2005 NFL season

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2005 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 8, 2005 – January 1, 2006
Playoffs
Start dateJanuary 7, 2006
AFC ChampionsPittsburgh Steelers
NFC ChampionsSeattle Seahawks
Super Bowl XL
DateFebruary 5, 2006
SiteFord Field, Detroit, Michigan
ChampionsPittsburgh Steelers
Pro Bowl
DateFebruary 12, 2006
SiteAloha Stadium
National Football League seasons
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2005 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 8, 2005 – January 1, 2006
Playoffs
Start dateJanuary 7, 2006
AFC ChampionsPittsburgh Steelers
NFC ChampionsSeattle Seahawks
Super Bowl XL
DateFebruary 5, 2006
SiteFord Field, Detroit, Michigan
ChampionsPittsburgh Steelers
Pro Bowl
DateFebruary 12, 2006
SiteAloha Stadium
National Football League seasons
 < 20042006 > 

The 2005 NFL season was the 86th regular season of the National Football League.

With the New England Patriots as the defending league champions, regular season play was held from September 8, 2005 to January 1, 2006. The regular season also saw the first ever regular season game played outside the United States, as well as the New Orleans Saints being forced to play elsewhere due to damage to the Superdome and the entire New Orleans area by Hurricane Katrina.

The playoffs began on January 7. New England's streak of 10 consecutive playoff wins was ended in the Divisional Playoff Round by the Denver Broncos, and eventually the NFL title was won by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who defeated the Seattle Seahawks 21–10 in Super Bowl XL at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan on February 5 for their fifth Super Bowl win.

The season formally concluded with the Pro Bowl, the league's all-star game, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on February 12.

Television[edit]

This marked the final season that ABC held the rights to televise Monday Night Football after thirty-six years of airing the series. When the TV contracts were renewed near the end of the season, the rights to broadcast Monday Night Football were awarded to Disney-owned corporate sibling ESPN. NBC bought the right to televise Sunday Night Football, marking the first time that the network broadcast NFL games since Super Bowl XXXII in 1998.[1] Meanwhile, CBS and Fox renewed their television contracts to the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference packages, respectively.[2]

First regular season game played outside the United States[edit]

The 2005 season also featured the first ever regular season game played outside the United States when a San Francisco 49ersArizona Cardinals game was played at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on October 2 (the Cardinals won 31–14). The game drew an NFL regular season record of 103,467 paid fans. It was a home game for the Cardinals, mostly because the team rarely sold out at their then-home field, Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. This season was the last year that the Cardinals played at Sun Devil Stadium; the team then moved to their new Cardinals Stadium in nearby Glendale.

Effect of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season[edit]

Effect of Hurricane Katrina[edit]

The Louisiana Superdome did not host the New Orleans Saints during the 2005 season, due in part to damage seen here.

Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina to the Louisiana Superdome and the greater New Orleans area, the entire New Orleans Saints' 2005 home schedule were played at different venues while the Saints set up temporary operations in San Antonio, Texas. The Saints' first home game on September 18 against the New York Giants was moved to Giants Stadium on September 19 (In which the N.Y. Giants won 27–10). The impromptu "Monday Night doubleheader" with the game already scheduled (Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys) was a success, and was made a permanent part of the schedule the next year when Monday Night Football made the move to ESPN. As a result of the unscheduled doubleheader, the NFL designated its second weekend, September 18 and 19, as "Hurricane Relief Weekend", with fund raising collections at all of the league's games. The Saints' remaining home games were split between the Alamodome in San Antonio and Louisiana State University's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Being forced to travel to 13 of their 16 games (only 3 of their games were actually played in the same city where they practiced) and practice in substandard facilities and conditions in San Antonio, the Saints finished 3–13, their worst season since 1999.

The last time an NFL franchise had to play at an alternate site because its own home field was deemed unplayable was in 2002, when the Chicago Bears played that season in Champaign, Illinois, 120 miles (200 km) away, due to the reconstruction of Soldier Field.[3] The last NFL team to abandon their home city during a season was the hapless 1952 Dallas Texans, whose franchise was returned to the league after drawing several poor crowds at the Cotton Bowl. They played their final "home" game at the Rubber Bowl in Akron, Ohio, against the Bears on Thanksgiving; the Texans stunned the Bears, 27–23, in front of a crowd estimated at 3,000, for their only win of the season.[4]

Effect of Hurricane Wilma[edit]

The Sunday, October 23 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins at Dolphins Stadium was rescheduled to Friday, October 21 at 7:00 pm EDT to beat Hurricane Wilma's arrival to the Miami, Florida area.[5] The Chiefs won the game, 30–20, and became the first visiting team to travel and play on the same day.[citation needed] Since the game was planned for Sunday afternoon, it is one of the few times in history that the Dolphins wore their road jerseys in a home game played at night.

Major rule changes[edit]

2005 NFL Changes[edit]

In addition, with the RCA and EdwardJones domes both removing their AstroTurf surfaces in favor of the newer FieldTurf surface, the old AstroTurf surface ceased to exist in the NFL.

Coaching changes[edit]

Final regular season standings[edit]

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

Clinched playoff seeds are marked in parentheses and shaded in green. No ties occurred this year.

AFC East
TeamWLPCTPFPA
(4) New England Patriots106.625379338
Miami Dolphins97.562318317
Buffalo Bills511.312271367
New York Jets412.250240355
AFC North
TeamWLPCTPFPA
(3) Cincinnati Bengals [a]115.688421350
(6) Pittsburgh Steelers115.688389258
Baltimore Ravens [b]610.375265299
Cleveland Browns610.375232301
AFC South
TeamWLPCTPFPA
(1) Indianapolis Colts142.875439247
(5) Jacksonville Jaguars124.750361269
Tennessee Titans412.250299421
Houston Texans214.125260431
AFC West
TeamWLPCTPFPA
(2) Denver Broncos133.812395258
Kansas City Chiefs106.625403325
San Diego Chargers97.562418312
Oakland Raiders412.250290383
NFC East
TeamWLPCTPFPA
(4) New York Giants115.688422314
(6) Washington Redskins106.625359293
Dallas Cowboys97.562325308
Philadelphia Eagles610.375310388
NFC North
TeamWLPCTPFPA
(2) Chicago Bears [d]115.688260202
Minnesota Vikings97.562306344
Detroit Lions511.312254345
Green Bay Packers412.250298344
NFC South
TeamWLPCTPFPA
(3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers [c][e]115.688300274
(5) Carolina Panthers115.688391259
Atlanta Falcons88.500351341
New Orleans Saints313.188235398
NFC West
TeamWLPCTPFPA
(1) Seattle Seahawks133.812452271
St. Louis Rams610.375363429
Arizona Cardinals511.312311387
San Francisco 49ers412.250239428


Tiebreakers[7]

Playoffs[edit]

Playoff seeds
SeedAFCNFC
1Indianapolis Colts (South winner)Seattle Seahawks (West winner)
2Denver Broncos (West winner)Chicago Bears (North winner)
3Cincinnati Bengals (North winner)Tampa Bay Buccaneers (South winner)
4New England Patriots (East winner)New York Giants (East winner)
5Jacksonville Jaguars (wild card)Carolina Panthers (wild card)
6Pittsburgh Steelers (wild card)Washington Redskins (wild card)

Bracket[edit]

                  
January 8 - Giants Stadium January 15 - Soldier Field     
 5 Carolina 23
 5 Carolina 29
 4 N.Y. Giants 0  January 22 - Qwest Field
 2 Chicago 21 
NFC
January 7 - Raymond James Stadium 5 Carolina 14
January 14 - Qwest Field
  1 Seattle 34 
 6 Washington 17NFC Championship
 6 Washington 10
 3 Tampa Bay 10 February 5 - Ford Field
 1 Seattle 20 
Wild Card Playoffs 
Divisional Playoffs
January 8 - Paul Brown Stadium N1 Seattle 10
January 15 - RCA Dome
  A6 Pittsburgh 21
 6 Pittsburgh 31Super Bowl XL
 6 Pittsburgh 21
 3 Cincinnati 17  January 22 - Invesco Field at Mile High
 1 Indianapolis 18 
AFC
January 7 - Gillette Stadium 6 Pittsburgh 34
January 14 - Invesco Field at Mile High
  2 Denver 17 
 5 Jacksonville 3AFC Championship
 4 New England 13
 4 New England 28 
 2 Denver 27 

Milestones[edit]

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

RecordPlayer/TeamDate/OpponentPrevious Record Holder[8]
Longest Return of a Missed Field Goal/
Longest Play in NFL History
Nathan Vasher, Chicago (108 yards)November 13, vs. San FranciscoChris McAlister, Baltimore vs. Denver, September 30, 2002 (107 yards)
Most Consecutive Games Played, CareerJeff Feagles, New York GiantsNovember 27, at SeattleJim Marshall, 1960–1979 (282)
Most Touchdowns, SeasonShaun Alexander, Seattle (28)N/APriest Holmes, Kansas City, 2003 (27)
Most Field Goals, SeasonNeil Rackers, Arizona (40)N/ATied by 2 players (39)
Most Field Goals by a Team, SeasonArizona (43)N/ATied by 2 teams (39)

Statistical leaders[edit]

Team[edit]

Points scoredSeattle Seahawks (452)
Total yards gainedKansas City Chiefs (6,192)
Yards rushingAtlanta Falcons (2,546)
Yards passingArizona Cardinals (4,437)
Fewest points allowedChicago Bears (202)
Fewest total yards allowedTampa Bay Buccaneers (4,444)
Fewest rushing yards allowedSan Diego Chargers (1,349)
Fewest passing yards allowedGreen Bay Packers (2,680)

Individual[edit]

ScoringShaun Alexander, Seattle (168 points)
TouchdownsShaun Alexander, Seattle (28 TDs) *
Most field goals madeNeil Rackers, Arizona (40 FGs) *
RushingShaun Alexander, Seattle (1,880 yards)
Passer ratingPeyton Manning, Indianapolis (104.1 rating)
Passing touchdownsCarson Palmer, Cincinnati (32 TDs)
Passing yardsTom Brady, New England (4,110 yards)
Pass receptionsLarry Fitzgerald, Arizona and Steve Smith, Carolina (103 catches)
Pass receiving yardsSteve Smith, Carolina (1,563 yards)
Punt returnsReno Mahe, Philadelphia (12.8 average yards)
Kickoff returnsTerrence McGee, Buffalo (30.2 average yards)
InterceptionsTy Law, New York Jets and Deltha O'Neal, Cincinnati (10)
PuntingBrian Moorman, Buffalo and Shane Lechler, Oakland (45.7 average yards)
SacksDerrick Burgess, Oakland (16)
* — Denotes new league record.

Awards[edit]

Most Valuable PlayerShaun Alexander, Running Back, Seattle
Coach of the YearLovie Smith, Chicago
Offensive Player of the YearShaun Alexander, Running Back, Seattle
Defensive Player of the YearBrian Urlacher, Linebacker, Chicago
Offensive Rookie of the YearCarnell Williams, Running Back, Tampa Bay
Defensive Rookie of the YearShawne Merriman, Linebacker, San Diego
NFL Comeback Player of the YearTedy Bruschi, Linebacker, New England
Steve Smith, Wide Receiver, Carolina (tie)

Team Superlatives[edit]

Offense[edit]

[9]

Defense[edit]

[10]


All-Pro Team
Offense
QuarterbackPeyton Manning, Indianapolis
Running backShaun Alexander, Seattle
Tiki Barber, N.Y. Giants
FullbackMack Strong, Seattle
Wide receiverSteve Smith, Carolina
Chad Johnson, Cincinnati
Tight endAntonio Gates, San Diego
Offensive tackleWalter Jones, Seattle
Willie Anderson, Cincinnati
Offensive guardSteve Hutchinson, Seattle
Brian Waters, Kansas City
Alan Faneca, Pittsburgh
CenterJeff Saturday, Indianapolis
Defense
Defensive endDwight Freeney, Indianapolis
Osi Umenyiora, N.Y. Giants
Defensive tackleJamal Williams, San Diego
Richard Seymour, New England
Outside linebackerLance Briggs, Chicago
Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay
Inside linebackerBrian Urlacher, Chicago
Al Wilson, Denver
CornerbackChamp Bailey, Denver
Ronde Barber, Tampa Bay
SafetyBob Sanders, Indianapolis
Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh


Special teams
KickerNeil Rackers, Arizona
PunterBrian Moorman, Buffalo
Kick returnerJerome Mathis, Houston

Officials[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "NFL announces new prime-time TV packages". NFL.com. Archived from the original on November 30, 2005. Retrieved December 13, 2005. 
  2. ^ "NFL to remain on broadcast TV". NFL.com. Archived from the original on December 4, 2005. Retrieved December 13, 2005. 
  3. ^ "NFL History 2001 —". NFL.com. Archived from the original on October 13, 2005. Retrieved October 2, 2005. 
  4. ^ Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. ISBN 0-06-270174-6. 
  5. ^ "Chiefs-Dolphins game moved to Oct. 21". NFL.com. Archived from the original on October 23, 2005. Retrieved October 21, 2005. 
  6. ^ "NFL approves ban on horse-collar tackle". NFL.com. Archived from the original on May 27, 2005. Retrieved August 18, 2005. 
  7. ^ 2006 NFL Record and Fact Book. p. 421. ISBN 1-933405-32-5. 
  8. ^ "Records". 2005 NFL Record and Fact Book. NFL. 2005. ISBN 1-932994-36-X. 
  9. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: 2005 NFL Standings, Team & Offensive Statistics
  10. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: 2005 NFL Opposition & Defensive Statistics

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