The regular season began with the NFL Kickoff game on NBC on Thursday, September 9, at the Louisiana Superdome as the New Orleans Saints, Super Bowl XLIV champions, defeated the Minnesota Vikings 14–9.
Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots, was named MVP for the 2010 season. In Super Bowl XLV, the League's championship game played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31–25 to win their fourth Super Bowl, spoiling the Steelers' chance for a 7th title. This season also marked the first full-length season in which a team with a losing record made the playoffs, when the Seattle Seahawks won the NFC West with a 7-9 record, after defeating the St. Louis Rams in week 17 to clinch the division title. One week later, the Seahawks dethroned the defending champion New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card round, to become the first ever sub .500 playoff team to win a postseason game.
|2010 National Football League season|
|Duration||September 9, 2010 – January 2, 2011|
|Start date||January 8, 2011 – January 23, 2011|
|AFC Champions||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|NFC Champions||Green Bay Packers|
|Super Bowl XLV|
|Date||February 6, 2011|
|Site||Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas|
|Champions||Green Bay Packers|
|Date||January 30, 2011|
|Site||Aloha Stadium, Halawa, Honolulu, Hawaii|
The 2010 regular season was the first year that the league used a modified version of the scheduling formula that was first introduced in 2002, in which all teams play each other at least once every four years, and play in every other team's stadium at least once every eight years (notwithstanding the regular season games played overseas as part of the NFL International Series). Under the original 2002 formula, since the pairings were strictly based on alphabetical order, those teams scheduled to play the entire AFC West had to travel to both Oakland and San Diego in the same season, while those teams playing the entire NFC West had to make their way to both San Francisco and Seattle. In 2008, the New England Patriots and New York Jets each had to make cross-country trips to all four of the aforementioned West Coast teams. In an effort to relieve east coast teams from having to travel to the West Coast multiple times during the same season, teams will only have to visit one West Coast team (AFC West or NFC West), plus one western team from the same division closer to the Midwest, under the 2010 modified formula. Specifically, those teams traveling to Oakland will now also play at Denver, while those playing at San Diego will also play at Kansas City. For teams scheduled to play the NFC West, those traveling to San Francisco will also go to Arizona, while those scheduled to play in Seattle would then go to St. Louis.
For the 2010 season, the intraconference and interconference matchups are:
The league's 75th annual selection meeting, more commonly known as the NFL Draft, took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City from April 22–24, the first time that the draft was held over three days instead of the normal two.In the draft with the first overall pick, the St. Louis Rams chose quarterback Sam Bradford from the University of Oklahoma.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game was held on Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 8:00 pm EDT on NBC, with the Dallas Cowboys defeating the Cincinnati Bengals, 16–7 at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. The remainder of the preseason game matchups were announced March 31, 2010. Highlights, among others, include the New York Giants and New York Jets facing off in the first-ever game at New Meadowlands Stadium on ESPN. The preseason game in the Bills Toronto Series featured the host Bills defeating the Indianapolis Colts in Toronto on Thursday, August 19 by a score of 34–21. Exact dates and times for most games were announced in April, shortly after the regular season games were announced.
The NFL Kickoff Game, the first game of the season, took place on Thursday, September 9, 2010, starting at 8:35 pm EDT, with the Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints hosting the Minnesota Vikings, in a rematch of the 2009 NFC Championship Game. The Saints won 14–9. Like in previous years, the opening week's prime-time games were expected to be announced at the NFL's annual owners meetings in late March, but that wasn't the case this year, with the schedule announced on April 20.
On March 15, 2010, the NFL announced that both the New York Giants and New York Jets will play at home during the opening weekend to open New Meadowlands Stadium. The Giants played on Sunday with a 1 pm EDT kickoff against the Carolina Panthers and the Jets opened ESPN's Monday Night Football schedule against the Baltimore Ravens the next night. For the nightcap, the San Diego Chargers traveled to play their division rival, the Kansas City Chiefs, marking the first time that a team from outside the Mountain or Pacific Time Zones has played in, or hosted, the "late" (10:15 pm ET) game. The game started at 9:15 pm Kansas City time (Central).
While the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints had both started the year before 13–0 (with the Colts even going 14–0), on October 10, the Kansas City Chiefs became the last team to lose, losing to the Colts 19–9. It would mark the first time that no NFL team reached 4–0 since 1970, when the Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, and Los Angeles Rams started the season 3–0 but all lost in Week 4.
The 2010 season featured one International Series game, played at Wembley Stadium in London. The teams for this game were confirmed on January 15, 2010, with the San Francisco 49ers playing host to the Denver Broncos on October 31, 2010, at 1:00 pm EDT (5:00 pm GMT). The 49ers won 24–16, scoring 21 points in the 4th quarter. CBS televised this game on a regional basis, as the Broncos were the "visiting" team. The Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks, who had expressed interest in previous games, were a possible matchup for a second NFL game (with the Seahawks as the home team), but league officials dropped a plan for two games in the UK, citing the economy and ongoing labor negotiations.
The following week, the third regular-season game of the Bills Toronto Series featured the Buffalo Bills hosting the Chicago Bears at Toronto's Rogers Centre on November 7 at 1 pm EST, marking the first time that the regular-season portion of the series has taken place during the Canadian Football League season and the first time an NFC opponent played in the series.
On the same day that the Broncos and 49ers played in London, the Saints hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers on NBC's Sunday Night Football. This game was televised opposite Game Four of the World Series on Fox, a practice the league had traditionally avoided. The Saints won this game 20–10.
The Thanksgiving games took place on Thursday, November 25, 2010, with the Detroit Lions falling to the visiting New England Patriots, 45–24. The second game featured the Dallas Cowboys giving up a late lead to the New Orleans Saints. New Orleans won 30–27 when Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw a go-ahead touchdown to Lance Moore with less than two minutes remaining. In the prime-time NFL Network game, the New York Jets defeated the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, 26–10.
Both the Saints and Bengals made their first appearance in a Thanksgiving game; in the case of the Bengals, it also marked the first appearance of an AFC North team on Thanksgiving since 1998, when the Pittsburgh Steelers of what was known as the AFC Central played the Detroit Lions.
Additionally, since Christmas Day fell on a Saturday in 2010, the NFL scheduled a Christmas game between the Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona on December 25 on NFL Network. The Cowboys came back from a 21–3 deficit behind third-string quarterback Stephen McGee to take a 26–24 lead late in the fourth quarter, but kicker David Buehler missed an extra point, allowing the Cardinals to win the game 27–26 on a last-second Jay Feely field goal.
The entire Week 17 schedule, played on January 2, 2011, consisted solely of divisional contests, in an attempt to increase competition after several cases over the last few seasons of playoff-bound teams resting their regular starters and playing their reserves. This trend would continue ever since.
|1||New England Patriots||East||14||2||0||.875||5–1||10–2||518||313||205||W8|
|4[b]||Kansas City Chiefs||West||10||6||0||.625||2–4||6–6||366||326||40||L1|
|6||New York Jets||East||11||5||0||.688||4–2||9–3||367||304||63||W1|
|Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|7||San Diego Chargers||West||9||7||0||.563||3–3||7–5||441||322||119||W1|
|5||New Orleans Saints||South||11||5||0||.688||4–2||9–3||384||307||77||L1|
|6[c]||Green Bay Packers||North||10||6||0||.625||4–2||8–4||388||240||148||W2|
|Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|7[a][c]||New York Giants||East||10||6||0||.625||3–3||8–4||394||347||47||W1|
|8[c]||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||South||10||6||0||.625||3–3||8–4||341||318||23||W2|
|9[b]||St. Louis Rams||West||7||9||0||.438||3–3||5–7||289||328||-39||L1|
|12[d][f]||San Francisco 49ers||West||6||10||0||.375||4–2||4–8||305||346||-41||W1|
The 2010–11 NFL playoff tournament began January 8–9, 2011 with wild card weekend. Following that, the divisional playoffs set the matchups for the NFC Championship Game, to be played at 3:00 pm EST on January 23, and the AFC Championship Game, to be played at 6:30 pm EST.
After a backlash from players and critics about the previous season's Pro Bowl being played at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida in the contiguous United States, the 2011 Pro Bowl was played at Aloha Stadium in Halawa, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. The date was January 30, 2011, the week before the Super Bowl. An NFL spokesman stated that "Plans for future Pro Bowls are not final." Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian has stated his objections to the format, and is in favor of returning the game to after the Super Bowl as in previous years.
The annual Pro Bowl had previously been played in Hawaii for 30 consecutive seasons from 1980 to 2009. However, the NFL and State of Hawaiʻi officials only agreed to a two-year deal to hold the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in 2011 and 2012. This gives the option of playing the Pro Bowl in Hawaiʻi on a rotational basis with the mainland, so it both maintains the traditional ties of holding it on the islands and providing accessibility to fans when played in the contiguous 48 states.
Within each conference, the four division winners and the two wild card teams (the top two non-division winners with the best overall regular season records) qualified for the playoffs. The four division winners are seeded 1 through 4 based on their overall won-lost-tied record, and the wild card teams are seeded 5 and 6. The NFL does not use a fixed bracket playoff system, and there are no restrictions regarding teams from the same division matching up in any round. In the first round, dubbed the wild-card playoffs or wild-card weekend, the third-seeded division winner hosts the sixth seed wild card, and the fourth seed hosts the fifth. The 1 and 2 seeds from each conference then receive a bye in the first round. In the second round, the divisional playoffs, the number 1 seed hosts the worst surviving seed from the first round (seed 4, 5 or 6), while the number 2 seed will play the other team (seed 3, 4 or 5). The two surviving teams from each conference's divisional playoff games then meet in the respective AFC and NFC Conference Championship games, hosted by the higher seed. Although the Super Bowl, the fourth and final round of the playoffs, is played at a neutral site, the designated home team is based on an annual rotation by conference.
|1||New England Patriots (East winner)||Atlanta Falcons (South winner)|
|2||Pittsburgh Steelers (North winner)||Chicago Bears (North winner)|
|3||Indianapolis Colts (South winner)||Philadelphia Eagles (East winner)|
|4||Kansas City Chiefs (West winner)||Seattle Seahawks (West winner)|
|5||Baltimore Ravens (wild card)||New Orleans Saints (wild card)|
|6||New York Jets (wild card)||Green Bay Packers (wild card)|
|Jan. 8 – Lucas Oil Stadium||Jan. 16 – Gillette Stadium|
|3||Indianapolis||16||Jan. 23 – Heinz Field|
|Jan. 9 – Arrowhead Stadium||6||NY Jets||19|
|Jan. 15 – Heinz Field|
|4||Kansas City||7||Feb. 6 – Cowboys Stadium|
|Wild card playoffs|
|Jan. 9 – Lincoln Financial Field||A2||Pittsburgh||25|
|Jan. 15 – Georgia Dome|
|6||Green Bay||21||Super Bowl XLV|
|3||Philadelphia||16||Jan. 23 – Soldier Field|
|Jan. 8 – Qwest Field||6||Green Bay||21|
|Jan. 16 – Soldier Field|
|5||New Orleans||36||NFC Championship|
NFL owners voted in 2008 to opt out of their collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) as of the end of the 2010 season. (The vote was 23 in favor, 9 against; the extension measure needed 24 to pass, which would have set the CBA to expire after the 2012 season). Since a new CBA was not reached with the NFLPA, 2010 was an uncapped season, meaning that there was no salary cap or salary floor between which teams had to operate. Also, the uncapped season limited unrestricted free agency only to players with at least six years of experience, as opposed to four under a capped season. The final eight teams alive in the 2009–10 NFL playoffs (Arizona, Dallas, Minnesota and New Orleans in the NFC; and Baltimore, Indianapolis, the New York Jets and San Diego in the AFC) were restricted in the free agents they would be able to sign.
The issue of a CBA continued into the 2011 NFL season, affecting most of the off-season.
The following rule changes were passed at the league's annual owners meeting in March:
The NFL relaxed all rules regarding crowd noise, citing the need to increase the in-stadium experience to lure more fans to attend games. In addition, the league cited the advances in the coach-to-quarterback radio communications, and more visiting teams using silent snap counts as an alternative to overcome crowd noise.
The NFL's rules to "legislate the fans", and help visiting offensive players hear the snap count, have been controversial from the start. In one notorious example, then-Cincinnati Bengals head coach Sam Wyche and then-quarterback Boomer Esiason "protested" the crowd noise rules during a 1989 nationally televised preseason game against the New Orleans Saints by constantly complaining to the referee about the loud crowd noise inside the Superdome.
The league will still allow stadiums to post visual noise meters and other scoreboard messages to incite fans to make noise, but they must cease when the play clock is down to 15 seconds. However, home teams are still prohibited from pumping in artificial noise.
After several violent hits throughout the NFL made the news in Week 3, the league announced that it would consider suspending players for illegal hits, such as helmet-to-helmet hits or other blows to the head. (Previously, players could only be fined for such hits.) The league also instructed all officials and referees to have an even higher level of attention toward flagrant hits. Game officials were also instructed to err on the side of safety, and throw flags even when in doubt.
The crackdown has been controversial. Many defensive players have complained that the league is being too strict in their interpretation of what constitutes an "illegal hit", and that it forces them to behave significantly different than how they were taught to play the game. Another concern is the league's instructions to game officials to err on the side of caution, since questionable calls late in close games significantly affect their outcome. However, the medical community has supported the move, believing that it would help reduce concussions and other head injuries.
The league did not end up suspending any players for violent or illegal hits, however several players were fined for these types of hits within the first few weeks of the crackdown.
Starting with Super Bowl XLV, the template of all Super Bowl logos will virtually remain the same. The only differences from year to year will be the stadium backdrop and the Roman numerals for the game as well as colors of the area. For Super Bowl XLV, Cowboys Stadium is featured and "XLV" signifying the forty-fifth Super Bowl game.
The NFL also introduced new Lamar Hunt and George Halas trophies for the AFC and NFC Championship games. The trophies were changed from a brown base with an 'A' or 'N' on top of it surrounded by players layered on a frieze upon a wall, to silver trophies in the make of a football. Additionally, both the NFC and AFC logos were revamped and recolored to reflect the current shield adopted two years earlier and with four stars running down the inside on both logos top to bottom from left to right instead of the six surrounding the AFC and three down the side of the NFC logo as each conference has four divisions. In addition, all event and playoff logos have undergone a complete makeover in a new logo system.
In the 2010 season, the Washington Redskins were the only team who made a major change to their main uniforms, wearing gold pants with their burgundy jerseys, and except for a game against the Packers, wore them for home games instead of their white jerseys and red pants. The white pants were not abandoned entirely, and would be worn together with the burgundy jerseys for the two away games (and one home game) in which their opponent wore white at home. This was made possible with a sleeve modification, in which the broad yellow and white stripes were severely shrunken on an elastic band (same for white jerseys) so that when wearing the gold pants, the team also wore the retro style socks that had a different stripe pattern matching the sleeves of the day, so there is no longer a stripe design conflict.
The Green Bay Packers became the first team to officially unveil a third uniform for 2010, a throwback uniform based on their 1929 uniforms when they won their first NFL championship. The throwbacks are as accurate as possible while complying with current NFL guidelines, with a brown modern-shell helmet in place of the leather helmets of 1929, along with blue jerseys and gold circles with the jersey numbers nested within the circles, and brown pants. Like throwbacks worn in recent seasons by the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and the archrival Minnesota Vikings, these throwbacks will be a permanent addition to the Packers uniforms, unlike throwbacks worn by the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers that were intended as one-time deals but made permanent, as well as several one-shot throwbacks in recent years. The new Packers throwbacks replace the previous throwbacks (which comprised the current helmets with the "G" logo and stripes removed, white jerseys with plain green lettering, and tan pants) worn sporadically since the early 2000s (decade).
Also going the throwback route were the Chicago Bears, who harkened back to the Sid Luckman era with a 1940s set, replacing the pumpkin orange third jerseys, and the Indianapolis Colts, who will wear 1955 throwbacks as well. Since the Colts only have two colors, they only have previously worn a throwback jersey once in their history, in 2004. The difference between the 2004 throwback and the 2010 throwback is the helmet color, which reverses the 2004 scheme.
The Philadelphia Eagles have adopted their 1960 championship uniforms that were worn September 12 against the Packers, the team they beat to win their last championship in celebration of the 50th anniversary of that game.
The Tennessee Titans returned to using navy blue jerseys as their third jersey, after a one-year hiatus in which they wore light blue Houston Oilers throwback jerseys in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the American Football League, but did not wear them for any game in 2010.
The Seattle Seahawks have retired the neon green uniform worn for one game in 2009 against Chicago, which was in turn an offshoot from an April Fools' Day joke written about by Uni Watch founder Paul Lukas that year.
This is the fifth season under the current television contracts with the league's television partners: CBS (all AFC Sunday afternoon away games and one Thanksgiving game), Fox (all NFC Sunday afternoon away games and one Thanksgiving game), NBC (17 Sunday night games and the kickoff game), ESPN (17 Monday night games over sixteen weeks), NFL Network (eight late-season games on Thursday and Saturday nights, including one Thanksgiving game), and DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket package. These contracts run through at least 2013.
In national radio, this is the second year on Westwood One's most recent contract extension. The network also agreed to a four-year extension on December 23, 2010.
Nielsen Ratings for the fall 2010 television season have shown viewership increases of up to 10 percent for most of the NFL's broadcast partners; eighteen of the twenty most watched television broadcasts of the season have so far been NFL games.
New Meadowlands Stadium opened in 2010, replacing Giants Stadium as the home of both the New York Giants and the New York Jets. The new stadium is located a few hundred feet away from the old building in the parking lot of Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Unlike Giants Stadium (in which the Giants were the sole NFL tenant until the 1984 season), the new Meadowlands Stadium will be a 50/50 partnership between both New York teams. The Giants played their first regular season game on September 12 against the Carolina Panthers, while the Jets played the following night against the Baltimore Ravens in the first game of a Monday Night Football doubleheader.
Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs since 1972, underwent a two-year $375 million renovation project which was completed and unveiled in July 2010. The stadium hosted the second game of the Monday Night Football opening weekend doubleheader when the Chiefs played the San Diego Chargers.
Prior to Week 14, the inflatable roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, home of the Minnesota Vikings, buckled and tore as a result of heavy snowfall in Minneapolis, spilling snow onto Mall of America field and rendering the stadium unusable for the remainder of the Vikings' season. The Vikings' scheduled home game against the New York Giants was moved to Detroit's Ford Field and postponed to a 7:20 pm EST kickoff on Monday. Though stadium workers were initially "optimistic" that the roof could be repaired before the Vikings faced the Chicago Bears on December 20, stadium officials determined that such a repair would not be possible in that time frame and the game was moved to TCF Bank Stadium.
Two stadiums received new naming rights: On January 20, LandShark Stadium, the home field of the Miami Dolphins, was renamed Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins' home field, originally named Joe Robbie Stadium from 1987–1996, has undergone several name changes in its history, including Pro Player Stadium (1996–2005), Dolphin Stadium (2006–2009), and most recently, LandShark Stadium. On July 27, Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, the home field of the Jacksonville Jaguars, was renamed EverBank Field.
|Team||2009 Head Coach||2009 Interim||2010 Head Coach||Reason for leaving||Story/Accomplishments|
|Buffalo Bills||Dick Jauron||Perry Fewell||Chan Gailey, former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and Georgia Tech||Fired||Jauron was fired after nine games into the 2009 season after compiling a 24–33 (.421) record, including a 3–6 record at the time of his firing, in 3½ years. Fewell, the Bills' defensive coordinator, was the interim head coach for the rest of the season and went 3–4 (.429) in that capacity; he was hired to be defensive coordinator for the New York Giants January 14. Jauron was hired as defensive backs coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Gailey, who was last seen in the NFL as the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator before Todd Haley fired him prior to the 2009 regular season, was named the new Bills coach on January 19; he was recommended to the Bills by former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher.
|Washington Redskins||Jim Zorn||Mike Shanahan, former head coach of the Denver Broncos||Fired||Zorn, who was first hired to be offensive coordinator but had never been a head coach before being given the coaching reins, went out to a 6–2 start in the first half of 2008, but fell dramatically afterwards, and in his two seasons went 12–20 (.375) as the Redskins coach before being relieved of his duties following the completion of the 2009 season.
On January 5, 2010, Shanahan, the former two-time Super Bowl winning coach with the Denver Broncos, was hired as the Redskins' new coach. Zorn was hired January 30, 2010 to be the quarterbacks coach for the Baltimore Ravens.
|Seattle Seahawks||Jim L. Mora||Pete Carroll, former USC head coach||Fired||Mora was fired after compiling a 5–11 (.313) record in his only season as head coach as the Seahawks lost the last four games of the 2009 season, being outscored 123–37. Mora will be a color commentator for Fox this season.
Carroll had spent the past eight years as the head coach of the USC Trojans, having won a share of the 2003 and the outright 2004 national championships; however, many of Carroll's achievements at USC may be stricken from the record books due to improprieties involving Reggie Bush. He had previously been the head coach of the New York Jets in 1994 and New England Patriots from 1997 to 1999, with a career 33–31 record.
|Team||2010 Coach||Interim||Reason for leaving||Story/Accomplishments|
|Dallas Cowboys||Wade Phillips||Jason Garrett||Fired||Phillips, son of former NFL head coach Bum Phillips, was fired on November 8 following a 45–7 Week 9 loss against the Green Bay Packers. Garrett was their offensive coordinator and head-coach in waiting prior to being promoted. Phillips later was hired by the Houston Texans as their defensive coordinator. Garrett was named the full-time head coach January 6, four days after the season ended.|
|Minnesota Vikings||Brad Childress||Leslie Frazier||Fired||Childress was fired on November 22 following a Week 11 loss against the Green Bay Packers, 31–3. The Vikings entered week 12 with a 3–7 record, second-to-last in the NFC North. Childress also faced controversy by releasing Randy Moss without the approval of owner Zygi Wilf and lost control over the locker room. Frazier was given position full-time prior to the Vikings' regular season finale in Detroit.|
|Denver Broncos||Josh McDaniels||Eric Studesville||Fired||McDaniels was fired on December 5, following a 10–6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13. After a 6–0 start in the 2009 season, the Broncos lost 17 of their next 22 games, and became subject to a videotaping scandal.|
|San Francisco 49ers||Mike Singletary||Jim Tomsula||Fired||Singletary was fired on December 26, following a 25–17 loss to the St. Louis Rams in Week 16, which officially eliminated the 49ers from playoff contention. Heavily favored to win the NFC West, the 49ers instead started the 2010 season with an 0–5 record. Singletary also faced controversy by switching between starting quarterbacks Alex Smith and Troy Smith at least three different times during the season, and unsuccessfully trying to mold the team like the 1985 Chicago Bears.|
The following were the players of the week during the 2010 season:
|Week||FedEx Air Player of the Week||FedEx Ground Player of the Week||Pepsi Rookie of the Week|
|1||QB Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears||RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans||WR Dexter McCluster, Kansas City Chiefs|
|2||QB Matt Schaub, Houston Texans||RB LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles||RB Jahvid Best, Detroit Lions|
|3||QB Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles||RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings||TE Tony Moeaki, Kansas City Chiefs|
|4||QB Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos||RB LaDainian Tomlinson, New York Jets||QB Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams|
|5||QB Shaun Hill, Detroit Lions||RB Matt Forte, Chicago Bears||QB Max Hall, Arizona Cardinals|
|6||QB Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia Eagles||RB Chris Ivory, New Orleans Saints||RB Chris Ivory, New Orleans Saints|
|7||QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons||RB Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders||WR Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys|
|8||QB Jason Campbell, Oakland Raiders||RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs||DT Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions|
|9||QB Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings||RB Peyton Hillis, Cleveland Browns||WR Jacoby Ford, Oakland Raiders|
|10||QB Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles||RB Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills||QB Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos|
|11||QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers||RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars||PR Bryan McCann, Dallas Cowboys|
|12||QB Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs||RB Peyton Hillis, Cleveland Browns||QB Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams|
|13||QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers||RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars||LB Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboys|
|14||QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots||RB Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders||TE Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots|
|15||QB Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles||RB Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens||TE Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots|
|16||QB Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay Buccaneers||QB Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos|
|17||QB Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans||TE Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots|
|AP Defensive Player of the Year||Troy Polamalu||Strong Safety||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|AP Offensive Player of the Year||Tom Brady||Quarterback||New England Patriots|
|AP Coach of the Year||Bill Belichick||Head Coach||New England Patriots|
|AP Offensive Rookie of the Year||Sam Bradford||Quarterback||St. Louis Rams|
|AP Defensive Rookie of the Year||Ndamukong Suh||Defensive Tackle||Detroit Lions|
|AP Comeback Player of the Year||Michael Vick||Quarterback||Philadelphia Eagles|
|AP Most Valuable Player||Tom Brady||Quarterback||New England Patriots|
|Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year||Madieu Williams||Free Safety||Minnesota Vikings|
|Pepsi Rookie of the Year||Ndamukong Suh||Defensive Tackle||Detroit Lions|
|Super Bowl Most Valuable Player||Aaron Rodgers||Quarterback||Green Bay Packers|
|Quarterback||Tom Brady, New England|
|Running back||Arian Foster, Houston|
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville
|Fullback||Vonta Leach, Houston|
|Wide receiver||Roddy White, Atlanta|
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis
Andre Johnson, Houston
|Tight end||Jason Witten, Dallas|
|Offensive tackle||Joe Thomas, Cleveland|
Jake Long, Miami
|Offensive guard||Jahri Evans, New Orleans|
Logan Mankins, New England
Chris Snee, NY Giants
|Center||Nick Mangold, NY Jets|
|Defensive end||Julius Peppers, Chicago|
John Abraham, Atlanta
Justin Tuck, NY Giants
|Defensive tackle||Haloti Ngata, Baltimore|
Ndamukong Suh, Detroit
|Outside linebacker||Clay Matthews III, Green Bay|
James Harrison, Pittsburgh
Cameron Wake, Miami
|Inside linebacker||Jerod Mayo, New England|
Patrick Willis, San Francisco
|Cornerback||Darrelle Revis, NY Jets|
Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland
Asante Samuel, Philadelphia
Devin McCourty, New England
|Safety||Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh|
Ed Reed, Baltimore
|Kicker||Billy Cundiff, Baltimore|
David Akers, Philadelphia
|Punter||Shane Lechler, Oakland|
|Kick returner||Devin Hester, Chicago|
Leon Washington, Seattle
|Punt returner||Devin Hester, Chicago|
|Special Teams||Eric Weems, Atlanta|
There are three 2010 All-Pro Teams—one each named by the Associated Press (AP), Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA), and Sporting News—for performance in the 2010 NFL season. While none of these have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2011 Pro Bowl), they are included (separately) in the NFL Record and Fact Book. Any player selected to any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro."
The AP team, with first- and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of 50 NFL writers; the Sporting News selection process uses a panel of 50 NFL coaches and executives, while the PFWA team is chosen by polling its 300+ members.Adrian Arrington
Adrian Jarrard Arrington (born November 7, 1985) is a former American football wide receiver. Arrington now serves as the offensive coordinator of the Cedar Rapids Titans of the Indoor Football League (IFL). He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft and was called up from the team's practice squad before week 17 of the 2010 NFL season. He played college football at Michigan.Chester Pitts
Chester Morise Pitts II (born June 26, 1979) is a former American football offensive lineman of the National Football League. He played college football at San Diego State University and in the NFL from 2002 through 2011. Pitts was the focus of the NFL SuperAd commercial shown during Super Bowl XLII relating the story of how his career began.Chris Clark (American football)
Christopher Lee Clark (born October 1, 1985) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Southern Mississippi.Clete Blakeman
Cletus W. "Clete" Blakeman (born June 23, 1964) is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL); former backup quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers (1984-1987); and
partner in the law firm of Carlson & Burnett in Omaha. His uniform number is 34.
Blakeman began his American football officiating career in the Big 12 Conference, moving to the NFL in 2008 as a field judge for the first two seasons of his pro football officiating career, and subsequently refereeing for the 2010 NFL season, after Don Carey returned to the back judge position.Selected in 2013 as the alternate referee for Super Bowl XLVIII, Blakeman officiated Super Bowl 50 in 2016.Donald Thomas (American football)
Donald Grant Thomas (born September 25, 1985) is an American football guard who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Connecticut.
Thomas has also played for the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, and Indianapolis Colts.Donnie Avery
Donnie Dion Avery (born June 12, 1984) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Houston and was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Avery has also played for the Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs.Eric Studesville
Eric Studesville (born May 29, 1967) is an American football running backs coach and run game coordinator for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). Studesville is known as the former run game coordinator for the Buffalo Bills and interim head coach of the Denver Broncos, a position he held 4 weeks in December 2010. He replaced Josh McDaniels after 12 games in the 2010 NFL Season, after which he resumed his primary role as running backs coach. He was the first African American head coach in Broncos history, albeit on an interim basis.FoxBox (sports)
The Fox Box is a digital on-screen graphic used during broadcasts of Major League Baseball and the National Football League, among other events. Although originated by Fox Sports, almost all sports networks now use a version of these graphics, either in box form, generically known as a "bug", or as a banner along the top or bottom of the screen. The graphic displays real-time information about the current condition of the game, such as the current score, which team has possession of the ball or is at bat, and so forth. The graphic remains superimposed over video during live action, but is not present during video replays of field action, on-camera segments in which the announcers appear, and studio cut-ins or commercials.Giants–Redskins rivalry
The Giants–Redskins rivalry is a rivalry between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. The rivalry began in 1932 with the founding of the Washington Redskins, and is the oldest rivalry in the NFC East Division. While often dismissed, particularly in recent times, this rivalry has seen periods of great competition. In particular the Giants and Redskins competed fiercely for conference and division titles in the late 1930s and early 1940s and 1980s. Perhaps most fans today recall the 1980s as the most hotly contested period between these teams, as the Redskins under Joe Gibbs and the Giants under Bill Parcells competed for division titles and Super Bowls. During this span the two teams combined to win 7 NFC East Divisional Titles, 5 Super Bowls and even duked it out in the 1986 NFC Championship Game with the Giants winning 17–0. This rivalry is storied and while it tends to be dismissed due to the Redskins' recent struggles, Wellington Mara, long time owner of the Giants, always said that he believed the Redskins were the Giants' truest rival.Despite flagging in recent years, in 2012 the rivalry intensified significantly, both on the field and off it: when, in March of that year, a special NFL commission headed by Giants owner John Mara imposed a $36 million salary cap penalty on the Redskins (and a smaller one on the Dallas Cowboys) for the organization's approach to structuring contracts in the 2010 NFL season, when there was no cap – which he publicly claimed was, if anything, too lenient, and should have cost them draft picks as well – the Redskins organization, particularly owner Daniel Snyder, were convinced that, by so disciplining divisional rivals, Mara had abused his league-wide office to advance his own teams' interests (the draft sanctions Mara sought were regarded as especially malicious, as such a punishment would have likely voided the pick-laden trade with the St. Louis Rams – completed three days before the cap penalties were announced – to acquire the #2 position, used to draft Robert Griffin III); in the week leading up to a crucial Week 13 Monday Night Football showdown eventually won by Washington, copies of Mara's quote, along with statistics implying that NFL referees were biased in the Giants' favor, were posted throughout the teams' facilities, and a smiling Snyder, within earshot of numerous media personnel, told a team employee that "I hate those motherfuckers" in the victorious locker room after the game.Kendall Simmons
Henry Alexander Kendall Simmons (born March 11, 1979) is a former American football guard. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Auburn.
He was also a member of the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills.LeGarrette Blount
LeGarrette Montez Blount (; born December 5, 1986) is currently a free agent American football running back of the National Football League (NFL). He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Tennessee Titans in 2010, but joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the start of the 2010 NFL season. He also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014, between his two stints with the New England Patriots, followed by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017 and the Detroit Lions for the 2018 season.
With the Patriots, Blount won Super Bowl XLIX over the Seattle Seahawks and Super Bowl LI over the Atlanta Falcons. The following season he won Super Bowl LII with the Eagles, defeating his former team, the Patriots, 41–33. His 11 career rushing touchdowns in the playoffs are tied for 6th-most in NFL history.
Blount rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his two seasons in junior college. He then committed to the Oregon Ducks football program as a junior, for the 2008 season. That year, he ran for over 1,000 yards and scored a school-record 17 touchdowns.List of Monday Night Football results (2010–present)
Beginning in the 1970 NFL season, the National Football League began scheduling a weekly regular season game on Monday night before a national television audience. From 1970 to 2005, the ABC television network carried these games, with the ESPN cable television network taking over beginning in September 2006. Listed below are games played from 2010 to the most recent season.Mike Pereira
Mike Pereira (born April 13, 1950) is a former American football official and later Vice President of Officiating for the National Football League (NFL). Since 2010, he has served as a rules analyst for Fox Sports. He is of Portuguese descent.Miracle at the New Meadowlands
The Miracle at the New Meadowlands, also called "New Miracle at the New Meadowlands and "Miracle at the Meadowlands III" was an improbable come-from-behind win by the Philadelphia Eagles over rival team the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 19, 2010. The game was a crucial one in the context of the season, played between two divisional rivals in Week 15 of the 2010 NFL season. With just over eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter, the Eagles trailed the Giants by 21 points. They went on to score four unanswered touchdowns in the final seven minutes and 28 seconds of play, including a punt returned for a touchdown by DeSean Jackson as time expired. Jackson became the first player in NFL history to win a game by scoring on a punt return as time expired. The win allowed the Eagles to progress to the 2010 NFL playoffs by head-to-head tiebreaker over the Giants, where they lost to eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. The Giants did not qualify for the playoffs despite achieving a 10–6 record.
The game was ranked No. 1 of the 2010 NFL regular season by the NFL, and on April 9, 2013, NFL.com readers voted Jackson's game-winning punt return the greatest play of all time.This game is also known as "The Punt" by Giants fans, in a similar way that the Miracle at the Meadowlands is known as "The Fumble".National Football Conference
The National Football Conference (NFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL), the highest professional level of American football in the United States. This conference and its counterpart the American Football Conference (AFC), currently contain 16 teams organized into 4 divisions. Both conferences were created as part of the 1970 merger with the rival American Football League (AFL), with all ten of the former AFL teams and three NFL teams forming the AFC while the remaining thirteen NFL clubs formed the NFC. A series of league expansions and division realignments have occurred since the merger, thus making the current total of 16 clubs in each conference. The current NFC champions are the Los Angeles Rams, who defeated the New Orleans Saints in the 2018 NFC Championship Game for their fourth conference championship.National Football League Draft
The National Football League Draft, also called the NFL Draft or the Player Selection Meeting, is a one time event which serves as the league's most common source of player recruitment. The basic design of the draft is that each team is given a position in the drafting order in reverse order relative to its record in the previous year, which means that the last place team is positioned first. From this position, the team can either select a player or trade their position to another team for other draft positions, a player or players, or any combination thereof. The round is complete when each team has either selected a player or traded its position in the draft.
Certain aspects of the draft, including team positioning and the number of rounds in the draft, have seen revisions since its first creation in 1936, but the fundamental method has remained the same. Currently the draft consists of seven rounds. The original rationale in creating the draft was to increase the competitive parity between the teams as the worst team would, ideally, have chosen the best player available. In the early years of the draft, players were chosen based on hearsay, print media, or other rudimentary evidence of a player's ability. In the 1940s, some franchises began employing full-time scouts. The ensuing success of their corresponding teams eventually forced the other franchises to also hire scouts.
Colloquially, the name of the draft each year takes on the form of the NFL season in which players picked could begin playing. For example, the 2010 NFL draft was for the 2010 NFL season. However, the NFL-defined name of the process has changed since its inception. The location of the draft has continually changed over the years to accommodate more fans, as the event has gained popularity. The draft's popularity now garners prime-time television coverage. In the league's early years, from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s, the draft was held in various cities with NFL franchises until the league settled on New York City starting in 1965, where it remained for fifty years until 2015. The 2015 and 2016 NFL drafts were held in Chicago, while the 2017 version was held in Philadelphia and 2018 in Dallas. The 2019 NFL Draft will be held in Nashville. In recent years, the NFL draft has occurred in late April or early May.Ronald Torbert
Ronald Torbert is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 2010 NFL season. He wears uniform number 62, worn previously by line judge Chuck Stewart, side judge DuWayne Gandy and umpire Gerry Hart.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Torbert began his NFL officiating career in 2010 as a side judge, then became a referee for the 2014 NFL season after Scott Green and Ron Winter announced their retirements. Torbert is one of only six African-American referees in NFL history, after Johnny Grier, Mike Carey, Jerome Boger and Don Carey, and preceding Shawn Smith, who was promoted from umpire to referee in 2018.
Torbert's 2018 NFL officiating crew consists of umpire Dan Ferrell, down judge Sarah Thomas, line judge Mark Steinkerchner, field judge Jimmy Buchanan, side judge Scott Edwards, back judge Tony Josselyn, replay official Earnie Frantz, and replay assistant Terry Sullivan.Ron was the alternate Referee for the 2018 Superbowl LIII. He is also featured in the NFL 100 year anniversary video that aired during the same Superbowl.
Outside of his NFL officiating duties, Torbert is an attorney, like fellow referee Clete Blakeman.Vincent Jackson
Vincent Terrell Jackson (born January 14, 1983), is a former American football wide receiver who played for 12 seasons in the National Football League. He played college football at Northern Colorado, and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jackson was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and exceeded 1,000 receiving yards six times in his career.
2010 NFL season