2000 NFL season
|Duration||September 3, 2000 – 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
- 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
- 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.
- New Orleans Saints – returned to gold pants for road uniforms.
- New York Giants – New logo and new uniforms. Returned back the old 1960s logo but newer version.
- New York Jets & New York Giants – New Grass Field in Giants Stadium.
- 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".
- 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 full-time 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
W = Wins, L = Losses, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against
Clinched playoff seeds are marked in parentheses and shaded in green. No ties occurred this year.
|(3) Miami Dolphins||11||5||.688||323||226|
|(6) Indianapolis Colts||10||6||.625||429||326|
|New York Jets||9||7||.563||321||321|
|New England Patriots||5||11||.313||276||338|
|(1) Tennessee Titans||13||3||.813||346||191|
|(4) Baltimore Ravens||12||4||.750||333||165|
|(2) Oakland Raiders||12||4||.750||479||299|
|(5) Denver Broncos||11||5||.688||485||369|
|Kansas City Chiefs||7||9||.438||355||354|
|San Diego Chargers||1||15||.063||269||440|
|(1) New York Giants||12||4||.750||328||246|
|(4) Philadelphia Eagles||11||5||.688||351||245|
|(2) Minnesota Vikings||11||5||.688||397||371|
|(5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||6||.625||388||269|
|Green Bay Packers||9||7||.563||353||323|
|(3) New Orleans Saints||10||6||.625||354||305|
|(6) St. Louis Rams||10||6||.625||540||471|
|San Francisco 49ers||6||10||.375||388||422|
- 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).
|December 31 - PSINet Stadium||January 7 - Adelphia Coliseum|
|4||Baltimore||21||January 14 - Network Associates Coliseum|
|December 30 - Pro Player Stadium||4||Baltimore||16|
|January 6 - Network Associates Coliseum|
|3||Miami||23*||January 28 - Raymond James Stadium|
|Wild Card Playoffs|
|December 30 - Louisiana Superdome||A4||Baltimore||34|
|January 6 - Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome|
|6||St. Louis||28||Super Bowl XXXV|
|3||New Orleans||31||January 14 - Giants Stadium|
|December 31 - Veterans Stadium||2||Minnesota||0|
|January 7 - Giants Stadium|
|5||Tampa Bay||3||NFC Championship|
- * Indicates overtime victory
- 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 Bowl XXXV: Baltimore (AFC) 34, N.Y. Giants (NFC) 7 at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, January 28, 2001
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)|
|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)|
|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)|
|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|
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- NFL History 1991–2000 (Last accessed October 17, 2005)
- Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
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