2005 National Football League season
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Regular season
Duration September 8 to January 1, 2006
Playoffs
Start date January 7, 2006
AFC Champions Pittsburgh Steelers
NFC Champions Seattle Seahawks
Super Bowl XL
Date February 5, 2006
Site Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
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Champions
Pro Bowl
Date February 12, 2006
National Football League seasons
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The 2005 NFL season was the 86th regular season of the NFL. The regular season started on September 8th 2005, and ended on January 1st 2006.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week 1[edit | edit source]

Week 2[edit | edit source]

Week 3[edit | edit source]

Final regular season standings[edit | edit source]

Qualified for playoffs

Clinched playoff seeds are marked in parentheses

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against


AFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
(4) New England Patriots 10 6 0 .625 379 338 Details
Miami Dolphins 9 7 0 .563 318 317 Details
Buffalo Bills 5 11 0 .313 271 367 Details
New York Jets 4 12 0 .250 240 355 Details
AFC North
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
(3) Cincinnati Bengals 11 5 0 .688 421 350 Details
(6) Pittsburgh Steelers 11 5 0 .688 389 258 Details
Baltimore Ravens 6 10 0 .375 265 299 Details
Cleveland Browns 6 10 0 .375 232 301 Details
AFC South
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
(1) Indianapolis Colts 14 2 0 .875 439 247 Details
(5) Jacksonville Jaguars 12 4 0 .750 361 269 Details
Tennessee Titans 4 12 0 .250 299 421 Details
Houston Texans 2 14 0 .125 260 431 Details
AFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
(2) Denver Broncos 13 3 0 .813 395 258 Details
Kansas City Chiefs 10 6 0 .625 403 325 Details
San Diego Chargers 9 7 0 .563 418 312 Details
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 290 383 Details
NFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
(4) New York Giants 11 5 0 .688 422 314 Details
(6) Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 359 293 Details
Dallas Cowboys 9 7 0 .563 325 308 Details
Philadelphia Eagles 6 10 0 .375 310 388 Details
NFC North
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
(2) Chicago Bears 11 5 0 .688 260 202 Details
Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 306 344 Details
Detroit Lions 5 11 0 .313 254 345 Details
Green Bay Packers [b] 4 12 0 .250 294 344 Details
NFC South
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
(3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11 5 0 .688 300 274 Details
(5) Carolina Panthers [c] 11 5 0 .688 391 259 Details
Atlanta Falcons 8 8 0 .500 351 341 Details
New Orleans Saints 3 13 0 .188 235 398 Details
NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
(1) Seattle Seahawks 13 3 0 .813 452 271 Details
St. Louis Rams 6 10 0 .375 363 429 Details
Arizona Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 311 387 Details
San Francisco 49ers 4 12 0 .250 239 428 Details


Major Rule Changes[edit | edit source]

  • The "horse-collar tackle," in which a defender grabs inside the back or side of an opponent’s shoulder pads and pulls that player down, is prohibited. [6] Named the "Roy Williams Rule" after the Dallas Cowboys defensive back whose horse-collar tackle during the last season caused serious injuries to Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tyrone Calico, and Baltimore Ravens running back Musa Smith.
  • Peel-back blocks (where an offensive player blocks a defender who is moving back toward the direction of his own end zone) below the waist and from the back are now illegal.
  • Unnecessary roughness would be called for blocks away from the play on punters or kickers, similar to the same protection quarterbacks have after interceptions.
  • When time is stopped by officials prior to the snap for any reason while time is in, the play clock resumes with the same amount of time that remained on it - with a minimum of 10 seconds. Previously, the play-clock would be reset to 25 seconds.
  • During field goal and extra point attempts, the defensive team will be penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct if it calls consecutive timeouts in an attempt to "ice" the kicker. Previously, the second timeout request was only denied by officials, and thus could be used to distract the kickers.
  • Players cannot run, dive into, cut, or throw their bodies against or on an opponent who is out of the play or should not have reasonably anticipated such contact.
  • If the defensive team commits a dead ball foul following the end of the half, the offensive team may choose to extend the period for one more play. Previously, the half automatically ended without the defensive team being penalized.
  • During a punt, if the kicking team illegally touches the ball inside the 5-yard line, the receiving team has the option of either treating the result as a touchback or replaying the down with a 5-yard penalty against the kicking team. Previously, the receiving team's only options were either the latter or taking over possession at the spot of the foul. This change prevents an ineligible player from keeping a kick from entering the end zone and becoming a touchback.
  • If the kicking team commits a penalty, the receiving team can have the option of adding five yards to the return or taking a penalty and forcing the kicking team to rekick the ball. Previously they could take the latter or decline the penalty.
  • If a team calls for an instant replay challenge after it has used all its challenges or is out of timeouts, it will be assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The penalty will also be assessed if a team calls for a challenge inside of two minutes of either half or overtime, when only the replay assistant can initiate reviews. Previously, the request was only denied by the Referee. This change was made to prevent head coaches from constantly stopping the game for any reason, including to just argue with the Referee.
  • Teams are only able to request an instant replay challenge by tossing their red flag to get the attention of officials. The league decided to do away with the electronic pager/vibrating alert system used by head coaches because practically all of them always used their red flags instead of their pagers anyway. (However, the replay assistant will still use the pagers to notify the officials of a replay request.)
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