2020 NFL season

2020 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10) – January 3, 2021 (2021-01-03)
Start dateJanuary 9, 2021
AFC ChampionsKansas City Chiefs
NFC ChampionsTampa Bay Buccaneers
Super Bowl LV
DateFebruary 7, 2021
SiteRaymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
ChampionsTampa Bay Buccaneers
Pro Bowl
SiteVirtual (via Madden NFL 21)

The 2020 NFL season was the 101st season of the National Football League (NFL). The regular season started with the NFL Kickoff Game on September 10, in which defending Super Bowl LIV champion Kansas City defeated Houston. The season concluded with Tampa Bay defeating Kansas City in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on February 7, 2021.

The Oakland Raiders relocated to Las Vegas for the 2020 season, now playing at Allegiant Stadium as the Las Vegas Raiders. After a decades-long controversy, the Washington Redskins retired the use of their name and logo and adopted the temporary name "Washington Football Team" for this season.[1][2]

The season was impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; the most prominent changes were the cancellation of all preseason games[3] and the 2021 Pro Bowl,[4] the suspension of international games for the year,[5] an allowance for players to opt out of playing the season without violating their contracts (66 players opted out),[6] the playing of games with either a greatly reduced audience or no fans at all, and the postponement and/or rescheduling of multiple games due to positive COVID-19 tests among players and staff. Despite the changes, all 256 regular season games were played within the original 17-week span with no cancellations.[7]

This was also the final season played under the 16 game-schedule, as the schedule was expanded to 17 games in 2021.[8]

  1. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Washington retiring nickname, logo; new nickname TBD". National Football League. Archived from the original on July 16, 2020. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  2. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Ron Rivera: Washington rebrand could take up to 18 months". National Football League. Archived from the original on July 25, 2020. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference preseason was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  4. ^ "NFL cancels 2021 Pro Bowl due to COVID-19 pandemic, awards 2022 game to Las Vegas". USA Today. Retrieved October 14, 2020.
  5. ^ Cite error: The named reference international was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  6. ^ Cite error: The named reference optouts was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  7. ^ Kilgore, Adam. "After 256 games and a few close calls, the NFL's pandemic regular season comes to an end". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  8. ^ https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/31166690/nfl-owners-approve-17-game-season-2021