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The 2005 NFL season
2005 NFL season
was the 86th regular season of the National Football League. 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
New Orleans
Saints being forced to play elsewhere due to damage to the Superdome and the entire New Orleans
New Orleans
area by Hurricane Katrina. The playoffs began on January 7. New England's streak of 10 consecutive playoff wins (and chance at a third straight Super Bowl title) 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
Seattle Seahawks
21–10 in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XL at Ford Field
Ford Field
in Detroit, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
on February 5 for their fifth Super Bowl win. This also marked the first time that a Sixth-seeded team, who by the nature of their seeding would play every game on the road, would advance to and win the Super Bowl. The season formally concluded with the Pro Bowl, the league's all-star game, at Aloha Stadium
Aloha Stadium
in Honolulu, Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii
on February 12.


1 Television 2 First regular season game played outside the United States 3 Effect of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season

3.1 Effect of Hurricane Katrina 3.2 Effect of Hurricane Wilma

4 Major rule changes 5 New uniforms 6 Stadiums 7 Coaching changes 8 Final regular season standings 9 Playoffs 10 Bracket 11 Milestones 12 Statistical leaders

12.1 Team 12.2 Individual

13 Awards

13.1 Team Superlatives

13.1.1 Offense 13.1.2 Defense

14 Draft 15 Officials 16 Footnotes 17 References 18 External links

Television[edit] This marked the final season that ABC held the rights to televise Monday Night Football
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
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
Super Bowl XXXII
in 1998.[1] Meanwhile, CBS
and Fox renewed their television contracts to the American Football Conference
American Football Conference
and the National Football Conference
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 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
game was played at Estadio Azteca
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
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
Cardinals Stadium
in nearby Glendale. Effect of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season[edit] Effect of Hurricane Katrina[edit]

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

See also: Effect of Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina
on the New Orleans
New Orleans
Saints, Effect of Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina
on the Louisiana Superdome, and Effects of Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina
in New Orleans Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina
to the Louisiana Superdome and the greater New Orleans
New Orleans
area, the entire New Orleans Saints' 2005 home schedule was 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
New York Giants
was moved to Giants Stadium
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
Washington Redskins
at Dallas Cowboys) was a success, and was made a permanent part of the schedule the next year when Monday Night Football
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 home field was deemed unplayable was in 2002, when the Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
played home games 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
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
Kansas City Chiefs
and the Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
at Dolphins Stadium
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]

The "horse-collar tackle", in which a defender grabs inside the back or side of an opponent's shoulder pads and pulls that player down, is prohibited.[6] Named the "Roy Williams Rule" after the Dallas Cowboys safety whose horse collar tackles during the 2004 season caused serious injuries to Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
wide receiver Terrell Owens, Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
wide receiver Tyrone Calico, and Baltimore Ravens running back Musa Smith. Peel-back blocks (where an offensive player blocks a defender who is moving back toward the direction of his own end zone) below the waist and from the back are now illegal. Unnecessary roughness would be called for blocks away from the play on punters or kickers, similar to the same protection quarterbacks have after interceptions. When time is stopped by officials prior to the snap for any reason while time is in, the play clock resumes with the same amount of time that remained on it – with a minimum of 10 seconds. Previously, the play-clock would be reset to 25 seconds. During field goal and extra point attempts, the defensive team will be penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct if it calls consecutive timeouts in an attempt to "ice" the kicker. Previously, the second timeout request was only denied by officials, and thus could be used to distract the kickers. Players cannot run, dive into, cut, or throw their bodies against or on an opponent who is out of the play or should not have reasonably anticipated such contact. If the defensive team commits a dead ball foul following the end of the half, the offensive team may choose to extend the period for one more play. Previously, the half automatically ended without the defensive team being penalized. During a punt, if the kicking team illegally touches the ball inside the 5-yard line, the receiving team has the option of either treating the result as a touchback or replaying the down with a 5-yard penalty against the kicking team. Previously, the receiving team's only options were either the latter or taking over possession at the spot of the foul. This change prevents an ineligible player from keeping a kick from entering the end zone and becoming a touchback. If the kicking team commits a penalty, the receiving team can have the option of adding the penalty yardage to the return or taking a penalty and forcing the kicking team to rekick the ball. Previously they could take the latter or decline the penalty. If a team calls for an instant replay challenge after it has used all its challenges or is out of timeouts, it will be assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The penalty will also be assessed if a team calls for a challenge inside of two minutes of either half or overtime, when only the replay assistant can initiate reviews. Previously, the request was only denied by the Referee. This change was made to prevent head coaches from constantly stopping the game for any reason, including to just argue with the Referee. Teams are only able to request an instant replay challenge by tossing their red flag to get the attention of officials. The league decided to do away with the electronic pager/vibrating alert system used by head coaches because practically all of them always used their red flags instead of their pagers anyway. (However, the replay assistant will still use the pagers to notify the officials of a replay request.)

New uniforms[edit]

Defending champions the New England Patriots
New England Patriots
at the eventual Super Bowl winners the Pittsburgh Steelers, September 25

Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
– Added third alternative uniforms. The 1960s throwback with the white helmets with the red buffalo. New York Giants
New York Giants
– Road uniform changed to mimic the team's classic 1960s look, with red block numbers and stripes on the sleeves of the jersey. Detroit
Lions – Added third alternative uniforms. Black. St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams
– New alternative navy road pants. Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
– New logo. New uniforms.

Stadiums[edit] The New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
played in Baton Rouge's Tiger Stadium and in San Antonio's Alamodome
due to Louisiana Superdome
Louisiana Superdome
damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Tiger Stadium's goalposts did not conform to NFL standards due to (a) two supports instead of one and (b) white paint instead of gold. The NFL granted the Saints dispensation to keep LSU's goalposts in place for their games. In addition, with the RCA and Edward Jones domes both removing their AstroTurf
surfaces in favor of the newer next-generation FieldTurf surface, the old first-generation AstroTurf
surface ceased to be used in the NFL. Coaching changes[edit]

Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
– Romeo Crennel; replaced interim head coach Terry Robiskie who replaced Butch Davis. Davis resigned after 11 games during the 2004 season. Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
– Nick Saban; replaced interim head coach Jim Bates who replaced Dave Wannstedt
Dave Wannstedt
who resigned during the 2004 season. San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
– Mike Nolan; replaced Dennis Erickson who was fired following the 2004 season.

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

Team W L PCT PF PA  

(4) New England Patriots 10 6 .625 379 338 Details

Miami Dolphins 9 7 .562 318 317 Details

Buffalo Bills 5 11 .312 271 367 Details

New York Jets 4 12 .250 240 355 Details

AFC North

Team W L PCT PF PA  

(3) Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
[a] 11 5 .688 421 350 Details

(6) Pittsburgh Steelers 11 5 .688 389 258 Details

Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
[b] 6 10 .375 265 299 Details

Cleveland Browns 6 10 .375 232 301 Details

AFC South

Team W L PCT PF PA  

(1) Indianapolis Colts 14 2 .875 439 247 Details

(5) Jacksonville Jaguars 12 4 .750 361 269 Details

Tennessee Titans 4 12 .250 299 421 Details

Houston Texans 2 14 .125 260 431 Details

AFC West

Team W L PCT PF PA  

(2) Denver Broncos 13 3 .812 395 258 Details

Kansas City Chiefs 10 6 .625 403 325 Details

San Diego Chargers 9 7 .562 418 312 Details

Oakland Raiders 4 12 .250 290 383 Details

NFC East

Team W L PCT PF PA  

(4) New York Giants 11 5 .688 422 314 Details

(6) Washington Redskins 10 6 .625 359 293 Details

Dallas Cowboys 9 7 .562 325 308 Details

Philadelphia Eagles 6 10 .375 310 388 Details

NFC North

Team W L PCT PF PA  

(2) Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
[d] 11 5 .688 260 202 Details

Minnesota Vikings 9 7 .562 306 344 Details

Lions 5 11 .312 254 345 Details

Green Bay Packers 4 12 .250 298 344 Details

NFC South

Team W L PCT PF PA  

(3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
[c][e] 11 5 .688 300 274 Details

(5) Carolina Panthers 11 5 .688 391 259 Details

Atlanta Falcons 8 8 .500 351 341 Details

New Orleans
New Orleans
Saints 3 13 .188 235 398 Details

NFC West

Team W L PCT PF PA  

(1) Seattle Seahawks 13 3 .812 452 271 Details

St. Louis Rams 6 10 .375 363 429 Details

Arizona Cardinals 5 11 .312 311 387 Details

San Francisco 49ers 4 12 .250 239 428 Details


a Cincinnati finished ahead of Pittsburgh in the AFC North based on better division record (5–1 to 4–2). b Baltimore finished ahead of Cleveland in the AFC North based on better division record (2–4 to 1–5). c Tampa Bay finished ahead of Carolina in the NFC South based on better division record (5–1 to 4–2). d Chicago clinched the NFC's #2 seed instead of Tampa Bay or the N.Y. Giants based on better conference record (10–2 to Buccaneers' 9–3 and Giants' 8–4). e Tampa Bay clinched the NFC's #3 seed instead of the N.Y. Giants based on better conference record (9–3 to 8–4).

Playoffs[edit] Further information: 2005–06 NFL playoffs Further information: NFL playoffs § Current playoff system 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.

Playoff seeds


1 Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
(South winner) Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
(West winner)

2 Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
(West winner) Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
(North winner)

3 Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
(North winner) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(South winner)

4 New England Patriots
New England Patriots
(East winner) New York Giants
New York Giants
(East winner)

5 Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
(wild card) Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
(wild card)

6 Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
(wild card) Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
(wild card)



Jan. 8 – Giants Stadium   Jan. 15 – Soldier Field    


 5  Carolina  23

 5  Carolina  29

 4  NY Giants  0     Jan. 22 – Qwest Field

 2  Chicago  21  


Jan. 7 – Raymond James Stadium  5  Carolina  14

Jan. 14 – Qwest Field

   1  Seattle  34  

 6  Washington  17 NFC Championship

 6  Washington  10

 3  Tampa Bay  10   Feb. 5 – Ford Field

 1  Seattle  20  

Wild card playoffs  

Divisional playoffs

Jan. 8 – Paul Brown Stadium  N1  Seattle  10

Jan. 15 – RCA Dome

   A6  Pittsburgh  21

 6  Pittsburgh  31 Super Bowl
Super Bowl

 6  Pittsburgh  21

 3  Cincinnati  17     Jan. 22 – Invesco Field at Mile High

 1  Indianapolis  18  


Jan. 7 – Gillette Stadium  6  Pittsburgh  34

Jan. 14 – Invesco Field at Mile High

   2  Denver  17  

 5  Jacksonville  3 AFC Championship

 4  New England  13

 4  New England  28  

 2  Denver  27  

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Milestones[edit] The following teams and players set all-time NFL records during the season:

Record Player/Team Date/Opponent Previous Record Holder[8]

Longest Return of a Missed Field Goal/ Longest Play in NFL History Nathan Vasher, Chicago (108 yards) November 13, vs. San Francisco Chris McAlister, Baltimore vs. Denver, September 30, 2002 (107 yards)

Most Consecutive Games Played, Career Jeff Feagles, New York Giants November 27, at Seattle Jim Marshall, 1960–1979 (282)

Most Touchdowns, Season Shaun Alexander, Seattle (28) N/A Priest Holmes, Kansas City, 2003 (27)

Most Field Goals, Season Neil Rackers, Arizona (40) N/A Tied by 2 players (39)

Most Field Goals by a Team, Season Arizona (43) N/A Tied by 2 teams (39)

Statistical leaders[edit]

Atlanta at Detroit
on Thanksgiving, November 24, 2005


Points scored Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks

Total yards gained Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs

Yards rushing Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons

Yards passing Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals

Fewest points allowed Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears

Fewest total yards allowed Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fewest rushing yards allowed San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers

Fewest passing yards allowed Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers


Scoring Shaun Alexander, Seattle (168 points)

Touchdowns Shaun Alexander, Seattle (28 TDs) *

Most field goals made Neil Rackers, Arizona (40 FGs) *

Rushing Shaun Alexander, Seattle (1,880 yards)

Passer rating Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (104.1 rating)

Passing touchdowns Carson Palmer, Cincinnati (32 TDs)

Passing yards Tom Brady, New England (4,110 yards)

Pass receptions Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona and Steve Smith, Carolina (103 catches)

Pass receiving yards Steve Smith, Carolina (1,563 yards)

Punt returns Reno Mahe, Philadelphia (12.8 average yards)

Kickoff returns Terrence McGee, Buffalo (30.2 average yards)

Interceptions Ty Law, New York Jets
New York Jets
and Deltha O'Neal, Cincinnati (10)

Punting Brian Moorman, Buffalo and Shane Lechler, Oakland (45.7 average yards)

Sacks Derrick Burgess, Oakland (16)

* — Denotes new league record.


Most Valuable Player Shaun Alexander, Running Back, Seattle

Coach of the Year Lovie Smith, Chicago

Offensive Player of the Year Shaun Alexander, Running Back, Seattle

Defensive Player of the Year Brian Urlacher, Linebacker, Chicago

Offensive Rookie of the Year Carnell Williams, Running Back, Tampa Bay

Defensive Rookie of the Year Shawne Merriman, Linebacker, San Diego

NFL Comeback Player of the Year Tedy Bruschi, Linebacker, New England Steve Smith, Wide Receiver, Carolina (tie)

Team Superlatives[edit]

Pittsburgh Super Bowl
Super Bowl
winners Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger
and Jerome Bettis with sportscaster Chris Berman
Chris Berman
at Super Bowl XL
Super Bowl XL
media day


Most points scored: Seattle, 452 Fewest points scored: Cleveland, 232 Most total offensive yards: Kansas City, 6,192 Fewest total offensive yards: San Francisco, 3,587 Most total passing yards: Arizona, 4,437 Fewest total passing yards: San Francisco, 1,898 Most rushing yards: Atlanta, 2,546 Fewest rushing yards: Arizona, 1,138

[9] Defense[edit]

Fewest points allowed: Chicago, 202 Most points allowed: Houston, 431 Fewest total yards allowed: Tampa Bay, 4,444 Most total yards allowed: San Francisco, 6,259 Fewest passing yards allowed: Green Bay, 2,680 Most passing yards allowed: San Francisco, 4,427 Fewest rushing yards allowed: San Diego, 1,349 Most rushing yards allowed: Houston, 2,303


All-Pro Team


Quarterback Peyton Manning, Indianapolis

Running back Shaun Alexander, Seattle Tiki Barber, N.Y. Giants

Fullback Mack Strong, Seattle

Wide receiver Steve Smith, Carolina Chad Johnson, Cincinnati

Tight end Antonio Gates, San Diego

Offensive tackle Walter Jones, Seattle Willie Anderson, Cincinnati

Offensive guard Steve Hutchinson, Seattle Brian Waters, Kansas City Alan Faneca, Pittsburgh

Center Jeff Saturday, Indianapolis


Defensive end Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis Osi Umenyiora, N.Y. Giants

Defensive tackle Jamal Williams, San Diego Richard Seymour, New England

Outside linebacker Lance Briggs, Chicago Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay

Inside linebacker Brian Urlacher, Chicago Al Wilson, Denver

Cornerback Champ Bailey, Denver Ronde Barber, Tampa Bay

Safety Bob Sanders, Indianapolis Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh


Kicker Neil Rackers, Arizona

Punter Brian Moorman, Buffalo

Kick returner Jerome Mathis, Houston

Draft[edit] The 2005 NFL Draft
2005 NFL Draft
was held from April 23 to 24, 2005 at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. With the first pick, the San Francisco 49ers selected quarterback Alex Smith
Alex Smith
from the University of Utah. Officials[edit]

2005 NFL officiating crews


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External links[edit]

Football Outsiders 2005 DVOA Ratings

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