|Duration||September 12, 1999 – January 3, 2000|
|Start date||January 8, 2000|
|AFC Champions||Tennessee Titans|
|NFC Champions||St. Louis Rams|
|Super Bowl XXXIV|
|Date||January 30, 2000|
|Site||Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia|
|Champions||St. Louis Rams|
|Date||February 6, 2000|
The 1999 NFL season was the 80th regular season of the National Football League. The Cleveland Browns returned to the field for the first time since the 1995 season. Also, the Tennessee Oilers changed its name to Tennessee Titans, and the league retired the name "Oilers."
The return of the Browns increased the number of teams to 31, the first time the league had played with an odd number of clubs since 1966. As a result, the NFL was forced to give at least one team a bye each week; Previously, barring extreme circumstances, a club never received a bye during the first two weeks or last seven weeks of the season. Under a new system, for ten weeks of the season (Week #1 to Week #2, and Week #10 to Week #17), one team was scheduled a bye; for seven weeks of the season (Week #3 to Week #9), three teams sat out. This format would continue for the next two seasons until the Houston Texans joined the NFL in 2002 and returned the league to an even number of teams.
The start of the 1999 NFL Season was pushed back one week and started the weekend after Labor Day, a change from the previous seasons. Due to the Y2K concerns, the NFL did not want to hold the opening round of the playoffs on Saturday January 1, 2000, and did not want teams traveling on that day. Week 17 games were held on January 2, 2000, and the opening round of the playoffs would be scheduled for January 8–9. The bye week before the Super Bowl was removed to accommodate the one-week adjustment. The start of the season after Labor Day would become a regular fixture for future seasons, beginning in 2001.
The final spot in the NFC playoffs came down to an exciting final day of the season. With both the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers at 7–8 and tied for the last spot in the playoffs with the Dallas Cowboys, and tied in other tiebreakers, the tie between them would be determined by best net point differential in conference games. Both the Packers and Panthers were playing at 1:00 PM Eastern on January 2, and both teams tried to outscore the other. The Packers beat the Arizona Cardinals 49–24, and the Panthers beat the New Orleans Saints 45–13. The Packers finished ahead of the Panthers by 11 points, but Dallas defeated the New York Giants later that night to claim the final playoff spot.
The league also added the following then-minor rule change that became significant in the playoffs a few years later:
This new interpretation of a forward pass would later be commonly known as the "Tuck Rule".
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.
|(2) Indianapolis Colts||13||3||.813||423||333|
|(5) Buffalo Bills||11||5||.688||320||229|
|(6) Miami Dolphins||9||7||.563||326||336|
|New York Jets||8||8||.500||308||309|
|New England Patriots||8||8||.500||299||284|
|(1) Jacksonville Jaguars||14||2||.875||396||217|
|(4) Tennessee Titans||13||3||.813||392||324|
|(3) Seattle Seahawks||9||7||.563||338||298|
|Kansas City Chiefs||9||7||.563||390||322|
|San Diego Chargers||8||8||.500||269||316|
|(3) Washington Redskins||10||6||.625||443||377|
|(5) Dallas Cowboys||8||8||.500||352||276|
|New York Giants||7||9||.438||299||358|
|(2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||5||.688||270||235|
|(4) Minnesota Vikings||10||6||.625||399||335|
|(6) Detroit Lions||8||8||.500||322||323|
|Green Bay Packers||8||8||.500||357||341|
|(1) St. Louis Rams||13||3||.813||526||242|
|San Francisco 49ers||4||12||.250||295||453|
|New Orleans Saints||3||13||.188||260||434|
|Jan. 8 – FedExField||Jan. 15 – Raymond James Stadium|
|3||Washington||27||Jan. 23 – Trans World Dome|
|Jan. 9 – Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||2||Tampa Bay||6|
|Jan. 16 – Trans World Dome|
|4||Minnesota||27||Jan. 30 – Georgia Dome|
|Wild card playoffs|
|Jan. 8 – Adelphia Coliseum||N1||St. Louis||23|
|Jan. 16 – RCA Dome|
|5||Buffalo||16||Super Bowl XXXIV|
|4||Tennessee||22||Jan. 23 – Alltel Stadium|
|Jan. 9 – Kingdome||4||Tennessee||33|
|Jan. 15 – Alltel Stadium|
|Points scored||St. Louis Rams (526)|
|Total yards gained||St. Louis Rams (6,412)|
|Yards rushing||San Francisco 49ers (2,095)|
|Yards passing||St. Louis Rams (4,353)|
|Fewest points allowed||Jacksonville Jaguars (217)|
|Fewest total yards allowed||Buffalo Bills (4,045)|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed||St. Louis Rams (1,189)|
|Fewest passing yards allowed||Buffalo Bills (2,675)|
|Scoring||Mike Vanderjagt, Indianapolis (145 points)|
|Touchdowns||Stephen Davis, Washington and Edgerrin James, Indianapolis (17 TDs)|
|Most field goals made||Olindo Mare, Miami (39 FGs)|
|Rushing||Edgerrin James, Indianapolis (1,553 yards)|
|Passing||Kurt Warner, St. Louis (109.2 rating)|
|Passing touchdowns||Kurt Warner, St. Louis (41 TDs)|
|Pass receiving||Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville (116 catches)|
|Pass receiving yards||Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis (1,663)|
|Punt returns||Charlie Rogers, Seattle (14.5 average yards)|
|Kickoff returns||Tony Horne, St. Louis (29.7 average yards)|
|Interceptions||Rod Woodson, Baltimore; Sam Madison, Miami; James Hasty, Kansas City; Donnie Abraham, Tampa Bay; and Troy Vincent, Philadelphia (7)|
|Punting||Tom Rouen, Denver (46.5 average yards)|
|Sacks||Kevin Carter, St. Louis (17)|
|Most Valuable Player||Kurt Warner, Quarterback, St. Louis|
|Coach of the Year||Dick Vermeil, St. Louis|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Marshall Faulk, Running back, St. Louis|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Warren Sapp, Defensive Tackle, Tampa Bay|
|Offensive Rookie of the Year||Edgerrin James, Running Back, Indianapolis|
|Defensive Rookie of the Year||Jevon Kearse, Defensive End, Tennessee|
|NFL Comeback Player of the Year||Bryant Young, Defensive Tackle, San Francisco|
The 1999 NFL Draft was held from April 17 to 18, 1999 at New York City's Theater at Madison Square Garden. With the first pick, the Cleveland Browns selected quarterback Tim Couch from the University of Kentucky.
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