2000 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 3 – December 25, 2000
Playoffs
Start dateDecember 30, 2000
AFC ChampionsBaltimore Ravens
NFC ChampionsNew York Giants
Super Bowl XXXV
DateJanuary 28, 2001
SiteRaymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
ChampionsBaltimore Ravens
Pro Bowl
DateFebruary 4, 2001
SiteAloha Stadium
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Colts
Colts
Patriots
Patriots
Bills
Bills
Dolphins
Dolphins
Jets
Jets
Bengals
Bengals
Ravens
Ravens
Titans
Titans
Steelers
Steelers
Jaguars
Jaguars
Browns
Browns
Broncos
Broncos
Chiefs
Chiefs
Raiders
Raiders
Chargers
Chargers
Seahawks
Seahawks
AFC teams:
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West,
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Central,
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East
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Cowboys
Cowboys
Giants
Giants
Eagles
Eagles
Cardinals
Cardinals
Redskins
Redskins
Bears
Bears
Lions
Lions
Packers
Packers
Vikings
Vikings
Buccaneers
Buccaneers
Falcons
Falcons
Rams
Rams
Saints
Saints
49ers
49ers
Panthers
Panthers
NFC teams:
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Central,
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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, 34–7, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Week 1 of the season reverted to Labor Day weekend in 2000. It would be the last NFL season to date to start on Labor Day weekend. It would also be the last time until 2015 that CBS televised the late afternoon games in Week 1, because both Week 1 of the NFL season and CBS's coverage of the U.S. Open tennis finals would take place on the same day beginning next season.

Player movement

Trades

Draft

The 2000 NFL draft was held from April 15 to 16, 2000 at New York City's Theater at Madison Square Garden. With the first pick, the Cleveland Browns selected defensive end Courtney Brown from Pennsylvania State University. Taken by the New England Patriots with the 199th pick in the sixth round was Michigan quarterback Tom Brady. Tom Brady went on to win 3 NFL MVP awards, a record 7 Super Bowl titles and 5 Super Bowl MVP awards.

Major rule changes

2000 deaths

Pro Football Hall of Fame members

Tom Fears
Fears played 9 seasons as an end for the Los Angeles Rams and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1970. He was a 3-time NFL champion (1951, 1962, 1965), he was named First-team All-Pro in 1950, and was a member of the 1950s All-Decade Team. He was the first Mexican born player inducted into the Hall of Fame. He died January 4, aged 77
Derrick Thomas
Thomas played 11 seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a 6-time All-Pro selection (1st team 1990–1992, 2nd team 1993, 1994, 1996) and a 9-time Pro Bowl selection (1989–1997). He was named to the 1990s All-Decade Team. He owns NFL record for sacks in a game with 7, which he achieved in 1990. He was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009. He died February 8, aged 33.
Tom Landry
Landry was the first head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. He won 2 Super Bowls VI and XII. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990. He died February 12, aged 75.

Others

Regular season

Scheduling formula

    Inter-conference
AFC East vs NFC Central
AFC Central vs NFC East
AFC West vs NFC West

Highlights of the 2000 season included:

Final regular season standings

Tiebreakers

Playoffs

Main article: 2000–01 NFL playoffs

Dec 31 – PSINet Stadium Jan 7 – Adelphia Coliseum
5 Denver 3
4 Baltimore 24
4 Baltimore 21 Jan 14 – Network Associates Coliseum
1 Tennessee 10
AFC
Dec 30 – Pro Player Stadium 4 Baltimore 16
Jan 6 – Network Associates Coliseum
2 Oakland 3
6 Indianapolis 17 AFC Championship
3 Miami 0
3 Miami 23* Jan 28 – Raymond James Stadium
2 Oakland 27
Wild Card playoffs
Divisional playoffs
Dec 30 – Louisiana Superdome A4 Baltimore 34
Jan 6 – Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
N1 NY Giants 7
6 St. Louis 28 Super Bowl XXXV
3 New Orleans 16
3 New Orleans 31 Jan 14 – Giants Stadium
2 Minnesota 34
NFC
Dec 31 – Veterans Stadium 2 Minnesota 0
Jan 7 – Giants Stadium
1 NY Giants 41
5 Tampa Bay 3 NFC Championship
4 Philadelphia 10
4 Philadelphia 21
1 NY Giants 20


* Indicates overtime victory

AFC

NFC

Super Bowl

Milestones

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

Record Player/team Date/opponent Previous record holder[4]
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)
Receptions Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis and Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina (102 catches)
Receiving yards Torry Holt, St. Louis (1,635)
Receiving touchdowns Randy Moss, Minnesota (15 touchdowns)
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
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Jim Flanigan, defensive tackle, Chicago and Derrick Brooks, linebacker, Tampa Bay
Super Bowl most valuable player Ray Lewis, linebacker, Baltimore

Coaching changes

Stadium changes

Uniform and logo changes

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f "2000 NFL Transactions. Signings – July". National Football League. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "2000 NFL Transactions. Trades – July". National Football League. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "Gastric cancer rare, but deadly".
  4. ^ "Records". 2005 NFL Record and Fact Book. NFL. 2005. ISBN 978-1-932994-36-0.

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