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Encyclopedia > 2006 NFL season
2006 National Football League season
Regular season September 7, 2006 - December 31, 2006
Playoffs January 6, 2007 - February 4, 2007
Super Bowl XLI Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Champions Indianapolis Colts
Pro Bowl February 10, 2007

The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. With the Pittsburgh Steelers as the defending league champions, regular season play was held from September 7 to December 31, 2006. is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Football League playoffs for the 2006 season will lead up to Super Bowl XLI, which will be played at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on February 4, 2007. ... is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Date February 4, 2007 Stadium Dolphin Stadium City Miami Gardens, Florida MVP Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Colts Favorite Colts by 6. ... Interior of Dolphin Stadium, football configuration Dolphin Stadium (previously known as Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium[1], and Dolphins Stadium) is a football, lacrosse, soccer and baseball stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, a suburb north of Miami. ... Location in Miami-Dade and the state of Florida. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South... The 2007 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl is scheduled to take place on February 10, 2007, at 1:00 p. ... is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... In an organised sports league, a season is the portion of one year in which regulated games of the sport are in session. ... NFL redirects here. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... “Steelers” redirects here. ... is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Pittsburgh failed to qualify for the playoffs, which began on January 6, 2007. The NFL title was eventually won by the Indianapolis Colts when they defeated the Chicago Bears, the Super Bowl championship game, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on February 4. The National Football League playoffs for the 2006 season will lead up to Super Bowl XLI, which will be played at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on February 4, 2007. ... is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Barney Fartenhimer Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Interior of Dolphin Stadium, football configuration Dolphin Stadium (previously known as Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium[1], and Dolphins Stadium) is a football, lacrosse, soccer and baseball stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, a suburb north of Miami. ... Location in Miami-Dade and the state of Florida. ... is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


The season formally concluded with the Pro Bowl, the league's all-star game, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on February 10. It was held on a Saturday instead of the usual Sunday after the Super Bowl because of a request by CBS, on which the game was broadcast.[1] The 2007 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl is scheduled to take place on February 10, 2007, at 1:00 p. ... An all-star game is an exhibition game played by the best players in their respective sports league. ... Aloha Stadium is a stadium located in Aiea, Hawaii, Hawaii. ... For the city and county of Honolulu, see City & County of Honolulu. ... is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ...

Contents

Schedule

This was the fifth year that the NFL regular season began with a Thursday night kickoff game (the Pittsburgh Steelers scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to win 28-17 over the Miami Dolphins). The NFL Kickoff game, and related festivities, mark the start of the National Football League season. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach Cam Cameron Owner H. Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference...


The regular season week one continued on Sunday, September 10, concluded with the Indianapolis Colts at the New York Giants in what was the first NFL game with two brothers starting at quarterback: Peyton Manning of the Colts and his brother Eli of the Giants. is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... Eli Manning(born January 3, 1981) is currently a professional football player for the New York Giants. ...


Then on Monday Night, September 11, there was a doubleheader: the Minnesota Vikings defeating the Washington Redskins, 19-16, which was followed by the San Diego Chargers shutting out the Oakland Raiders, 27-0. Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Doubleheader is the term used to describe two baseball games played between the same two teams on the same day. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... “Chargers” redirects here. ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970...


There were only seven bye weeks in 2006 (weeks 3-9). Six teams had open dates in weeks 6 and 7, while four teams had open dates the remaining bye weeks. Previously, there were eight bye weeks (weeks 3-10), with four teams having an open date each week. A bye is when a player or team is allowed to advance to the next round of a playoff tournament without playing. ...


Three games were played on Thanksgiving Day. In addition to the traditional annual Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys home games during that day, with the Lions losing to the Miami Dolphins 27-10, and the Cowboys handily trouncing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 38-10, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Denver Broncos, 19-10, exactly 37 years since their last meeting on Thanksgiving Day in the AFL. Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is an annual one-day holiday to give thanks, traditionally to God, for the things one has at the end of the harvest season. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal Blue (PMS 661), Silver-Green (PMS 8280), Silver (PMS 8240), and Navy Blue (PMS 282) Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Northern Conference (1960... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach Cam Cameron Owner H. Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... This May 2007 does not cite any references or sources. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... The American Football League (AFL) was a professional football league that operated from 1960 until 1969, when all of its teams were absorbed into the National Football League (NFL). ...


Based on the NFL's scheduling formula, the intraconference and interconference matchups for 2006 were: // The NFL season begins the weekend after Labor Day. ...

Interconference
The AFC East refers to the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference of the National Football League. ... The AFC South refers to the Southern Division of the American Football Conference of the National Football League that was created prior to the 2002 season when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams. ... The AFC North refers to the Northern Division of the American Football Conference of the National Football League that was created prior to the 2002 season when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams. ... The AFC West is a division of the National Football Leagues American Football Conference. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The NFC South refers to the Southern Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League that was created in 2002 when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams. ... The NFC North refers to the Northern Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League that was created prior to the 2002 season when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams. ... The NFC West refers to the Western Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League. ...

  • AFC East v NFC North
  • AFC North v NFC South
  • AFC South v NFC East
  • AFC West v NFC West



Flexible-scheduling

For more details on this topic, see NFL_on_television#Flexible-scheduling.

For the first time, a "flexible-scheduling" system was used for the last seven weeks of the regular season. This allows the league the flexibility in selecting games to air on Sunday night, in order to feature the current hottest, streaking teams. The system's primary purpose is to prevent games featuring losing teams from airing during primetime late in the season, while at the same time allowing surprise, playoff-potential teams a chance to play at night. During the previous season, a December 19 Monday Night game featured the 4-9 Baltimore Ravens versus the 3-10 Green Bay Packers, while hot, streaking teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals and the Jacksonville Jaguars had few or no primetime games. The television rights to broadcast National Football League (NFL) games are the most lucrative and expensive rights of any sport. ... The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot The Ravens: Edgar, Allan, & Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore... “Packers” redirects here. ... Information in this article or section has not been verified against sources and may not be reliable. ... City Jacksonville, Florida Team colors Teal, Black, White, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002-present) Team history Jacksonville...


Because Christmas Eve (December 24) fell on a Sunday during the 2006 season, the flexible-scheduling actually occurred in seven of the last eight weeks. Instead of a Sunday night game on Christmas Eve, two games were held on Monday, Christmas Day (December 25): The Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys at 5 p.m. ET, and the New York Jets at Miami Dolphins at 8:30 p.m. ET. Therefore, the first real test of the new flexible scheduling will come with the 2007 season, with the final seven weeks scheduled to begin on November 18 of that year. For the first use of the new scheduling, it was announced on October 24 that the game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants would air on NBC on November 12 at 8:15 p.m. EST, and FOX moved the New Orleans Saints-Pittsburgh Steelers game to 4:15 p.m. EST from 1 p.m. EST. The Christmas Eve (1904-05), watercolor painting by the Swedish painter Carl Larsson (1853-1919) Christmas Eve, the evening of December 24th, the preceding day or vigil before Christmas Day, is treated to a greater or a lesser extent in most Christian societies as part of the Christmas season. ... is the 358th day of the year (359th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Joseph and Mary with baby Jesus, at the first Christmas Christmas (literally, the Mass of Christ) is a holiday in the Christian calendar, usually observed on December 25, which celebrates the birth of Jesus. ... is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal Blue (PMS 661), Silver-Green (PMS 8280), Silver (PMS 8240), and Navy Blue (PMS 282) Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Northern Conference (1960... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach Cam Cameron Owner H. Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Under the flexible-scheduling system, all Sunday games in the affected weeks tentatively had the start times of 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, except those played in the Pacific or Mountain time zones, which will have a tentative start time of 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT (or 4:15 p.m. ET/1:15 p.m. PT if it is a doubleheader weekend). On the Tuesday 12 days before the games, the league moved one game to the primetime slot, and possibly one or more 1 p.m. slotted games to the 4 p.m. slots. During the last week of the season, the league could re-schedule games as late as six days before the contests so that all of the television networks will be able to broadcast a game that has playoff implications. Furthermore, both FOX and CBS will broadcast doubleheaders in that final week, except in the home markets excluding those of the participating teams in the Sunday Night game that week. EST is UTC-5 The North American Eastern Standard Time Zone (abbreviated EST) is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) resulting in UTC-5. ... PST is UTC-8 The Pacific Standard Time Zone (PST) is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) resulting in UTC-8. ...


Sunday Night Football

NBC’s Sunday Night Football will encompass more than four hours of NFL coverage. The agreement continues through the 2011 season and calls for 16 regular-season Sunday night games, each season's "NFL Kickoff" Thursday night primetime game, two postseason wild card games and three preseason games in primetime, in addition to Super Bowl XLIII in 2009 and Super Bowl XLVI in 2012 and Pro Bowls in the same years. The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... NBC Sunday Night Football is a weekly television broadcast of Sunday evening National Football League games on NBC that began airing on Sunday, August 6, 2006 with the pre-season opening Hall of Fame Game. ... PrimeTime is a television newsmagazine from ABC News. ... In North American professional sports leagues, the term wild card refers to a team that qualifies for the championship playoffs without winning their specific subdivision (usually called a conference or division) outright. ... Super Bowl XLIII will be the 43rd Super Bowl, the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) between the National Football Conference (NFC) and American Football Conference (AFC) champions. ... Super Bowl XLVI will be the 46th Super Bowl, the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) between the National Football Conference (NFC) and American Football Conference (AFC) champions. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ...


Final regular season standings

Qualified for playoffs

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

AFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
4 New England Patriots 12 4 0 .750 385 237 Details
5 New York Jets 10 6 0 .625 316 295 Details
Buffalo Bills 7 9 0 .436 300 311 Details
Miami Dolphins 6 10 0 .375 260 283 Details
AFC North
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
2 Baltimore Ravens 13 3 0 .813 353 201 Details
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 373 331 Details
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 8 0 .500 353 315 Details
Cleveland Browns 4 12 0 .250 238 356 Details
AFC South
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
3 Indianapolis Colts 12 4 0 .750 427 360 Details
Tennessee Titans 8 8 0 .500 324 400 Details
Jacksonville Jaguars 8 8 0 .500 371 274 Details
Houston Texans 6 10 0 .375 267 366 Details
AFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
1 San Diego Chargers 14 2 0 .875 492 303 Details
6 Kansas City Chiefs 9 7 0 .562 331 315 Details
Denver Broncos 9 7 0 .562 319 305 Details
Oakland Raiders 2 14 0 .125 168 332 Details
NFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
3 Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 398 328 Details
5 Dallas Cowboys 9 7 0 .562 425 350 Details
6 New York Giants 8 8 0 .500 355 362 Details
Washington Redskins 5 11 0 .313 307 376 Details
NFC North
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
1 Chicago Bears 13 3 0 .812 427 255 Details
Green Bay Packers 8 8 0 .500 301 366 Details
Minnesota Vikings 6 10 0 .375 282 327 Details
Detroit Lions 3 13 0 .188 305 398 Details
NFC South
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
2 New Orleans Saints 10 6 0 .625 413 322 Details
Carolina Panthers 8 8 0 .500 270 305 Details
Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 .438 292 328 Details
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 12 0 .250 211 353 Details
NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA  
4 Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 .562 335 341 Details
St. Louis Rams 8 8 0 .500 367 381 Details
San Francisco 49ers 7 9 0 .438 298 412 Details
Arizona Cardinals 5 11 0 .312 314 389 Details


City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... The 2006 New England Patriots season began with the team trying to improve on their 10-6 record in 2005. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... The 2006 New York Jets season began with the team trying to improve on their 4-12 record in 2005. ... City Orchard Park, New York Team colors Navy blue, light blue, Red, light Red, White, Royal, and Nickel Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph Wilson General manager Marv Levy Mascot Billy Buffalo League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... The 2006 Buffalo Bills season began with the team trying to improve on their 5-11 record in 2005. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach Cam Cameron Owner H. Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... The 2006 Miami Dolphins season began with the team trying to improve on their 9-7 record in 2005. ... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot The Ravens: Edgar, Allan, & Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore... The 2006 Baltimore Ravens season began with the team trying to improve on their 6-10 record in 2005. ... Information in this article or section has not been verified against sources and may not be reliable. ... The 2006 Cincinnati Bengals season began with the team trying to improve on their 11-5 record in 2005, defending their AFC North Division Championship title, and progress further through the playoffs than they made in the 2005 season having lost to Pittsburgh in the 1st round after losing star... “Steelers” redirects here. ... The 2006 Pittsburgh Steelers season began with the team defending their Super Bowl XL championship. ... “Browns” redirects here. ... The 2006 Cleveland Browns season began with the team attempting to improve upon their win-loss record from 2005, where the team ended the year at 6-10. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South... The 2006 Indianapolis Colts season began with the team trying to maintain or improve on their regular season record of 14-2 from the 2005 season, and advance farther into the playoffs. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... City Jacksonville, Florida Team colors Teal, Black, White, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002-present) Team history Jacksonville... The 2006 Jacksonville Jaguars season began with the team trying to improve on their 12-4 record in 2005. ... City Houston, Texas Team colors Deep Steel Blue, Battle Red, and Liberty White Head Coach Gary Kubiak Owner Bob McNair General manager Rick Smith Mascot Toro League/Conference affiliations National Football League (2002–present) American Football Conference (2002-present) AFC South (2002-present) Team history Houston Texans (2002–present) Championships... The 2006 Houston Texans season began with the team trying to improve on their 2-14 record in 2005. ... “Chargers” redirects here. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... The Chiefs are currently 7-4 and tied for second place in the AFC West. ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... The 2006 Denver Broncos season began with the team trying to improve on their 13-3 record and make a return to (at least) the AFC Championship Game as they did in 2005. ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... The 2006 Oakland Raiders season begins with the team trying to improve on their 4-12 record in 2005. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 2006 Philadelphia Eagles season began with the team trying to improve on their 6-10 record in 2005. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal Blue (PMS 661), Silver-Green (PMS 8280), Silver (PMS 8240), and Navy Blue (PMS 282) Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Northern Conference (1960... The 2006 Dallas Cowboys season began with the team trying to improve on their 9-7 record in 2005. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... The 2006 New York Giants season began with the team trying to improve on their 11-5 record in 2005. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Barney Fartenhimer Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... The 2006 Chicago Bears season was their 87th regular season and 25th post-season completed in the National Football League. ... “Packers” redirects here. ... The 2006 Green Bay Packers season began with the team trying to improve on their 4-12 record in 2005. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969... The 2006 Minnesota Vikings season begins with the team trying to improve on their 9-7 record in 2005. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 2006 Detroit Lions season began with the team trying to improve on their 5-11 record in 2005. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 2006 New Orleans Saints season began with the team trying to improve on their 3-13 record in 2005. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 2006 Carolina Panthers season began with the team trying to (at least) return to the NFC Championship Game like they did in 2005. ... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West (1970... The 2006 Atlanta Falcons season began with the team trying to improve on their 8-8 record in 2005. ... This May 2007 does not cite any references or sources. ... The 2006 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season began with the team trying to improve on their 11-5 record in 2005. ... City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference (1976... The 2006 Seattle Seahawks season began with the team attempting to repeat as National Football Conference (NFC) champions and return to the Super Bowl. ... City St. ... The 2006 St. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... The 2006 San Francisco 49ers season began with the team trying to improve on their 4-12 record in 2005. ... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference... The 2006 Arizona Cardinals season began with the team trying to improve on their 5-11 record in 2005. ...

Tiebreakers

Source: http://www.nfl.com/standings/conference

City Jacksonville, Florida Team colors Teal, Black, White, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002-present) Team history Jacksonville... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... “Packers” redirects here. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... “Packers” redirects here. ...

Playoffs

Further information: NFL playoffs, 2006-07
Playoff seeds
Seed AFC NFC
1 San Diego Chargers (West winner) Chicago Bears (North winner)
2 Baltimore Ravens (North winner) New Orleans Saints (South winner)
3 Indianapolis Colts (South winner) Philadelphia Eagles (East winner)
4 New England Patriots (East winner) Seattle Seahawks (West winner)
5 New York Jets Dallas Cowboys
6 Kansas City Chiefs New York Giants

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AFC

City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present...

NFC

City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal Blue (PMS 661), Silver-Green (PMS 8280), Silver (PMS 8240), and Navy Blue (PMS 282) Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Northern Conference (1960... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Super Bowl

Date February 4, 2007 Stadium Dolphin Stadium City Miami Gardens, Florida MVP Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Colts Favorite Colts by 6. ... Interior of Dolphin Stadium, football configuration Dolphin Stadium (previously known as Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium[1], and Dolphins Stadium) is a football, lacrosse, soccer and baseball stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, a suburb north of Miami. ... Location in Miami-Dade and the state of Florida. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South...

Pro Bowl

  • 2007 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii: AFC 31, NFC 28

For the city and county of Honolulu, see City & County of Honolulu. ... American Football Conference logo. ... National Football Conference logo. ...

Television

Further information: NFL on Television

The 2006 season marked the first year of the league's new television contracts. CBS and FOX continued to televise Sunday afternoon games with six-year agreements, as well as their respective conference playoffs. The television rights to broadcast National Football League (NFL) games are the most lucrative and expensive rights of any sport. ...


The Pre-Game News

CBS made the biggest pre-game show news of all during the off-season, as they lured away James Brown from FOX NFL Sunday to The NFL Today, with Brown citing that he wanted to be closer to his home of Washington, D.C., as The NFL Today is based in New York City. Previous host Greg Gumbel was moved to the #2 team with Dan Dierdorf, and his predecessor, Dick Enberg, was paired with Randy Cross. The Eye network also announced it would continue to air only three games per week in high-definition during the season as well as eliminating sideline reporters after losing two reporters, Bonnie Bernstein (who moved to ESPN) and Armen Keteyian (who moved to CBS News as an investigative reporter). James Brown James Brown (born February 25, 1951), commonly called J.B., is a TV personality known for being the host of the Fox networks NFL pregame show FOX NFL Sunday. ... NFL on FOX logo. ... The NFL Today is a TV show that precedes the American football program The NFL on CBS on CBS Sports. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Greg Gumbel (born May 3, 1946) is an American television sportscaster. ... Daniel Lee Dierdorf (b. ... Richard Alan Dick Enberg (born January 9, 1935 in Mount Clemens, Michigan) is an American sportscaster. ... Randy Cross (b. ... Projection screen in a home theater, displaying a high-definition television image. ... Bonnie Bernstein (born August 16, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American television sports reporter and anchor. ... ESPN/ESPN-DT, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an [[United States|Amer<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here--68. ... Armen Keteyian (b. ... CBS News logo, used from Sept. ...


Meanwhile, Joe Buck took over as host of FOX NFL Sunday, while simultaneously continuing as the network's top play-by-play man. This meant the pregame show would go on location from whichever game Buck was scheduled to call. The only weeks when the show wasn't on location were when Buck was assigned to do Major League Baseball postseason broadcasts, and the last two weeks of the season, when he and studio crew did the show from Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Curt Menefee manned the NFL Sunday crew while Buck was calling the week's game, during the baseball post season as well as during the first two rounds of the NFC Playoffs. In addition, Chris Rose, host of Fox Sports Net's Best Damn Sports Show Period, took over providing updates on games in progress during the regular season. For the fictional character, see Midnight Cowboy. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Curt Menefee is a play-by-play commentator on the NFL on FOX. Prior to joining Fox full-time, he was a sports reporter for MSG Networks SportsDesk show. ... Chris Rose is one of the hosts of The Best Damn Sports Show Period on Fox Sports Net. ... Fox Sports Net headquarters in Los Angeles. ... The Best Damn Sports Show, Period is a sports talk show on Fox Sports Net. ...


This was also the first season Fox and CBS were allowed to show in-game updates on games on each other's network throughout the season. Previously, they pooled together their highlights only during the final week of the season, when playoff spots were at stake.


Prime time changes

ESPN

ESPN took over Monday Night Football from ABC. The cable network's coverage (except for the first week doubleheader and Christmas Day) started at 3 p.m. US ET with a new SportsCenter Monday Night Kickoff Edition, followed by Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption. A new version of NFL PrimeTime, hosted by Stuart Scott with Ron Jaworski and Mike Ditka followed. Afterwards, the Monday Night Countdown 90-minute pre-game show, hosted by Chris Berman, Tom Jackson, Michael Irvin, and Steve Young. The latter shows are done on-site. The game broadcast then started at 8:30 p.m. Mike Tirico called the play-by-play, and Joe Theismann and Tony Kornheiser served as the color commentators. Michele Tafoya came over from ABC's version of MNF while Suzy Kolber arrived from ESPN Sunday Night Football to serve as sideline reporters. ESPN/ESPN-DT, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an [[United States|Amer<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here--68. ... Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... EST is UTC-5 The North American Eastern Standard Time Zone (abbreviated EST) is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) resulting in UTC-5. ... This article is about the American ESPN show. ... Not to be confused with Round the Horne, a British radio comedy. ... Pardon the Interruption (abbreviated PTI) is a sports television show that airs weekdays on various ESPN TV channels, TSN, XM and Sirius satellite radio services, and as a downloadable podcast. ... Old NFL Primetime logo NFL Primetime is a sports television program that has aired on ESPN since 1987. ... Stuart Scott (born July 19, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American sportscaster for ESPN, most visibly as an anchor on SportsCenter. ... Ronald Vincent Jaws Jaworski (born March 23, 1951 in Lackawanna, New York) is a former American football player and currently an NFL analyst on ESPN. He is referred as the King of Tape Breakdown with his ability to break down plays. ... Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. ... Christopher (Boomer) James Berman (born May 10, 1955, in Greenwich, Connecticut) is a sportscaster, who anchors SportsCenter, Monday Night Countdown, Sunday NFL Countdown, Baseball Tonight, U.S. Open golf, and other programming on ESPN. He joined ESPN a month after its founding and has been with the network since. ... Thomas Jackson (b. ... Michael Jerome Irvin (born March 5, 1966 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is a former American football player for the Dallas Cowboys, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 4th, 2007. ... Jon Steven Young (born October 11, 1961 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA), is a former quarterback for the National Football Leagues San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Los Angeles Express of the short-lived United States Football League. ... Mike Tirico is the lead broadcaster for ESPNs presentation of Monday Night Football. ... Play-by-play, in broadcasting, is a North American term and means the reporting of a sporting event with a voiceover describing the details of the action of the game in progress. ... Joseph Robert Theismann (born September 9, 1949 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA), is a former American football quarterback in the NFL. He was born to an Austrian father, Joseph John Theismann and a Hungarian mother, Olga Tobias and was raised in South River, New Jersey. ... Anthony Irwin Kornheiser (born July 13, 1948) is an American sportswriter and columnist for The Washington Post, as well as a radio and television talk show host. ... A color commentator (colour commentator in Canada), sometimes known as a color analyst, is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress. ... Michelle Tafoya doing her job for the cameras. ... Suzy Kolber (born May 14, 1964 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a football sideline reporter, co-producer, and anchor for ESPN and ABC Sports. ... ESPN Sunday Night Football is a TV program showing National Football League games on Sunday evenings. ...


NBC

NBC returned to the NFL for the first time since televising Super Bowl XXXII at the end of the 1997 season, broadcasting Sunday night games. The series was been rebranded as NBC Sunday Night Football and it also telecast the annual Thursday opening "kickoff" game. As the broadcaster of Sunday night games, NBC became the network that took full advantage of the flexible-scheduling system. The network also televised the Christmas Day contest between Philadelphia and Dallas in lieu of a Christmas Eve night game. The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Date January 25, 1998 Stadium Qualcomm Stadium City San Diego MVP Terrell Davis, Running back Favorite Packers by 11 1/2 National anthem Jewel Coin toss Joe Gibbs, Doug Williams, Eddie Robinson Referee Ed Hochuli Halftime show Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Tops Attendance 68... The 1997 NFL season was the 78th regular season of the National Football League. ... NBC Sunday Night Football is a weekly television broadcast of Sunday evening National Football League games on NBC that began airing on Sunday, August 6, 2006 with the pre-season opening Hall of Fame Game. ...


Bob Costas hosts the pregame show called Football Night in America, with Cris Collinsworth as his co-host. Currently, they serve as co-hosts of HBO's Inside the NFL, and continued to serve in their present posts. In addition, NBC announced on February 19 that the recently retired Jerome "The Bus" Bettis will join Costas and Collinsworth in the studio. [1] Sterling Sharpe also appeared on the program, after serving as a studio commentator on ESPN and then NFL Network. Robert Quinlan Costas (born March 22, 1952) is an American sportscaster, on the air for the NBC network since the early 1980s. ... Football Night in America is the studio show preceding NBCs broadcasts of Sunday night National Football League (NFL) games starting in the 2006 NFL season. ... Anthony Cris Collinsworth (born January 27, 1959 in Dayton, Ohio), is a former American football player and current television sportscaster. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television network with headquarters in New York City. ... ‹The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... [[Media:Italic text]]{| style=float:right; |- | |- | |} is the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Jerome Abram Bettis, nicknamed The Bus (born February 16, 1972 in Detroit, Michigan), is a former American football halfback for the NFLs Los Angeles/St. ... Sterling Sharpe (born April 6, 1965 in Chicago) is a former American football wide receiver who played from 1988 to 1994 with the Green Bay Packers. ... ESPN/ESPN-DT, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an [[United States|Amer<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here--68. ... NFL Network is an American specialty channel owned and operated by the National Football League (NFL) and is also shown in Canada and Mexico. ...


Play-by-play announcer Al Michaels and color commentator John Madden were signed to call the games from ABC Monday Night Football, while Andrea Kremer came from ESPN to serve as the sideline reporter, and also contributed to the studio show. [2] Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944) is an American television sportscaster. ... John Earl Madden (born April 10, 1936) is a former National Football League player, head coach, and a Pro Football Hall-of-Famer. ... Monday Night Football is a television broadcast of one of the premier National Football League matches of the week. ... Andrea Kremer (born February 25, 1959) is an American television personality and the current sideline reporter for NBC Sunday Night Football. ...


The pregame program aired at 7 p.m. ET and the game coverage followed at 8:15 p.m. Pink sings the show's theme, a remake of the Joan Jett song "I Hate Myself For Loving You" retitled "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night." Composer John Williams also contributed instrumental music for the pre-game show and the game telecast. The exceptions were on October 22 due to Game 2 of the 2006 World Series, and on December 24 (Christmas Eve), when no Sunday night games were scheduled to be telecast. On those nights, Football Night in America was a one hour stand-alone telecast, while a condensed half-hour version aired on Christmas Day. Alecia Moore (born September 8, 1979), better known by her stage name Pink (also written as P!nk), is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter who first gained prominence in North America in early January of 2000. ... Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin on September 22, 1958) is an American rock guitarist, singer, producer and actress. ... For other persons named John Williams, see John Williams (disambiguation). ... is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Dates October 21, 2006–October 27, 2006 MVP David Eckstein Television network FOX Announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver[1] Umpires Randy Marsh, Alfonso Marquez, Wally Bell, Mike Winters, John Hirschbeck, Tim McClelland The 2006 World Series, the 102nd edition of Major League Baseballs championship series, began on October... is the 358th day of the year (359th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Christmas Eve (1904-05), watercolor painting by the Swedish painter Carl Larsson (1853-1919) Christmas Eve, the evening of December 24th, the preceding day or vigil before Christmas Day, is treated to a greater or a lesser extent in most Christian societies as part of the Christmas season. ...


In addition, as part of the network's contract, The Peacock Network broadcast the first two wild-card games on January 6, 2007, at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tom Hammond, Collinsworth and Bob Neumeier called the early contest (Kansas City at Indianapolis), while the Sunday Night team of Michaels, Madden and Kremer called the late game (Dallas at Seattle). is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For former NBA player, see Tom Hammonds. ... Bob Neumeier is an American sportscaster for NBC Sports, specializing in thoroughbred racing. ...


NFL Network

The NFL Network specialty channel broadcast eight primetime games from Thanksgiving to the end of the regular season on Thursday and Saturday nights. [3] The First Thanksgiving, painted by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863-1930). ...


Bryant Gumbel was the play-by-play announcer and Cris Collinsworth served as the color commentator on Thursdays.[4] Dick Vermeil worked with Bryant Gumbel for the scheduled Saturday games; however, when Vermeil came down with a severe case of laryngitis during the Dallas Cowboys-Atlanta Falcons game on December 16, Deion Sanders and Marshall Faulk, who were on location for NFL Total Access, filled in for the second half of that game. Bryant Charles Gumbel (born September 29, 1948), is an American television personality for news and sports programs. ... Dick Vermeil is a former American head coach for the National Football Leagues Philadelphia Eagles (1976-1982), St. ... Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal Blue (PMS 661), Silver-Green (PMS 8280), Silver (PMS 8240), and Navy Blue (PMS 282) Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Northern Conference (1960... is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Deion Luwynn Sanders (born August 9, 1967 in Fort Myers, Florida) is a former National Football League cornerback, Major League Baseball outfielder, and CBS Sports commentator. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... NFL Total Access is a television news program on the NFL Network. ...


The NFL Network's first regular-season game was Kansas City's 19-10 win at home over Denver on November 23, 2006. The game capped off a new "Thanksgiving Tripleheader" tradition. This was not pleasing news to many, as very few people have the NFL Network, since it is part of a digital cable and satellite TV package and was not available on Time Warner Cable and Cablevision. Thankfully, as is the case with ESPN's telecasts, the games were available in the participating teams' over-the-air markets. is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Time Warner Inc. ... For other uses, see Cablevision (disambiguation). ...


News and notes

Major rule changes

  • End zone celebrations became more restricted. Players cannot celebrate by using any type of prop, or do any act in which they are on the ground. Players may still spike, spin the ball, or dunk it over the goal posts. Dancing in the end zone is also permitted as long as it is not a prolonged or group celebration. The Lambeau Leap, though, was still legal. [5]
  • Defenders were prohibited from hitting a passer in the knee or below unless they are blocked into him. This rule was enacted in response to the previous season's injuries to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Brian Griese.
  • Down-by-contact calls could now be reviewed by instant replay to determine if a player fumbled the ball before he was down, and who recovered it. Previously, these plays could not be reversed once officials blew the whistle.
  • The "horse-collar tackle" rule enacted during the previous 2005 season was expanded. Players are now prohibited from tackling a ball carrier from the rear by tugging inside his jersey. Previously, it was only illegal if the tackler's hand got inside the player's shoulder pads.
  • To reduce injuries, defensive players cannot line up directly over the long snapper during field goal and extra point attempts.

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Officials' uniform makeover

New uniform worn by NFL officials as demonstrated on NFL Network's Total Access.

The 2006 season marked the debut of new officiating uniforms which are supposed to be more comfortable for officials to wear in extreme weather over the old polyester uniforms. The uniforms were designed by Reebok using Play Dry material technology to keep officials both warm and dry during the winter months of the season. On the shirt, the position and number are removed from the front pocket and the lettering and numbers on the back side were black-on-white and are smaller print and the sleeve shows the uniform number. Officials also wore full-length black pants with white stripe during the winter months to stay warm, which was criticized by media and internet board posters. This was the first major design overhaul since 1979, when the position name was added to the shirt, but later abbreviated in 1982.
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New NFL Commissioner

On March 20, 2006, Paul Tagliabue announced his plans to retire as NFL Commissioner. During an NFL meeting in Northbrook, Illinois, on August 8, 2006, league team owners selected Roger Goodell, the NFL's then-current Chief Operating Officer, as the new commissioner. Tagliabue continued to serve as NFL Commissioner until Goodell officially replaced him on Friday September 1. is the 79th day of the year (80th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Paul John Tagliabue (born November 24, 1940 in Jersey City, New Jersey) was the Commissioner of the National Football League from 1989 to September 2006, when he retired from office. ... is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Roger S. Goodell (born February 19, 1959, in Jamestown, New York[1]) is the Commissioner of the National Football League, having been chosen to succeed the retiring Paul Tagliabue on August 8, 2006. ... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Tagliabue became NFL Commissioner on October 26, 1989. During his tenure, the league has added four new teams; saw four franchises move (including two franchises---the Rams and Raiders---from Los Angeles, the second-largest television market in the USA); the construction of seventeen new stadiums; began its own in-house television specialty cable network, the NFL Network; has greatly increased television rights fees with its broadcasters, including the addition of the Fox network; and has maintained labor peace with the players' union. is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... The National Football League Players Association, or NFLPA, is the labor union of players in footballs National Football League. ...


Return of "The Duke" football

For the first time since Super Bowl IV at the conclusion of the 1969 season, the official NFL game ball was known as "The Duke" in honor of Wellington Mara, whose family owns the New York Giants. Son John is the current CEO of the team. The NFL first used "The Duke" ball in honor of Mara in 1941 after then-Chicago Bears owner George Halas and then-Giants owner Tim Mara (Wellington's father) made a deal with Wilson Sporting Goods to become the league's official supplier of game balls, a relationship that continued into its' sixty-fifth year in 2006. [6] Date January 11, 1970 Stadium Tulane Stadium City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Len Dawson, Quarterback Favorite Vikings by 12 1/2 National anthem Al Hirt Coin toss Game referee Referee John McDonough Halftime show Mardi Gras with Carol Channing Attendance 80,562 TV in the United States Network CBS Announcers... The 1969 NFL season was the 50th regular season of the National Football League, and the last one before the AFL-NFL Merger. ... Wellington Timothy Mara (August 14, 1916 – October 25, 2005) was the co-owner and co-CEO of the NFLs New York Giants. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... John K. Mara (born December 1, 1954 in New York City) is the president, CEO, and co-owner of the New York Giants. ... George Stanley Halas (February 2, 1895 - October 31, 1983), nicknamed Papa Bear and Mr. ... Timothy James Mara (July 29, 1887 – February 16, 1959) was the founder and administrator for the New York Giants. ... Wilson Sporting Goods (or simply Wilson) is a sporting goods company that is based in Chicago, Illinois. ...


"The Duke" ball was discontinued after the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger, and the merged league began using a different standardized ball made by Wilson. The only other time that "The Duke" ball name was used was during the two Thanksgiving Classic games in 2004. The AFL-NFL Merger of 1970 involved the merger of the two major professional American football leagues in the United States during the time: the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). ... NFL Thanksgiving 2006 logo. ... The 2004 NFL season was the 85th regular season of the National Football League. ...


One side of the new 2006 "Duke" football featured the NFL shield logo in gold, the words "The Duke", and the NFL commissioner's signature. The obverse side has a small NFL logo above the needle bladder hole, the conference names between the hole, and the words "National Football League" in gold. As per the custom, specially branded balls were used for the first week of the 2006 season ("Opening Kickoff"), Thanksgiving Classic, conference championships, Super Bowl XLI and Pro Bowl games.


Unprecedented sell-outs

Through week 11 of the season, all NFL games had been sold out, and for the 24th time, all blackout restrictions had been lifted. [2] The streak was ended by the Jacksonville at Buffalo game in Week 12. [3]


Saints go home

The New Orleans Saints returned to their home at the Louisiana Superdome in Week Three. The Saints played home games during the 2005 NFL Season in San Antonio, TX, Baton Rouge, LA, and East Rutherford, NJ, due to the damage to the Superdome caused by Hurricane Katrina. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Superdome redirects here. ... This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. ...


Game highlights on iTunes

Starting September 18, fans were able to download highlights of their teams' games through Apple Computer's iTunes Store online service. Each video costs US$1.99 each but fans have the chance of buying a "Follow Your Team season ticket" which brings every game of that team to the fan for $24.99. [7] is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The iTunes Store is an online business run by Apple Inc. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ...


Also available will be NFL GameDay, the NFL Network's comprehensive Sunday night review which features post-game reactions and game analysis, all for $1.99 a show or $19.99 for the full season.


Death of Lamar Hunt

Lamar Hunt, the man who would challenge the NFL with the formation of the American Football League, leading to a bidding war from 1960 to 1965 and the subsequent merger of the two leagues, and the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, died in Dallas, Texas on December 13 from complications from prostate cancer at the age of 74. The AFL's innovations (player names on the back of the jerseys, the two-point conversion that was adopted in 1994, the scoreboard clock as the official timer, a centered national TV contract, revenue sharing and the naming of the league's championship game as the "Super Bowl") are now standard through the NFL thanks to Hunt's fearless foresight. Thanks to him and fellow Texan Tex Schramm, who was president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys at that time, the date of June 8, 1966 will forever be remembered as the day professional football changed. Lamar Hunt (August 2, 1932 – December 13, 2006) was a promoter of American football, soccer, tennis, basketball, and ice hockey in the United States and an inductee of the first three sports halls of fame. ... The American Football League (AFL) was a professional football league that operated from 1960 until 1969, when all of its teams were absorbed into the National Football League (NFL). ... The AFL-NFL Merger of 1970 involved the merger of the two major professional American football leagues in the United States during the time: the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... “Dallas” redirects here. ... is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Prostate cancer is a disease in which cancer develops in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system. ... Texas Earnest Schramm, Jr. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal Blue (PMS 661), Silver-Green (PMS 8280), Silver (PMS 8240), and Navy Blue (PMS 282) Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Northern Conference (1960... is the 159th day of the year (160th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ...


Death of two Broncos

At 3 a.m. on January 1, 2007, Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was shot and killed in Denver, within hours after the last regular season game against the San Francisco 49ers. Less than two months after, on February 24, 2007, Broncos running back Damien Nash collapsed and died after a charity basketball game at a high school. Both players died at the age of 24. is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Darrent Williams (September 27, 1982 – January 1, 2007), was an American football player for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. ... is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Damien Darnell Nash (April 14, 1982 – February 24, 2007) was an American football player who was a running back for the NFLs Denver Broncos during the 2006-2007 season at the time of his death. ...


Milestones

The new school "LT"

LaDainian Tomlinson broke the all-time NFL record for most rushing touchdowns in a season, on December 10, when he scored his 29th touchdown against the Denver Broncos, en route to his final total of 31. In addition, he had two touchdown passes. The previous record belonged to Shaun Alexander, who scored 28 touchdowns for the Seattle Seahawks in 2005. Tomlinson then broke the record for most touchdowns in a season the following week, when he ran for two scores against Kansas City, breaking the mark set by Alexander (which he set one season earlier) and Priest Holmes (originally set in 2003). The first touchdown that night broke Paul Hornung's record for most points scored in a season set in a 12-game schedule in 1960. He outscored the entire Oakland Raiders team - 186 points for Tomlinson to the Raiders' 168, and also won the Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award, receiving 44 out of a possible 50 votes. Tomlinson's nickname "LT", or alternately the new school "LT", splashed across the headlines. The new school reference is an homage to retired Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor, who also has the nickname and is now sometimes called the old school "LT". LaDainian Tomlinson (born June 23, 1979) is an American football player who currently plays running back for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. ... December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 21 days before the next year. ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... Shaun Alexander (born August 30, 1977 in Florence, Kentucky) is an American football player in the National Football League. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... Priest Anthony Holmes (born October 7, 1973 in Fort Smith, Arkansas) is an American football running back who is currently a member of the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. // Holmes was raised in San Antonio, Texas. ... Paul Vernon Hornung (born December 23, 1935 in Louisville, Kentucky) was an outstanding all-around athlete who played college basketball but is best known as an American football player. ... Walhalla temple, Germany A hall of fame (sometimes HOF) is a type of museum established for any a field of endeavour to honour individuals of noteworthy achievement in that field. ... Lawrence Julius Taylor (born February 4, 1959, in Williamsburg, Virginia), commonly referred to as LT, is a retired Hall of Fame American football player. ...


Carrying the team to victory

Kansas City's Larry Johnson set the single-season record for carries on December 31, 2006 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. [4] Johnson's 416 attempts passed Jamal Anderson's (Atlanta Falcons) 1998 record of 410 carries. Johnson finished the game with 138 yards on 33 carries with three touchdowns as the Chiefs beat the Jaguars (and got some help from the San Francisco 49ers defeating the Denver Broncos in overtime) to get into the playoffs. City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... Larry Alphonso Johnson, Jr. ... is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... City Jacksonville, Florida Team colors Teal, Black, White, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002-present) Team history Jacksonville... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1998 NFL season was the 79th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American...


Many (record-breaking) happy returns

Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears tied teammate Nathan Vasher's record for the longest play in NFL history, by returning a missed Jay Feely field goal 108 yards for a touchdown in the first prime-time NFL "Flex Game" on November 12 against the New York Giants. Hester also ran for his fifth and sixth return touchdown setting an NFL record (which included three punt returns for scores), and in the process, tied the NFL single game record for most kickoff returns for a touchdown with two against the St. Louis Rams on December 11. Hester also made history in Super Bowl XLI, becoming the first player to return the game's opening kickoff for a touchdown. Devin Hester (born November 4, 1982) is a wide receiver and return specialist, who plays for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... Nathan Vasher (born November 17, 1981 in Wichita Falls, Texas), full name Nathanial DeWayne Vasher, is an American football cornerback who plays for the Chicago Bears. ... Jay Feely (born May 23, 1976) is a place kicker for the National Football Leagues New York Giants. ... is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... December 11 is the 345th day of the year (346th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Marino and Favre

Brett Favre set the career mark for most pass completions during the December 17 game against the Detroit Lions as the Green Bay Packers quarterback broke Dan Marino's record when Carlyle Holiday caught a 21-yard pass just prior to halftime. Favre has 4,974 completions, breaking Marino's high water mark of 4,967. The Golden Brett also became the second quarterback to have thrown for 400 touchdowns in a career, with number 400 coming against the Lions on September 24 when he passed five yards to Greg Jennings, and the result was a 75-yard touchdown, and is currently six passes for touchdowns away from tying Marino's career record of 420. Brett Lorenzo Favre (pronounced Farv, born on October 10, 1969 in Gulfport, Mississippi [1]) is an American football player, currently starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Packers” redirects here. ... Daniel Constantine Marino, Jr. ... Carlyle Holiday (born October 4, 1981 in San Antonio, Texas) is an American football wide receiver who currently plays for the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. He was signed to the Packers on December 5, 2006. ... is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Greg Jennings (born September 21, 1983 in Kalamazoo, Michigan), is a current American Football wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers. ...


On December 21, Favre became the first NFL player to throw 5,000 completions, on his final pass of the night. It came on 3rd-and-17 and moved the Packers into field-goal range. Two plays later, Dave Rayner's field goal provided the winning points in Green Bay's 9-7 victory. is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // Dave Rayner K #16 (Indianapolis Colts) High School Dave went to Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan. ...


In an interview during Super Bowl week in Miami, Favre announced he would return to Green Bay in 2007. The 2007 season of the National Football League (NFL) is the 88th season played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ...


Manning passing record

Peyton Manning reached 4,000 yards passing for the seventh time in his career on December 24, breaking a tie with Dan Marino for the NFL record. Manning reached the mark on an eight-yard pass to receiver Marvin Harrison in the second quarter. is the 358th day of the year (359th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Daniel Constantine Marino, Jr. ... Marvin Daniel Harrison (born August 25, 1972, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American football player who played for Syracuse University and is currently playing in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts. ...


Vick 1st QB to rush for 1,000 yards

Michael Vick became the first NFL quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in a season on December 24. Vick, who needed only 10 yards to reach the mark, gained 17 on his first carry on the Falcons' opening possession, breaking Bobby Douglass 1972 mark, as the Bears' field general ran for 968 yards and eight touchdowns on 141 carries in a 14-game season. The Virginia Tech alum finished the season with 1,039 yards in 16 games. Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980 in Newport News, Virginia) is an American football quarterback for the National Football Leagues Atlanta Falcons franchise. ... is the 358th day of the year (359th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Robert Gilchrist Douglass (born June 22, 1947 in Manhattan, Kansas) is a former NFL quarterback, who played most of his career with the Chicago Bears, who drafted him in the second round of the 1969 NFL Draft. ... Virginia Techs football team plays home games in Lane Stadium, considered one of the loudest stadiums in the country and recognized in 2005 by rivals. ...


Morten Andersen sets points, FG records

Kicker Morten Andersen scored his 2,435th point on a PAT against Dallas on December 16, setting the record for most career points. On December 24, he kicked his 539th career field goal, passing Gary Anderson for the career record. Morten Andersen (born August 19, 1960, in Copenhagen, Denmark) is an American football placekicker who played for the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons and is currently a free agent. ... is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 358th day of the year (359th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Gary Anderson (born July 16, 1959 in Parys, Free State, South Africa) is currently the NFLs career points scoring leader. ...


Vinny Testaverde sets TD record

A free agent at the time, Vinny Testaverde was signed in mid-season by the Patriots as a backup quarterback. In the Patriots' regular season finale against the Titans, Testaverde threw a touchdown pass to Troy Brown, thus becoming the first NFL quarterback to throw a touchdown pass in 20 consecutive seasons. Vincent Frank Testaverde (born November 13, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American football quarterback for the National Football Leagues New England Patriots. ... Troy Fitzgerald Brown (born July 2, 1971 in Barnwell, South Carolina) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ...


60-yard field goals

Two players kicked 60-yard field goals during the 2006 season, bringing the number of 60-yard field goals ever kicked in the regular season in NFL history up to six. On October 22, Matt Bryant kicked a 62-yard field goal in the final seconds to grab a 23-21 win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the Philadelphia Eagles. It stands as the third-longest field goal in NFL regular-season history. On December 3, Rob Bironas kicked a 60-yard field goal which proved to be the difference in a 20-17 victory for the Tennessee Titans over the Indianapolis Colts. is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Matt Bryant (born May 21, 1975 in Orange, Texas) is a National Football League placekicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ... is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... James Robert Douglas Bironas (born January 29, 1978 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American Football player. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South...


Regular season statistical leaders

Team

Points scored San Diego Chargers (492)
Total yards gained New Orleans Saints (6,264)
Yards rushing Atlanta Falcons (2,939)
Yards passing New Orleans Saints (4,503)
Fewest points allowed Baltimore Ravens (201)
Fewest total yards allowed Baltimore Ravens (4,225)
Fewest rushing yards allowed Minnesota Vikings (985)
Fewest passing yards allowed Oakland Raiders (2,413)

Individual

Scoring LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego (186 points)
Touchdowns LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego (31 TDs)
Most field goals made Robbie Gould, Chicago and Jeff Wilkins, St. Louis (32 FGs)
Rushing LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego (1,815 yards)
Passer rating Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (101.0 rating)
Passing touchdowns Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (31 TDs)
Passing yards Drew Brees, New Orleans (4,418 yards)
Pass receptions Andre Johnson, Houston (103 catches)
Pass receiving yards Chad Johnson, Cincinnati (1,369 yards)
Punt returns Adam "Pacman" Jones, Tennessee (12.9 average yards)
Kickoff returns Justin Miller, New York Jets (28.3 average yards)
Interceptions Asante Samuel, New England and Champ Bailey, Denver (10)
Punting Mat McBriar, Dallas (48.2 average yards)
Sacks Shawne Merriman, San Diego (17)

LaDainian Tomlinson (born June 23, 1979) is an American football player who currently plays running back for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. ... Robert Paul Gould, III (pronounced Gōld) (born December 6, 1982) is an American football kicker for the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Penn State University by the New England Patriots. ... Jeff Allen Wilkins (born April 19, 1972 in Youngstown, Ohio) is an American football kicker who currently plays for the St. ... Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana)[1] is an American football quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts NFL franchise. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This biography does not cite any references or sources. ... For other persons named Chad Johnson, see Chad Johnson (disambiguation). ... Adam Pacman Bernard Jones (born September 30, 1983) is an American football cornerback. ... Justin Miller, born February 14, 1984, is an NFL cornerback/return specialist for the New York Jets. ... Asante Samuel (born January 6, 1981 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is an American football cornerback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Mat McBriar (born July 8, 1979 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian American football punter for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. McBriar began as an Australian rules football player, playing Australian rules for Brighton Grammar School. ... Shawne Merriman (born May 25, 1984 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland) is an American football outside linebacker for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. // He was selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of Maryland, College Park. ...

Awards

Most Valuable Player LaDainian Tomlinson, Running Back, San Diego Chargers
Coach of the Year Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints
Offensive Player of the Year LaDainian Tomlinson, Running Back, San Diego Chargers
Defensive Player of the Year Jason Taylor, Defensive End, Miami Dolphins
Offensive Rookie of the Year Vince Young, Quarterback, Tennessee Titans
Defensive Rookie of the Year DeMeco Ryans, Linebacker, Houston Texans
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Chad Pennington, Quarterback, New York Jets

The NFL Most Valuable Player Award is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press,[1] to the player who is considered most valuable in the league. ... LaDainian Tomlinson (born June 23, 1979) is an American football player who currently plays running back for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. ... The NFL Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by the Associated Press to the NFL coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. ... Sean Payton (born December 29, 1963 in San Mateo, California) is the head coach of the New Orleans Saints. ... The NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award is given annually by the Associated Press to the offensive player of the National Football League believed to have had the most outstanding season. ... LaDainian Tomlinson (born June 23, 1979) is an American football player who currently plays running back for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. ... The NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award is given by the Associated Press to the leagues most outstanding defensive player at the end of every NFL season since 1971. ... Jason Paul Taylor (born September 1, 1974 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA) is an American football player who currently plays defensive end for the Miami Dolphins of the NFL. He attended the University of Akron. ... Since 1967 The Associated Press has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL American football players: one for an offensive player and one for a defensive player. ... Vincent Paul Young, Jr. ... Since 1967 The Associated Press has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL American football players: one for an offensive player and one for a defensive player. ... DeMeco Ryans (born July 28, 1984 in Bessemer, Alabama) is an American football player for the Houston Texans. ... The NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award has been given out after every season since 1972, except for 1985 when no winner was selected. ... James Chadwick Chad Pennington [1](born June 26, 1976 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is an American football quarterback for the NFLs New York Jets. ...

All-pro team

Offense
Quarterback Drew Brees, New Orleans
Running back LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego
Larry Johnson, Kansas City
Fullback Lorenzo Neal, San Diego
Wide receiver Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis
Chad Johnson, Cincinnati
Tight end Antonio Gates, San Diego
Offensive tackle Willie Anderson, Cincinnati
Jammal Brown, New Orleans
Offensive guard Alan Faneca, Pittsburgh
Shawn Andrews, Philadelphia
Center Olin Kreutz, Chicago
Defense
Defensive end Jason Taylor, Miami
Julius Peppers, Carolina
Defensive tackle Jamal Williams, San Diego
Kevin Williams, Minnesota
Outside linebacker Shawne Merriman, San Diego
Adalius Thomas, Baltimore
Inside linebacker Brian Urlacher, Chicago
Zach Thomas, Miami
Cornerback Champ Bailey, Denver
Rashean Mathis, Jacksonville
Safety Brian Dawkins, Philadelphia
Ed Reed, Baltimore


Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... LaDainian Tomlinson (born June 23, 1979) is an American football player who currently plays running back for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. ... Larry Alphonso Johnson, Jr. ... In American football, a fullback (FB) is a position in the offensive backfield. ... Lorenzo LaVonne Neal (born December 27, 1970 in Hanford, California) is an American football fullback that currently plays for the San Diego Chargers. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... Marvin Daniel Harrison (born August 25, 1972, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American football player who played for Syracuse University and is currently playing in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts. ... The tight end (TE) is a position in American football on the offensive team. ... Antonio Gates (born June 18, 1980 in Detroit, Michigan) is a football tight end for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. Hes listed as 6 feet, 4 inches tall, and 260 pounds. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Willie Aaron Anderson (born July 11, 1975 in Mobile, Alabama) is an NFL offensive tackle who currently plays for the Cincinnati Bengals. ... Jammal Brown (born March 30, 1981 in Lawton, Oklahoma, USA) is an American football left tackle for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL. He attended the University of Oklahoma. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Alan Joseph Faneca, Jr. ... Shawn Andrews (born December 25, 1982 in Camden, AR) is a National Football League offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles. ... Center (C) is a position in American football. ... Olin Kreutz (born June 9, 1977 in Honolulu, Hawaii is a startingcenter and current member of the Chicago Bears. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ... Jason Taylor may refer to: Jason Taylor (American football player) (born 1974) Jason Taylor (rugby league footballer) Jason Taylor (Australian rules footballer) (born 1968) Jason Torrell Taylor (Rapper A.K.A. The Game) This human name article is a disambiguation page — a list of pages that might otherwise share the... Julius Frazier Peppers (born January 18, 1980 in Wilson, North Carolina) is a professional American football player. ... Defensive tackle (DT) is a position on the field in American and Canadian football. ... Jamal Williams (born April 28, 1976 in Washington, D.C.) is an American football defensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers in the NFL. He was drafted in the 1998 NFL Supplemental Draft by the San Diego Chargers out of Oklahoma State University. ... (This article is about the professional football player. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Adalius Donquail Thomas (born July 18, 1977 in Equality, Alabama) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Brian Keith Urlacher (born May 25, 1978) is an American football player for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... Zachary Michael Thomas (born September 1, 1973, in Pampa, Texas) is an American football player for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League; Thomas is a linebacker, and has been with Miami for the eleven seasons he has been in the NFL. He has been selected to the Pro... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rashean Jamil Mathis (born August 27, 1980 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American football cornerback currently playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL. // Mathis attended high school in Jacksonville at local Englewood High School. ... In American football and Canadian football, defensive backs are the players on the defensive team who take positions somewhat back from the line of scrimmage; they are distinguished from the defensive line players, who take positions directly behind the line of scrimmage. ... Brian Patrick Dawkins Sr. ... For other persons of the same name, see Edward Reed. ...

Special teams
Kicker Robbie Gould, Chicago
Punter Brian Moorman, Buffalo
Kick returner Devin Hester, Chicago

An amateur place kicker attempts to kick a field goal Placekicker, or simply Kicker, is the title of the player in American and Canadian football who is responsible for the kicking duties of field goals, extra points, and, in many cases, kickoffs. ... [[Image:|frame|right|Todd Sauerbrun punts the ball for the Carolina Panthers. ... Brian Donald Moorman (born February 5, 1976) is an NFL punter who has played for the Buffalo Bills since the 2001 season. ... Special teams are units in American football and Canadian football that are on the field during kickoffs, free kicks, punts, and field goal attempts. ... Devin Hester (born November 4, 1982) is a wide receiver and return specialist, who plays for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ...

Officials

Listing of the officiating crews for the 2006 NFL season. ...

References

  1. ^ Reardon, Dave (2006-03-10). Pro Bowl’s move to Saturday fine with HTA. Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved on 2007-02-10.
  2. ^ All games sold out for 11th consecutive week, NFL.com, 17 November 2006.
  3. ^ "In depth: Frustration in Buffalo shows how NFL's television policies irking fan base", USA Today, 2006-11-26. Retrieved on 2006-11-27. 
  4. ^ Associated Press. LJ sets all-time record for carries (416) in KC victory ESPN.com, 31 December 2006.
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