three networks. No major changes. ABC does get a Week 14 game, played on Saturday night and also secures rights to the Pro Bowl.)


PRESEASON

7/26/74 Miami vs. College All-Stars @ Chicago (ABC)--CANCELLED BY PLAYER'S STRIKE

7/27/74 St. Louis vs. Buffalo @ Canton (HOF Game) (ABC) 4:00--HOWARD COSELL, FRANK GIFFORD, FRED WILLIAMSON

8/17/74 Cincinnati vs. Atlanta @ Georgia Tech (NBC) 9:00--JIM SIMPSON, JOHN BRODIE

8/19/74 Minnesota @ Miami (ABC) 9:00--HOWARD COSELL, FRANK GIFFORD, FRED WILLIAMSON

8/24/74 Miami @ Los Angeles (NBC) 9:00--CURT GOWDY, AL DEROGATIS, DON MEREDITH

8/25/74 Buffalo @ Minnesota (CBS) 8:30--DON CRIQUI, PAT SUMMERALL

8/26/74 Detroit @ Cincinnati (ABC) 9:00--HOWARD COSELL, FRANK GIFFORD, FRED WILLIAMSON

8/30/74 Pittsburgh @ Washington (CBS) 9:00--LINDSEY NELSON, PAT SUMMERALL

9/2/74 Oakland @ San Francisco (ABC) 9:00--HOWARD COSELL, FRANK GIFFORD, FRED WILLIAMSON

9/5/74 Pittsburgh @ Dallas (NBC) 9:00--CURT GOWDY, AL DEROGATIS, DON MEREDITH

9/8/74 Atlanta @ Denver (CBS) 9:30--JACK BUCK, PAT SUMMERALL

NOTE: The disastrous Fred Williamson experiment for ABC lasted four games, all of which are listed above.


WEEK 1, 1974 - CBS Doubleheader:

Sunday 9/15:

Colts-Steelers, 1, NBC, Jay Randolph, Paul Maguire

Browns-Bengals, 1, NBC, Curt Gowdy, Al De Rogatis

Dolphins-Patriots, 1, NBC, Bill O’Donnell, Sam De Luca

Redskins-Giants (New Haven, Conn.), 1, CBS, Jack Buck, Pat Summerall

Lions-Bears, 2, CBS, Brent Musburger, John Sauer

Vikings-Packers, 2, CBS, Dick Stockton, Tommy Mason

Eagles-Cardinals, 2, CBS, Bill Campbell, Tom Brookshier

Chargers-Oilers, 2, NBC, Ross Porter, Willie Davis

49ers-Saints, 2, CBS, Dan Kelly, Irv Cross

Cowboys-Falcons, 4, CBS, Frank Glieber, Bart Starr

Rams-Broncos, 4, CBS, Don Criqui, Wayne Walker

Jets-Chiefs, 4, NBC, Jim Simpson, John Brodie

Monday 9/16:

Raiders-Bills, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Alex Karras, Howard Cosell


WEEK 2, 1974 - NBC Doubleheader:

Sunday 9/22:

Oilers-Browns, 1, NBC, Ross Porter, Willie Davis

Dolphins-Bills, 1, NBC, Jim Simpson, John Brodie

Vikings-Lions, 1, CBS, Jack Buck, Pat Summerall

Patriots-Giants (New Haven, Conn.), 1, NBC, Bill O’Donnell, Johnny Morris

Cardinals-Redskins, 1, CBS, Frank Glieber, Bart Starr

Chargers-Bengals, 1, NBC, Al Michaels, Mike Haffner

49ers-Falcons, 1, CBS, Brent Musburger, Wayne Walker

Packers-Colts, 2, CBS, Dick Stockton, Pete Retzlaff

Jets-Bears, 2, NBC, Charlie Jones, Sam De Luca

Chiefs-Raiders, 4, NBC, Curt Gowdy, Al De Rogatis

Saints-Rams, 4, CBS, Don Criqui, Tom Brookshier

Steelers-Broncos, 4, NBC, Jay Randolph, Paul Maguire

Monday 9/23:

Cowboys-Eagles, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Alex Karras, Howard Cosell


WEEK 3, 1974 - NBC Doubleheader:

Sunday 9/29:

Colts-Eagles, 1, NBC, Bill O’Donnell, Johnny Morris

Rams-Patriots, 1, CBS, Frank Glieber, Wayne Walker

Jets-Bills, 1, NBC, Jim Simpson, John Brodie

Falcons-Saints, 2, CBS, Dan Kelly, Irv Cross

Bears-Vikings, 2, CBS, Don Criqui, Tom Brookshier

Browns-Cardinals, 2, NBC, Jay Randolph, Paul Maguire

Lions-Packers (Milwaukee), 2, CBS, Dick Stockton, Pete Retzlaff

Giants-Cowboys, 2, CBS, Jack Buck, Pat Summerall

Chiefs-Oilers, 2, NBC, Al Michaels, Mike Haffner

Bengals-49ers, 4, NBC, Charlie Jones, Sam De Luca

Dolphins-Chargers, 4, NBC, Ross Porter, Willie Davis

Raiders-Steelers, 4, NBC, Curt Gowdy, Al De Rogatis, Don Meredith

Monday 9/30:

Broncos-Redskins, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Alex Karras, Howard Cosell


WEEK 4, 1974 - CBS Doubleheader:

Sunday 10/6:

Falcons-Giants (New Haven, Conn.), 1, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Wayne Walker

Colts-Patriots, 1, NBC, Charlie Jones, John Brodie

Raiders-Browns, 1, NBC, Jim Simpson, Al De Rogatis

Redskins-Bengals, 1, CBS, Don Criqui, Pat Summerall

Bills-Packers, 2, NBC, Ross Porter, Willie Davis

Saints-Bears, 2, CBS, Brent Musburger, Johnny Sauer, Jane Chastain

Steelers-Oilers, 2, NBC, Al Michaels, Sam De Luca

Broncos-Chiefs, 4, NBC, Jay Randolph, Paul Maguire

Lions-Rams, 4, CBS, Bill Mazer, Pete Retzlaff

Vikings-Cowboys, 4, CBS, Frank Glieber, Bart Starr

Eagles-Chargers, 4, CBS, Dick Stockton, Tom Brookshier

Cardinals-49ers, 4, CBS, Dan Kelly, Tommy Mason

Monday 10/7:

Jets-Dolphins, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Alex Karras, Howard Cosell


WEEK 5, 1974 - CBS Doubleheader:

Sunday 10/13:

Bears-Falcons, 1, CBS, Brent Musburger, Wayne Walker

Bengals-Browns, 1, NBC, Al Michaels, Sam De Luca

Dolphins-Redskins, 1, NBC, Jay Randolph, Al De Rogatis

Patriots-Jets, 1, NBC, Charlie Jones, John Brodie

Giants-Eagles, 1, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Tom Brookshier

Bills-Colts, 2, WKBW-Buffalo, Bill O'Donnell, Paul Maguire

Cowboys-Cardinals, 2, CBS, Frank Glieber, Tommy Mason

Oilers-Vikings, 2, Not televised

Steelers-Chiefs, 2, KDKA-Pittsburgh, Dick Stockton, Bill Currie

Rams-Packers (Milwaukee), 4, CBS, Jack Buck, Pat Summerall

Saints-Broncos, 4, CBS, Don Criqui, Irv Cross, Jane Chastain

Raiders-Chargers, 4, KHBK-San Francisco, Don Klein, Al Lo Casale

Monday 10/14:

49ers-Lions, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Alex Karras, Howard Cosell


WEEK 6, 1974 - CBS and NBC Doubleheader:

Sunday 10/20:

Colts-Jets, 1, NBC, Jay Randolph, Paul Maguire

Browns-Steelers, 1, NBC, Charlie Jones, Sam De Luca

Patriots-Bills, 1, NBC, Jim Simpson, John Brodie

Saints-Falcons, 1, CBS, Don Criqui, Irv Cross

Giants-Redskins, 1, CBS, Brent Musburger*, Pat Summerall, Jane Chastain

Eagles-Cowboys, 1, CBS, Frank Glieber, Tom Brookshier

Lions-Vikings, 2, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Bart Starr

Cardinals-Oilers, 2, CBS, Dan Kelly, Johnny Sauer

Bengals-Raiders, 4, NBC, Curt Gowdy, Al De Rogatis

Chiefs-Dolphins, 4, NBC, Al Michaels, Mike Haffner

Chargers-Broncos, 4, NBC, Ross Porter, Willie Davis

49ers-Rams, 4, CBS, Jack Buck, Johnny Unitas

Monday 10/21:

Packers-Bears, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Alex Karras, Howard Cosell


WEEK 7, 1974 - NBC Doubleheader:

Sunday 10/27:

Colts-Dolphins, 1, NBC, Jay Randolph, Paul Maguire

Bears-Bills, 1, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Bart Starr

Cowboys-Giants (New Haven, Conn.), 1, CBS, Frank Glieber, Johnny Unitas

Broncos-Browns, 1, NBC, Charlie Jones, Sam De Luca

Packers-Lions, 1, CBS, Dick Stockton, Tommy Mason

Oilers-Bengals, 1, NBC, Al Michaels, Mike Haffner

Rams-Jets, 1, CBS, Jack Buck, Wayne Walker

Patriots-Vikings, 2, NBC, Jim Simpson, John Brodie

Eagles-Saints, 2, CBS, Don Criqui, Irv Cross

Redskins-Cardinals, 2, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier

Chiefs-Chargers, 4, NBC, Ross Porter, Willie Davis

Raiders-49ers, 4, NBC, Curt Gowdy, Al De Rogatis, Don Meredith

Monday 10/28:

Falcons-Steelers, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Alex Karras, Howard Cosell


WEEK 8, 1974 - CBS Doubleheader:

Sunday 11/3:

Bills-Patriots, 1, NBC, Curt Gowdy, Al De Rogatis, Don Meredith

Oilers-Jets, 1, NBC, Jim Simpson, John Brodie

Saints-Lions, 1, CBS, Jack Buck, Irv Cross

Eagles-Steelers, 1, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier

Bengals-Colts, 2, NBC, Charlie Jones, Sam De Luca

Vikings-Bears, 2, CBS, Brent Musburger, Johnny Sauer

Cardinals-Cowboys, 2, CBS, Dan Kelly, Pete Retzlaff

Redskins-Packers, 2, CBS, Frank Glieber, Tommy Mason

Falcons-Dolphins, 4, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Bart Starr

Browns-Chargers, 4, NBC, Ross Porter, Willie Davis

Giants-Chiefs, 4, CBS, Don Criqui, Wayne Walker

Raiders-Broncos, 4, NBC, Jay Randolph, Paul Maguire

Monday 11/4:

Rams-49ers, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Alex Karras, Howard Cosell


WEEK 9, 1974 - NBC Doubleheader:

Sunday 11/10:

Browns-Patriots, 1, NBC, Bill O’Donnell, Johnny Morris

Oilers-Bills, 1, NBC, Curt Gowdy, Al De Rogatis

Jets-Giants (New Haven, Conn.), 1, NBC, Charlie Jones, Sam De Luca

Chargers-Chiefs, 1, NBC, Ross Porter, Willie Davis

49ers-Cowboys, 1, CBS, Frank Glieber, Johnny Sauer

Redskins-Eagles, 1, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier

Bears-Packers (Milwaukee), 2, CBS, Jack Buck, Bart Starr

Broncos-Colts, 2, NBC, Jay Randolph, Paul Maguire

Dolphins-Saints, 2, NBC, Al Michaels, Mike Haffner

Falcons-Rams, 4, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Wayne Walker

Lions-Raiders, 4, CBS, Dick Stockton, Pete Retzlaff

Steelers-Bengals, 4, NBC, Jim Simpson, John Brodie

Monday 11/11:

Vikings-Cardinals, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Alex Karras, Howard Cosell


WEEK 10, 1974 - CBS Doubleheader:

Sunday 11/17:

Colts-Falcons, 1, NBC, Jay Randolph, Paul Maguire

Bills-Dolphins, 1, NBC, Curt Gowdy, Al De Rogatis

Giants-Lions, 1, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Bart Starr

Jets-Patriots, 1, NBC, Jim Simpson, John Brodie

Steelers-Browns, 1, NBC, Charlie Jones, Sam De Luca

Cardinals-Eagles, 1, CBS, Frank Glieber, Pete Retzlaff

Bengals-Oilers, 2, NBC, Al Michaels, Mike Haffner

Packers-Vikings, 2, CBS, Jack Buck, Johnny Sauer

Rams-Saints, 2, CBS, Don Criqui, Tommy Mason

49ers-Bears, 2, CBS, Dick Stockton, Wayne Walker

Cowboys-Redskins, 4, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier

Chargers-Raiders, 4, NBC, Ross Porter, Willie Davis

Monday 11/18:

Chiefs-Broncos, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Alex Karras, Howard Cosell


WEEK 11, 1974 - CBS Doubleheader:

Sunday 11/24:

Bills-Browns, 1, NBC, Charlie Jones, Sam De Luca

Bears-Lions, 1, CBS, Brent Musburger, Johnny Sauer

Chiefs-Bengals, 1, NBC, Jim Simpson, John Brodie

Dolphins-Jets, 1, NBC, Al Michaels, Mike Haffner

Eagles-Redskins, 1, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Bart Starr

Cardinals-Giants (New Haven, Conn.), 1, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier, Johnny Unitas

Cowboys-Oilers, 2, CBS, Dick Stockton, Pete Retzlaff, Jane Chastain

Patriots-Colts, 2, NBC, Jay Randolph, Paul Maguire

Chargers-Packers, 2, NBC, Ross Porter, Willie Davis

Falcons-49ers, 4, CBS, Don Criqui, Irv Cross

Broncos-Raiders, 4, NBC, Curt Gowdy, Al De Rogatis, Don Meredith

Vikings-Rams, 4, CBS, Jack Buck, Wayne Walker

Monday 11/25:

Steelers-Saints, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Alex Karras, Howard Cosell


WEEK 12, 1974 - CBS Doubleheader:

Thursday 11/28:

Broncos-Lions, 12:30, NBC, Curt Gowdy, Al De Rogatis, Don Meredith

Redskins-Cowboys, 3:45, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier, Bart Starr, Frank Glieber

Sunday 12/1:

Colts-Bills, 1, NBC, Ross Porter, Willie Davis

Packers-Eagles, 1, CBS, Jack Buck, Johnny Unitas

Oilers-Steelers, 1, NBC, Al Michaels, Mike Haffner

Chargers-Jets, 1, NBC, Charlie Jones, Sam De Luca

49ers-Browns, 1, CBS, Frank Glieber, Wayne Walker

Chiefs-Cardinals, 2, NBC, Jay Randolph, Paul Maguire

Saints-Vikings, 2, CBS, Don Criqui, Irv Cross

Giants-Bears, 2, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier

Rams-Falcons, 4, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Bart Starr

Patriots-Raiders, 4, NBC, Bill O’Donnell, Johnny Morris

Monday 12/2:

Bengals-Dolphins, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Alex Karras, Howard Cosell


WEEK 13, 1974 - NBC Doubleheader:

Saturday 12/7:

Falcons-Vikings, 12:45, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier, Johnny Unitas

Browns-Cowboys, 4, NBC, Jim Simpson, John Brodie, Don Meredith

Sunday 12/8:

Bills-Jets, 1, NBC, Curt Gowdy, Al De Rogatis

Lions-Bengals, 1, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Wayne Walker

Eagles-Giants (New Haven, Conn.), 1, CBS, Don Criqui, Johnny Sauer

Steelers-Patriots, 1, NBC, Charlie Jones, Sam De Luca

Cardinals-Saints, 1, CBS, Dan Kelly, Irv Cross

Dolphins-Colts, 2, NBC, Jay Randolph, Paul Maguire

Bears-Chargers, 4, CBS, Dick Stockton, Tommy Mason

Packers-49ers, 4, CBS, Frank Glieber, Bart Starr

Oilers-Broncos, 4, NBC, Ross Porter, Willie Davis

Raiders-Chiefs, 4, NBC, Jim Simpson, John Brodie

Monday 12/9:

Redskins-Rams, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Alex Karras, Howard Cosell


WEEK 14, 1974 - NBC Doubleheader:

Saturday 12/14:

Bengals-Steelers, 1, NBC, Curt Gowdy, Al De Rogatis

Vikings-Chiefs, 3:15, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Johnny Sauer

Cowboys-Raiders, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Alex Karras, Howard Cosell

Sunday 12/15:

Bears-Redskins, 1, CBS, Dick Stockton, Johnny Unitas

Lions-Eagles, 1, CBS, Lindsey Nelson, Irv Cross

Packers-Falcons, 1, CBS, Jack Buck, Wayne Walker

Patriots-Dolphins, 1, NBC, Charlie Jones, Sam De Luca

Browns-Oilers, 2, NBC, Jay Randolph, Paul Maguire

Giants-Cardinals, 2, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier

Jets-Colts, 2, NBC, Jim Simpson, John Brodie

Bills-Rams, 4, NBC, Curt Gowdy, Al De Rogatis, Don Meredith

Broncos-Chargers, 4, NBC, Ross Porter, Willie Davis

Saints-49ers, 4, CBS, Frank Glieber, Johnny Sauer


DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS:

Saturday 12/21:

Cardinals-Vikings, 1, CBS, Brent Musburger, Johnny Unitas, Irv Cross

Dolphins-Raiders, 4, NBC, Curt Gowdy, Al De Rogatis, Don Meredith

Sunday 12/22:

Bills-Steelers, 1, NBC, Jim Simpson, John Brodie

Redskins-Rams, 4, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier, Bart Starr


CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS:

Sunday 12/29:

Rams-Vikings, 1, CBS, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier, Bart Starr

Steelers-Raiders, 4, NBC, Curt Gowdy, Al De Rogatis, Don Meredith


SUPER BOWL IX from New Orleans:

Sunday 1/12: Steelers-Vikings, 3, NBC, Curt Gowdy, Al De Rogatis, Don Meredith, Charlie Jones


Pro Bowl from Miami:

Monday 1/20: NFC-AFC, 9, ABC, Frank Gifford, Alex Karras, Howard Cosell