|Duration||September 9, 2010 – January 2, 2011|
|Start date||January 8, 2011 – January 23, 2011|
|AFC Champions||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|NFC Champions||Green Bay Packers|
|Super Bowl XLV|
|Date||February 6, 2011|
|Site||Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas|
|Champions||Green Bay Packers|
|Date||January 30, 2011|
|Site||Aloha Stadium, Halawa, Honolulu, Hawaii|
The 2010 NFL season was the 91st regular season of the National Football League and the 45th of the Super Bowl era.
The regular season began with the NFL Kickoff game on NBC on Thursday, September 9, at the Louisiana Superdome as the New Orleans Saints, the Super Bowl XLIV champions, defeated the Minnesota Vikings 14–9.
Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots, was named NFL MVP for the 2010 season. In Super Bowl XLV, the league's championship game played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31–25 to win their fourth Super Bowl, spoiling the Steelers' chance for a seventh title.This season also marked the first full-length season in which a team with a losing record made the playoffs, when the Seattle Seahawks won the NFC West with a 7–9 record, after defeating the St. Louis Rams in Week 17 to clinch the division title. One week later, the Seahawks dethroned the defending champion New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card round, to become the first ever sub-.500 playoff team to win a postseason game.
This season marked the last time a game was played on a Tuesday night until 2020.
NFL owners voted in 2008 to opt out of their collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) as of the end of the 2010 season. (The vote was 23 in favor, 9 against; the extension measure needed 24 to pass, which would have set the CBA to expire after the 2012 season). Since a new CBA was not reached with the NFLPA, 2010 was an uncapped season,meaning that there was no salary cap or salary floor between which teams had to operate. Also, the uncapped season limited unrestricted free agency only to players with at least six years of experience, as opposed to four under a capped season. The final eight teams alive in the 2009–10 NFL playoffs (Arizona, Dallas, Minnesota and New Orleans in the NFC; and Baltimore, Indianapolis, the New York Jets and San Diego in the AFC) were restricted in the free agents they could sign.
The issue of a CBA continued into the 2011 NFL season, affecting most of the off-season.
Free agency began on March 5 2010.
Notable players to change teams during free agency included:
The following notable trades were made during the 2010 league year:
The league's 75th annual selection meeting, more commonly known as the NFL Draft, took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City from April 22–24, the first time that the draft was held over three days instead of the usual two.In the draft with the first overall pick, the St. Louis Rams chose quarterback Sam Bradford from the University of Oklahoma.
Mike Pereira resigned as the league's Vice President of Officiating. He had led the NFL's officiating since 2001. Carl Johnson was named as Pereira's successor.
Clete Blakeman was promoted to referee, and Don Carey returned to his back judge position.
The following rule changes were passed at the league's annual owners meeting in March:
The NFL relaxed all rules regarding crowd noise, citing the need to increase the in-stadium experience to lure more fans to attend games. In addition, the league cited the advances in the coach-to-quarterback radio communications, and more visiting teams using silent snap counts as an alternative to overcome crowd noise.
The NFL's rules to "legislate the fans", and help visiting offensive players hear the snap count, have been controversial from the start. In one notorious example, then-Cincinnati Bengals head coach Sam Wyche and then-quarterback Boomer Esiason "protested" the crowd noise rules during a 1989 nationally televised preseason game against the New Orleans Saints by constantly complaining to the referee about the loud crowd noise inside the Superdome.
The league will still allow stadiums to post visual noise meters and other scoreboard messages to incite fans to make noise, but they must cease when the play clock is down to 15 seconds. However, home teams are still prohibited from pumping in artificial crowd noise.
After several violent hits throughout the NFL made the news in Week 3, the league announced that it would consider suspending players for illegal hits, such as helmet-to-helmet hits or other blows to the head.(Previously, players could only be fined for such hits.) The league also instructed all officials and referees to have an even higher level of attention toward flagrant hits. Game officials were also instructed to err on the side of safety, and throw flags even when in doubt.
The crackdown has been controversial. Many defensive players have complained that the league is being too strict in their interpretation of what constitutes an "illegal hit", and that it forces them to behave significantly different than how they were taught to play the game.Another concern is the league's instructions to game officials to err on the side of caution, since questionable calls late in close games significantly affect their outcome. However, the medical community has supported the move, believing that it will help reduce concussions and other head injuries.
The league did not end up suspending any players for violent or illegal hits, however several players were fined for these types of hits within the first few weeks of the crackdown.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game was held on Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 8:00 pm EDT on NBC, with the Dallas Cowboys defeating the Cincinnati Bengals, 16–7 at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. The remainder of the preseason game matchups were announced March 31, 2010. Highlights, among others, include the New York Giants and New York Jets facing off in the first-ever game at New Meadowlands Stadium on ESPN. The preseason game in the Bills Toronto Series featured the host Bills defeating the Indianapolis Colts in Toronto on Thursday, August 19 by a score of 34–21. Exact dates and times for most games were announced in April, shortly after the regular season games were announced.
The 2010 regular season was the first year that the league used a modified version of the scheduling formula that was first introduced in 2002, in which all teams play each other at least once every four years, and play in every other team's stadium at least once every eight years (notwithstanding the regular season games played overseas as part of the NFL International Series). Under the original 2002 formula, since the pairings were strictly based on alphabetical order, those teams scheduled to play the entire AFC West had to travel to both Oakland and San Diego in the same season, while those teams playing the entire NFC West had to make their way to both San Francisco and Seattle.In 2008, the New England Patriots and New York Jets each had to make cross-country trips to all four of the aforementioned West Coast teams. In an effort to relieve east coast teams from having to travel to the West Coast multiple times during the same season, teams will only have to visit one West Coast team (AFC West or NFC West), plus one western team from the same division closer to the Midwest, under the 2010 modified formula. Specifically, those teams traveling to Oakland (Las Vegas since 2020) will also play at Denver, while those playing at San Diego (Los Angeles since 2017) will also play at Kansas City. For teams scheduled to play the NFC West, those traveling to San Francisco will also go to Arizona, while those scheduled to play in Seattle will then go to St. Louis (this became moot in 2016 when the Rams returned to Los Angeles).
For the 2010 season, the intraconference and interconference matchups are:
The entire 2010 regular-season schedule was unveiled at 7:00 pm EDT on Tuesday, April 20. Additionally, schedule release shows aired on both the NFL Network and as a SportsCenter special on ESPN2.
The NFL Kickoff Game, the first game of the season, took place on Thursday, September 9, 2010, starting at 8:35 pm EDT, with the Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints hosting the Minnesota Vikings, in a rematch of the 2009 NFC Championship Game. The Saints won 14–9. Like in previous years, the opening week's prime-time games were expected to be announced at the NFL's annual owners meetings in late March, but that wasn't the case this year, with the schedule announced on April 20.
On March 15, 2010, the NFL announced that both the New York Giants and New York Jets will play at home during the opening weekend to open New Meadowlands Stadium. pm EDT kickoff against the Carolina Panthers and the Jets opened ESPN's Monday Night Football schedule against the Baltimore Ravens the next night. For the nightcap, the San Diego Chargers traveled to play their division rival, the Kansas City Chiefs, marking the first time that a team from outside the Mountain or Pacific Time Zones has played in, or hosted, the "late" (10:15 pm ET) game. The game started at 9:15 pm Kansas City time (Central).The Giants played on Sunday with a 1
While the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints had both started the year before 13–0 (with the Colts even going 14–0), on October 10, the Kansas City Chiefs became the last team to lose, losing to the Colts 19–9. It was the first time that no NFL team reached 4–0 since 1970, when the Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, and Los Angeles Rams started the season 3–0 but all lost in Week 4.
The 2010 season featured one International Series game, played at Wembley Stadium in London. pm EDT (5:00 pm GMT). The 49ers won 24–16, scoring 21 points in the 4th quarter. CBS televised this game on a regional basis, as the Broncos were the "visiting" team. The Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks, who had expressed interest in previous games, were a possible matchup for a second NFL game (with the Seahawks as the home team), but league officials dropped a plan for two games in the UK, citing the economy and ongoing labor negotiations.The teams for this game were confirmed on January 15, 2010, with the San Francisco 49ers playing host to the Denver Broncos on October 31, 2010, at 1:00
The following week, the third regular-season game of the Bills Toronto Series featured the Buffalo Bills hosting the Chicago Bears at Toronto's Rogers Centre on November 7 at 1 pm EST, marking the first time that the regular-season portion of the series has taken place during the Canadian Football League season and the first time an NFC opponent played in the series.
On the same day that the Broncos and 49ers played in London, the Saints hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers on NBC's Sunday Night Football. This game was televised opposite Game Four of the World Series on Fox, a practice the league had traditionally avoided.The Saints won this game 20–10.
The Thanksgiving games took place on Thursday, November 25, 2010, with the Detroit Lions falling to the visiting New England Patriots, 45–24. The second game featured the Dallas Cowboys giving up a late lead to the New Orleans Saints. New Orleans won 30–27 when Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw a go-ahead touchdown to Lance Moore with less than two minutes remaining. In the prime-time NFL Network game, the New York Jets defeated the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, 26–10.
Both the Saints and Bengals made their first appearance in a Thanksgiving game; in the case of the Bengals, it also marked the first appearance of an AFC North team on Thanksgiving since 1998, when the Pittsburgh Steelers of what was known as the AFC Central played the Detroit Lions.
Additionally, since Christmas Day fell on a Saturday in 2010, the NFL scheduled a Christmas game between the Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona on December 25 on NFL Network. The Cowboys came back from a 21–3 deficit behind third-string quarterback Stephen McGee to take a 26–24 lead late in the fourth quarter, but kicker David Buehler missed an extra point, allowing the Cardinals to win the game 27–26 on a last-second Jay Feely field goal.
The entire Week 17 schedule, played on January 2, 2011, consisted solely of divisional contests, in an attempt to increase competition after several cases over the last few seasons of playoff-bound teams resting their regular starters and playing their reserves. This has continued since then.
|1||New England Patriots||East||14||2||0||.875||5–1||10–2||.504||.504||W8|
|4||Kansas City Chiefs||West||10||6||0||.625||2–4||6–6||.414||.381||L1|
|6||New York Jets||East||11||5||0||.688||4–2||9–3||.492||.409||W1|
|Did not qualify for the postseason|
|7||San Diego Chargers||West||9||7||0||.563||3–3||7–5||.457||.410||W1|
|5||New Orleans Saints||South||11||5||0||.688||4–2||9–3||.469||.426||L1|
|6||Green Bay Packers||North||10||6||0||.625||4–2||8–4||.520||.475||W2|
|Did not qualify for the postseason|
|7||New York Giants||East||10||6||0||.625||3–3||8–4||.453||.400||W1|
|8||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||South||10||6||0||.625||3–3||8–4||.477||.344||W2|
|9||St. Louis Rams||West||7||9||0||.438||3–3||5–7||.449||.348||L1|
|12||San Francisco 49ers||West||6||10||0||.375||4–2||4–8||.488||.375||W1|
The 2010–11 NFL playoff tournament began January 8–9, 2011 with wild card weekend. Following that, the divisional playoffs set the matchups for the NFC Championship Game, to be played at 3:00 pm EST on January 23, and the AFC Championship Game, to be played at 6:30 pm EST.
After a backlash from players and critics about the previous season's Pro Bowl being played at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida in the contiguous United States, the 2011 Pro Bowl was played at Aloha Stadium in Halawa, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. The date was January 30, 2011, the week before the Super Bowl. An NFL spokesman stated that "Plans for future Pro Bowls are not final." Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian has stated his objections to the format, and is in favor of returning the game to after the Super Bowl as in previous years.
The annual Pro Bowl had previously been played in Hawaii for 30 consecutive seasons from 1980 to 2009. ʻi officials only agreed to a two-year deal to hold the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in 2011 and 2012. This gives the option of playing the Pro Bowl in Hawaiʻi on a rotational basis with the mainland, so it both maintains the traditional ties of holding it on the islands and providing accessibility to fans when played in the contiguous 48 states.However, the NFL and State of Hawai
Super Bowl XLV, was held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on February 6, 2011, and was the NFL's final event of the 2010 season.
Within each conference, the four division winners and the two wild card teams (the top two non-division winners with the best overall regular season records) qualified for the playoffs. The four division winners are seeded 1 through 4 based on their overall won-lost-tied record, and the wild card teams are seeded 5 and 6. The NFL does not use a fixed bracket playoff system, and there are no restrictions regarding teams from the same division matching up in any round. In the first round, dubbed the wild-card playoffs or wild-card weekend, the third-seeded division winner hosts the sixth seed wild card, and the fourth seed hosts the fifth. The 1 and 2 seeds from each conference then receive a bye in the first round. In the second round, the divisional playoffs, the number 1 seed hosts the worst surviving seed from the first round (seed 4, 5, or 6), while the number 2 seed will play the other team (seed 3, 4, or 5). The two surviving teams from each conference's divisional playoff games then meet in the respective AFC and NFC Conference Championship games, hosted by the higher seed. Although the Super Bowl, the fourth and final round of the playoffs, is played at a neutral site, the designated home team is based on an annual rotation by conference.
|1||New England Patriots (East winner)||Atlanta Falcons (South winner)|
|2||Pittsburgh Steelers (North winner)||Chicago Bears (North winner)|
|3||Indianapolis Colts (South winner)||Philadelphia Eagles (East winner)|
|4||Kansas City Chiefs (West winner)||Seattle Seahawks (West winner)|
|5||Baltimore Ravens (wild card)||New Orleans Saints (wild card)|
|6||New York Jets (wild card)||Green Bay Packers (wild card)|
|Jan. 8 – Lucas Oil Stadium||Jan. 16 – Gillette Stadium|
|3||Indianapolis||16||Jan. 23 – Heinz Field|
|Jan. 9 – Arrowhead Stadium||6||NY Jets||19|
|Jan. 15 – Heinz Field|
|4||Kansas City||7||Feb. 6 – Cowboys Stadium|
|Wild Card playoffs|
|Jan. 9 – Lincoln Financial Field||A2||Pittsburgh||25|
|Jan. 15 – Georgia Dome|
|6||Green Bay||21||Super Bowl XLV|
|3||Philadelphia||16||Jan. 23 – Soldier Field|
|Jan. 8 – Qwest Field||6||Green Bay||21|
|Jan. 16 – Soldier Field|
|5||New Orleans||36||NFC Championship|
Starting with Super Bowl XLV, the template of all Super Bowl logos will virtually remain the same. The only differences from year to year will be the stadium backdrop and the Roman numerals for the game as well as colors of the area. For Super Bowl XLV, Cowboys Stadium is featured and "XLV" signifying the forty-fifth Super Bowl game.
The NFL also introduced new Lamar Hunt and George Halas trophies for the AFC and NFC Championship games. The trophies were changed from a brown base with an 'A' or 'N' on top of it surrounded by players layered on a frieze upon a wall, to silver trophies in the make of a football.Additionally, both the NFC and AFC logos were revamped and recolored to reflect the current shield adopted two years earlier and with four stars running down the inside on both logos top to bottom from left to right instead of the six surrounding the AFC and three down the side of the NFC logo as each conference has four divisions. In addition, all event and playoff logos have undergone a complete makeover in a new logo system.
|Scoring leader||David Akers, Philadelphia (143)|
|Touchdowns||Arian Foster, Houston (18 TDs)|
|Most field goals made||Josh Brown, St. Louis and Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland (33 FGs)|
|Rushing||Arian Foster, Houston (1,616 yards)|
|Passer rating||Tom Brady, New England (111.0 rating)|
|Passing touchdowns||Tom Brady, New England (36 TDs)|
|Passing yards||Philip Rivers, San Diego (4,710 yards)|
|Pass receptions||Roddy White, Atlanta (115 catches)|
|Pass receiving yards||Brandon Lloyd, Denver (1,448 yards)|
|Combined Tackles||Jerod Mayo, New England (175 tackles)|
|Interceptions||Ed Reed, Baltimore (8)|
|Punting||Donnie Jones, St. Louis (4,276 yards, 45.5 average yards)|
|Sacks||DeMarcus Ware, Dallas (15.5)|
|Quarterback||Tom Brady, New England|
|Running back|| Arian Foster, Houston|
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville
|Fullback||Vonta Leach, Houston|
|Wide receiver|| Roddy White, Atlanta|
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis
Andre Johnson, Houston
|Tight end||Jason Witten, Dallas|
|Offensive tackle|| Joe Thomas, Cleveland|
Jake Long, Miami
|Offensive guard|| Jahri Evans, New Orleans|
Logan Mankins, New England
Chris Snee, NY Giants
|Center||Nick Mangold, NY Jets|
|Defensive end|| Julius Peppers, Chicago|
John Abraham, Atlanta
Justin Tuck, NY Giants
|Defensive tackle|| Haloti Ngata, Baltimore|
Ndamukong Suh, Detroit
|Outside linebacker|| Clay Matthews III, Green Bay|
James Harrison, Pittsburgh
Cameron Wake, Miami
|Inside linebacker|| Jerod Mayo, New England|
Patrick Willis, San Francisco
|Cornerback|| Darrelle Revis, NY Jets|
Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland
Asante Samuel, Philadelphia
Devin McCourty, New England
|Safety|| Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh|
Ed Reed, Baltimore
|Kicker|| Billy Cundiff, Baltimore|
David Akers, Philadelphia
|Punter||Shane Lechler, Oakland|
|Kick returner|| Devin Hester, Chicago|
Leon Washington, Seattle
|Punt returner||Devin Hester, Chicago|
|Special Teams||Eric Weems, Atlanta|
The following were the players of the week during the 2010 season:
|Week||FedEx Air Player of the Week||FedEx Ground Player of the Week||Pepsi Rookie of the Week|
|1||QB Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears||RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans||WR Dexter McCluster, Kansas City Chiefs|
|2||QB Matt Schaub, Houston Texans||RB LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles||RB Jahvid Best, Detroit Lions|
|3||QB Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles||RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings||TE Tony Moeaki, Kansas City Chiefs|
|4||QB Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos||RB LaDainian Tomlinson, New York Jets||QB Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams|
|5||QB Shaun Hill, Detroit Lions||RB Matt Forte, Chicago Bears||QB Max Hall, Arizona Cardinals|
|6||QB Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia Eagles||RB Chris Ivory, New Orleans Saints||RB Chris Ivory, New Orleans Saints|
|7||QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons||RB Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders||WR Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys|
|8||QB Jason Campbell, Oakland Raiders||RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs||DT Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions|
|9||QB Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings||RB Peyton Hillis, Cleveland Browns||WR Jacoby Ford, Oakland Raiders|
|10||QB Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles||RB Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills||QB Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos|
|11||QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers||RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars||PR Bryan McCann, Dallas Cowboys|
|12||QB Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs||RB Peyton Hillis, Cleveland Browns||QB Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams|
|13||QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers||RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars||LB Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboys|
|14||QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots||RB Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders||TE Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots|
|15||QB Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles||RB Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens||TE Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots|
|16||QB Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay Buccaneers||QB Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos|
|17||QB Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans||TE Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots|
|AP Defensive Player of the Year||Troy Polamalu||Strong Safety||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|AP Offensive Player of the Year||Tom Brady||Quarterback||New England Patriots|
|AP Coach of the Year||Bill Belichick||Head Coach||New England Patriots|
|AP Offensive Rookie of the Year||Sam Bradford||Quarterback||St. Louis Rams|
|AP Defensive Rookie of the Year||Ndamukong Suh||Defensive Tackle||Detroit Lions|
|AP Comeback Player of the Year||Michael Vick||Quarterback||Philadelphia Eagles|
|AP Most Valuable Player||Tom Brady||Quarterback||New England Patriots|
|Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year||Madieu Williams||Free Safety||Minnesota Vikings|
|Pepsi Rookie of the Year||Ndamukong Suh||Defensive Tackle||Detroit Lions|
|Super Bowl Most Valuable Player||Aaron Rodgers||Quarterback||Green Bay Packers|
|Team||2009 Head Coach||2009 Interim||2010 Head Coach||Reason for leaving||Notes|
|Buffalo Bills||Dick Jauron||Perry Fewell||Chan Gailey, former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and Georgia Tech||Fired||Jauron was fired after nine games into the 2009 season after compiling a 24–33 (.421) record, including a 3–6 record at the time of his firing, in 3½ years. Fewell, the Bills' defensive coordinator, was the interim head coach for the rest of the season and went 3–4 (.429) in that capacity; he was hired to be defensive coordinator for the New York Giants January 14. Jauron was hired as defensive backs coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. |
Gailey, who was last seen in the NFL as the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator before Todd Haley fired him prior to the 2009 regular season, was named the new Bills coach on January 19; he was recommended to the Bills by former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher.
|Washington Redskins||Jim Zorn||Mike Shanahan, former head coach of the Denver Broncos||Fired||Zorn, who was first hired to be offensive coordinator but had never been a head coach before being given the coaching reins, went out to a 6–2 start in the first half of 2008, but fell dramatically afterwards, and in his two seasons went 12–20 (.375) as the Redskins coach before being relieved of his duties following the completion of the 2009 season. |
On January 5, 2010, Shanahan, the former two-time Super Bowl winning coach with the Denver Broncos, was hired as the Redskins' new coach. Zorn was hired January 30, 2010 to be the quarterbacks coach for the Baltimore Ravens.
|Seattle Seahawks||Jim L. Mora||Pete Carroll, former USC head coach||Fired||Mora was fired after compiling a 5–11 (.313) record in his only season as head coach as the Seahawks lost the last four games of the 2009 season, being outscored 123–37. Mora will be a color commentator for Fox this season. |
Carroll had spent the past eight years as the head coach of the USC Trojans, having won a share of the 2003 and the outright 2004 national championships; however, many of Carroll's achievements at USC may be stricken from the record books due to improprieties involving Reggie Bush. He had previously been the head coach of the New York Jets in 1994 and New England Patriots from 1997 to 1999, with a career 33–31 record.
|Team||2010 Coach||Interim||Reason for leaving||Notes|
|Dallas Cowboys||Wade Phillips||Jason Garrett||Fired||Phillips, son of former NFL head coach Bum Phillips, was fired on November 8 following a 45–7 Week 9 loss against the Green Bay Packers. Garrett was their offensive coordinator and head-coach in waiting prior to being promoted. Phillips later was hired by the Houston Texans as their defensive coordinator. Garrett was named the full-time head coach January 6, four days after the season ended.|
|Minnesota Vikings||Brad Childress||Leslie Frazier||Fired||Childress was fired on November 22 following a Week 11 loss against the Green Bay Packers, 31–3. The Vikings entered week 12 with a 3–7 record, second-to-last in the NFC North. Childress also faced controversy by releasing Randy Moss without the approval of owner Zygi Wilf and lost control over the locker room. Frazier was given position full-time prior to the Vikings' regular season finale in Detroit.|
|Denver Broncos||Josh McDaniels||Eric Studesville||Fired||McDaniels was fired on December 5, following a 10–6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13. After a 6–0 start in the 2009 season, the Broncos lost 17 of their next 22 games, and became subject to a videotaping scandal.|
|San Francisco 49ers||Mike Singletary||Jim Tomsula||Fired||Singletary was fired on December 26, following a 25–17 loss to the St. Louis Rams in Week 16, which officially eliminated the 49ers from playoff contention. Heavily favored to win the NFC West, the 49ers instead started the 2010 season with an 0–5 record. Singletary also faced controversy by switching between starting quarterbacks Alex Smith and Troy Smith at least three different times during the season, and unsuccessfully trying to mold the team like the 1985 Chicago Bears.|
New Meadowlands Stadium opened in 2010, replacing Giants Stadium as the home of both the New York Giants and the New York Jets. The new stadium is located a few hundred feet away from the old building in the parking lot of Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Unlike Giants Stadium (in which the Giants were the sole NFL tenant until the 1984 season), the new Meadowlands Stadium will be a 50/50 partnership between both New York teams. The Giants played their first regular season game on September 12 against the Carolina Panthers, while the Jets played the following night against the Baltimore Ravens in the first game of a Monday Night Football doubleheader.
Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs since 1972, underwent a two-year $375 million renovation project which was completed and unveiled in July 2010. The stadium hosted the second game of the Monday Night Football opening weekend doubleheader when the Chiefs played the San Diego Chargers.
M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, installed FieldTurf prior to the 2010 season. The field had been Sportexe Momentum Turf since 2002 and grass before that.
Prior to Week 14, the inflatable roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, home of the Minnesota Vikings, buckled and tore as a result of heavy snowfall in Minneapolis, spilling snow onto Mall of America field and rendering the stadium unusable for the remainder of the Vikings' season. pm EST kickoff on Monday. Though stadium workers were initially "optimistic" that the roof could be repaired before the Vikings faced the Chicago Bears on December 20, stadium officials determined that such a repair was not possible in that time frame and the game was moved to TCF Bank Stadium.The Vikings' scheduled home game against the New York Giants was moved to Detroit's Ford Field and postponed to a 7:20
Two stadiums received new naming rights: On January 20, LandShark Stadium, the home field of the Miami Dolphins, was renamed Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins' home field, originally named Joe Robbie Stadium from 1987–1996, has undergone several name changes in its history, including Pro Player Stadium (1996–2005), Dolphin Stadium (2006–2009), and most recently, LandShark Stadium.On July 27, Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, the home field of the Jacksonville Jaguars, was renamed EverBank Field.
In the 2010 season, the Washington Redskins were the only team who made a major change to their main uniforms, wearing gold pants with their burgundy jerseys, and except for a game against the Packers, wore them for home games instead of their white jerseys and red pants. The white pants were not abandoned entirely, and were worn together with the burgundy jerseys for the two away games (and one home game) in which their opponent wore white at home. This was made possible with a sleeve modification, in which the broad yellow and white stripes were severely shrunken on an elastic band (same for white jerseys) so that when wearing the gold pants, the team also wore the retro style socks that had a different stripe pattern matching the sleeves of the day, so there is no longer a stripe design conflict.
The Green Bay Packers became the first team to officially unveil a third uniform for 2010, a throwback uniform based on their 1929 uniforms when they won their first NFL championship. The throwbacks are as accurate as possible while complying with current NFL guidelines, with a brown modern-shell helmet in place of the leather helmets of 1929, along with blue jerseys and gold circles with the jersey numbers nested within the circles, and brown pants. Like throwbacks worn in recent seasons by the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and the archrival Minnesota Vikings, these throwbacks will be a permanent addition to the Packers uniforms, unlike throwbacks worn by the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers that were intended as one-time deals but made permanent, as well as several one-shot throwbacks in recent years. The new Packers throwbacks replace the previous throwbacks (which comprised the current helmets with the "G" logo and stripes removed, white jerseys with plain green lettering, and tan pants) worn sporadically since the early 2000s (decade).
Also going the throwback route were the Chicago Bears, who harkened back to the Sid Luckman era with a 1940s set, replacing the pumpkin orange third jerseys, and the Indianapolis Colts, who will wear 1955 throwbacks as well. Since the Colts only have two colors, they only have previously worn a throwback jersey once in their history, in 2004. The difference between the 2004 throwback and the 2010 throwback is the helmet color, which reverses the 2004 scheme.
The Arizona Cardinals, who were the only team to not wear a third jersey in any form since the NFL allowed third jerseys in 2002, unveiled a black third jersey to be worn in 2010.
The Philadelphia Eagles have adopted their 1960 championship uniforms that were worn September 12 against the Packers, the team they beat to win their last championship in celebration of the 50th anniversary of that game.
The Tennessee Titans returned to using navy blue jerseys as their third jersey, after a one-year hiatus in which they wore light blue Houston Oilers throwback jerseys in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the American Football League, but did not wear them for any game in 2010.
The Pittsburgh Steelers wore their throwbacks against the Cleveland Browns on October 17 and against the New England Patriots on November 14.
The Seattle Seahawks have retired the neon green uniform worn for one game in 2009 against Chicago, which was in turn an offshoot from an April Fools' Day joke written about by Uni Watch founder Paul Lukas that year.
This is the fifth season under the current television contracts with the league's television partners: CBS (all AFC Sunday afternoon away games and one Thanksgiving game), Fox (all NFC Sunday afternoon away games and one Thanksgiving game), NBC (17 Sunday night games and the kickoff game), ESPN (17 Monday night games over sixteen weeks), NFL Network (eight late-season games on Thursday and Saturday nights, including one Thanksgiving game), and DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket package. These contracts run through at least 2013.
In national radio, this is the second year on Westwood One's most recent contract extension. The network also agreed to a four-year extension on December 23, 2010.
Nielsen Ratings for the fall 2010 television season have shown viewership increases of up to 10 percent for most of the NFL's broadcast partners; eighteen of the twenty most watched television broadcasts of the season have so far been NFL games.
The Seattle Seahawks are a professional American football team based in Seattle. The Seahawks compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The Seahawks joined the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team. They have played their home games at Lumen Field in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood since 2002. They previously played home games in the Kingdome (1976–1999) and Husky Stadium. They are coached by Pete Carroll.
The AFC Championship Game is the annual championship game of the American Football Conference (AFC) and one of the two semi-final playoff games of the National Football League (NFL), the largest professional American football league in the United States. The game is played on the penultimate Sunday in January by the two remaining playoff teams, following the AFC postseason's first two rounds. The AFC champion then advances to face the winner of the NFC Championship Game in the Super Bowl.
The NFC Championship Game is the annual championship game of the National Football Conference (NFC) and one of the two semi-final playoff games of the National Football League (NFL), the largest professional American football league in the United States. The game is played on the penultimate Sunday in January by the two remaining playoff teams, following the NFC postseason's first two rounds. The NFC champion then advances to face the winner of the AFC Championship Game in the Super Bowl.
The 2002 NFL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Football League.
The 1994 NFL season was the 75th regular season of the National Football League. To honor the NFL's 75th season, a special anniversary logo was designed and each player wore a patch on their jerseys with this logo throughout the season. Also, a selection committee of media and league personnel named a special NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, honoring the best NFL players from the first 75 seasons.
The 1983 NFL season was the 64th regular season of the National Football League. The season ended with Super Bowl XVIII when the Los Angeles Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins 38–9 at Tampa Stadium in Florida.
The 2007 NFL season was the 88th regular season of the National Football League.
NFL's Greatest Games is a series of television programs that air on NFL Network, ESPN and related networks. They are condensed versions of some of the most famous games in the history of the National Football League, using footage and sound captured by NFL Films, as well as original interviews. All installments produced before 2015 are 90 minutes in length, and are presented with a title in respect to the game being featured. Starting in 2015, new installments produced run for either 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or 90 minutes, and no longer have a title beyond the actual game itself that is featured.
The Seattle Seahawks are a professional American football team organized in 1976 and based in Seattle, Washington, US, that plays in the National Football League. This article details the history of the Seattle Seahawks American football club.
The following is a detailed list of results and scores from National Football League games aired on NBC under the game package NBC Sunday Night Football. The list includes both regular season and post-season game results, both produced by NBC Sports, from the 2006 NFL season to the present.
The 2009 NFL season was the 90th season in the history of the National Football League (NFL). The 50th anniversary of the original eight charter members of the American Football League was celebrated during this season.
As with all sports leagues, there are a number of significant rivalries in the National Football League (NFL). Rivalries are occasionally created due to a particular event that causes bad blood between teams, players, coaches, or owners, but for the most part, they arise simply due to the frequency with which some teams play each other, and sometimes exist for geographic reasons.
The 2011 NFL season was the 92nd regular season of the National Football League and the 46th of the Super Bowl era. It began on Thursday, September 8, 2011, with the Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers defeating the Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints 42–34 at Lambeau Field and ended with Super Bowl XLVI, the league's championship game, on February 5, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis where the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21–17.
The 2012 NFL season was the 93rd regular season of the National Football League and the 47th of the Super Bowl era. It began on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, with the defending Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants falling to the Dallas Cowboys 24–17 in the 2012 NFL Kickoff game at MetLife Stadium, and ended with Super Bowl XLVII, the league's championship game, on Sunday, February 3, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, with the Jim Harbaugh-coached San Francisco 49ers facing the John Harbaugh-coached Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens won 34–31. Super Bowl XLVII marked the first time two brothers were head coaches for opposing teams in the championship game.
The 2013 NFL season was the 94th season in the history of the National Football League (NFL) and the 48th of the Super Bowl era. The season saw the Seattle Seahawks capture the first championship in the franchise's 38 years in the league with a lopsided 43–8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, the league's championship game. The Super Bowl was played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, February 2, 2014. It was the first Super Bowl hosted by New Jersey and the first to be held outdoors in a cold weather environment. The Seahawks scored 12 seconds into the game and held the lead the rest of the way on the back of their Legion of Boom defense.
Jermaine Levan Kearse is a former American football wide receiver. He played eight seasons in National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and later won Super Bowl XLVIII with the team, beating the Denver Broncos. Kearse played college football at Washington. Kearse also played for the New York Jets and Detroit Lions.
The 2014 season was the Seattle Seahawks' 39th in the National Football League and their fifth under head coach Pete Carroll. The Seahawks started the season as the defending Super Bowl champions for the first time in franchise history.
The 2019 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 59th in the National Football League (NFL), their fourth playing home games at U.S. Bank Stadium and their sixth under head coach Mike Zimmer. They improved on their 8–7–1 campaign from 2018 with a Week 14 win over the Detroit Lions, and returned to the playoffs following a one-year absence after the Los Angeles Rams lost to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16. That week, the Vikings were eliminated from contention for the NFC North division title, losing 23–10 to the Green Bay Packers. They defeated the New Orleans Saints 26–20 in overtime in the Wild Card round but lost 27–10 to the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round.
The 2020 season was the Seattle Seahawks' 45th in the National Football League and their 11th season under head coach Pete Carroll. With a win over the Washington Football Team in Week 15, the Seahawks made the playoffs for the third consecutive year. With a Week 17 win over the San Francisco 49ers, they improved upon their 11–5 record from the previous season. For the first time in franchise history, the Seahawks started 5–0. After a Week 16 win over the Los Angeles Rams, the Seahawks clinched the NFC West title for the first time since 2016.
The 2021 season will be the Minnesota Vikings' 61st season in the National Football League, their sixth playing home games at U.S. Bank Stadium and their eighth under head coach Mike Zimmer. They will attempt to improve on their 7–9 record from 2020 and return to the playoffs following a one-year absence.