2000 National Football League season
Regular 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
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Champions Baltimore Ravens
Pro Bowl
Date February 4, 2001
National Football League seasons
 < 1999 2001 > 

The 2000 NFL season was the 81st regular season of the National Football League. The season ended with Super Bowl XXXV when the Baltimore Ravens defeated the New York Giants.

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 changesEdit

  • 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 changesEdit

Coaching changesEdit

Final regular season standingsEdit

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

AFC East
(3) Miami Dolphins 1150.688323226
(6) Indianapolis Colts 1060.625429326
New York Jets 970.563321321
Buffalo Bills 880.500315350
New England Patriots 5110.313276338
AFC Central
(1) Tennessee Titans 1330.813346191
(4) Baltimore Ravens 1240.750333165
Pittsburgh Steelers 970.563321255
Jacksonville Jaguars 790.438367327
Cincinnati Bengals 4120.250185359
Cleveland Browns 3130.188161419
AFC West
(2) Oakland Raiders 1240.750479299
(5) Denver Broncos 1150.688485369
Kansas City Chiefs 790.438355354
Seattle Seahawks 6100.375320405
San Diego Chargers 1150.063269440
NFC East
(1) New York Giants 1240.750328246
(4) Philadelphia Eagles 1150.688351245
Washington Redskins 880.500281269
Dallas Cowboys 5110.313294361
Arizona Cardinals 3130.188210443
NFC Central
(2) Minnesota Vikings 1150.688397371
(5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1060.625388269
Green Bay Packers 970.563353323
Detroit Lions 970.563307307
Chicago Bears 5110.313216355
NFC West
(3) New Orleans Saints 1060.625354305
(6) St. Louis Rams 1060.625540471
Carolina Panthers 790.438310310
San Francisco 49ers 6100.375388422
Atlanta Falcons 4120.250252413


  • 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).


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Home team in capitals


  • 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


  • 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 BowlEdit


The following teams and players set all-time NFL records during the season:

Record Player/Team Date/Opponent Previous Record Holder[1]
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 leadersEdit


Points scoredSt. Louis Rams (540)
Total yards gainedSt. Louis Rams (7,075)
Yards rushingBaltimore Ravens (2,470)
Yards passingSt. Louis Rams (5,232)
Fewest points allowedBaltimore Ravens (165)
Fewest total yards allowedTennessee Titans (3,813)
Fewest rushing yards allowedBaltimore Ravens (970)
Fewest passing yards allowedTennessee Titans (2,423)


ScoringMarshall Faulk, St. Louis (160 points)
TouchdownsMarshall Faulk, St. Louis (26 TDs)
Most field goals madeMatt Stover, Baltimore (35 FGs)
RushingEdgerrin James, Indianapolis (1,709 yards)
PassingBrian Griese, Denver (102.9 rating)
Passing touchdownsDaunte Culpepper, Minnesota and Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (33 TDs)
Pass receivingMarvin Harrison, Indianapolis and Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina (102 catches)
Pass receiving yardsTorry Holt, St. Louis (1,635)
Punt returnsJermaine Lewis, Baltimore (16.1 average yards)
Kickoff returnsDarrick Vaughn, Atlanta (27.7 average yards)
InterceptionsDarren Sharper, Green Bay (9)
PuntingDarren Bennett, San Diego (46.2 average yards)
SacksLa'Roi Glover, New Orleans (17)


Most Valuable PlayerMarshall Faulk, Running back, St. Louis
Coach of the YearJim Haslett, New Orleans
Offensive Player of the YearMarshall Faulk, Running back, St. Louis
Defensive Player of the YearRay Lewis, Linebacker, Baltimore
Offensive Rookie of the YearMike Anderson, Running Back, Denver
Defensive Rookie of the YearBrian Urlacher, Linebacker, Chicago
NFL Comeback Player of the YearJoe Johnson, Defensive End, New Orleans

External LinksEdit


  1. "Records". 2005 NFL Record and Fact Book. NFL. 2005. Template:Citation/identifier. 


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