2013 NFL season
|Duration||September 5 – December 29, 2013|
|Start date||January 4, 2014|
|AFC Champions||Denver Broncos|
|NFC Champions||Seattle Seahawks|
|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, which the Ravens were expected to host. 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 ended with Super Bowl XLVIII, the league's championship game, on Sunday, February 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, during which the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks defeated the AFC champion Denver Broncos. This was the ninth consecutive year the NFL has crowned a new league Champion in consecutive years as the Ravens were eliminated in the final week of the regular season.
- 1 Schedule
- 2 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 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 2013 NFL slate featured 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 regular 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 the reigning Super Bowl champions, would have hosted the kickoff game, however, 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 — M&T Bank Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards — 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 ended the 2013 CFL season.
- Playoffs: The last regular season games were held on Sunday, December 29, 2013. The playoffs started on Saturday, January 4, 2014. Conference championship games were held on Sunday, January 19; the AFC Championship Game was played at 3:00 p.m. ET on CBS, and the NFC Championship Game followed at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fox. Super Bowl XLVIII, the league's championship game, will occur on February 2 at 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 was held the week before the Super Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was aired Sunday January 26 on NBC, and marked the final network television broadcast of the Pro Bowl before ESPN takes over broadcast rights in 2015. The biggest changes for the contest included a draft format (similar to the format the NHL All-Star Game adopted in 2011). Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice served as the team's non-playing captains for the game.
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's 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 by 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 from 1:00 p.m. ET to 4:25 p.m. ET, while the Patriots–Texans game was switched 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 changed to 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox. It was the second time the Packers were stripped of a prime-time appearance this season.
- Week 15: The Saints–Rams and Cardinals–Titans games were moved from 1:00 p.m. ET to 4:25 p.m. ET.
- Week 16: The Bears–Eagles game, originally scheduled at 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox, was flexed into the 8:30 p.m. ET time slot on NBC. Although the original Sunday night contest, the Patriots–Ravens game, featured two playoff contending teams, it was moved to 4:25 p.m. ET to allow CBS to also air a more competitive game.
- Week 17: The Eagles–Cowboys game, originally scheduled at 1:00 p.m. ET, was selected as the final NBC Sunday Night Football game. The Bills–Patriots game was moved to the 4:25 p.m. ET time slot on CBS while the Packers–Bears and Buccaneers–Saints games were moved to 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX.
This was the final season in which the Minnesota Vikings played 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.
This was the final season in which the San Francisco 49ers played 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 was 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, the 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 (or an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty if the team is out of time-outs) 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
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.
Playoff seeds are marked in parentheses and shaded in green
|(2) New England Patriots||12||4||0||.750||444||338||Details|
|New York Jets[a]||8||8||0||.500||290||387||Details|
|(3) Cincinnati Bengals[b]||11||5||0||.688||430||305||Details|
|(4) Indianapolis Colts||11||5||0||.688||391||336||Details|
|(1) Denver Broncos||13||3||0||.813||606||399||Details|
|(5) Kansas City Chiefs||11||5||0||.688||430||305||Details|
|(6) San Diego Chargers||9||7||0||.563||396||348||Details|
|(3) Philadelphia Eagles||10||6||0||.625||442||382||Details|
|New York Giants||7||9||0||.438||294||383||Details|
|(4) Green Bay Packers||8||7||1||.531||417||428||Details|
|(2) Carolina Panthers||12||4||0||.750||366||241||Details|
|(6) New Orleans Saints||11||5||0||.688||414||304||Details|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||12||0||.250||288||389||Details|
|(1) Seattle Seahawks||13||3||0||.813||417||231||Details|
|(5) San Francisco 49ers||12||4||0||.750||406||272||Details|
|St. Louis Rams||7||9||0||.438||348||364||Details|
- a New York Jets finished ahead of Miami in the AFC East based on a better divisional record (3–3 to 2–4).
- b Cincinnati clinched the AFC's No. 3 seed over Indianapolis based on a head-to-head victory (Week 14, 42–28).
- c Pittsburgh finished ahead of Baltimore in the AFC North based on a better divisional record (4–2 to 3–3).
- d Atlanta finished ahead of Tampa Bay in the NFC South based on a better conference record (3–9 to 2–10).
|1||Denver Broncos (West winner)||Seattle Seahawks (West winner)|
|2||New England Patriots (East winner)||Carolina Panthers (South winner)|
|3||Cincinnati Bengals (North winner)||Philadelphia Eagles (East winner)|
|4||Indianapolis Colts (South winner)||Green Bay Packers (North winner)|
|5||Kansas City Chiefs (wild card)||San Francisco 49ers (wild card)|
|6||San Diego Chargers (wild card)||New Orleans Saints (wild card)|
|Jan. 5 – Lambeau Field||Jan. 12 – Bank of America Stadium|
|4||Green Bay||20||Jan. 19 – CenturyLink Field|
|Jan. 4 – Lincoln Financial Field||5||San Francisco||17|
|Jan. 11 – CenturyLink Field|
|6||New Orleans||26||NFC Championship|
|3||Philadelphia||24||Feb. 2 – MetLife Stadium|
|Wild Card Playoffs|
|Jan. 4 – Lucas Oil Stadium||N1||Seattle||43|
|Jan. 11 – Gillette Stadium|
|5||Kansas City||44||Super Bowl XLVIII|
|4||Indianapolis||45||Jan. 19 – Sports Authority Field|
|Jan. 5 – Paul Brown Stadium||2||New England||16|
|Jan. 12 – Sports Authority Field|
|6||San Diego||27||AFC Championship|
Records and milestones
- Week 1
- On September 5, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos set/tied four NFL passing records against the Baltimore Ravens.
- The four safeties occurring in Week 1 set a new NFL record for an opening week of games.
- Week 2
- Peyton Manning became the third quarterback in NFL history to throw for 60,000 yards in a career.
- Week 4
- Placekicker Blair Walsh of the Minnesota Vikings set an NFL record by making 12 straight 50+ yard field goals.
- 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.
- 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.
- Oakland's Charles Woodson scored the 13th defensive touchdown of his career, which ties an NFL record reached by Darren Sharper and Rod Woodson.
- 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.
- 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
- 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).
- Week 8
- Vikings kick returner Cordarrelle 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Week 11
- 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.
- Tom Brady (4,021) became the sixth player in NFL history to reach 4,000 career completions.
- Week 12
- 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.
- 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.
- The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings play to a 26–26 tie after overtime at Lambeau Field. This was the first overtime game to end with no winner in which the overtime period was not scoreless (the regulation score was 23–23). This was also the first time since the advent of regular season overtime that a second tie between the same teams in the same stadium had occurred, as well as a second tie between the same teams anywhere (the Packers and Vikings tied 10–10 in 1978 at Lambeau).
- Week 13
- Josh Gordon became 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Week 14
- 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.
- 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.
- Week 15
- Jamaal Charles, of the Kansas City Chiefs, became the first running back in NFL history with four touchdown catches in one game. No other player, regardless of position, had four touchdown catches and a touchdown run in one game.
- Tony Gonzalez became the first tight end in NFL history to reach 15,000 receiving yards with his 62 yards against the Washington Redskins. He became the fifth player in history to reach this mark. He currently has 1,313 catches, 15,008 yards and 110 touchdowns with makes him the second player in NFL history to reach these marks. The other is Jerry Rice.
- Calvin Johnson had 98 yards receiving during the week which gave him 5,094 yards since the beginning of the 2011 season. He became the first player in NFL history to record 5,000 yards in any three-year span.
- Justin Tucker tied an NFL record for longest field goal in a dome with his game-winning 61 yard field goal to defeat the Detroit Lions 18-16. Tucker also became the first placekicker to make field goals from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s in the same game.
- Week 16
- Peyton Manning surpassed Tom Brady's record for the most touchdown passes in a season with 51. With his 5,211 passing yards, Manning also became the first player in NFL history to pass for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in the same season.
- Andre Johnson, of the Houston Texans, reached 100 catches for his fifth season which ties him for the NFL record with Wes Welker for the most seasons with at least that many catches.
- Week 17
- Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts surpassed Cam Newton for most passing yards through two seasons in an NFL career. He finished with 8,196 yards in his first two seasons.
- In their game against the Raiders, the Denver Broncos surpassed the NFL record for most points in the regular season, previously held by the 2007 Patriots, becoming the first NFL team to score 600 points in the regular season. They finished the season with 606 points.
- Peyton Manning broke Drew Brees 2011 record for passing yards in a season. Manning finished with 5,477 yards breaking the record by one yard. He also finished with a NFL record 55 touchdown passes.
- The defending World Champions Baltimore Ravens are eliminated from post-season contention, tying a record for the longest drought without a repeat Super Bowl champion (at nine years).
- A record 11,985 points were scored during the season, with games averaging 46.8 points, the highest average in NFL history (46.5 in 1948). A total of 1,338 total touchdowns were scored, surpassing the league-wide record of 1,297, which occurred last season.
- A total of eleven teams scored at least 400 points this season, breaking the record of nine teams in 2008 and 2012.
- The Denver Broncos became the first team in NFL history to have five players score at least ten touchdowns in the same season: Demaryius Thomas (14), Knowshon Moreno (13), Julius Thomas (12), Eric Decker (11) and Wes Welker (10).
- A record 863 field goals were made this year, surpassing the record set last year with 852. Also, kickers converted a record 86.5% of their field goal attempts breaking the record of 84.5% set during the 2008 season.
- Johnny Hekker of the St. Louis Rams set a single season record of an average of 44.2 net yards per punt.
- Wildcard weekend
- The Indianapolis Colts' defeat of the Kansas City Chiefs marked the first time in NFL history that a final score had a 45–44 result.  The teams also combined for 1,049 yards which established a NFL postseason record for most combined yards in a game. It broke the record of 1,038 that was set by the Buffalo Bills–Miami Dolphins first-round game on December 30, 1995, and a New Orleans Saints–Detroit Lions first-round matchup on January 7, 2012.
- The Kansas City Chiefs broke the NFL record they shared with the Lions, for most consecutive playoff games lost with 8.
- Division weekend
- Tom Brady set an NFL record for quarterbacks with his 25th start in a postseason game, eclipsing Brett Favre's total of 24.
- San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh became the first coach in NFL history to take his team to the AFC/NFC Championship game in each of his first three seasons.
- LeGarrette Blount became the first player in NFL history to rush for at least 125 yards and four touchdowns in a postseason game.
- Championship weekend
- With the Denver Broncos 26–16 victory over the New England Patriots, Denver's head coach John Fox became the sixth coach NFL history to lead two different franchises to the Super Bowl. He also lead the Carolina Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII.
- Super Bowl weekend
- The Seattle Seahawks' defeat of the Denver Broncos marked the first time in NFL history that a final score had a 43–8 result.
- The Denver Broncos broke the Super Bowl record for most losses with five.
- Peyton Manning joined Craig Morton and Kurt Warner with a Super Bowl loss as a starting QB for two different teams.
- John Fox joined Don Shula, Dan Reeves and Mike Holmgren with a Super Bowl loss as a head coach with two different teams.
- Demaryius Thomas broke the Super Bowl record for most receptions in one game with 13.
- 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 San Diego Chargers tweaked their uniforms on June 24, making the border to the names on the back of the jerseys yellow.
- 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.
|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||Mutual decision||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. Gailey announced his retirement from coaching during the 2013 season.|
|Chicago Bears||Lovie Smith||Marc Trestman||Fired||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). Smith would spend the 2013 season unemployed before joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2014 season.|
|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. Mularkey spent the 2013 season unemployed before joining the Tennessee Titans' staff as tight ends coach in 2014.|
|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. He spent the 2013 season unemployed before joining the Houston Texans staff as defensive coordinator in 2014.|
|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. Turner joined the staff of the Cleveland Browns as offensive coordinator.
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). Kromer became offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears in 2013; Vitt remains with the Saints.
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 transient ischemic attack, 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
The following were named the top performers during the 2013 season:
|AP Offensive Player of the Year||Peyton Manning||Quarterback||Denver Broncos|
|AP Defensive Player of the Year||Luke Kuechly||Linebacker||Carolina Panthers|
|AP Coach of the Year||Ron Rivera||Head coach||Carolina Panthers|
|AP Offensive Rookie of the Year||Eddie Lacy||Running back||Green Bay Packers|
|AP Defensive Rookie of the Year||Sheldon Richardson||Defensive end||New York Jets|
|AP Comeback Player of the Year||Philip Rivers||Quarterback||San Diego Chargers|
|AP Most Valuable Player||Peyton Manning||Quarterback||Denver Broncos|
|Pepsi Rookie of the Year||Keenan Allen||Wide receiver||San Diego Chargers|
|Super Bowl Most Valuable Player||Malcolm Smith||Linebacker||Seattle Seahawks|
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|National Football League (2014)|
|Buffalo Bills||Baltimore Ravens||Houston Texans||Denver Broncos|
|Miami Dolphins||Cincinnati Bengals||Indianapolis Colts||Kansas City Chiefs|
|New England Patriots||Cleveland Browns||Jacksonville Jaguars||Oakland Raiders|
|New York Jets||Pittsburgh Steelers||Tennessee Titans||San Diego Chargers|
|Dallas Cowboys||Chicago Bears||Atlanta Falcons||Arizona Cardinals|
|New York Giants||Detroit Lions||Carolina Panthers||St. Louis Rams|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Green Bay Packers||New Orleans Saints||San Francisco 49ers|
|Washington Redskins||Minnesota Vikings||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Seattle Seahawks|
|Seasons (by team) · Regular season · Playoffs · AFC Championship · NFC Championship · Super Bowl (champions · quarterbacks) · Pro Bowl
League Championship History: AFL Championship (1960–1969) · NFL Championship (1920–1969) · One-game playoff · Playoff Bowl
|Owners · Officials · Properties · Stadiums (chronology) · Timeline · Defunct franchises · Records (individual, team, quarterback win–loss, Super Bowl) · All-Pro · Hall of Fame · Lore · Nicknames · AFL · Merger · History in Los Angeles, Toronto (Bills Series) · International Series · TV · Radio · Management Council · NFLPA · Player conduct (suspended players) · Draft · Training camp · Preseason (Hall of Fame Game, American Bowl) · Kickoff · Monday Night Football · Playoff streaks · Playoff droughts · Rivalries · NFL on Thanksgiving Day · Christmas games · NFL Charities · Tied games · Cancelled games · Lockouts · Controversies · Cheerleading|