2000 NFL season

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2000 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 3 – December 25, 2000
Start dateDecember 30, 2000
AFC Champions Baltimore Ravens
NFC Champions New York Giants
Super Bowl XXXV
DateJanuary 28, 2001
Site Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Champions Baltimore Ravens
Pro Bowl
DateFebruary 4, 2001
Site Aloha Stadium
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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



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.


Regular season

Scheduling formula

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



Dec 31 – PSINet Stadium Jan 7 – Adelphia Coliseum
5 Denver 3
4 Baltimore 21Jan 14 – Network Associates Coliseum
1 Tennessee 10
Dec 30 – Pro Player Stadium 4Baltimore16
Jan 6 – Network Associates Coliseum
6 Indianapolis 17AFC Championship
3 Miami 23*Jan 28 – Raymond James Stadium
2 Oakland 27
Wild Card playoffs
Divisional playoffs
Dec 30 – Louisiana Superdome A4Baltimore34
Jan 6 – Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
N1NY Giants7
6 St. Louis 28 Super Bowl XXXV
3New Orleans16
3 New Orleans 31Jan 14 – Giants Stadium
2 Minnesota 34
Dec 31 – Veterans Stadium 2Minnesota0
Jan 7 – Giants Stadium
1NY Giants41
5 Tampa Bay 3NFC Championship
4 Philadelphia 21
1 NY Giants 20

* Indicates overtime victory



Super Bowl


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

RecordPlayer/teamDate/opponentPrevious 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, MinnesotaOctober 22, vs. Buffalo George Blanda 1949–1975 (2,002)
Most two-point conversions by a team, gameSt. Louis (4)October 15, vs. AtlantaTied by 2 teams (3)
Most yards gained by a team, seasonSt. Louis (7,075)N/AMiami, 1984 (6,936)
Most passing yards gained by a team, seasonSt. Louis (5,232)N/AMiami, 1984 (5,018)

Statistical leaders


Points scored St. Louis Rams (540)
Total yards gainedSt. Louis Rams (7,075)
Yards rushing Oakland Raiders (2,470)
Yards passingSt. Louis Rams (5,232)
Fewest points allowedBaltimore Ravens (165)
Fewest total yards allowed Tennessee Titans (3,813)
Fewest rushing yards allowedBaltimore Ravens (970)
Fewest passing yards allowedTennessee Titans (2,423)


Scoring Marshall Faulk, St. Louis (160 points)
TouchdownsMarshall Faulk, St. Louis (26 TDs)
Most field goals made Matt Stover, Baltimore (35 FGs)
Rushing Edgerrin James, Indianapolis (1,709 yards)
Passing yards Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (4,413 yards)
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 returnsDarrick Vaughn, Atlanta (27.7 average yards)
Interceptions Darren Sharper, Green Bay (9)
Punting Darren Bennett, San Diego (46.2 average yards)
SacksLa'Roi Glover, New Orleans (17)


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


This was the third year under the league's eight-year broadcast contracts with ABC, CBS, Fox, and ESPN to televise Monday Night Football , the AFC package, the NFC package, and Sunday Night Football , respectively.

ABC fired Boomer Esiason, reportedly because he and Al Michaels never got along in the MNF booth. The network decided to go in a radical direction by hiring comedian Dennis Miller, along with Dan Fouts, to join Michaels. [5]

Dick Enberg joined CBS, becoming the #2 play-by-play commentator, alongside Dan Dierdorf, while Verne Lundquist returned to call college football for the network. Also, Mike Ditka joined The NFL Today as an analyst.


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  2. 1 2 "2000 NFL Transactions. Trades – July". National Football League. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
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  4. "Records". 2005 NFL Record and Fact Book. NFL. 2005. ISBN   978-1-932994-36-0.
  5. "Monday Nights With Dennis Miller". Bleacher Report. August 25, 2008.

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