|2000 National Football League season|
|Duration||September 3 – December 25, 2000|
|Start date||December 30, 2000|
|AFC Champions||Baltimore Ravens|
|NFC Champions||New York Giants|
|Super Bowl XXXV|
|Date||January 28, 2001|
|Site||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida|
|Date||February 4, 2001|
|National Football League seasons
Week 1 of the season reverted to Labor Day weekend in 2000. It would be the last NFL season to date to start Labor Day weekend.
Major rule changes[edit | edit source]
- In order to cut down on group celebrations, unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and fines will be assessed for celebrations by two or more players.
- Anyone wearing an eligible number (1–49 and 80–89) can play at quarterback without having to first report to the referee before a play.
- This rule change resulted in the increase of trick plays teams can employ on offense.
- The "Bert Emanuel" rule was implemented. A receiver has to have possession of the ball and control of the ball. If when making a catch and falling to the ground, the ball is allowed to touch the ground and still be considered a catch if the player maintains clear control of the ball.
Uniform and logo changes[edit | edit source]
- New England Patriots – New uniforms. Shade of blue darkened considerably, blue pants introduced for road uniforms.
- Baltimore Ravens – new Ravens Shield logo on sleeve ends.
- Cincinnati Bengals – Departed from Cinergy Field to brand new Paul Brown Stadium.
- Kansas City Chiefs – red pants on road uniforms for first time since 1988.
- Seattle Seahawks – Departed from Kingdome to Husky Stadium while their new stadium was being built.
- St. Louis Rams – New logo and new uniforms. Shades of blue and gold darkened to "New Century Blue" and "Millennium Gold".
- New Orleans Saints – returned to gold pants for road uniforms.
- New York Giants – New logo and new uniforms. Return back the old 1960s logo but newer version.
- New York Jets & New York Giants – New Grass Field in Giants Stadium.
Coaching changes[edit | edit source]
- Cincinnati Bengals – Dick LeBeau; replaced Bruce Coslet who was fired during the 2000 season.
- Dallas Cowboys – Dave Campo; replaced Chan Gailey who was fired after the 1999 season.
- Green Bay Packers – Mike Sherman; replaced Ray Rhodes who was fired after the 1999 season.
- Miami Dolphins – Dave Wannstedt; replaced Jimmy Johnson who retired after the 1999 season.
- New England Patriots – Bill Belichick; replaced Pete Carroll who was fired after the 1999 season.
- New Orleans Saints – Jim Haslett; replaced Mike Ditka who was fired after the 1999 season.
- New York Jets – Al Groh; replaced Bill Belichick who replaced Bill Parcells who retired to become the fulltime General Manager after the 1999 season. Belichick was hired by the New England Patriots shortly after he resigned the from Jets.
- St. Louis Rams – Mike Martz; replaced Dick Vermeil who retired after winning Super Bowl XXXIV.
Final regular season standings[edit | edit source]
W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against
Clinched playoff seeds are marked in parentheses and shaded in green
|(3) Miami Dolphins||11||5||0||.688||323||226|
|(6) Indianapolis Colts||10||6||0||.625||429||326|
|New York Jets||9||7||0||.563||321||321|
|New England Patriots||5||11||0||.313||276||338|
|(1) Tennessee Titans||13||3||0||.813||346||191|
|(4) Baltimore Ravens||12||4||0||.750||333||165|
|(2) Oakland Raiders||12||4||0||.750||479||299|
|(5) Denver Broncos||11||5||0||.688||485||369|
|Kansas City Chiefs||7||9||0||.438||355||354|
|San Diego Chargers||1||15||0||.063||269||440|
|(1) New York Giants||12||4||0||.750||328||246|
|(4) Philadelphia Eagles||11||5||0||.688||351||245|
|(2) Minnesota Vikings||11||5||0||.688||397||371|
|(5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||6||0||.625||388||269|
|Green Bay Packers||9||7||0||.563||353||323|
|(3) New Orleans Saints||10||6||0||.625||354||305|
|(6) St. Louis Rams||10||6||0||.625||540||471|
|San Francisco 49ers||6||10||0||.375||388||422|
Tiebreakers[edit | edit source]
- Green Bay finished ahead of Detroit in the NFC Central based on better division record (5–3 to Lions' 3–5).
- New Orleans finished ahead of St. Louis in the NFC West based on better division record (7–1 to Rams' 5–3).
- Tampa Bay was the second NFC Wild Card based on head-to-head victory over St. Louis (1–0).
Playoffs[edit | edit source]
- Main article: 2000–01 NFL playoffs
- Home team in capitals
AFC[edit | edit source]
- Wild-Card playoffs: MIAMI 23, Indianapolis 17 (OT); BALTIMORE 21, Denver 3
- Divisional playoffs: OAKLAND 27, Miami 0; Baltimore 24, TENNESSEE 10
- AFC Championship: Baltimore 16, OAKLAND 3 at Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland, California, January 14, 2001
NFC[edit | edit source]
- Wild-Card playoffs: NEW ORLEANS 31, St. Louis 28; PHILADELPHIA 21, Tampa Bay 3
- Divisional playoffs: MINNESOTA 34, New Orleans 16; N.Y. GIANTS 20, Philadelphia 10
- NFC Championship: N.Y. GIANTS 41, Minnesota 0 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, January 14, 2001
Super Bowl[edit | edit source]
- Super Bowl XXXV: Baltimore (AFC) 34, N.Y. Giants (NFC) 7 at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, January 28, 2001
Milestones[edit | edit source]
The following teams and players set all-time NFL records during the season:
|Record||Player/Team||Date/Opponent||Previous Record Holder|
|Most Rushing Yards Gained, Game||Corey Dillon, Cincinnati (278)||October 22, vs. Denver||Walter Payton, Chicago vs. Minnesota, November 20, 1977 (275)|
|Most Pass Receptions, Game||Terrell Owens, San Francisco (20)||December 17, vs. Chicago||Tom Fears, L.A. Rams vs. Green Bay, December 3, 1950 (18)|
|Most Points, Career||Gary Anderson, Minnesota||October 22, vs. Buffalo||George Blanda 1949–1975 (2,002)|
|Most Two-Point Conversions by a Team, Game||St. Louis (4)||October 15, vs. Atlanta||Tied by 2 teams (3)|
|Most Yards Gained by a Team, Season||St. Louis (7,075)||N/A||Miami, 1984 (6,936)|
|Most Passing Yards Gained by a Team, Season||St. Louis (5,232)||N/A||Miami, 1984 (5,018)|
Statistical leaders[edit | edit source]
Team[edit | edit source]
|Points scored||St. Louis Rams (540)|
|Total yards gained||St. Louis Rams (7,075)|
|Yards rushing||Baltimore Ravens (2,470)|
|Yards passing||St. Louis Rams (5,232)|
|Fewest points allowed||Baltimore Ravens (165)|
|Fewest total yards allowed||Tennessee Titans (3,813)|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed||Baltimore Ravens (970)|
|Fewest passing yards allowed||Tennessee Titans (2,423)|
Individual[edit | edit source]
|Scoring||Marshall Faulk, St. Louis (160 points)|
|Touchdowns||Marshall Faulk, St. Louis (26 TDs)|
|Most field goals made||Matt Stover, Baltimore (35 FGs)|
|Rushing||Edgerrin James, Indianapolis (1,709 yards)|
|Passing||Brian Griese, Denver (102.9 rating)|
|Passing touchdowns||Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota and Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (33 TDs)|
|Pass receiving||Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis and Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina (102 catches)|
|Pass receiving yards||Torry Holt, St. Louis (1,635)|
|Punt returns||Jermaine Lewis, Baltimore (16.1 average yards)|
|Kickoff returns||Darrick Vaughn, Atlanta (27.7 average yards)|
|Interceptions||Darren Sharper, Green Bay (9)|
|Punting||Darren Bennett, San Diego (46.2 average yards)|
|Sacks||La'Roi Glover, New Orleans (17)|
Awards[edit | edit source]
|Most Valuable Player||Marshall Faulk, Running back, St. Louis|
|Coach of the Year||Jim Haslett, New Orleans|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Marshall Faulk, Running back, St. Louis|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Ray Lewis, Linebacker, Baltimore|
|Offensive Rookie of the Year||Mike Anderson, Running Back, Denver|
|Defensive Rookie of the Year||Brian Urlacher, Linebacker, Chicago|
|NFL Comeback Player of the Year||Joe Johnson, Defensive End, New Orleans|
External Links[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- "Records". 2005 NFL Record and Fact Book. NFL. 2005. Template:Citation/identifier.
References[edit | edit source]
- NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
- NFL History 1991–2000 (Last accessed October 17, 2005)
- Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
- Steelers Fever – History of NFL Rules (Last accessed October 17, 2005)
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