|Duration||September 10, 2020– January 3, 2021|
|Start date||January 9, 2021|
|AFC Champions||Kansas City Chiefs|
|NFC Champions||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Super Bowl LV|
|Date||February 7, 2021|
|Site||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida|
|Champions||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Site||Virtual (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.
The season was impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; the most prominent changes were the cancellation of all preseason games and the 2021 Pro Bowl, the suspension of international games for the year, an allowance for players to opt out of playing the season without violating their contracts (66 players opted out), 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.
This was also the final season played under the 16 game-schedule, as the schedule was expanded to 17 games in 2021.
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