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, is tentatively set to begin 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 the Baltimore Orioles, whose stadium (Oriole Park at Camden Yards) shares parking with the Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens will be forced to open 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.
Under the NFL's scheduling formula, the intraconference and interconference matchups will be:
Highlights of the 2013 schedule include the following contests:
- NFL Hall of Fame Game: The Dallas Cowboys will face the Miami Dolphins in the annual preseason kickoff Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on August 4, 2013. The game will be televised nationally by NBC.
- NFL Kickoff Game: The 2013 season will begin on Thursday, September 5, 2013, starting at 8:35 p.m. EDT on NBC. The Baltimore Ravens, winners of Super Bowl XLVII, will serve as the visiting team, due to a scheduling conflict with their Major League Baseball counterparts, the Baltimore Orioles (the Ravens' and Orioles' respective stadiums — Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium — share the same parking lot). The Ravens' will play the Denver Broncos in a rematch of a 2012 Divisional Round playoff game. Baltimore will instead host a Thanksgiving game (see below).
- International Series: Two games will be played at Wembley Stadium in London, England in 2013. The Minnesota Vikings will play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 29, while the Jacksonville Jaguars (in the first of four consecutive International Series appearances for the team) will play host to the San Francisco 49ers on October 27. The Steelers–Vikings game will kickoff at 6:00 p.m. BST (1:00 p.m. EDT), and will air on CBS, while the 49ers–Jaguars game will kickoff at 5:00 p.m. GMT (1:00 p.m. EDT due to Britain ending Daylight Saving time one week before the U.S.), and will air on Fox.
- Thanksgiving Classic: These games will occur on Thursday, November 28, 2013. The Detroit Lions will host the Green Bay Packers at 12:30 p.m. EST on Fox, marking the Packers' 21st Thanksgiving game in Detroit. The Dallas Cowboys will host the Oakland Raiders at 4:30 p.m. EST on CBS. The 8:30 p.m. NBC game features the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens hosting 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 will host 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. EST On CBS, and the NFC Championship will follow at 6:30 p.m. EST 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 6:20 p.m. EST.
- 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.
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.
This will be the final season in which the San Francisco 49ers will play their home games at Candlestick Park, as the team will move into the newly built Levi's Stadium located in Santa Clara, CA 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 will be the final season in which the Minnesota Vikings will 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 MLB team. The Raiders have been linked to multiple new stadium proposals, including those that involve the franchise returning to the Los Angeles Area.
This will be 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.
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). Coaches will now be charged a time-out when a challenge flag is thrown on a booth-reviewable play (but they get the time out back if the play is reviewed and overturned) as well as a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, 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 coach Jim Schwartz threw a challenge flag on a play where Houston Texans runner 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 not on the line 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.
Coaching changes 
By 1:30 p.m. EST 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 season, but Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney was dismissed in October.
|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. 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. 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 played 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).
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