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The 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

  • In order to cut down on group celebrations, unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and fines will be assessed for celebrations by two or more players.
  • Anyone wearing an eligible number (1–49 and 80–89) can play at quarterback without having to first report to the referee before a play.
    • This rule change resulted in the increase of trick plays teams can employ on offense.
  • The "Bert Emanuel" rule was implemented. A receiver has to have possession of the ball and control of the ball. If when making a catch and falling to the ground, the ball is allowed to touch the ground and still be considered a catch if the player maintains clear control of the ball.


Uniform and logo changes



Coaching changes



Final regular season standings

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

Clinched playoff seeds are marked in parentheses and shaded in green

AFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(3) Miami Dolphins 11 5 0 .688 323 226
(6) Indianapolis Colts 10 6 0 .625 429 326
New York Jets 9 7 0 .563 321 321
Buffalo Bills 8 8 0 .500 315 350
New England Patriots 5 11 0 .313 276 338
AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(1) Tennessee Titans 13 3 0 .813 346 191
(4) Baltimore Ravens 12 4 0 .750 333 165
Pittsburgh Steelers 9 7 0 .563 321 255
Jacksonville Jaguars 7 9 0 .438 367 327
Cincinnati Bengals 4 12 0 .250 185 359
Cleveland Browns 3 13 0 .188 161 419
AFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(2) Oakland Raiders 12 4 0 .750 479 299
(5) Denver Broncos 11 5 0 .688 485 369
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 355 354
Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 .375 320 405
San Diego Chargers 1 15 0 .063 269 440
NFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(1) New York Giants 12 4 0 .750 328 246
(4) Philadelphia Eagles 11 5 0 .688 351 245
Washington Redskins 8 8 0 .500 281 269
Dallas Cowboys 5 11 0 .313 294 361
Arizona Cardinals 3 13 0 .188 210 443
NFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(2) Minnesota Vikings 11 5 0 .688 397 371
(5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 6 0 .625 388 269
Green Bay Packers 9 7 0 .563 353 323
Detroit Lions 9 7 0 .563 307 307
Chicago Bears 5 11 0 .313 216 355
NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(3) New Orleans Saints 10 6 0 .625 354 305
(6) St. Louis Rams 10 6 0 .625 540 471
Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 310 310
San Francisco 49ers 6 10 0 .375 388 422
Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0 .250 252 413



Tiebreakers

  • 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

* Indicates overtime victory


Home team in capitals

AFC

NFC

  • 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 Stadiummarker, East Rutherfordmarker, New Jerseymarker, January 14, 2001

Super Bowl



Milestones

The following teams and players set all-time NFL records during the season:

Record Player/Team Date/Opponent Previous Record Holder
Most Rushing Yards Gained, Game Corey Dillon, Cincinnati (278) October 22, vs. Denver Walter Payton, Chicago vs. Minnesota, November 20 1977 (275)
Most Pass Receptions, Game Terrell Owens, San Francisco (20) December 17, vs. Chicago Tom Fears, L.A. Rams vs. Green Bay, December 3 1950 (18)
Most Points, Career Gary Anderson, Minnesota October 22, vs. Buffalo George Blanda 1949-1975 (2,002)
Most Two-Point Conversions by a Team, Game St. Louis (4) October 15, vs. Atlanta Tied by 2 teams (3)
Most Yards Gained by a Team, Season St. Louis (7,075) N/A Miami, 1984 (6,936)
Most Passing Yards Gained by a Team, Season St. Louis (5,232) N/A Miami, 1984 (5,018)


Statistical leaders

Team

Points scored St. Louis Rams (540)
Total yards gained St. Louis Rams (7,075)
Yards rushing Oakland Raiders (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

Scoring Marshall Faulk, St. Louis (160 points)
Touchdowns Marshall Faulk, St. Louis (26 TDs)
Most field goals made Matt Stover, Baltimore (35 FGs)
Rushing Edgerrin James, Indianapolis (1,709 yards)
Passing Brian Griese, Denver (102.9 rating)
Passing touchdowns Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota and Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (33 TDs)
Pass receiving Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis and Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina (102 catches)
Pass receiving yards Torry Holt, St. Louis (1,635)
Punt returns Jermaine Lewis, Baltimore (16.1 average yards)
Kickoff returns Darrick Vaughn, Atlanta (27.7 average yards)
Interceptions Darren Sharper, Green Bay (9)
Punting Darren Bennett, San Diego (46.2 average yards)
Sacks La'Roi Glover, New Orleans (17)


Awards

Most Valuable Player Marshall Faulk, Running back, St. Louis
Coach of the Year Jim Haslett, New Orleans
Offensive Player of the Year Marshall Faulk, Running back, St. Louis
Defensive Player of the Year Ray Lewis, Linebacker, Baltimore
Offensive Rookie of the Year Mike Anderson, Running Back, Denver
Defensive Rookie of the Year Brian Urlacher, Linebacker, Chicago
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Joe Johnson, Defensive End, New Orleans


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