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The 2011 NFL season was the 92nd regular season of the National Football League. It began on Thursday, September 8, 2011, with the Super Bowl XLV
Super Bowl XLV
champion Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
defeating the Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
42–34 at Lambeau Field
Lambeau Field
and ended with Super Bowl XLVI, the league's championship game, on February 5, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium
Lucas Oil Stadium
in Indianapolis
Indianapolis
where the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots
New England Patriots
21–17. Due to a labor dispute between league owners and players, a lockout began on March 11 and ended on July 25, lasting 18 weeks and 4 days (130 days). Although it initially threatened to postpone or cancel the season, the only game that was canceled was the August 7 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. The 2011 season saw an unprecedented amount of passing offense: Four of the six highest passing yardage totals of all time were established: No. 1 Drew Brees
Drew Brees
(5,476), No. 2 Tom Brady
Tom Brady
(5,235), No. 5 Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford
(5,038) and No. 6 Eli Manning
Eli Manning
(4,933).[1] It also saw Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
quarterback Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers
establish the all-time single-season best QB Rating of 122.5.[2][better source needed] Further cementing the modern NFL's reputation as a "passing league"[3][4][5] was the fact that, for the second consecutive year, the league overall set a record for most average passing yards per team per game, with 229.7, breaking 2010's record by more than eight yards per game.[6] (For comparison, the league-wide average rushing yards total finished the 2011 season at 57th all-time.) A subplot of the 2011 season was determining who would have the worst record, and therefore "earn" the right to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft. Stanford senior quarterback Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck
was seen as the best quarterback prospect in years. Fans of some teams that started the season with numerous losses (notably Indianapolis) were openly rooting for their teams to "Suck for Luck."[7][8]

Contents

1 Labor dispute 2 Schedule

2.1 Scheduling changes 2.2 NFL Draft

3 Regular season standings

3.1 Division 3.2 Conference

4 Postseason

4.1 Playoffs bracket

5 Rule changes

5.1 Game-day testing

6 Media 7 Stadiums

7.1 Naming rights
Naming rights
agreements

8 Uniforms

8.1 End of the Reebok
Reebok
Era

9 Coaching changes

9.1 Pre-season 9.2 In-season

10 Records and milestones

10.1 Playoff records & milestones

11 Awards

11.1 Players of the Week/Month 11.2 Regular Season Awards 11.3 Team Superlatives

11.3.1 Offense 11.3.2 Defense

11.4 All-Pro Team

12 References 13 External links

Labor dispute[edit] Main article: 2011 NFL lockout In May 2008 the owners decided to opt out of the 1993 arrangement and play the 2010 season without an agreement in place.[9] Some of the major points of contention included openness of owners' financial books, the rookie pay scale, a proposed 18 percent reduction in the players' share of revenues, forfeiture on bonus payments for players who fail to perform, players' health and retirement benefits, details of free agency, the cost and benefit of new stadiums, players' salaries, extending the regular season to 18 games, and the revenue-sharing structure.[9] By March 2011, the NFLPA and the NFL had not yet come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement, thus failing to resolve the labor dispute. Accordingly, the NFLPA informed the league and the clubs that the players had voted to have the NFLPA renounce its bargaining rights.[10] After the renunciation of collective bargaining rights, quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees
Drew Brees
joined seven other NFL players and filed an antitrust suit to enjoin the lockout.[11][12][13] Following the settlement of the Brady et al. v. NFL antitrust suit on July 25, 2011, a majority of players signed union authorization cards approving the NFL Players Association to act as their exclusive collective bargaining representative.[14] The NFL officially recognized the NFLPA’s status as the players’ collective bargaining representative on July 30.[15] The NFL and NFLPA proceeded to negotiate terms for a new collective bargaining agreement, and the agreement became effective after ratification by the players on August 4.[16] The new collective bargaining agreement runs through 2021.[17] Schedule[edit] The preseason schedule was released April 12, 2011. The Hall of Fame Game, had it been played, would have featured the Chicago Bears against the St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams
in only the second time since 1971 that the game would have featured two teams from the same conference.[18] Instead, the preseason began with the San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers
hosting the Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
on August 11; the remainder of the preseason and all other games was played as originally scheduled (with the exception of the preseason Jets-Giants game, which was postponed two days due to Hurricane Irene). The 2011 season began on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at Lambeau Field, with the Super Bowl XLV
Super Bowl XLV
champion Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
hosting the New Orleans Saints in the kickoff game; the last regular season games were held on Sunday, January 1, 2012. The playoffs started on Saturday, January 7, 2012, and ended with Super Bowl XLVI, the league's championship game, on February 5, 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium
Lucas Oil Stadium
in Indianapolis. Under the NFL's scheduling formula, intraconference and interconference matchups were:

Intraconference

AFC East
AFC East
vs. AFC West AFC North vs. AFC South NFC East vs. NFC West NFC North vs. NFC South

Interconference

AFC East
AFC East
vs. NFC East AFC West vs. NFC North AFC North vs. NFC West AFC South vs. NFC South

When the league was arranging the schedule in spring 2011, it added some cushion in case the labor dispute lasted into September and the planned start of the regular season. For example, every contest in Week 3 had teams which shared the same bye week later in the season, which would have allowed these games to be made up on what were originally the teams' byes. Weeks 2 and 4 were set up so that there were neither any divisional rivalry games nor teams on bye in those weeks, and every team with a home game in Week 2 was on the road in Week 4 and vice versa. This would have kept the season as fair as possible if those games had to be canceled.[19] These scheduling changes, along with eliminating the week off before the Super Bowl and moving the Super Bowl back a week, would have allowed the NFL to play a 14-game schedule beginning in mid-October while still having the Super Bowl in mid-February. In a scheduling quirk, the NFC North's Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
played all four of their interconference games in consecutive weeks: San Diego in Week 11, Oakland in Week 12, Kansas City in Week 13 and Denver in Week 14. This season's International Series game featured the Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
at Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
in London on October 23, with the Buccaneers serving as the home team.[20] The Bears won 24–18.[21] It marked the Bears' second game played outside the United States in as many years, as they were a part of the Bills Toronto
Toronto
Series in 2010. The Buccaneers previously appeared in the International Series in 2009. One week later on October 30, the Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
defeated the Washington Redskins in the Bills' annual game at Rogers Centre
Rogers Centre
in Toronto
Toronto
by a score of 23–0. Although this was within the bounds of the 2011 CFL season, neither of the two Southern Ontario CFL teams was playing on the same day, and both played away games that weekend. The 2011–12 season also marked the 20th anniversary of the Bills and Redskins meeting in Super Bowl XXVI. The Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
hosted their first Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
game since 2001, when they faced the Bears on Columbus Day/Canadian Thanksgiving (the Detroit-Windsor
Detroit-Windsor
market straddles the U.S.–Canada border).[22] Detroit defeated Chicago 24–13 for the team's fifth straight win, the most Lions wins to start a season since the team's glory years in the 1950s, continuing a streak that has been seen as a pleasant surprise for Lions fans, after over a decade of mediocrity.[23] The 2011 Thanksgiving Day slate featured the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers winning 27–15 on the road against Detroit and the Cowboys coming back to defeat the Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
20–19 at home. The Thanksgiving nightcap on the NFL Network
NFL Network
showed the Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens defeating the San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
16–6 at home; this was the first Thanksgiving game for the 49ers since 1972, the first ever for the Ravens, and a game that put first-year 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh against his brother, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. Christmas Day fell on Sunday. The TV contracts state that the majority afternoon games are played on Christmas Eve (Saturday) and hold one game is held over for Sunday night. The Packers defeated the Bears, 35–21, on Christmas evening on NBC. New Year's Day 2012 consequently also fell on a Sunday, and the NFL played its entire Week 17 schedule that day. The major college bowl games usually played on New Year's Day, as well as the NHL Winter Classic, were instead played on Monday, January 2. For the second straight year, Week 17 only featured divisional match-ups. The New York Giants
New York Giants
visited the Washington Redskins on September 11, 2011, the first Sunday of the regular season, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks
September 11 attacks
in which Washington, D.C. and New York City
New York City
were both targeted, as well as the first such anniversary since the killing of Osama bin Laden.[24] Due to the proximity of Baltimore
Baltimore
with Washington as well as the proximity of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
with the site where United Airlines Flight 93
United Airlines Flight 93
crashed, the Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers visited the archrival Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. It marked the first time the two teams played in a season-opening game since 2003, as their heated rivalry usually prompts their games to be scheduled later in the season. There had been some speculation that the Giants and their same-city rival, the New York Jets, could have played each other that day since the two were scheduled to play each other in 2011; the Jets were the designated home team at MetLife Stadium
MetLife Stadium
in the matchup which had been predetermined due to the NFL's scheduling formula.[25] However, the Jets instead hosted the Dallas Cowboys.[26] Scheduling changes[edit] The following regular-season games were moved by way of flexible scheduling, severe weather, or for other reasons:

Week 10: The Lions–Bears game was moved from 1:00 pm EST to 4:15 pm EST.[27] Week 11: The Titans–Falcons game was moved from 1:00 pm EST to 4:15 pm EST.[28] Week 13: The Colts–Patriots game was moved from the 8:20 pm EST time slot on NBC
NBC
Sunday Night Football to 1:00 pm EST on CBS. The Lions–Saints game, originally scheduled at 1:00 pm EST on Fox, was flexed into the 8:20 pm slot on NBC, in place of the originally-scheduled Colts–Patriots game. The Ravens–Browns game was changed from 1:00 pm EST to 4:05 pm EST. The Broncos–Vikings game was changed from 4:05 pm EST to 1:00 pm EST, and aired on Fox instead of CBS because Fox had only two games in the early time slot. This was the first time that the league moved an interconference telecast to the home team's Sunday afternoon regional broadcaster.[28][29] Week 14: The Raiders–Packers game was moved from 1:00 pm EST to 4:15 pm EST.[30] Week 17: By way of flexible scheduling, the following games were moved due to playoff implications during the final week of the regular season: The Cowboys–Giants game, originally scheduled at 1:00 pm EST on Fox, was selected as the final NBC
NBC
Sunday Night Football game, which decided the NFC East division champion. The Buccaneers–Falcons, Ravens–Bengals and Steelers–Browns games were all moved from 1:00 pm EST to 4:15 pm EST.[31]

NFL Draft[edit] The 2011 NFL Draft
2011 NFL Draft
was held from April 28 to 30, 2011 at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. With the first pick, the Carolina Panthers selected quarterback Cam Newton
Cam Newton
from Auburn. Regular season standings[edit] Division[edit]

AFC East

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(1) New England Patriots 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 513 342 W8

New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 394 382 L3

Miami Dolphins 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 348 330 W1

Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 372 434 L1

AFC North

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(2) Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens 12 4 0 .750 6–0 9–3 378 266 W2

(5) Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 325 227 W2

(6) Cincinnati Bengals 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 344 323 L1

Cleveland Browns 4 12 0 .250 0–6 3–9 218 307 L6

AFC South

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(3) Houston Texans 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 381 278 L3

Tennessee Titans 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 325 317 W2

Jacksonville Jaguars 5 11 0 .313 3–3 4–8 243 329 W1

Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts 2 14 0 .125 2–4 2–10 243 430 L1

AFC West

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(4) Denver Broncos 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 309 390 L3

San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 .500 3–3 7–5 406 377 W1

Oakland Raiders 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 333 395 L1

Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 3–3 4–8 212 338 W1

NFC East

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(4) New York Giants 9 7 0 .562 3–3 5–7 394 400 W2

Philadelphia Eagles 8 8 0 .500 5–1 6–6 396 328 W4

Dallas Cowboys 8 8 0 .500 2–4 6–6 372 347 L2

Washington Redskins 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 288 367 L2

NFC North

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(1) Green Bay Packers 15 1 0 .938 6–0 12–0 560 359 W2

(6) Detroit Lions 10 6 0 .625 3–3 6–6 474 397 L1

Chicago Bears 8 8 0 .500 3–3 7–5 353 341 W1

Minnesota Vikings 3 13 0 .188 0–6 3–9 340 449 L1

NFC South

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(3) New Orleans Saints 13 3 0 .813 5–1 9–3 547 339 W8

(5) Atlanta Falcons 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 402 350 W1

Carolina Panthers 6 10 0 .375 2–4 3–9 406 427 L1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 307 494 L10

NFC West

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(2) San Francisco 49ers 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 380 229 W3

Arizona Cardinals 8 8 0 .500 4–2 7–5 312 348 W1

Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 321 315 L2

St. Louis Rams 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 193 407 L7

Conference[edit]

AFC[32]

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Division winners

1 New England Patriots East 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 513 342 171 W8

2[a] Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens North 12 4 0 .750 6–0 9–3 378 266 112 W2

3 Houston Texans South 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 381 278 103 L3

4[b] Denver Broncos West 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 309 390 -81 L3

Wild cards

5[a] Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Steelers North 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 325 227 98 W2

6[c] Cincinnati Bengals North 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 344 323 21 L1

Did not qualify for the playoffs

7[c] Tennessee Titans South 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 325 317 8 W2

8[d] New York Jets East 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 377 363 14 L3

9[b][d][e] San Diego Chargers West 8 8 0 .500 3–3 7–5 406 377 29 W1

10[b][e] Oakland Raiders West 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 359 433 -74 L1

11 Kansas City Chiefs West 7 9 0 .438 3–3 4–8 212 338 -126 W1

12[f] Miami Dolphins East 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 329 313 16 W1

13[f] Buffalo Bills East 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 372 434 -62 L1

14 Jacksonville Jaguars South 5 11 0 .313 3–3 4–8 243 329 -86 W1

15 Cleveland Browns North 4 12 0 .250 0–6 3–9 218 307 -89 L6

16 Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts South 2 14 0 .125 2–4 2–1 243 430 -187 L1

Tiebreakers[g]

^ a b Baltimore
Baltimore
clinched the AFC North title based on a head-to-head sweep over Pittsburgh. ^ a b c Denver clinched the AFC West title instead of San Diego or Oakland based on record versus common opponents (5–5 to San Diego's and Oakland's 4–6). ^ a b Cincinnati clinched the AFC 6 seed instead of Tennessee based on a head-to-head victory. ^ a b New York Jets
New York Jets
finished ahead of San Diego based on head-to-head victory. ^ a b San Diego finished ahead of Oakland in the AFC West based on better conference record (7–5 to 6–6). ^ a b Miami finished in third place in the AFC East
AFC East
based on a head-to-head sweep over Buffalo. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

NFC[32]

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# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK

Division winners

1 Green Bay Packers North 15 1 0 .938 6–0 12–0 560 359 201 W2

2[a] San Francisco 49ers West 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 380 229 151 W3

3[a] New Orleans Saints South 13 3 0 .813 5–1 9–3 547 339 208 W8

4 New York Giants East 9 7 0 .563 3–3 5–7 394 400 -6 W2

Wild cards

5[b] Atlanta Falcons South 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 402 350 52 W1

6[b] Detroit Lions North 10 6 0 .625 3–3 6–6 474 387 87 L1

Did not qualify for the playoffs

7[c] Chicago Bears North 8 8 0 .500 3–3 7–5 353 341 12 W1

8[c][d] Arizona Cardinals West 8 8 0 .500 4–2 7–5 312 348 -36 W1

9[d][e] Philadelphia Eagles East 8 8 0 .500 5–1 6–6 396 328 68 W4

10[e] Dallas Cowboys East 8 8 0 .500 2–4 6–6 369 347 22 L2

11 Seattle Seahawks West 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 321 315 6 L2

12 Carolina Panthers South 6 10 0 .375 2–4 3–9 406 429 -23 L1

13 Washington Redskins East 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 288 367 -79 L2

14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 287 494 -207 L10

15 Minnesota Vikings North 3 13 0 .188 0–6 3–9 340 449 -109 L1

16 St. Louis Rams West 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–1 193 407 -214 L7

Tiebreakers[f]

^ a b San Francisco clinched the NFC 2 seed instead of New Orleans based on better conference record (10–2 to 9–3). ^ a b Atlanta clinched the NFC 5 seed instead of Detroit based on a head-to-head victory. ^ a b Chicago finished ahead of Arizona based on record versus common opponents. ^ a b Arizona finished ahead of Philadelphia based on a head-to-head victory. ^ a b Philadelphia finished in second place in the NFC East based on a head-to-head sweep over Dallas. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

Postseason[edit] Main article: 2011–12 NFL playoffs Playoffs bracket[edit]

                                   

Jan. 8 – MetLife
MetLife
Stadium   Jan. 15 – Lambeau Field    

     

 5  Atlanta  2

 4  NY Giants  37

 4  NY Giants  24     Jan. 22 – Candlestick Park

 1  Green Bay  20  

NFC

Jan. 7 – Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz
Superdome  4  NY Giants  20*

Jan. 14 – Candlestick Park

   2  San Francisco  17  

 6  Detroit  28 NFC Championship

 3  New Orleans  32

 3  New Orleans  45   Feb. 5 – Lucas Oil Stadium

 2  San Francisco  36  

Wild card playoffs  

Divisional playoffs

Jan. 7 – Reliant Stadium  N4  NY Giants  21

Jan. 15 – M&T Bank Stadium

   A1  New England  17

 6  Cincinnati  10 Super Bowl XLVI

 3  Houston  13

 3  Houston  31     Jan. 22 – Gillette Stadium

 2  Baltimore  20  

AFC

Jan. 8 – Sports Authority
Sports Authority
Field at Mile High  2  Baltimore  20

Jan. 14 – Gillette Stadium

   1  New England  23  

 5  Pittsburgh  23 AFC Championship

 4  Denver  10

 4  Denver  29*  

 1  New England  45  

* Indicates overtime victory

This bracket:

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Rule changes[edit] The following are rule changes that were passed at the league's annual owners meeting in March. All changes went into effect once the labor dispute was resolved.

Changes were made regarding kickoffs to limit injuries. First, kickoffs will be moved from the 30 back up to the 35-yard line, repealing a 1994 rule change. In addition, players on the kickoff coverage team cannot line up more than 5 yards behind the kickoff line, minimizing running starts and thus reducing the speed of collisions.[33] Other changes were also proposed, but a number of players and coaches expressed concern they would actually significantly reduce, if not eliminate, the number of kickoff returns.[34][35] Proposals that would have brought touchbacks out to the 25 instead of the 20, and eliminated all wedge blocks were not adopted.[33] Despite this rule, the Bears kicked off from the 30-yard line twice[citation needed] in their preseason game against the Bills. All replay reviews of scoring plays during the entire game can now be initiated by the replay booth official. Coaches will no longer have to use one of their challenges if a scoring play occurs outside of the two-minute warning.[33][34] Because the play is now "unchallengable" by coaches, attempting to do so will result in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which several coaches were flagged for during the season. Nicknamed the "Boise State Rule", all playing fields must remain green, and not be in another color like the blue turf at Boise State's Bronco Stadium, unless approval is granted by the league. This was passed in response to a few sponsors who requested to change the colors in a few stadiums.[36]

The following rule changes were adopted at the NFL Owners' Meeting on May 24, 2011:

Hits to the head of a passer-by an opponent’s hands, arms or other parts of the body will not be fouls unless they are forcible blows, modifying the existing rule that any contact to a passer's head, regardless of the reason, is penalized as a personal foul (15 yards). Players will be prohibited from "launching" (leaving both feet prior to contact to spring forward and upward into an opponent or using any part of the helmet to initiate forcible contact against any part of the opponent’s body) to level a defenseless player, as well as "forcibly hitting the neck or head area with the helmet, facemask, forearm or shoulder regardless of whether the defensive player also uses his arms to tackle the defenseless player by encircling or grasping him.", and lowering the head and make forcible contact with the top/crown or forehead/"hairline" parts of the helmet against any part of the defenseless player’s body. Offenders will be penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness and ejected from the game if the contact is deemed flagrant.

A "defenseless player" is defined as a:

Player in the act of or just after throwing a pass. Receiver attempting to catch a pass or one who has not completed a catch and hasn’t had time to protect himself or hasn’t clearly become a runner. If the receiver/runner is capable of avoiding or warding off the impending contact of an opponent, he is no longer a defenseless player. Runner whose forward progress has been stopped and is already in the grasp of a tackler. Kickoff or punt returner attempting to field a kick in the air. Player on the ground at the end of a play. Kicker/punter during the kick or return. Quarterback any time after a change of possession (i.e. turnover). Player who receives a "blindside" block when the blocker is moving toward his own end-line and approaches the opponent from behind or the side.[37]

The league has instructed game officials to "err on the side of caution" when calling such personal foul penalties, and that they will not be downgraded if they make a mistake so that they will not hesitate on making these kinds of calls.[38] Game-day testing[edit]

Game-day testing for performance-enhancing drugs. The NFL is adding game-day testing for performance-enhancing substances but not recreational drugs this season under the new collective bargaining agreement.[39]

Media[edit] This was the sixth season under the current television contracts with the league's television partners: CBS (all AFC afternoon away games), Fox (all NFC afternoon away games), NBC
NBC
(17 Sunday Night Football games and the kickoff game), ESPN
ESPN
(17 Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
games over sixteen weeks), NFL Network
NFL Network
(eight late-season games on Thursday night and Saturday nights), and DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket package. These contracts run through at least 2013. ESPN
ESPN
extended its contract for Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
on September 8, during the opening week of the season. The new contract extended the rights for eight seasons, giving the network rights until 2021. The new deal, valued between $14.2 billion and $15.2 billion, also gave them rights to expanded highlights, international and digital rights, the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
beginning with the 2015 installment, and possibly a Wildcard playoff game.[40] Also, the league announced a nine-year extension with CBS, Fox and NBC on their current contracts starting with the 2014 season.[41] The 2011 NFL season version of "musical chairs" brought some changes. At CBS, Dick Enberg
Dick Enberg
officially retired (he now does San Diego Padres games for Fox Sports San Diego and its predecessor, 4SD), and Marv Albert replaces him, coming over from Westwood One radio. Gus Johnson has also departed CBS and will begin calling play-by-play for Fox, mostly college games as well on FX. ESPN
ESPN
lost both of their sideline reporters from 2010: Michele Tafoya
Michele Tafoya
to NBC, where she replaced the departing Andrea Kremer, and Suzy Kolber
Suzy Kolber
reduced the number of games she covers to work on ESPN2's new NFL32 show, which she is hosting. ESPN, who had reduced the roles of its sideline reporters in recent years in response to NFL rule changes, used only one sideline reporter for each game of the 2011 season; among the rotating reporters include Kolber, Wendi Nix, Ed Werder, Sal Paolantonio, and Rachel Nichols. On December 22, 2010, the league announced that its national radio contract with Westwood One, which was acquired by Dial Global in the 2011 offseason, had been extended through 2014.[42] The league also extended its contract with Sirius XM Radio
Sirius XM Radio
through 2015.[43] In addition to these contracts, and in a first for an NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
signed a deal to allow for nationwide broadcasts of all of its home and away games broadcast on Compass Media Networks, in addition to its existing local radio network. Compass also acquired exclusive national broadcast rights to both the International Series and Toronto
Toronto
Series contests.[44] The league did not announce plans to compensate their media partners had the season been shortened or canceled as a result of the work stoppage. NBC
NBC
had ordered several low-cost reality television shows for the 2011–12 TV season in the event that Sunday Night Football could not be played, but other networks had not made public any contingency plans in the event NFL games could not be televised (in the case of CBS and Fox, the Sunday afternoon time slots could have been left unfilled and turned over to the affiliates, likely to be used for time buys by minor and extreme sports organizations, or locally programmed infomercials or movies as they are during the offseason). A work stoppage could have potentially cost these networks billions of dollars in ad revenue and other entertainment platforms that depend on the games being played. (Under the NFL's television contracts, the networks must still pay the league a rights fee regardless of whether or not the league plays any games; a March 2 ruling states that this money must be put into escrow and not be spent.)[45] Meanwhile, the United Football League had set aside a portion of their television contract for their 2011 UFL season, as a potential package of replacement programs for the networks;[46] while CBS and Fox briefly negotiated with the UFL regarding the package, neither network committed to carrying the games, forcing the UFL to postpone its season by a month. Stadiums[edit] Naming rights
Naming rights
agreements[edit] The following stadiums received new naming rights:

April 27: The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, home of the Oakland Raiders, was renamed Overstock.com Coliseum, and later shortened to O.co Coliseum. The Raiders' home field has undergone several name changes in its history, including Network Associates Coliseum (1998–2004) and McAfee Coliseum (2004–2008).[47] June 20: Qwest
Qwest
Field, the home of the Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
since 2002, was renamed CenturyLink Field. Qwest's naming rights to the Seahawks' home field was set to expire in 2014.[48] August 16: INVESCO Field at Mile High, the home of the Denver Broncos, was renamed Sports Authority
Sports Authority
Field at Mile High. Invesco
Invesco
Ltd. held the original naming rights to the Broncos' home field since it opened in 2001, and Invesco's naming rights agreement was set to expire in 2021. Sports Authority, a sporting goods retailer based in Englewood, Colorado, took over the naming rights, and agreed to pay $6 million per year for the naming rights to the Broncos' home field.[49] August 23: Life insurance
Life insurance
company MetLife
MetLife
purchased the naming rights to the New Meadowlands Stadium, the new home field of the New York Jets and New York Giants
New York Giants
that opened in 2010, renaming it MetLife Stadium. The life insurance company signed a 25-year, $17 million per year agreement with the Jets and Giants for the stadium's naming rights.[50] October 4: German automaker Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz
purchased the naming rights to the Louisiana Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints. The Saints' home field was officially renamed the Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz
Superdome prior to the Saints' Week 7 home game vs. the Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts.[51]

In addition, the San Diego Chargers' home field, Qualcomm Stadium, was temporarily renamed "Snapdragon Stadium" for a ten-day period from December 16–25, which included the team's Week 15 home game vs. the Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens, as a marketing tie in for Qualcomm's Snapdragon brand.[52] Uniforms[edit] The first Sunday of the season fell on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. To commemorate that event players, coaches, game officials and sideline personnel all wore a special stars and stripes ribbon bearing the dates "9/11/01" and "9/11/11" as a patch or pin. Players were also allowed to wear special red, white and blue gloves and shoes.[53] The Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
introduced redesigned uniforms on June 24, 2011. Early rumors fueled by a Madden NFL 12
Madden NFL 12
trailer featuring a Bills throwback uniform had indicated the team would be adopting the uniforms the team wore between 1975 and 1983;[54] the final product indeed resembled those uniforms, with some minor adjustments.[55] The new uniforms (which marked the first redesign since 2002) were unveiled at a fan appreciation event at Ralph Wilson Stadium.[56] The Bills wore their white "away" uniforms in their week nine home game against the New York Jets
New York Jets
as part of a whiteout promotion; the last time the team had worn their white uniforms at home was in 1986.[57] The New England Patriots' uniforms bore a patch bearing the initials "MHK" in honor of team owner Robert Kraft's wife Myra Kraft who died of cancer in July.[58] The Patriots wore their red throwback uniforms in their week five game against the New York Jets. They wore their white jerseys at home against the Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
in week six, thus forcing the Cowboys to use their navy jerseys for the only time all season and the first time since 2009.[59] As per tradition, the Cowboys wore their throwbacks on Thanksgiving Day (November 24) at home against the Miami Dolphins.[59] The St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams
wore their throwback uniforms in week 8 against the New Orleans Saints; the date was determined by fan voting.[60] The Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens wore their black alternative jerseys twice in 2011: with black pants against the Jets and with white pants against the 49ers.[61] The Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
wore their orange throwback uniforms during week 13 against Carolina.[62] The Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders
wore stickers featuring "AL" on their helmets after owner Al Davis died on October 8, 2011.[63] This season was the last in which the Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
wore their navy blue jerseys as their primary jersey, as the team has designated their orange jerseys—the team's alternate home jersey since 2002—as their new primary home jersey color, beginning with the 2012 season. The move was made due to overwhelming fan support to return to using orange as the team's primary home jersey color, which harkens back to the days of the Orange Crush Defense, as well as John Elway's return to the organization as the team's executive vice president of football operations. The team had considered making the switch for the 2011 season, but were too late to notify the NFL of the changes.[64] The team's navy blue jerseys, which had been their primary home jersey since they were first introduced in 1997, will become the alternate jerseys which will be worn in one or two home games each year.[65] This season was the last in which the Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
wore their pacific blue (or "Seahawks blue") jerseys as the team's home jersey, as the team changed their home jersey color to dark navy for the 2012 season.[66] End of the Reebok
Reebok
Era[edit] This was the last season that Reebok
Reebok
exclusively supplied uniforms and sideline caps along with performance and fan apparel for all 32 teams in the league, as Nike and New Era now have the rights to manufacture on-field uniforms and fan apparel, with Nike handling uniforms and performance apparel, and New Era with on-field caps. For Reebok, this ends a 10-year exclusivity association that began in 2001.[67] Coaching changes[edit] Pre-season[edit] The uncertain labor issues and the possibility of a lockout were speculated to have a minimizing effect on coaching changes prior to the 2011 season, with owners predicted to be more hesitant than usual to hire a high-price, high-profile head coach.[68] Nevertheless, eight coaches were fired either during or immediately after the 2010 NFL season, compared to three in the year prior; only one of the new hires (John Fox) had ever been a head coach in the NFL prior to their hirings or promotions. However, Leslie Frazier, and Jason Garrett
Jason Garrett
did get some experience as interim coaches during the 2010 season, with Garrett being successful in his debut season, going 5–3 in his tenure, improving the 1–7 Cowboys to a 6–10 season.

Team: 2010 head coach: at start of season 2010 interim head coach: 2011 replacement: Reason for leaving: Story/Accomplishments:

Dallas Cowboys Wade Phillips Jason Garrett Fired Phillips, son of former NFL head coach Bum Phillips, was fired on November 8, 2010, following a 45–7 Week 9 loss against the Green Bay Packers, leaving Dallas with a 35–24 (.593) record. Phillips was later hired as defensive coordinator of the Houston Texans. On January 5, 2011, Jason Garrett, the team's offensive coordinator and presumptive head coach in waiting, was named the Head coach
Head coach
for the 2011 season.

Minnesota Vikings Brad Childress Leslie Frazier Fired Childress was fired on November 22, 2010, 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 after a 12–4 season a year ago. Childress also faced controversy by releasing Randy Moss without the approval of owner Zygi Wilf and lost control over the locker room.[69] Childress amassed a record of 40–37 (.519) record during his time in Minnesota. Frazier, the Vikings' defensive coordinator since 2007, was named head coach following the end of the 2010 season.

Denver Broncos Josh McDaniels Eric Studesville (retained as running back coach) John Fox Fired McDaniels was fired on December 5, 2010, following a 10–6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs
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.[70] McDaniels's record was 11–17 (.393) as coach of the Broncos. McDaniels was later hired by the St. Louis Rams to be their offensive coordinator.[71]

San Francisco 49ers Mike Singletary Jim Tomsula
Jim Tomsula
(retained as defensive line coach) Jim Harbaugh Fired Singletary compiled a record of 18–22 (.462) during his 2½ years as head coach of the 49ers and was criticized for his lack of focus on the team's offense.[72][73] Singletary is now the Linebackers coach for the Minnesota Vikings.[74] Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback, came from the Stanford Cardinal football team, where he led the Cardinal to a 12–1 record in 2010 behind the arm of top quarterback prospect Andrew Luck, culminating in a victory in the Orange Bowl. (Luck was expected to declare for the 2011 NFL Draft
2011 NFL Draft
if Harbaugh left, but decided to stay at Stanford.)

Carolina Panthers John Fox Ron Rivera Expired contract The Panthers announced on December 31, 2010, two days before the final game of the 2010 season, that his contract will not be renewed for 2011.[75] Fox spent nine seasons with Carolina, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVIII, and leaves Carolina with a total record of 78–76 (.506). Rivera had spent the previous three seasons as defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers.

Cleveland Browns Eric Mangini Pat Shurmur Fired The Browns announced on Monday January 3, 2011, the day after the end of the 2010 regular season that Eric Mangini
Eric Mangini
will not be returning to coach the Browns.[76] Mangini led the Browns to back to back 5–11 seasons and an overall record of 10–22 (.313), the second-worst in Browns history.[77] Mangini is currently an analyst for ESPN. On January 13 Browns announced that they hired Pat Shurmur, a career assistant coach who spent the last two seasons on the staff of the St. Louis Rams and from 1999–2008 on the staff of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Oakland Raiders Tom Cable Hue Jackson Expired contract The Raiders announced on Tuesday January 4, 2011, that they will not exercise the option on Tom Cable's contract. He finishes with a 17–27 (.386) record, which included an 8–8 record in 2010, while going undefeated against division rivals, being the first team to go 6–0 against division opponents and miss the playoffs. On January 17, the Raiders announced that Hue Jackson, their previous offensive coordinator will replace Cable, who was later hired as the Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach for the Seattle Seahawks.

Tennessee Titans Jeff Fisher Mike Munchak Resigned On January 27, it was formally announced by the Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
that Jeff Fisher
Jeff Fisher
would not return to coach the team in 2011,[78] following a dispute with quarterback Vince Young. Fisher, whose time with the team dated back to when it was still the Houston Oilers, had the longest tenure as head coach with one team among active head coaches in the league at the time of his dismissal. In 17 years with the Oilers and Titans, Fisher compiled a record of 147–126 (.538) and led the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV. Mike Munchak, who joined the Oilers in 1982 and has remained with the team as a player or coach every year since (serving most recently as offensive line coach), was promoted to the head coach position as Fisher's replacement.

In-season[edit] The following head coaches were replaced in-season:

Team: 2011 head coach: Interim head coach: Reason for leaving: Story/Accomplishments:

Jacksonville Jaguars Jack Del Rio Mel Tucker Fired Del Rio was fired after compiling a 69–73 (.486) record (including postseason games) in 8¾ seasons as head coach; the team has not made the playoffs since 2007. Del Rio was fired at the same time that Wayne Weaver, the owner of the Jaguars, announced his intentions to sell the team to Pakistani-American automotive parts builder Shahid Khan.[79]

Kansas City Chiefs Todd Haley Romeo Crennel Fired Haley compiled a 19–27 (.413) record, including one postseason loss, in nearly 3 seasons with the Chiefs. Team ownership cited inconsistent play and a lack of progress in their decision; Haley was also cited for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in what turned out to be his final game. Crennel had previously served as head coach of the Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
from 2005 to 2008. Crennel won his first game as the interim head coach of the Chiefs on December 18, 2011 against the then undefeated Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
19-14, which was significant as Crennel snapped the Packers' 19-game winning streak ended their hopes for a perfect season. Crennel finished his stint as interim head coach with a 2-1 record. On January 9, 2012 Crennel was named the team's permanent head coach.

Miami Dolphins Tony Sparano Todd Bowles Fired Sparano compiled a 29–33 (.468) record, including one postseason loss, in nearly 4 seasons with the Dolphins. Ongoing speculation regarding Sparano's future in Miami prompted Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to dismiss Sparano prior to the end of the season instead of letting the speculation become a further distraction. The Dolphins intend on hiring someone from outside the organization in the 2012 offseason.[80]

Records and milestones[edit]

Most points in the Kickoff Game, single team: 42, Green Bay (vs. New Orleans, September 8, 2011) Most points in the Kickoff Game, total: 76, Green Bay (42) and New Orleans (34) — September 8, 2011 Longest kick return (tie): 108 yards, Randall Cobb (Green Bay vs. New Orleans — September 8, 2011) Longest field goal (tie): 63 yards, Sebastian Janikowski
Sebastian Janikowski
(Oakland vs. Denver — September 12, 2011)[81] Most combined passing yards in a single game, broken twice:

933, Tom Brady
Tom Brady
(New England, 517) and Chad Henne
Chad Henne
(Miami, 416) — September 12, 2011[81] 1,000, Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford
(Detroit, 520) and Matt Flynn
Matt Flynn
(Green Bay, 480) — January 1, 2012

Most yards thrown by a rookie quarterback in his first game: 422, Cam Newton (Carolina vs. Arizona)[82] Most passing yards, rookie, season: 4,051, Cam Newton, Carolina Most yards thrown by a quarterback, first two games of the season, broken twice:

854 yards, Cam Newton
Cam Newton
(September 18, 2011), Carolina, stands as record for a rookie[83] 940 yards, Tom Brady
Tom Brady
(September 18, 2011), New England Patriots[83]

Most consecutive second-half drives to end in touchdowns: 5, Buffalo (vs. Oakland, September 18, 2011)[84] Largest point margin prior to a successful comeback in consecutive games, modern era, broken twice:

18, Buffalo (18 vs. Oakland, 21 vs. New England)[85] 20, Detroit (20 vs. Minnesota, 24 vs. Dallas)

Most field goals of 50 or more yards, single game (tied twice):

3, Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland (54, 55, and 50; vs. Houston, October 9, 2011)[86] 3, Josh Scobee, Jacksonville (54, 54, and 51; vs. Baltimore, October 24, 2011)

Highest net punting average for a season: 43.99 yards, Andy Lee, San Francisco[87] Longest game-winning punt return touchdown in overtime: 99 yards, Patrick Peterson, Arizona (vs. St. Louis, November 6, 2011)[88] Most punt returns in a season for touchdown (tied): 4, Patrick Peterson, Arizona Most punt return yards by a rookie in a season: 699, Patrick Peterson, Arizona Most field goals in a season: 44, David Akers, San Francisco Most points in a season without a touchdown: 166, David Akers, San Francisco[87] Most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season: 14, Cam Newton, Carolina Most passing yards in a season: 5,476, Drew Brees, New Orleans.[89]

Tom Brady, New England (5,235) and Matthew Stafford, Detroit (5,038) also passed for more than 5,000 yards marking the 4th and 5th times an individual has reached that milestone in NFL history, and the first time more than one person has done it in a single season.

Fewest turnovers in a season (tied): 10, San Francisco[87] The 2011 Saints broke many offensive records on January 1, 2012:[90]

Most net yardage of offense in a season: 7,474 Most net yards passing: 5,347 Most completions: 472 Highest completion percentage (team) for the season: 71.3 Fewest fumbles in a season: 6 Most first downs for the season: 416 Most passing first downs in a season: 280 Most kick-offs resulting in a touchback, season: 62 Highest third down conversion percentage: 57.9%

The 2011 Raiders also broke a few records:

Most penalties, season: 163 Most yards penalized, season: 1,358

Most all purpose yards in a season: 2,696, Darren Sproles, New Orleans Most receiving yards by a tight end in a season, broken twice:

1310, (Jimmy Graham, New Orleans vs. Carolina) 1327, (Rob Gronkowski, New England vs. Buffalo)

Most games, 300+ yards passing, season: 13, Drew Brees, New Orleans Most consecutive 300+ yards passing games: 7, Drew Brees, New Orleans Punt return touchdowns, career: 12, Devin Hester, Chicago Most consecutive games, 100+ passer rating, season: 12, Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Highest passer rating, season: 122.5, Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Most field goals of 50 or more yards, season, all teams: 90 Highest field goals of 50 or more yards percentage, season, all teams: 63.8 Highest completion percentage (individual), season: 71.2, Drew Brees, New Orleans Longest pass completion (tied twice):

99, Tom Brady, New England (vs. Miami, September 12, 2011) 99, Eli Manning, New York Giants
New York Giants
(vs. New York Jets, December 24, 2011)

Most consecutive games, 2+ touchdown passes (tied): 13, Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Most times finished in the first place: 23, New York Giants

Playoff records & milestones[edit]

Most offensive yards in a single playoff game: 627, New Orleans (vs. Detroit, Wild Card January 7, 2012) First quarterback to reach 400+ yards in two consecutive postseason games: Drew Brees, New Orleans (First time: 2010 vs. Seattle; 2nd time: 2011 vs. Detroit – both Wild Card games) Most first downs (tie): 34, New Orleans (vs. Detroit, Wild Card January 7, 2012) Most receiving yards in a playoff debut: 210, Calvin Johnson, Detroit (vs. New Orleans, Wild Card January 7, 2012) Most consecutive playoff games lost (tie): 7, Detroit Lions Tim Tebow's game-winning pass to Demaryius Thomas
Demaryius Thomas
for Denver (vs. Pittsburgh, Wild Card January 8, 2012) set several records:

Longest scoring play in a playoff overtime: 80 yards Shortest time of a drive in regular and postseason overtime: 11 seconds Quickest win in overtime: 11 seconds

Most playoff appearances: 31, New York Giants Most completions to start a super bowl: 9, Eli Manning Most touchdown passes in a single playoff game (tie): 6, Tom Brady, New England Most league championship game appearances: 19, New York Giants Most Super Bowls Started as QB (tie): 5, Tom Brady Record for most yards per completion (31.6) in a NFL playoff game Tim Tebow 3rd player in NFL playoff history to pass for 300 yards, and rush for 50 yards. Tim Tebow Most Super Bowls lost (tie): 4, New England Patriots Most playoff games won starting QB (tie): 16, Tom Brady

Awards[edit] Players of the Week/Month[edit] The following were named the top performers during the 2011 season:

Week/ Month Offensive Player of the Week/Month Defensive Player of the Week/Month Special
Special
Teams Player of the Week/Month

AFC NFC AFC NFC AFC NFC

1 Tom Brady[91] Aaron Rodgers[92] Terrell Suggs[91] Brian Urlacher[92] Sebastian Janikowski[91] Ted Ginn, Jr.[92]

2[93] Tom Brady Tony Romo Antonio Cromartie Roman Harper Josh Cribbs Jason Hanson

3 Darren McFadden[94] Eli Manning[95] Ray Lewis[94] Ronde Barber[95] Rian Lindell[94] Dan Bailey[95]

Sept.[96] Ryan Fitzpatrick Aaron Rodgers D'Qwell Jackson Sean Lee Sebastian Janikowski Jason Hanson

4 Arian Foster[97] Aaron Rodgers[97] Jarret Johnson[98] Brian Orakpo[99] Ryan Succop[100] Devin Hester[101]

5 Ben Roethlisberger[102] Adrian Peterson[103] George Wilson[102] Patrick Willis[103] Sebastian Janikowski[102] Mason Crosby[103]

6 Rashard Mendenhall[104] Ahmad Bradshaw[105] Darrelle Revis[104] Kurt Coleman[105] Jacoby Ford[104] Devin Hester[105]

7 Arian Foster[106] Drew Brees[107] Brandon Flowers[106] Lance Briggs[107] Josh Scobee[106] Mason Crosby[107]

8 Ben Roethlisberger[108] LeSean McCoy[109] Derrick Johnson[110] Cliff Avril[109] Brandon Tate[111] Robert Quinn[109]

Oct.[112] Arian Foster Aaron Rodgers LaMarr Woodley Jared Allen Joe McKnight Devin Hester

9 Matt Moore[113] Aaron Rodgers[114] David Harris[115] Mathias Kiwanuka[114] Eddie Royal[116] Patrick Peterson[114]

10 Michael Bush[117] Larry Fitzgerald[118] Andre Carter[117] Roman Harper[118] Marc Mariani[117] Devin Hester[118]

11 Torrey Smith[119] Kevin Smith[120] Von Miller[119] Chris Clemons[120] Julian Edelman[119] Kealoha Pilares[120]

12 Chris Johnson[121] Drew Brees[122] Terrell Suggs[121] DeAngelo Hall[122] Sebastian Janikowski[121] Patrick Peterson[122]

Nov.[123] Tom Brady Aaron Rodgers Connor Barwin Julius Peppers Sebastian Janikowski Patrick Peterson

13 Ray Rice[124] Cam Newton[125] Colin McCarthy[126] David Hawthorne[125] Antonio Brown[127] Tim Masthay[125]

14 Rob Gronkowski[128] Matt Ryan[129] Terrell Suggs[130] Jason Pierre-Paul[129] Matt Prater[131] Doug Baldwin[129]

15 Reggie Bush[132] Calvin Johnson[133] Antwan Barnes[134] John Abraham[133] Ryan Succop[135] Andy Lee[133]

16 Tom Brady[136] Drew Brees[137] Robert Mathis[136] Jason Pierre-Paul[137] Richard Seymour[136] David Akers[137]

17 Ray Rice[138] Matt Flynn[139] Troy Polamalu[140] Curtis Lofton[141] Richard Goodman[142] David Akers[143]

Dec.[144] Tom Brady Drew Brees Terrell Suggs Jason Pierre-Paul Matt Prater David Akers

Week FedEx Air Player of the Week[145] (Quarterbacks) FedEx Ground Player of the Week[145] (Running Backs) Pepsi Rookie of the Week[146]

1 Tom Brady
Tom Brady
(NE) LeSean McCoy
LeSean McCoy
(Phi) WR Randall Cobb (GB)

2 Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford
(Det) Fred Jackson (Buf) WR Denarius Moore
Denarius Moore
(Oak)

3 Joe Flacco
Joe Flacco
(Bal) Darren McFadden
Darren McFadden
(Oak) OL Stefen Wisniewski
Stefen Wisniewski
(Oak)

4 Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers
(GB) Matt Forté
Matt Forté
(Chi) QB Cam Newton
Cam Newton
(Car)

5 Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers
(GB) Adrian Peterson
Adrian Peterson
(Min) LB Aldon Smith
Aldon Smith
(SF)

6 Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers
(GB) Frank Gore
Frank Gore
(SF) LB Aldon Smith
Aldon Smith
(SF)

7 Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers
(GB) DeMarco Murray
DeMarco Murray
(Dal) RB DeMarco Murray
DeMarco Murray
(Dal)

8 Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger
(Pit) LeSean McCoy
LeSean McCoy
(Phi) DE Marcell Dareus (Buf)

9 Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers
(GB) Willis McGahee
Willis McGahee
(Den) QB Andy Dalton (Cin)

10 Tony Romo
Tony Romo
(Dal) Michael Bush
Michael Bush
(Oak) WR Denarius Moore
Denarius Moore
(Oak)

11 Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford
(Det) Kevin Smith (Det) WR Torrey Smith
Torrey Smith
(Bal)

12 Drew Brees
Drew Brees
(NO) Beanie Wells
Beanie Wells
(Ari) QB Andy Dalton (Cin)

13 Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers
(GB) Ray Rice
Ray Rice
(Bal) LB Colin McCarthy (Ten)

14 Matt Ryan (Atl) Marshawn Lynch
Marshawn Lynch
(Sea) QB T. J. Yates
T. J. Yates
(Hou)

15 Drew Brees
Drew Brees
(NO) Reggie Bush
Reggie Bush
(Mia) QB Cam Newton
Cam Newton
(Car)

16 Drew Brees
Drew Brees
(NO) C. J. Spiller
C. J. Spiller
(Buf) QB Cam Newton
Cam Newton
(Car)

17 Matt Flynn
Matt Flynn
(GB) Ray Rice
Ray Rice
(Bal) DB Sterling Moore
Sterling Moore
(NE)

Month Rookie of the Month

Offensive Defensive

Sept.[96] Cam Newton Ryan Kerrigan

Oct.[112] Andy Dalton Aldon Smith

Nov.[147] DeMarco Murray Von Miller

Dec.[144] Julio Jones Aldon Smith

Regular Season Awards[edit] Further information: 1st Annual NFL Honors

Award Winner Position Team

AP Offensive Player of the Year Drew Brees Quarterback New Orleans Saints

AP Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs Linebacker Baltimore
Baltimore
Ravens

AP Coach of the Year Jim Harbaugh Head coach San Francisco 49ers

AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Cam Newton Quarterback Carolina Panthers

AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Von Miller Linebacker Denver Broncos

AP Comeback Player of the Year Matthew Stafford Quarterback Detroit Lions

AP Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers Quarterback Green Bay Packers

Pepsi Rookie of the Year Cam Newton Quarterback Carolina Panthers

Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Eli Manning Quarterback New York Giants

Team Superlatives[edit] Offense[edit]

Most points scored: Green Bay, 560 (35.0 PPG) Fewest points scored: St. Louis, 193 (12.1 PPG) Most total offensive yards: New Orleans, 7,474 Fewest total offensive yards: Jacksonville, 4,149 Most total passing yards: New Orleans, 5,347 Fewest total passing yards: Jacksonville, 2,179 Most rushing yards: Denver, 2,632 Fewest rushing yards: New York Giants, 1,427

[148] Defense[edit]

Fewest points allowed: Pittsburgh, 227 (14.2 PPG) Most points allowed: Tampa Bay, 494 (30.9 PPG) Fewest total yards allowed (defense): Pittsburgh, 4,348 Most total yards allowed (defense): Green Bay, 6,585 Fewest passing yards allowed: Pittsburgh, 2,751 Most passing yards allowed (defense): Green Bay, 4,796 Fewest rushing yards allowed (defense): San Francisco, 1,236 Most rushing yards allowed (defense): Tampa Bay, 2,497

[149] All-Pro Team[edit]

Offense

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia

Fullback Vonta Leach, Baltimore

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Detroit Wes Welker, New England

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, New England

Offensive tackle Jason Peters, Philadelphia Joe Thomas, Cleveland

Offensive guard Carl Nicks, New Orleans Jahri Evans, New Orleans

Center Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh

Defense

Defensive end Jared Allen, Minnesota Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, Baltimore Justin Smith, San Francisco

Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, Baltimore DeMarcus Ware, Dallas

Inside linebacker Patrick Willis, San Francisco NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco Derrick Johnson, Kansas City

Cornerback Charles Woodson, Green Bay Darrelle Revis, N.Y. Jets

Safety Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Eric Weddle, San Diego

Special
Special
teams

Kicker David Akers, San Francisco

Punter Andy Lee, San Francisco

Kick returner Patrick Peterson, Arizona

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External links[edit]

Football Outsiders: Final 2011 DVOA Ratings Zimmer, John; Marini, Matt, eds. (2011). Official 2011 National Football League Record & Fact Book (PDF). New York: National Football League. ISBN 978-1-603-20887-1. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 

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