2013 NFL season
|Duration||September 5, 2013 – December 29, 2013|
|Start date||January 4, 2014|
|Super Bowl XLVIII|
|Date||February 2, 2014|
|Site||MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey|
|Date||January 26, 2014|
|Site||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii|
|National Football League seasons
The 2013 NFL season, the 94th regular season of the National Football League, began Thursday, September 5, 2013, with the defending Super Bowl XLVII champions Baltimore Ravens playing in the annual kickoff game. The Ravens were expected to host that game. However, due to a scheduling conflict with Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles, the Ravens opened the season on the road against the Denver Broncos in a rematch of a 2012 Divisional Round playoff game. The season will end with Super Bowl XLVIII, the league's championship game, on Sunday, February 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
- 1 Schedule
- 2 NFL venues
- 3 Media
- 4 Rule changes for 2013
- 5 Standings
- 6 Postseason
- 7 Records and milestones
- 8 Uniforms
- 9 Coaching changes
- 10 Awards
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The 2013 NFL slate features these significant live, gameday telecasts:
- NFL Hall of Fame Game: The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Miami Dolphins 24–20 in the annual preseason kickoff Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on August 4, 2013. The game was televised nationally by NBC.
- NFL Kickoff Game: The 2013 season began on Thursday, September 5, 2013, with the Denver Broncos hosting the Baltimore Ravens in a rematch of a double-overtime playoff game of the previous season. The Broncos avenged their playoff loss by defeating the Ravens 49–27. The game was broadcast on NBC. The Ravens, as reigning Super Bowl champions, would normally have hosted the kickoff game, but a scheduling conflict with their Major League Baseball counterparts, the Baltimore Orioles, forced the Ravens to start the season on the road (the Ravens' and Orioles' respective stadiums — Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium — share the same parking lot). The Ravens instead hosted a Thanksgiving game — see below.
- International Series: Two games were played at Wembley Stadium in London, England in 2013. The Minnesota Vikings hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 29, while the Jacksonville Jaguars (in the first of four consecutive International Series appearances for the team) hosted the San Francisco 49ers on October 27. The Steelers–Vikings game kicked off at 6:00 p.m. BST (1:00 p.m. ET), and aired on CBS, while the 49ers–Jaguars game kicked off at 5:00 p.m. GMT (1:00 p.m. ET due to Britain ending Daylight Saving time one week before the U.S.), and aired on Fox.
- Thanksgiving Day games: These games occurred on Thursday, November 28, 2013. The Detroit Lions hosted the Green Bay Packers at 12:30 p.m. ET on Fox, marking the Packers' 21st Thanksgiving game in Detroit. The Dallas Cowboys hosted the Oakland Raiders at 4:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The 8:30 p.m. NBC game featured the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens hosted the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Bills Toronto Series. On January 9, 2013, the Buffalo Bills and Rogers Communications agreed to a five-year extension of the series, which features the Bills playing one home game each year in Toronto's Rogers Centre. The Bills hosted the Atlanta Falcons on December 1, one week after the 101st Grey Cup ends the 2013 CFL season.
- Playoffs: The last regular season games will be held on Sunday, December 29. The playoffs are then scheduled to start on Saturday, January 4, 2014. Conference championship games will be held on Sunday, January 19; the AFC Championship will be played at 3:00 p.m. ET On CBS, and the NFC Championship will follow at 6:30 p.m. ET On Fox. Super Bowl XLVIII, the league's championship game will occur on February 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and will be televised by Fox with kickoff around 6:30 p.m. ET. This will be the first Super Bowl the NFL has held that will be played outdoors in a cold weather environment.
- Pro Bowl: On March 20, 2013, the NFL announced that the 2014 Pro Bowl, whose future was in jeopardy after the 2013 contest, would indeed take place, again receiving a one-year reprieve. As in previous years, it will be held the week before the Super Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Among the potential changes for the contest include a change to a draft format (similar to the format the NHL All-Star Game adopted in 2011). Note: The 2014 Pro Bowl is expected to air Sunday January 26 on NBC, and will mark the final network television broadcast of the Pro Bowl before ESPN takes over broadcast rights in 2015.
The 2013 regular season schedule was announced on April 18, 2013. The schedule was originally expected to be announced on April 16, 2013, but was postponed due to the aforementioned Baltimore Ravens' scheduling conflict.
The following regular season games were moved either by way of flexible scheduling, severe weather, or for other reasons:
- Week 5: The Chargers–Raiders game was moved from 4:25 p.m. ET to 11:35 p.m. ET. The Raiders' Major League Baseball counterparts, the Oakland Athletics, hosted Game 2 of the 2013 American League Division Series on the previous night (October 5), and officials at O.co Coliseum needed almost 24 hours to convert the stadium from a baseball to a football configuration (O.co Coliseum is currently the last venue to host both an NFL and an MLB team). The later start time also avoided a conflict with NBC's Sunday Night Football, where the 49ers hosted the Texans at Candlestick Park across the San Francisco Bay at 8:40 p.m. ET. Additionally, the Chargers–Raiders game was televised on the NFL Network instead of CBS.
- Week 11: The Chiefs–Broncos game, originally scheduled as CBS' only late 4:05 p.m. ET singleheader game, was flexed into the 8:30 p.m. ET slot on NBC Sunday Night Football. CBS originally selected this matchup as one of their "protected games" from flex-scheduling, but later allowed the league to flex it so it could be seen to a national audience. The original Sunday night contest, the Packers–Giants game, was then moved back to the 4:25 p.m. ET doubleheader time slot on Fox, while the Chargers–Dolphins game was moved from 1:00 p.m. ET to the 4:05 p.m. ET singleheader slot.
- Week 13: The Broncos–Chiefs game was moved back from 1:00 p.m. ET to 4:25 p.m. ET, while the Patriots–Texans game was pulled forward from 4:25 p.m. ET to 1:00 p.m. ET.
- Week 14: The Panthers–Saints game, originally scheduled at 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox, was flexed into the 8:30 p.m. ET time slot on NBC. The original Sunday night contest, the Falcons–Packers game, was then pulled forward to 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox. It was the second time the Packers were stripped of a primetime appearance this season.
- Week 15: The Saints–Rams and Cardinals–Titans games were moved back from 1:00 p.m. ET to 4:25 p.m. ET.
Under the NFL's flexible scheduling rules for the last week of the season, the league is expected to announce no later than December 23 the final kickoff times for the Week 17 games, including which contest is moved to the final Sunday Night slot.
This is the final season in which the San Francisco 49ers play their home games at Candlestick Park, as the team will move into the newly built Levi's Stadium located in Santa Clara, California, in 2014. With the departure of the 49ers, Candlestick Park will be left without any permanent tenants. On February 3, 2013, plans to demolish Candlestick Park were announced and might take place after the final 2013 49ers game.
This is the final season in which the Minnesota Vikings play their home games at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, as the team will move temporarily to TCF Bank Stadium (home of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers) while their new stadium is built at the same site as the Metrodome. The Vikings will play the 2014 and 2015 seasons at TCF Bank Stadium and open their new stadium for the 2016 season.
The Oakland Raiders' lease on O.co Coliseum expires after the 2013 season. The Raiders are the only NFL team that still shares its home stadium with a Major League Baseball team (the Oakland Athletics). The Raiders have been linked to multiple new stadium proposals, including those that involve the franchise returning to the Los Angeles Area.
This is the eighth and final year of the current TV contracts with CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN, before the new nine-year contracts begin in 2014. CBS will continue to carry the AFC package, Fox will continue to carry the NFC package, NBC will continue to carry Sunday Night Football, kickoff game and the prime-time Thanksgiving game and ESPN will continue to air 17 Monday Night games in 16 weeks from September 9 through December 23.
2013 marks the 20th season of Fox televising NFL games.
Rule changes for 2013
The following rule changes were approved at the NFL owners' meeting on March 20, 2013:
- Modifying the "no-challenge" rule adopted in the 2012 season to eliminate the automatic "no-review" penalty when a coach challenges a play that is automatically reviewed by the replay booth (turnovers, scoring plays, and any play inside of the 2:00 warning). Teams will now be charged a time-out when a coach throws a challenge flag on a booth-reviewable play, but the play is still reviewed if the replay booth believes a review is necessary. This change was prompted after last season's Thanksgiving Day game when Detroit Lions' head coach Jim Schwartz threw a challenge flag on a play where Houston Texans' running back Justin Forsett's knee touched the ground, but was able to get up and score a touchdown. The penalty then prevented the play from being reviewed, and Houston went on to win the game in overtime.
- Abolishing the "tuck rule" adopted in the 1999 season. It will now be ruled a fumble when a quarterback loses possession of the ball after a pump fake while bringing the ball back to his body.
- Tight ends and H-backs will now be permitted to wear numbers 40-49.
- "Peel-back" blocks will now result in 15-yard personal foul penalties anywhere on the field. Previously, these type of blocks were permitted within the "tackle box."
- On field goal attempts, long snappers will now be considered defenseless players, the defense can have no more than six players on one side of the ball at the snap (5 yard penalty), and players cannot push teammates into blockers (15 yard penalty).
- Any player at least three yards downfield or outside of the "tackle box" will be penalized 15 yards for leading with the helmet on hits. If both offensive and defensive players lead with helmets, both will be penalized.
New helmet rule for throwback and third jerseys
Upon recommendation by the league's safety committees, the NFL notified teams in August that clubs will no longer be allowed to use alternate-colored helmets for throwback uniforms or third jerseys as they were allowed to do since throwbacks were introduced in 1994. Once players start the season with properly fitted helmets that they are comfortable wearing, the league's Head, Neck, and Spine Committee recommended that players should not switch helmets in mid-season, especially to ones that have not been broken in yet. To comply with these new rules, teams will be allowed to change or remove the decals on their regular helmets for such uniforms.
- Clinched playoff berth.
- Clinched division title.
- Eliminated from postseason contention.
|1||x — Denver Broncos||West||11||2||0||.846||4–0||7–2||515||345||170||W2|
|2||New England Patriots||East||10||3||0||.769||3–1||7–2||349||287||62||W3|
|4||y — Indianapolis Colts||South||8||5||0||.615||4–0||6–3||313||316||-3||L1|
|5||Kansas City Chiefs||West||10||3||0||.769||1–3||6–3||343||224||119||W1|
|In playoff contention|
|8[b]||San Diego Chargers||West||6||7||0||.462||1–2||3–6||316||291||25||W1|
|9||New York Jets||East||6||7||0||.462||2–3||3–7||226||337||-111||W1|
|Eliminated from playoff contention|
|w — Clinched wild card|
|x — Clinched playoff berth|
|y — Clinched division|
|z — Clinched first-round bye|
|* — Clinched home-field advantage|
|After games played on December 8, 2013|
|1||x – Seattle Seahawks||West||11||2||0||.846||3–1||8–1||357||205||152||L1|
|2||New Orleans Saints||South||10||3||0||.769||4–0||8–1||343||243||100||W1|
|6||San Francisco 49ers||West||9||4||0||.692||4–1||6–3||316||214||102||W3|
|In playoff contention|
|10||Green Bay Packers||North||6||6||1||.500||2–2–1||4–5–1||316||326||-10||W1|
|Eliminated from playoff contention|
|11[d]||New York Giants||East||5||8||0||.385||2–3||4–5||251||334||-83||L1|
|12||St. Louis Rams||West||5||8||0||.385||1–3||2–7||289||308||-19||L2|
|13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||South||4||9||0||.308||1–4||2–7||244||291||-47||W1|
|w — Clinched wild card|
|x — Clinched playoff berth|
|y — Clinched division|
|z — Clinched first-round bye|
|* — Clinched home-field advantage|
|After games played on December 8, 2013|
Playoff-clinching scenarios for Week 15
- The Cincinnati Bengals can clinch:
- The Denver Broncos can clinch:
- the AFC West division title with a win and a Kansas City Chiefs' loss;
- a first-round bye with a win and with losses from both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs.
- The Kansas City Chiefs can clinch a playoff berth with a win or a Baltimore loss or a Miami loss.
- The New England Patriots can clinch:
- a playoff berth with a Baltimore Ravens loss;
- the AFC East division title with a win.
- The Carolina Panthers can clinch a playoff berth with a win AND losses by the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, and either the Dallas Cowboys or Philadelphia Eagles.
- The New Orleans Saints can clinch a playoff berth with:
- a win;
- a loss by either the Arizona Cardinals or San Francisco 49ers AND a loss by either the Dallas Cowboys or Philadelphia Eagles.
- The San Francisco 49ers can clinch a playoff berth with a win AND losses by the Arizona Cardinals and either the Dallas Cowboys or Philadelphia Eagles.
- The Seattle Seahawks can clinch:
- the NFC West division title and a first-round bye with a win and a San Francisco 49ers' loss;
- homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win and losses by both the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers.
Source: CBSSports.com (Note: For simplicity, scenarios involving tie results have been omitted.)
Clinched playoff berth
Clinched division title
- Week 14: Indianapolis Colts (AFC South)
Eliminated from playoff contention
- Week 12: Atlanta Falcons
- Week 13: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins
- Week 14: Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, St. Louis Rams
Records and milestones
- Week 1
- On September 5, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos set/tied four NFL passing records against the Baltimore Ravens.
- Week 1 had more TD passes (63) than any week ever in league history. Previous record was 58.
- Week 1 also set a record for most total passing yards in a week in NFL history. The league's quarterbacks combined to throw for 8,143 yards. The record was 7,946 yards set in Week 2 of 2011.
- The Jacksonville Jaguars defeat at the hands of the visiting Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1 marked the first time in NFL history that a final score had a 28–2 result.
- The four safeties occurring in Week 1 set a new NFL record for an opening week of games.
- Week 2
- On September 15, Aaron Rodgers of the Packers, Michael Vick of the Eagles and Philip Rivers of the Chargers threw for 400 yards and no interceptions. This is the first time that three quarterbacks have achieved those marks in the same week. The record for such performances in a season is six, while we've seen five through the first two weeks of 2013.
- On September 15, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos became the third quarterback in NFL history to throw for 60,000 yards in a career.
- According to data released by the NFL, there have been 16,355 net passing yards this season through week 2. That's the most through the first two weeks of an NFL season also the most for any two–week span in a single season in league history.
- In the first two weeks, there were 23 separate 300–yard passing performances, which tied an NFL record, and 111 touchdown passes broke the previous record of 108 in 2011.
- Week 3
- LeSean McCoy ran for a 41–yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' September 19 game. He became the first player in league history to record five fourth quarter touchdown runs of forty or more yards.
- Peyton Manning broke the record for most touchdown passes through the first three weeks of a season with 12.
- After three weeks, the average passing yardage per game is 263.4, good for an NFL record after the first three weeks but down from week two's average passing yardage of 271.9.
- The Redskins' defense has allowed 1,464 yards through its first three games, the most in NFL history, according to Elias Sports.
- The Jets defeated the Bills, 27–20, despite being penalized 20 times for 168 yards. It marked the first time since the 1951 Browns that an NFL team won a game despite having 20 or more penalties.
- Week 4
- Placekicker Blair Walsh of the Minnesota Vikings set an NFL record by making 12 straight 50+ yard field goals.
- On September 29, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos became the second quarterback in history to throw for 450 touchdown passes in a career. He also had his 24th game with 4 touchdown passes surpassing the record of 23 he shared with Brett Favre.
- Matthew Stafford, Detroit quarterback, set two NFL records in the first half vs. Chicago. Stafford became the first quarterback in league history to complete more than 1,200 passes in his first 50 games. He also broke Kurt Warner’s NFL record for most yards thrown in his first 50 games with a total of 13,976 yards.
- Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 413 yards, tying his own league record with nine straight games with 300 or more passing yards. Brees has twice achieved the feat while no other player has recorded a streak longer than six such games.
- Vikings running back Adrian Peterson added to his league record of most career touchdown runs of 60 or more yards. Peterson has tallied twelve such runs, while Jim Brown is second with nine.
- A total of 101 quarterback sacks were recorded in week four, which is the second highest total in a single week (102 in week 11 of 1986).
- Week 5
- Peyton Manning of the Broncos threw 20 touchdown passes before he threw his first interception of the season to set an NFL record for the longest such streak at the start of a season. The previous record of 16 was set by Milt Plum of the Cleveland Browns in 1960. Manning's 20 touchdown passes through five games are also a league record. In addition, with 414 yards passing Manning eclipsed Dan Marino for second place on the career passing yardage list.
- Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo became the fifteenth player in league history to pass for 500 yards in a game. Romo is just the fifth to accomplish that feat while also throwing five or more touchdowns, joining Y. A. Tittle, Norm Van Brocklin, Matthew Stafford and Matt Schaub.
- Drew Brees of the Saints completed 29 of 35 passes extending to eleven his league record streak of games with 25 or more pass completions.
- Jimmy Graham of the Saints tied an NFL record for tight ends with his 4th consecutive 100 plus yard receiving game. Graham is only the second player (with Tony Gonzalez) to have achieved the feat and the first player to have two such streaks.
- Houston's Matt Schaub broke the record of 3 consecutive games (held by John Elway and Peyton Manning) by throwing an interception and having it returned for a touchdown (pick–six) for the fourth game in a row.
- Oakland's Charles Woodson scored the 13th defensive touchdown of his career, which ties an NFL record reached by Darren Sharper and Rod Woodson.
- Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford set a league record for the most passing yards through a player's first 50 games. Stafford has thrown for 14,331 yards, which eclipses Kurt Warner's mark of 13,864 yards through 50 games.
- Week 6
- The Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs each won to become the last two remaining undefeated teams at 6–0, making this just the second time since the introduction of the division format in 1933 that two teams from the same division have maintained perfect records through six games. Both the Broncos and Chiefs play in the AFC West. The only other pair of teams to have achieved this feat are the 1934 Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions which each made it to 10–0.
- St. Louis Rams rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree returned a T. J. Yates interception 98 yards for a touchdown. This tied the regular season record for the longest interception return touchdown by a linebacker, and set the record for a rookie — Shelton Quarles accomplished the same feat in 2001.
- Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne caught five passes to become just the ninth player in league history with 1,000 receptions. With 1,001 career receptions Wayne is currently in eighth place on the all–time list for receptions. The Colts became the first franchise to have two players reach the milestone of 1,000 receptions: Wayne and Marvin Harrison. Wayne was the third fastest player to reach the mark, doing so in his 195th game. Only Harrison and Jerry Rice caught 1,000 passes in fewer games.
- Week 7
- New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith led an overtime drive resulting in a game–winning field goal over the Patriots to become the first QB since the merger in 1970 with four game–winning fourth–quarter or overtime drives in his first seven games.
- Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo made his 100th career start. The 27,485 passing yards he has compiled are the most by a player through 100 starts in league history.
- Kick returner Devin Hester of the Bears returned a punt for a touchdown. This score extended his NFL records in regular season punt return TDs (13) and combined punt or kick return TDs (19) while also moving him past Deion Sanders for the record of most career return TDs of any type, including playoff games (20).
- Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles in helping the team remain the last unbeaten team of the season became just the second player in league history (with O. J. Simpson in 1975) to compile over 100 yards from scrimmage while also scoring a touchdown in each of his team's first seven games.
- Week 8
- Vikings kick returner Cordarelle Patterson set a league record for the longest kickoff return at 109 yards. This return also ties the record for longest play of any type.
- The Chiefs ran their record to 8–0, becoming the first team ever to start the season 8–0 after finishing the previous season with the league's worst record. They also became the first team in NFL history to go 8–0 during their first year with a new head coach and quarterback.
- Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor set an NFL record for the longest run by a quarterback by running 93 yards for a touchdown in a win over the Steelers.
- Quarterback Drew Brees of the Saints threw for 332 yards and five scores in a 35–17 win over the Bills. Brees' eighth career game with at least five TD passes set an NFL record.
- In Denver, Peyton Manning threw for 354 yards and four TDs as the Broncos defeated the Washington Redskins 45–21. With 2,919 passing yards, Manning has the most through eight games in league history. He’s also led Denver to 343 points, the most by any team through eight games.
- Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals caught four passes for 48 yards and a TD, as the Cardinals beat the Falcons. He reached the 800–reception level in the win becoming the youngest player in the history of the league to catch 800 passes. Fitzgerald was 30 years and 57 days old on Sunday.
- Wide receiver Calvin Johnson of the Lions tied an NFL record with his fifth 200 yard receiving game. His 14 receptions for 329 yards was the 2nd highest yardage total ever, just 8 yards shy of the record.
- Week 9
- The Miami Dolphins, 22–20, overtime home win over the Cincinnati Bengals marked just the third time in league history a game ended in a safety.
- Alex Smith of the Chiefs became the first quarterback to win his first nine games with a new team, breaking the record by two games held since 1985 by Dieter Brock
- Quarterback Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles tied the NFL record for the most touchdown passes in a game with seven against the Oakland Raiders. He is the first player to accomplish this and have a perfect passer rating for the game of 158.3.
- Week 10
- Peyton Manning, with his win over San Diego, now holds the record for most career road wins, (74), by a quarterback. He broke the record that was held by Brett Favre. Favre's record in road games is 73–76, while Manning's record at this point in time is 74–42.
- The New Orleans Saints set an NFL record for most first downs in a game by achieving 40 first downs against the Dallas Cowboys in their 49–17 victory.
- Rams wide receiver/ kick returner Tavon Austin had a 98-yard punt return touchdown and receiving touchdowns of 57 and 81 yards. In doing so, he became the first player to have a 95+ yard punt return and a 55+ yard receiving touchdown in a single game. He also joined just Gale Sayers and Randy Moss as the only players to have a three touchdowns in excess of 50 yards at age 22 or younger, and joined Steve Smith as the only players to compile both 140+ receiving yards and 140+ punt return yards in a single game.
- Week 11
- Peyton Manning's first-quarter touchdown pass to Julius Thomas set a single-season NFL record for TD passes at age 37 or older (34) breaking the record that was set in 1995 by Warren Moon of the Minnesota Vikings and tied by Brett Favre in 2009, also of the Vikings.
- Mike Glennon, of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers completed 20 of 23 passes in the Bucs' 41–28 win over the Falcons (87%). That was the highest completion percentage ever recorded by an NFL rookie in a game with 15 or more completions. The previous mark was 84 percent by Charlie Batch of the Detroit Lions against the Green Bay Packers in 1998 (16–for–19).
- The New York Jets have set an NFL record by alternating wins and losses through their first ten games.
- Washington linebacker London Fletcher played in his 250th consecutive game in the Redskins' 24-16 loss at Philadelphia, becoming just the fourth player in NFL history to accomplish this. It was also his 209th consecutive start, breaking Tampa Bay's Derrick Brooks' record for the longest streak by a linebacker in NFL history.
- Scoring highs: NFL teams have combined for 7,581 points in 2013, the most points through 11 weeks in NFL history. The previous high was 7,368 points last season.
- Tom Brady (4,021) became the sixth player in NFL history to reach 4,000 career completions.
- Week 12
- Calvin Johnson caught seven passes for 115 yards in the Lions' loss. Johnson's total of 861 receiving yards over his last five games is not only an NFL record for a five-game span, it shattered the previous mark: 822 yards by Charlie Hennigan, which had stood for 52 years.
- With the Bears trailing from his first touch of the ball until the final whistle, Josh McCown set a team record with 36 completions against the Rams. Jim Miller held the previous mark (34) since 1999; it was tied by Brian Griese in 2007.
- Josh Gordon, of the Cleveland Browns set a franchise record with 237 yards (on 14 catches and a touchdown) in the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Larry Fitzgerald, of the Arizona Cardinals, became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 11,000 yards receiving. Fitzgerald is 30 years, 85 days. Randy Moss had been the youngest to reach 11,000 at 30 years, 222 days.
- With Tavon Austin's 65-yard TD run against the Chicago Bears, this, combined with his week 10 performance, made Austin the first player in NFL history to record a 95+ yard punt-return touchdown, an 80+ yard receiving touchdown and a 65+ yard rushing touchdown in a single season.
- Linebacker Robert Mathis of the Colts recorded his 40th strip/sack against the Cardinals. This set a new record, passing Jason Taylor for most strip/sacks in NFL history.
- Nick Foles had a 152.8 passer rating in November, the highest in any calendar month in NFL history (min 50 attempts), according to Randall Liu, NFL's Director of NFC Football Communications.
- Week 13
- The Detroit Lions won on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2003, almost ten years to the date (11/27 in 2003, 11/28 in 2013). Their defeat of the Packers is coincidentally the very team they had defeated in 2003.
- The Carolina Panthers won their eighth consecutive game, breaking their previous franchise record of seven consecutive victories.
- Josh Gordon set a franchise record with 261 yards (on ten catches and two touchdowns) in the loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Gordon becomes the first player in NFL history to gain 200 receiving yards in each of two consecutive games.
- Alshon Jeffery, of the Chicago Bears, recorded 12 catches for 249 yards and two touchdowns. This, along with Josh Gordon's game, marked the first time in NFL history two players had at least ten catches for 200 yards and two touchdowns on the same day.
- With his 211–yard effort against the Chicago Bears, Vikings Adrian Peterson breached the 10,000–yard mark. He became the third fastest NFL player to reach 10,000 yards. Peterson accomplished this feat in his 101st career game. Eric Dickerson (91 games) and Jim Brown (98 games) reached this mark faster.
- Jamaal Charles, of the Kansas City Chiefs, made the 1000th carry of his NFL career in Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos, and his total of 5,523 yards is the highest by any player in his first 1000 carries in NFL history. Charles broke a record that had been held by Jim Brown since 1961.
- Stephen Gostkowski, of the New England Patriots, kicked a pair of 53–yard field goals in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner, in the Patriots' victory against the Houston Texans. Gostkowski became the first player in NFL history to kick game-tying and game-winning fourth-quarter field goals of 50 yards or more in the same contest.
- Tom Brady's second touchdown pass on Sunday was the 353rd of his pro career, all for the Patriots under Bill Belichick. That broke the NFL record for career TD passes under a particular head coach; Dan Marino threw 352 TD passes under Don Shula.
- Peyton Manning broke the Denver Broncos' franchise record for TD passes in a season by throwing five against the Kansas City Chiefs. His 41 TD passes broke his record of 37 that he set last season. Also, with his five TD passes, Manning passed Brett Favre for the most TD passes in the month of December with his 117th TD pass. Favre had the record with 116.
- Adam Vinatieri, of the Indianapolis Colts, kicked five field goals (47, 48, 45, 37, 49) against the Tennessee Titans. With this, Vinatieri accomplished the following: (1) Joined Morten Andersen as the only players in NFL history to score at least 800 points for two teams. (2) Tied Jason Elam’s league record with a 16th season with at least 100 points. (3) Tied an NFL record shared by nine players with four field goals from 40–49 yards.
- Andre Johnson, of the Houston Texans, recorded his 900th career catch in his 150th game. Johnson reached this milestone in the second-fewest games in NFL history. Marvin Harrison reached this feat in 149 games.
- NFL teams have combined for 8,929 points so far, the most points through 13 weeks in NFL history. The previous high was 8,776 points last season.
- Week 14
- On this Sunday 90 touchdowns were scored in 14 games, setting a new NFL record. The previous mark was 87, set in week 17 of the 2012 season. 
- With his 13–catch, 154–yard performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Andre Johnson recorded his 10th career game with at least ten catches and 150 or more receiving yards. This tied him with Jerry Rice for the most such games by any player in NFL history.
- With their loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night, the Houston Texans set an NFL record with their seventh consecutive loss by seven or fewer points. They broke the mark held by the 1993 Patriots, who were defeated by seven or fewer points in six straight games.
- Matt Prater, of the Denver Broncos, kicked a 64–yard field goal to set an NFL record for the longest field goal in history. He broke the record of 63 yards that was held by Tom Dempsey, Jason Elam, Sebastian Janikowski and David Akers.
- The Denver Broncos became the first team in NFL history to have four players score at least ten touchdowns in the same season. Knowshon Moreno, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker are the four players.
- Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy broke the franchise record for most rushing yards in a game with his 217–yard performance against the Detroit Lions. He broke the record held of 205 yards set by Steve Van Buren in 1949.
- Josh Gordon set an NFL record for most receiving yards in any four-game span in a single season with 774 yards in his last four games. He broke the record of 746 yards set earlier this season by Calvin Johnson. He also broke the Browns' franchise record for receiving yards in a season with 1,400 yards breaking the record of 1,289 yards set by Braylon Edwards.
- Drew Brees passed for 313 yards in the victory against the Carolina Panthers, boosting his total to over 50,000 yards. Of the five players to reach the 50,000–yard mark, Brees did so in the fewest games (183). The other players to achieve that level were Peyton Manning (191 games), Dan Marino (193), Brett Favre (211), and John Elway (229).
- With his four touchdown passes, Peyton Manning set an NFL record for most games in a season with four or more TD passes in a game with seven. He broke the record set in 1984 by Dan Marino and equaled in 2004 by Manning.
- The Philadelphia Eagles became the first team in NFL history to have three touchdown runs of 30 or more yards in one quarter of a game in the regular season or postseason. LeSean McCoy had touchdown runs of 57 and 40 yards and Chris Polk chipped in a touchdown run of 38 yards.
- The Jacksonville Jaguars updated their logo on February 5 and unveiled their new uniforms on April 23.
- The Minnesota Vikings tweaked their "Norseman" team logo on February 14 and unveiled their new uniforms on April 25.
- The New York Giants introduced a new alternate uniform to be worn for select home games, featuring blue jerseys paired with white pants. The Giants will wear the white pants on November 10 against the Oakland Raiders and November 24 against the Dallas Cowboys.
- The Tennessee Titans wore their alternate navy blue jerseys twice — on October 20 vs. the San Francisco 49ers, and on November 10 vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars — in honor of their 15th anniversary season as the "Titans." This marked the first time since 2008 that the Titans wore their navy blue jerseys.
- In response to the new helmet rules for alternate and throwback jerseys, several teams were forced to make adjustments, including the following:
- The Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins, and others began wearing their normal helmets with their throwback uniforms, but with the logos and/or stripes removed.
- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers shelved their throwback uniforms completely.
- The Dallas Cowboys decided instead to wear their normal blue jerseys at their Thanksgiving game, something they have not done at home since the 1960s.
By 1:30 p.m. ET on December 31, 2012 (the day after the conclusion of the 2012 regular season), seven head coaches and five general managers were fired, setting an NFL record for the most firings in one day. No coaches were fired during the previous season, but Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney was dismissed in October 2012. In contrast to the previous off-season when all of the fired head coaches found work elsewhere in the league, either as head coaches or assistants, four of the seven head coaches who were fired remain unemployed for the 2013 season.
|Team||2012 coach||2013 coach||Reason for leaving||Story/Accomplishments|
|Arizona Cardinals||Ken Whisenhunt||Bruce Arians||Fired||Whisenhunt compiled a 49–53 record (including postseason games) in six seasons as head coach; the team has not made the playoffs since 2009. The Cardinals started 4–0 in 2012, but lost 11 of their final 12 games, including a franchise-worst 58–0 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 14. Whisenhunt joined the staff of the San Diego Chargers as offensive coordinator. Longtime General manager Rod Graves was also dismissed and replaced by Steve Keim.|
|Buffalo Bills||Chan Gailey||Doug Marrone||Gailey compiled a record of 16–32 (.333) in three seasons as coach of the Bills. Team owner Ralph Wilson also relinquished control of the team's operations as president giving the title to team CEO Russ Brandon, and general manager Buddy Nix resigned after the 2013 NFL Draft.|
|Chicago Bears||Lovie Smith||Marc Trestman||Smith compiled a record of 84–66 (including postseason games) in nine seasons as coach of the Bears. In the 2012 season, the Bears became the second team in NFL history to miss the playoffs after a 7–1 start (following the 1996 Washington Redskins).|
|Cleveland Browns||Pat Shurmur||Rob Chudzinski||Shurmur compiled a record of 9–23 (.281) in two seasons as coach of the Browns. Shurmur joined the staff of the Philadelphia Eagles as offensive coordinator. General manager Tom Heckert was also fired.|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Mike Mularkey||Gus Bradley||Mularkey compiled a record of 2–14 (.125) in one season as coach of the Jaguars. General manager Gene Smith was fired on December 31, 2012 and replaced by David Caldwell.|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Romeo Crennel||Andy Reid||Crennel compiled a record of 4–15 (.211) in 1¼ seasons as coach of the Chiefs. General manager Scott Pioli was later fired shortly after Reid's arrival.|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Andy Reid||Chip Kelly||Reid compiled a record of 140–101–1 (.581) in 14 seasons as coach of the Eagles, which saw the team earn nine playoff berths, five NFC Championship appearances, and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX.
Kelly had spent the previous four seasons as head coach of the Oregon Ducks football team. He had previously been reported to be signing with the Browns before backing out and, after several days, signing with Philadelphia.
|San Diego Chargers||Norv Turner||Mike McCoy||Turner compiled a record of 59–43 (including postseason games) in six seasons as coach of the Chargers. After making the playoffs in Turner's first three seasons (2007–2009), the team has missed the playoffs in each of the past three seasons. General manager A. J. Smith was also fired.
This is McCoy's first ever head coaching position. He had spent the past four years as offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.
|New Orleans Saints||Joe Vitt, Aaron Kromer||Sean Payton||Reinstated||Payton had been suspended for the 2012 season due to his role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal; he was reinstated on January 22, shortly before New Orleans would host Super Bowl XLVII.
In the six games (seven weeks) that Kromer served as interim head coach, the Saints compiled a record of 2–4 (.333); in the ten games under Vitt, the team went 5–5 (.500).
The following head coaches were replaced in-season:
|Team:||2013 head coach:||Interim head coach:||Reason for leaving:||Story/Accomplishments:|
|Denver Broncos||John Fox||Jack Del Rio||Medical leave/Currently back with the team||Fox went on medical leave to undergo an aortic valve replacement after becoming light headed on November 2. He had been told earlier about his heart condition, but hoped to delay surgery until after the season. However, during Denver's bye in Week 9, he was taken to a hospital and told by doctors that the operation was needed as soon as possible. Del Rio, the Broncos' defensive coordinator, and who previously served as the Jacksonville Jaguars' head coach from 2003–2011, was named interim head coach. Fox returned to work with the Broncos on December 3.|
|Houston Texans||Gary Kubiak||Wade Phillips||Medical leave, then fired||Kubiak went on medical leave to recover from a mini-stroke, after he collapsed at halftime during the Texans' Week 9 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Kubiak returned for Week 11 but was fired permanently after week 13. Kubiak leaves Houston with a record of 63–66 (.488), including both of the Texans' only playoff appearances; at the time of his firing, the Texans had lost 11 consecutive games. Phillips, the Texans' defensive coordinator, has previous head coaching experience with the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys, and has previously served as an interim head coach with the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.|
Players of the Week/Month
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