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 changes [ edit ]
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.
Bert Emanuel" rule was implemented, stating that 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 ]
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.
Kansas City Chiefs – Red pants on road uniforms for first time since 1988.
New Orleans Saints – Updated logo and introduced alternative old gold logo. Returned to gold pants for road uniforms.
New York Giants – Re-adopted their 1960s logo. New uniforms; home uniforms feature blue jerseys with white block numbers while road jerseys feature red numbers with blue outlines (reversing previous design). Pants color changes to gray.
New York Jets & New York Giants – New grass field in Giants Stadium.
St. Louis Rams – New logo and new uniforms. Shades of blue and gold darkened to "New Century Blue" and "Millennium Gold."
Coaching changes [ edit ]
Final regular season standings [ edit ]
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.
Tiebreakers [ edit ]
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 ]
* 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 [ edit ]
Milestones [ edit ]
The following teams and players set all-time NFL records during the season:
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 ]
St. Louis Rams (540)
Total yards gained St. Louis Rams (7,075)
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 ]
Marshall Faulk, St. Louis (160 points)
Touchdowns Marshall Faulk, St. Louis (26 TDs)
Most field goals made
Matt Stover, Baltimore (35 FGs)
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis (1,709 yards)
Brian Griese, Denver (102.9 rating)
Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota and Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (33 TDs)
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis and Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina (102 catches)
Pass receiving yards
Torry Holt, St. Louis (1,635)
Jermaine Lewis, Baltimore (16.1 average yards)
Kickoff returns Darrick Vaughn,
Atlanta (27.7 average yards)
Darren Sharper, Green Bay (9)
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
External links [ edit ]
References [ edit ]