2012 NFL 시즌 - 2012 NFL season

2012 내셔널 풋볼 리그 시즌
정규 시즌
지속 2012 년 9 월 5 일 – 12 월 30 일
플레이 오프
시작일 2013 년 1 월 5 일
AFC 챔피언 볼티모어 까마귀
NFC 챔피언 샌프란시스코 49ers
슈퍼 볼 XLVII
데이트 2013 년 2 월 3 일
대지 Mercedes-Benz Superdome , 뉴 올리언스 , 루이지애나
챔피언 볼티모어 까마귀
프로 볼
데이트 2013 년 1 월 27 일
대지 알로하 스타디움 , 호놀룰루 , 하와이

2012 NFL 시즌 93이었다 공식전미국 축구 리그 , 방어와 함께, 2012년 9월 5일 (수요일)에 시작했다 슈퍼 볼 XLVI의 챔피언 뉴욕 자이언츠가 받는 떨어지는 달라스 카우보이 2012 NFL에서 24-17 킥오프 게임메트 라이프 스타디움 , 그리고 2013 년 2 월 3 일 일요일, 뉴 올리언스메르세데스-벤츠 슈퍼 돔 에서 리그의 챔피언십 게임 인 Super Bowl XLVII로 끝났습니다 . Jim Harbaugh가 코치 한 샌프란시스코 49ersJohn Harbaugh를 마주하고 있습니다.-coached 볼티모어 레이븐 . Ravens는 34-31로 승리했습니다. 슈퍼 볼 XLVII는 두 형제가 챔피언십 경기에서 상대 팀의 감독이었던 최초의 기록입니다.

심판 노동 분쟁

2005 년, NFL과 NFL 심판 협회는 2011 년 시즌까지 지속될 계약에 동의했습니다. 2011 년 공무원 노조는 계약 조항을 사용하여 1 년 일찍 협상을 재개 할 계획 이었으나 2011 년 NFL 폐쇄 로 인해 발생하지 못했습니다 . [1]

2012 년 6 월까지 연맹과 공무원 노조는 아직 새로운 단체 협약을 체결하지 않아 노동 분쟁 해결에 실패했다. 노조와 리그의 주요 쟁점은 퇴직 계획, 급여 및 인사 변경이었습니다. 2012 년 6 월 4 일, NFL은 교체 공무원을 채용 할 것이라고 발표했습니다. [1] [2] [3]

2012 년 9 월 26 일, NFL에 대한 비판과 교체 공무원의 성과가 증가하면서 폐쇄를 종료하기로 합의했습니다. [4] [5] 이틀 전 Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks 경기 가 끝났을 때 교체 공무원의 결정에 대한 논쟁의 성격은 마침내 합의로 이어진 전환점으로 널리 간주되었습니다. [6] NFL 커미셔너 Roger Goodell은이 게임이 협상에서 "당사자들을 더 밀어 붙였을 수도있다"고 인정했습니다. [7]

선수 움직임

2012 NFL 리그 연도 및 거래 기간은 2012 년 3 월 13 일 동부 표준시 기준 오후 4시에 시작되어 리그의 FA 기간이 시작되었습니다. 팀당 연봉 상한선은 1 억 2000 만 달러로 전년의 1 억 2000 만 달러에서 소폭 증가했습니다. [8]

자유 계약

FA 기간 동안 팀을 바꾸는 주목할만한 선수는 다음과 같습니다.

거래

2012 년 리그 연도에는 다음과 같은 주목할만한 거래가 이루어졌습니다.

  • 3 월 14 일 : 마이애미는 2012 년2013 년 드래프트 에서 3 라운드 선발을 위해 WR Brandon Marshall 을 시카고로 트레이드했습니다 . [9]
  • 3 월 21 일 : 휴스턴 2012 년 드래프트 에서 3 라운드 및 4 라운드 선택을 위해 LB DeMeco Ryans 와 3 라운드 선택을 필라델피아로 트레이드했습니다. [10]
  • 3 월 26 일 : 덴버는 QB 팀 테보 와 그들의 7 라운드 선택을 4 라운드 및 6 라운드 선택과 교환하여 New York Jets와 거래했습니다. [11]
  • 4 월 12 일 : 신시내티는 LB Keith Rivers 를 New York Giants와 5 라운드 선택권을 교환했습니다. [12]
  • 4 월 26 일 : 필라델피아는 CB Asante Samuel 을 아틀란타로 트레이드 하여 7 라운드를 선택했습니다. [13]
  • 8 월 27 일 : 마이애미는 2013 년 CB Vontae Davis 를 인디애나 폴리스로 트레이드 하여 2 라운드 선발과 조건부 6 라운드 선발을 대가로 거래했습니다 . [14]
  • 11 월 1 일 : Tampa Bay는 CB Aqib Talib 와 7 라운드 선택을 New England에 4 라운드 선택을 위해 거래했습니다 . [15]

초안

2012 NFL 초안은 에서 28 2012 년 4 월 26 일부터 개최 된 뉴욕시라디오 시티 뮤직 홀 . [16] 제 픽은 인디애나 폴리스는 쿼터백 선택된 앤드류 럭 에서 스탠포드 .

심판 변경

Bill Vinovich 는 시즌 동안 여러 경기에서 일하면서 교체 심판으로 현장에 돌아 왔습니다. 그는 원래 2004 년에 심판으로 승진했지만 심장병으로 2007 년에 경기장을 떠나야했다. 회복하는 동안 그는 리플레이 관리로 일했습니다.

규칙 변경

다음 규칙 변경은 2012 시즌에 대해 경쟁위원회의 승인을 받았습니다.

  • 리플레이 부스는 게임 의 마지막 2:00 이후 또는 연장전에서 득점 플레이에 대한 부스 리뷰와 관련 하여 2011 시즌변경된 것과 유사하게 게임 중 언제든지 턴 오버 플레이에 대한 리플레이 리뷰를 시작할 수 있습니다 . 이러한 "도전 할 수없는"플레이 직후 챌린지 플래그를 던지는 것에 대한 페널티도 수정되었습니다. 15 야드 비신사적 행위 페널티에 더하여 리플레이 부스는 리플레이 검토를 시작하지 않고 콜이 지속될 것이라고 자동으로 결정합니다. [17] [18] 규칙이 부분은 2,013 시즌 이전 폐지 하였다.
  • Instant Replay는 다음 상황을 포함하도록 확장되었습니다.
    • Fumble이있을 때 "runner out of Bounds"의 판결과 그 후의 회복
    • 백 워드 패스와 후진 패스에 따른 회복이있을 때 "불완전한 포워드 패스"의 판결 [19]
  • 플레이 오프의 연장전 규칙 ( 2010 년 시즌에 채택 됨 )은 프리 시즌과 정규 시즌으로 확장됩니다. 곧바로서든 데스 대신 공을받은 팀이 첫 번째 소유권에서 필드 골을 넣는 경우 게임이 즉시 종료되지 않습니다 (터치 다운을 기록하면 여전히 게임에서 이길 수 있고 수비가 득점하면 게임이 종료됩니다). 안전). 대신 다른 팀이 소유권을 얻습니다. 두 번째 공격팀이 터치 다운을하면 승자가됩니다. 양 팀이 모두 필드 골을 찼든 아니든간에 양 팀이 소유권을 가진 후 점수가 동점이면서든 데스가됩니다. 연장전 종료 후에도 점수가 동점 인 경우 게임은 무승부로 끝납니다.
    • 새로운 초과 근무 규칙이 사용 된 첫 번째 정규 시즌 경기는 Jacksonville JaguarsMinnesota Vikings 간의 1 주차 대회였습니다 . 미네소타는 연장전의 오프닝 킥오프를 가져와 필드 골을 넣은 다음 4 번째 다운으로 잭슨빌을 막았다.
    • 두 팀이 각각의 연장전에서 필드 골을 넣은 첫 정규 시즌 경기는 Jaguars와 Houston Texans 간의 11 주차 경기였습니다 . Texans는 게임에서 승리하여 새로운 형식으로 연장전에서 두 번 득점 한 최초의 NFL 팀이되었습니다.
  • 필드에있는 12 명의 남자에 대한 페널티는 라이브 볼 파울에서 데드볼 파울로 변경되며, 수비수가 필드에 12 명의 남자가 있고 "스냅이 임박했다"면 휘파람이 울립니다. .
  • 크랙 백 블록을받는 사람을 무방비 플레이어 목록에 추가합니다. [20]
  • 이제 유니폼의성에는 로마 숫자 ( Robert Griffin III 의 경우 ), Junior (Jr.) 및 Senior (Sr.) 지정과 같은 세대 별 접미사가 포함될 수 있습니다 . [21]
  • 공무원은 더 이상 유니폼과 함께 흰색 팬티를 입을 수 없습니다. 2006 년부터 방한 경기 용으로 입었던 측면에 흰색 줄무늬가있는 전체 길이의 검은 색 바지는 모든 경기에서 필수가되었습니다.

기타 변경 사항

2012 년 8 월 30 일에 소유자와 NFLPA 는 플레이어 이동과 관련하여 다음 변경 사항에 동의했습니다. [22]

  • 거래 마감일은 시즌 8 주차 화요일로 정해졌습니다. 이전에 거래 마감일은 다음 주 6 주 화요일이었습니다 . 폭풍으로 인해 리그 사무소가 폐쇄됨에 따라 허리케인 샌디관련된 잠재적 인 합병증으로 인해 마감일이 11 월 1 일로 다시 이틀 이 변경되었습니다. [23]
  • 팀은 시즌이 시작되기 전에 부상당한 예비군 에 배치 된 한 명의 선수를 시즌 후반에 53 인 로스터로 복귀하여 플레이하도록 지정할 수 있습니다. 해당 선수는 6 주 후에 연습으로 돌아가고 8 주 후에 플레이 할 수 있습니다.

정규 시즌

일요일 늦은 더블헤더 킥오프 시간 변경

리그는 6 월 28 일 모든 늦은 일요일 더블헤더 게임이 동부 표준시 오후 4시 15 분에서 오후 4시 25 분으로 10 분 후에 이동 될 것이라고 발표했습니다. 관중의 일부가 홈 팀의 더블헤더 게임의 킥오프로 즉시 전환되어 첫 번째 게임의 끝을 놓쳐 야하는 2009 년부터 2011 년 시즌의 게임. [24] 오후 4시 15 분 후반 더블헤더 킥오프 시간은 NFL이 같은 이유로 오후 4시 5 분에서 옮긴 1998 시즌으로 거슬러 올라갑니다.

매치업

당으로서 NFL의 스케줄링 화학식 의 intraconference 및 interconference 매치업이었다 : [25]

기타 하이라이트

2012 년 일정의 하이라이트는 다음과 같습니다.

  • NFL 킥오프 게임 : 2012 년 정규 시즌은 9 월 5 일 수요일에 시작되었습니다. 수비 슈퍼 볼 XLVI 챔피언 인 New York Giants Dallas Cowboys를 주최하고 Cowboys가 Giants를 24–17로 이겼습니다. 이 게임은 민주당 전당 대회 마지막 날과의 충돌을 피하기 위해 평소 목요일 슬롯에서 옮겨졌습니다.
  • 더 많은 목요일 밤 경기 : 2012 년 2 월 3 일 Roger Goodell 커미셔너 NFL 네트워크 의 목요일 밤 경기 수가 12 주를 제외하고 2 주부터 15 주까지 8 개에서 13 개로 늘어날 것이라고 발표했습니다 (추수 감사절 야간 경기는 이제 방송 될 예정입니다) 에 NBC ). [26] 이 모든 팀이 적어도 하나 개의 황금 시간 게임을 할 수 있도록 할 것이다. [27]
  • 인터내셔널 시리즈 : 2012 년 인터내셔널 시리즈 게임은 CBS 에서 10 월 28 일 오후 1:00 EDT (오후 5시 GMT )에 뉴 잉글랜드 패트리어츠주최하는 St. Louis Rams 런던 의 영구 인터내셔널 시리즈 홈인 웸블리 스타디움 에서선보였습니다. , 영국 . [28] 패트리어츠는 45–7 게임에서 승리했습니다. 리그는 원래 아일랜드, [29] 스코틀랜드 [30] 또는 웨일스 [31] 에서 2012 년부터두 번째 경기를 추가하겠다고 약속했지만 [32] 리그는 2012 년 하계 올림픽을 인용하여 경기를 취소 했습니다.충돌로 런던에서 (리그는 단체 교섭 합의의 진행중인 협상을 인용하여 2010 년에 두 번째 인터내셔널 시리즈 경기를 취소했습니다). 이것은 Rams의 3 회 연속 International Series 출연 중 첫 번째 였지만 Rams는 St. Louis의 팬 반발로 인해 2013 년과 2014 년 에디션에 더 이상 참여하지 않을 것이라고 발표했습니다. [33] 2013 년부터 Jacksonville Jaguars 는 대신 영구 International Series 테넌트 역할을합니다. [34]
  • Redskins Rule : 2012 년 대통령 선거 이전의 마지막 Washington Redskins 홈 경기는 11 월 4 일 Carolina Panthers를 상대로 열렸습니다. "Redskins Rule"에 따르면 Redskins가 21-13 경기에서 패했기 때문에 현 대통령은 선거일에 재선에 대한 그의 입찰을 잃을 것으로 예상되었습니다. 결국 Redskins Rule은 결실을 맺지 못했습니다.
  • 추수 감사절 경기 : 11 월 22 일 목요일에 세 경기가 치러졌습니다. 전통적인 추수 감사절 경기 두 경기에서 휴스턴 텍사스 가 연장전에서 34-31로 디트로이트 라이온스를 물리 쳤습니다. 에 의해 다음에 워싱턴 레드 스킨스하는 것은 자신의 오랜 경쟁 부문, 패배 달라스 카우보이 , 38-31를. NBC 에서 처음으로 방영 된 황금 시간대 추수 감사절 경기에서 New England Patriots New York Jets를 49-19로이겼습니다. 패트리어츠는 2 분기에 터치 다운에 대한" 엉덩이 펌블 "의 복귀를 포함하여 35 점을기록했습니다.
  • 빌스 토론토 시리즈 . Buffalo Bills 토론토 Rogers Center 에서 뛰는것을 본 시리즈의 다섯 번째이자 현재 계약에 따라 최종 정규 시즌 게임은12 월 16 일에 Seattle Seahawks주최하는 Bills를 선보였습니다. Seahawks는 Bills 50-17을 물리 쳤습니다. 랄프 윌슨 스타디움 에서 늦은 시즌 출석 문제가 다시 나타나기 때문에토론토 시리즈는 2012 CFL 시즌 이 끝난 후 원래 타이밍으로 돌아갈 것입니다. 프리 시즌 게임은 원래 시리즈의 일부로 2012 년에 진행될 예정 이었지만 Rogers Centre의 날짜가 부족하여 취소되었습니다. [35]
  • 크리스마스 이브 : 크리스마스 이브는 2012 년 월요일에 떨어졌습니다. NFL은 일반적으로 크리스마스 이브 밤에 경기 일정을 계획하지 않기 때문에 그주의 ESPN Monday Night 경기는 애틀랜타 팔콘 디트로이트 사이에서 12 월 22 일 토요일에 진행되었습니다. 라이온스 . 2012 년 정규 시즌 동안 열린 유일한 토요일 경기였으며 Falcons는 31-18 경기에서 승리했습니다. 이것은 또한12 월 24 일에 열린대학 축구 볼 게임 인 하와이 볼다루는 ESPN과의 갈등을 막았다.
  • 플레이 오프 : 마지막 정규 시즌 경기는 12 월 30 일 일요일에 열렸습니다. 플레이 오프는 2013 년 1 월 5 일 토요일에 시작되었으며 컨퍼런스 챔피언십 경기는 1 월 20 일 일요일에 열렸습니다. NFC 챔피언십은 Fox에서 오후 3시 (동부 표준시)에 열렸고 AFC 챔피언십은 CBS에서 오후 6시 30 분에 열렸습니다. 리그의 챔피언십 게임 인 Super Bowl XLVII 는 2 월 3 일 루이지애나 주 뉴 올리언스 Mercedes-Benz Superdome 에서 열렸 으며EST 오후 6시 20 분경 킥오프와 함께 CBS에서 방송되었습니다. 게임 전 프로그래밍은 그날 아침 CBS News Sunday Morning Face the Nation 이 슈퍼 볼 중심의 "공식"사전 게임 프로그래밍으로 시작되었습니다.

명예 게임의 프로 축구 홀 8월 5일 연주와 일치 업 사이에 등장했다 애리조나 카디널스뉴 올리언스 성도 . 뉴 올리언스는 2007 년 게임에 마지막으로 등장했습니다. 전 성도 공격 태클 Willie Roaf 는 명예의 전당 행사의 일부로 입회되었습니다. Cardinals는 프랜차이즈가 여전히 St. Louis에 있던 1986 년 이후 처음으로 그곳에서 뛰었습니다. 원래 발표 된 2011 년 게임과 마찬가지로,이 경기는 반대 회의에서 두 팀이 등장하는 게임의 일반적인 전통에서 깨졌습니다 (2011 명예의 전당 게임에는 Chicago BearsSt. Louis Rams 가 등장 했지만 게임은 다음과 같은 이유로 취소되었습니다. 2011 NFL 잠금). [36] 일반적으로 NBC 에서 방영되는이 게임 은 2007 년에 그랬던 것처럼 NBC가 2012 년 하계 올림픽을 방영했기 때문에 이번 시즌 NFL 네트워크에서 방영 되었습니다. Saints는 17-10의 Cardinals를 물리 쳤습니다. 2012 년 프리 시즌의 나머지 경기는 4 월 4 일에 공개되었습니다. [37]

샌프란시스코 49ersSt. Louis Rams 간의 11 월 11 일 경기 는 드물게 공동 경기로 끝났으며 , 각 팀은 연장전에서 24 점을 기록했습니다. 그 전에는 마지막 동점 게임이 2008 년 이었습니다. [38]

2013 프로 보울은 뉴 올리언스는 짧게 사이트로 간주 된 후 년 1 월 27 일, 2013 년 하와이에서 개최되었다. [39] 원래 NFL은 경기 날짜 나 장소를 발표하는 것을 연기했고, 2012 년 프로 볼 경기의 질에 대한 NFL의 불만으로 인해 경기를 완전히 없애는 것도 고려 했습니다 . [40]

일정 변경

다음 게임은 일반적으로 플레이 오프 영향으로 인해 NFL이 최고의 게임으로 간주하는 것을 홍보하기 위해 유연한 일정사용하여 NFL에 의해 일정이 변경되었습니다 .

  • 11 주차 : ColtsPatriots 게임이 EST 오후 1시에서 오후 4시 25 분으로 변경되었습니다. [41]
  • 16 주차 : 원래 Fox 에서 오후 4시 25 분에 예정된 49ersSeahawks 게임 NBC Sunday Night Football 에서 오후 8시 20 분 EST 시간 슬롯으로 조정되었습니다 . 충전기 - 제트 원래 그 시간과 네트워크에 예정 게임, 뒷면에있는 동부 표준시 오후 1시 시간 슬롯으로 이동했다 CBS 그동안, 자이언츠 - 까마귀의 게임 4:25 오후 동부 표준시 오후 1:00 EST에서 이동되었습니다. [42]
  • 17 주차 : 원래 동부 표준시 기준 오후 1시에 예정된 카우보이 레드 스킨스 게임이 최종 선데이 나이트 축구 경기로 선정되었으며, 2 년 연속 NFC East 디비전 챔피언을 결정했습니다 . 돌고래 -Patriots 및 포장업자 - 바이킹 게임 4:25 오후 동부 표준시 오후 1:00 EST에서 이동되었다. [43]

정규 시즌 순위

분할

회의

# 분할 W PCT DIV CONF 위급 신호 SOV STK
부문 우승자
1 덴버 야생마 서부 13 0 .813 6–0 10 ~ 2 .457 .385 W11
2 [a] 뉴 잉글랜드 패트리어츠 동쪽 12 4 0 .750 6–0 11–1 .496 .466 W2
3 [a] 휴스턴 텍사스 남쪽 12 4 0 .750 5 ~ 1 10 ~ 2 .496 .432 L2
4 [b] 볼티모어 까마귀 북쪽 10 6 0 .625 4 ~ 2 8 ~ 4 .496 .438 L1
와일드 카드
5 인디애나 폴리스 콜츠 남쪽 11 5 0 .688 4 ~ 2 8 ~ 4 .441 .403 W2
6 [b] 신시내티 벵갈 스 북쪽 10 6 0 .625 3 ~ 3 7 ~ 5 .438 .381 W3
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Pittsburgh Steelers North 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 .465 .438 W1
8[c] San Diego Chargers West 7 9 0 .438 4–2 7–5 .457 .286 W2
9[c] Miami Dolphins East 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .500 .415 L1
10[d] Tennessee Titans South 6 10 0 .375 1–5 5–7 .512 .344 W1
11[d][e] New York Jets East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .512 .401 L3
12[d][e] Buffalo Bills East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 .480 .281 W1
13 Cleveland Browns North 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 .508 .388 L3
14 Oakland Raiders West 4 12 0 .250 2–4 4–8 .469 .219 L2
15[f] Jacksonville Jaguars South 2 14 0 .125 2–4 2–10 .539 .531 L5
16[f] Kansas City Chiefs West 2 14 0 .125 0–6 0–12 .516 .438 L4
Tiebreakers[g]
  1. ^ a b New England clinched the AFC's No. 2 seed over Houston based on a head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b Baltimore clinched the AFC North title over Cincinnati based on a better divisional record (4–2 to 3–3).
  3. ^ a b San Diego finished with a better conference record than Miami (7–5 to 5–7).
  4. ^ a b c Tennessee finished ahead of New York Jets and Buffalo based on head-to-head victory.
  5. ^ a b New York Jets finished ahead of Buffalo in the AFC East based on record versus common opponents (5–7 to 3–9).
  6. ^ a b Jacksonville finished with a better conference record than Kansas City (2–10 to 0–12).
  7. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.


# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division winners
1 Atlanta Falcons South 13 3 0 .813 3–3 9–3 .422 .418 L1
2 San Francisco 49ers West 11 4 1 .735 3–2–1 7–4–1 .504 .477 W1
3 Green Bay Packers North 11 5 0 .688 5–1 8–4 .508 .440 L1
4 Washington Redskins East 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 .494 .450 W7
Wild cards
5 Seattle Seahawks West 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 .504 .534 W5
6[a] Minnesota Vikings North 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 .520 .456 W4
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[a] Chicago Bears North 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 .512 .403 W2
8 New York Giants East 9 7 0 .563 3–3 8–4 .521 .490 W1
9 Dallas Cowboys East 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 .523 .422 L2
10 St. Louis Rams West 7 8 1 .469 4–1–1 6–5–1 .539 .496 L1
11[b] Carolina Panthers South 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 .516 .464 W4
12[b][c] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 .521 .446 L1
13[b][c] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 7 9 0 .438 3–3 4–8 .502 .446 W1
14 Arizona Cardinals West 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 .559 .475 L2
15[d] Detroit Lions North 4 12 0 .250 0–6 3–9 .566 .383 L8
16[d] Philadelphia Eagles East 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 .508 .484 L3
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b Minnesota finished ahead of Chicago based on a better divisional record (4–2 to 3–3).
  2. ^ a b c Carolina and New Orleans finished ahead of Tampa Bay in the NFC South based on record versus common opponents (5–5 to Tampa Bay's 4–6).
    Carolina finished in second place based on a head-to-head sweep over New Orleans.
  3. ^ a b New Orleans finished in third place in the NFC South based on a head-to-head sweep over Tampa Bay.
  4. ^ a b Detroit finished ahead of Philadelphia based on a head-to-head victory.
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.


Postseason

Within each conference, the four division winners and the two wild card teams (the top two non-division winners with the best overall regular season records) qualified for the playoffs. The four division winners are seeded 1 through 4 based on their overall won-lost-tied record, and the wild card teams are seeded 5 and 6. The NFL does not use a fixed bracket playoff system, and there are no restrictions regarding teams from the same division matching up in any round. In the first round, dubbed the wild-card playoffs or wild-card weekend, the third-seeded division winner hosts the sixth seed wild card, and the fourth seed hosts the fifth. The 1 and 2 seeds from each conference then receive a bye in the first round. In the second round, the divisional playoffs, the number 1 seed hosts the worst surviving seed from the first round (seed 4, 5, or 6), while the number 2 seed will play the other team (seed 3, 4, or 5). The two surviving teams from each conference's divisional playoff games then meet in the respective AFC and NFC Conference Championship games, hosted by the higher seed. Although the Super Bowl, the fourth and final round of the playoffs, is played at a neutral site, the designated home team is based on an annual rotation by conference.

Playoff seeds
Seed AFC NFC
1 Denver Broncos (West winner) Atlanta Falcons (South winner)
2 New England Patriots (East winner) San Francisco 49ers (West winner)
3 Houston Texans (South winner) Green Bay Packers (North winner)
4 Baltimore Ravens (North winner) Washington Redskins (East winner)
5 Indianapolis Colts (wild card) Seattle Seahawks (wild card)
6 Cincinnati Bengals (wild card) Minnesota Vikings (wild card)


Playoffs bracket

Jan. 6 – M&T Bank Stadium Jan. 12Sports Authority Field at Mile High
5 Indianapolis 9
4 Baltimore 38**
4 Baltimore 24 Jan. 20 – Gillette Stadium
1 Denver 35
AFC
Jan. 5 – Reliant Stadium 4 Baltimore 28
Jan. 13 – Gillette Stadium
2 New England 13
6 Cincinnati 13 AFC Championship
3 Houston 28
3 Houston 19 Feb. 3 – Mercedes-Benz Superdome
2 New England 41
Wild card playoffs
Divisional playoffs
Jan. 5 – Lambeau Field A4 Baltimore 34
Jan. 12 – Candlestick Park
N2 San Francisco 31
6 Minnesota 10 Super Bowl XLVII
3 Green Bay 31
3 Green Bay 24 Jan. 20 – Georgia Dome
2 San Francisco 45
NFC
Jan. 6 – FedExField 2 San Francisco 28
Jan. 13 – Georgia Dome
1 Atlanta 24
5 Seattle 24 NFC Championship
5 Seattle 28
4 Washington 14
1 Atlanta 30


** Indicates double-overtime victory

Controversies

Saints bounty scandal

In 2012, the New Orleans Saints were discovered to have run a "slush fund" under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, that paid out bonuses, called "bounties", to purposely injure offensive players that the Saints were playing against. The system was known to have operated during Williams's time in Buffalo[45] and Washington.[46] Rumors started in 2009 during the Saints Super Bowl XLIV run in the 2009 NFC Championship game against the Vikings, where the Saints defense was allegedly trying to hurt Viking quarterback Brett Favre.[47][48] Other than the Vikings, the Saints also allegedly targeted Chicago Bears[49] and Carolina Panthers[50] players, and the program became even more notorious in the 2012 NFL Divisional Playoff Game against the San Francisco 49ers, when filmmaker Sean Pamphilon released audio tapes of Williams telling his players to injure a select group of 49ers, with one of them being running back Kendall Hunter, and to knock him out, as well as going after Kyle Williams because of his past history of concussions. Williams also told them to injure Vernon Davis' ankles and tear wide receiver Michael Crabtree's ACL. According to Pamphilon, Williams also appeared to put a bounty on quarterback Alex Smith after he told his men to hit Smith in the chin, "then he rubs his thumb against his index and middle fingers – the cash sign – and says, I got the first one. I got the first one. Go get it. Go lay that [expletive] out."[51]

Ultimately, Goodell handed down one of the harshest penalties in league history, by suspending Williams indefinitely, head coach Sean Payton for the rest of the 2012 season, interim head coach Joe Vitt for the first 6 games, and general manager Mickey Loomis for 8 games.[52] Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma was also suspended for the season, as well as defensive linemen Anthony Hargrove (now with Green Bay) and Will Smith for 8 and 4 games, respectively. Former Saints and current Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita was also suspended for 3 games.[53] The player's suspensions were later thrown out on appeal.[54]

Chargers Stickum

During the Monday Night Football game on October 15 between the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos, officials checked the hands of Chargers players, under the suspicion that players were using "Stickum" or a similar banned adhesive on players' towels to gain a competitive edge.[55] Chargers' head coach Norv Turner strenuously denied the accusations.[55] The towels were revealed to have Gorilla Gold Grip Enhancer.[56] The Chargers were fined $20,000 by the NFL for failing to immediately surrender team towels when requested, but were cleared of illegal substance use.[57] Gorilla Gold was subsequently banned from use by the NFL.[56]

League averages

There were a total of 11,651 points scored during the 2012 NFL regular season. The average points scored among all the teams in the NFL was 22.8 points per game.

The New England Patriots had the highest point differential, scoring an average of 14.1 points more than their opponents. The Kansas City Chiefs had the lowest point differential scoring an average of 13.4 points less than their opponents.

Records

  • Jason Hanson set the record for most consecutive seasons with one team. He has been the kicker for the Detroit Lions for 21 seasons.[58]
  • Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens broke Rod Woodson's record for interception return yardage in a week one game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He is now the all-time leader in interception return yards with 1,541.[59]
  • Robert Griffin III became the only player in NFL history to pass for 300+ yards and 2 touchdowns without throwing an interception in his first start.[59]
  • David Akers tied the NFL record for longest field goal (63 yards).[60]
  • Peyton Manning joined Dan Marino and Brett Favre as the only players to throw at least 400 touchdowns.[61]
  • Week 1 set a record for being the highest scoring opening week in NFL history. The new record of 791 points is 3 points higher than the 2002 record. Five teams scored more than 40 points, also the most in NFL history.[62]
  • NFL sets record with 20 teams at 1–1.[63]
  • Drew Brees' record streak of consecutive games with 300 plus yards passing ended at 9 games in a week 3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. His streak began in week 10 of the 2011 season.[64][65]
  • Danny Amendola of the St. Louis Rams had 12 receptions in the first half of the week two game vs. Washington to tie the NFL record for most receptions in the first half set by the Indianapolis Colts' Reggie Wayne in 2007.[66]
  • The Tennessee Titans scored a record five touchdowns of 60-plus yards in one game (1 punt return, 2 pass plays, 1 kickoff return, 1 fumble return) against the Detroit Lions in week 3.[67][68]
  • The week 3 game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens produced an NFL record 13 first downs via penalties. Of the 13, New England was awarded 8 and Baltimore 5.[69]
  • In week 4, Rams rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein became the first player in league history to make kicks from 50-plus and 60-plus yards in the same game.[70]
  • Drew Brees' record of 48 consecutive games with a touchdown pass in week 5 vs. San Diego (the first team Brees played for) broke Johnny Unitas' record that had stood since 1960.[71] The streak ended at 54 games in week thirteen against the Atlanta Falcons.[72][73]
  • Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs set a new record by intercepting a pass for a touchdown in both Week 4 and Week 5. They became the first pair of teammates in NFL history to each return an interception for a touchdown in consecutive games.[74]
  • In week five the San Francisco 49ers became the first team in NFL history with 300 yards passing and 300 yards rushing vs. the Buffalo Bills.[75]
  • Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans ran for an 83-yard touchdown in the first quarter of the Titans' win over the Buffalo Bills to become the first player in NFL history with four 80-plus yard touchdown runs in a career.[76]
  • The Kansas City Chiefs set a record of seven consecutive games without holding a lead, previously set by the 1929 Buffalo Bisons.[77]
  • Week 8: New England gained over 350 yards of total offense for the 17th straight game, breaking an NFL record set by the Rams in 1999–2000.[78]
  • By allowing 530 yards by the Broncos in week eight, the New Orleans Saints became the first team to allow 400-plus yards in seven games in a row since 1950, which is as far back as STATS LLC can search its NFL database.[79] Record ended at ten games through week 11.[80]
  • In week 8, Jason Witten of the Cowboys caught 18 passes against the Giants. This set a new NFL record for catches in a game by a tight end, and was the third most in a single game by any player in NFL history.[81]
  • Through week eight Peyton Manning has increased his record of most regular season games with 300 plus yards passing to 68 games.[82]
  • Andrew Luck broke the NFL's single-game rookie record when he threw for 433 yards to lead the Indianapolis Colts past the Miami Dolphins.[83]
  • Chicago became the first team in NFL history to record a touchdown pass, a touchdown run, an interception return for a touchdown, and a blocked kick/punt for a score in the same quarter in their week 9 game against the Tennessee Titans.[84]
  • Charles Tillman became the first player in the NFL to force four fumbles in one game since the stat became tracked in 1991.[84]
  • Doug Martin became the first player in league history to record touchdown runs of 70-plus, 65-plus, and 45-plus yards in a single game.[85] He joined Denver's Mike Anderson as the only players in league history with at least 250 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a game.[86]
  • Jacoby Jones of the Ravens became the first player in league history with two career kickoff returns of at least 105 yards. He returned one for 108 yards against Dallas; he followed it up a few weeks later when he returned one for 105 yards against Oakland, simultaneously tying the record for longest kickoff return on the former return.[87][88]
  • Andrew Luck set the rookie record with six games of at least 300 yards passing.[89]
  • Leon Washington of the Seahawks returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the eighth time to tie the NFL career record.[90]
  • Calvin Johnson of the Lions broke the NFL season receiving yards record against the Falcons on December 22.[91]
  • Blair Walsh broke the NFL single season record for most field goals made in a season of over 50 yards on December 23 against the Texans.[92]
  • Placekicker Kai Forbath of the Redskins set a new NFL record with 17 consecutive field goals to start a career.[93]
  • Andrew Luck broke the rookie record for passing yards in a season on December 23.[94]
  • Jason Witten broke the NFL single season record for catches by a tight end on December 23.[95]
  • Adrian Peterson became the seventh player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season by rushing for 199 yards in Week 17, bringing his season total to 2,097 rushing yards. This also brings him just nine yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson's record set in 1984 and gives him the all-time second best single season record for rushing yards.[96]
  • Russell Wilson tied Peyton Manning's rookie record for touchdown passes in a single season with 26.[97]
  • The New England Patriots gained an NFL record 444 first downs.[98]
  • The 2012 regular season set the NFL record for total points scored in a season with 11,651; the 22.8 points-per-game for each team is also the highest since the AFL-NFL merger.[99]
  • The Minnesota Vikings set the NFL record for most playoff losses with 27.
  • The Minnesota Vikings broke the NFL record for most road playoff losses with 16.
  • The New England Patriots tied the St. Louis Rams' record set from 1999–2001 for the most consecutive seasons scoring 500 or more points with three.
  • Robert Griffin III set a passer rating of 102.4, to break Ben Roethlisberger's record for the highest rating by a rookie.
  • Most home playoff games won: 20, San Francisco 49ers
  • Colin Kaepernick set record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game, with 181 yards.[100]
  • Tom Brady set the record for most playoff games won with 17.[101]
  • Most conference championship games played starting quarterback (tie): 7, Tom Brady
  • Russell Wilson set a rookie record for passing yards in a playoff game : 385.
  • Joe Flacco tied Joe Montana's record for most touchdown passes (11) without an interception in a postseason

Regular season statistical leaders

Individual[102]
Scoring leader Stephen Gostkowski, New England (153)
Most Field Goals Made Blair Walsh, Minnesota (35 FGs)
Touchdowns Arian Foster, Houston (17 TDs)
Rushing Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (2,097 yards)
Passing yards Drew Brees, New Orleans (5,177 yards)
Passing touchdowns Drew Brees, New Orleans (43 TDs)
Passer rating Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (108.0 rating)
Pass receptions Calvin Johnson, Detroit (122 catches)
Pass receiving yards Calvin Johnson, Detroit (1,964 yards)
Combined tackles Luke Kuechly, Carolina (165 tackles)
Interceptions Tim Jennings, Chicago(9)
Punting Dave Zastudil, Arizona (4,783 yards, 47.2 average yards)
Sacks J.J. Watt, Houston (20.5)

Awards

All-Pro Team

Special teams
Kicker Blair Walsh, Minnesota
Punter Andy Lee, San Francisco
Kick returner Jacoby Jones, Baltimore

Players of the Week/Month

The following were named the top performers during the 2012 season:

Week/
Month
Offensive
Player of the Week/Month
Defensive
Player of the Week/Month
Special Teams
Player of the Week/Month
AFC NFC AFC NFC AFC NFC
1 Joe Flacco (Ravens)[103] Robert Griffin III (Redskins)[104] Tracy Porter (Broncos)[103] Ronde Barber (Buccaneers)[104] Jeremy Kerley (Jets)[103] Blair Walsh (Vikings)[104]
2 Reggie Bush (Dolphins)[105] Hakeem Nicks (Giants)[106] J. J. Watt (Texans)[105] Calais Campbell (Cardinals)[106] Adam Jones (Bengals)[105] Tim Masthay (Packers)[106]
3 Jamaal Charles (Chiefs)[107] Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals)[108] Michael Johnson (Bengals)[107] Chris Clemons (Seahawks)[108] Darius Reynaud (Titans)[107] Lawrence Tynes (Giants)[108]
4 Tom Brady (Patriots)[109] Aaron Rodgers (Packers)[110] Donald Butler (Chargers)[109] Patrick Willis (49ers)[110] Matt Prater (Broncos)[109] Greg Zuerlein (Rams)[110]
Sept. A. J. Green (Bengals)[111] Matt Ryan (Falcons)[111] J. J. Watt (Texans)[111] Tim Jennings (Bears)[111] Darius Reynaud (Titans)[111] Percy Harvin (Vikings)[111]
5 Reggie Wayne (Colts)[112] Drew Brees (Saints)[113] Randy Starks (Dolphins)[112] Charles Tillman (Bears)[113] Shaun Suisham (Steelers)[112] John Hekker (Rams)[113]
6 Peyton Manning (Broncos)[114] Aaron Rodgers (Packers)[115] Jairus Byrd (Bills)[114] Antrel Rolle (Giants)[115] Jacoby Jones (Ravens)[114] Jason Hanson (Lions)[115]
7 Chris Johnson (Titans)[116] Adrian Peterson (Vikings)[117] Lamarr Houston (Raiders)[116] Charles Tillman (Bears)[117] Devin McCourty (Patriots)[116] Andy Lee (49ers)[117]
8 Tom Brady (Patriots)[118] Alex Smith (49ers)[119] Wesley Woodyard (Broncos)[118] Stevie Brown (Giants)[119] Olivier Vernon (Dolphins)[118] Davon House (Packers)[119]
Oct. Peyton Manning (Broncos)[120] Aaron Rodgers (Packers)[120] Cameron Wake (Dolphins)[120] Charles Tillman (Bears)[120] Sebastian Janikowski (Raiders)[120] Lawrence Tynes (Giants)[120]
9 Andrew Luck (Colts)[121] Doug Martin (Buccaneers)[122] Ike Taylor (Steelers)[121] Brian Urlacher (Bears)[122] Trindon Holliday (Broncos)[121] Sherrick McManis (Bears)[122]
10 Andy Dalton (Bengals)[123] Jimmy Graham (Saints)[124] Darius Butler (Colts)[123] Richard Sherman (Seahawks)[124] Jacoby Jones (Ravens)[123] Dwayne Harris (Cowboys)[124]
11 Matt Schaub (Texans)[125] Robert Griffin III (Redskins)[126] Von Miller (Broncos)[125] Aldon Smith (49ers)[126] Leodis McKelvin (Bills)[125] Dan Bailey (Cowboys)[126]
12 Ray Rice (Ravens)[127] Cam Newton (Panthers)[128] D'Qwell Jackson (Browns)[127] Janoris Jenkins (Rams)[128] T. Y. Hilton (Colts)[127] Leon Washington (Seahawks)[128]
Nov. Andre Johnson (Texans)[129] Calvin Johnson (Lions)[129] Von Miller (Broncos)[129] Aldon Smith (49ers)[129] Jacoby Jones (Ravens)[129] Dekoda Watson (Buccaneers)[129]
13 Brady Quinn (Chiefs)[130] Russell Wilson (Seahawks)[131] Carlos Dunlap (Bengals)[130] William Moore (Falcons)[131] Shaun Suisham (Steelers)[130] Greg Zuerlein (Rams)[131]
14 Tom Brady (Patriots)[132] Adrian Peterson (Vikings)[133] Cassius Vaughn (Colts)[132] Luke Kuechly (Panthers)[133] Travis Benjamin (Browns)[132] David Wilson (Giants)[133]
15 Knowshon Moreno (Broncos)[134] Colin Kaepernick (49ers)[135] J. J. Watt (Texans)[134] Brandon Carr (Cowboys)[135] Sebastian Janikowski (Raiders)[134] Blair Walsh (Vikings)[135]
16 Ray Rice (Ravens)[136] Matt Ryan (Falcons)[137] Geno Atkins (Bengals)[136] Julius Peppers (Bears)[137] Micheal Spurlock (Chargers)[136] Red Bryant (Seahawks)[137]
17 Peyton Manning (Broncos)[138] Alfred Morris (Redskins)[139] Vontae Davis (Colts)[138] Stevie Brown (Giants)[139] Darius Reynaud (Titans)[138] Blair Walsh (Vikings)[139]
Dec. Peyton Manning (Broncos)[140] Adrian Peterson (Vikings)[140] J. J. Watt (Texans)[140] London Fletcher (Redskins)[140] Josh Brown (Bengals)[140] Blair Walsh (Vikings)[140]
Week FedEx Air
Player of the Week[141]
(Quarterbacks)
FedEx Ground
Player of the Week[141]
(Running Backs)
Pepsi Max
Rookie of the Week[142]
1 Robert Griffin III (Redskins) C. J. Spiller (Bills) Robert Griffin III (Redskins)
2 Eli Manning (Giants) Reggie Bush (Dolphins) Trent Richardson (Browns)
3 Joe Flacco (Ravens) Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) Andrew Luck (Colts)
4 Tom Brady (Patriots) Brandon Bolden (Patriots) Robert Griffin III (Redskins)
5 Alex Smith (49ers) Ahmad Bradshaw (Giants) Andrew Luck (Colts)
6 Aaron Rodgers (Packers) Shonn Greene (Jets) Robert Griffin III (Redskins)
7 Drew Brees (Saints) Chris Johnson (Titans) Alfred Morris (Redskins)
8 Tom Brady (Patriots) Doug Martin (Buccaneers) Andrew Luck (Colts)
9 Andrew Luck (Colts) Doug Martin (Buccaneers) Doug Martin (Buccaneers)
10 Joe Flacco (Ravens) Adrian Peterson (Vikings) Russell Wilson (Seahawks)
11 Matt Schaub (Texans) Doug Martin (Buccaneers) Robert Griffin III (Redskins)
12 Robert Griffin III (Redskins) Arian Foster (Texans) Robert Griffin III (Redskins)
13 Russell Wilson (Seahawks) Adrian Peterson (Vikings) Robert Griffin III (Redskins)
14 Tom Brady (Patriots) Adrian Peterson (Vikings) Alfred Morris (Redskins)
15 Matt Ryan (Falcons) Knowshon Moreno (Broncos) Kirk Cousins (Redskins)
16 Aaron Rodgers (Packers) Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) Robert Griffin III (Redskins)
17 Peyton Manning (Broncos) Alfred Morris (Redskins) Alfred Morris (Redskins)
Month Rookie of the Month
Offensive Defensive
Sept. Robert Griffin III[143] Chandler Jones[144]
Oct. Doug Martin[145] Casey Hayward[145]
Nov. Robert Griffin III[146] Lavonte David[146]
Dec. Russell Wilson[147] Luke Kuechly[147]

Season awards

The 2nd Annual NFL Honors, saluting the best players and plays from 2012 season, was held at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 2, 2013.[148]

Award Winner Position Team
AP Most Valuable Player Adrian Peterson Running back Minnesota Vikings
AP Offensive Player of the Year Adrian Peterson Running back Minnesota Vikings
AP Defensive Player of the Year J. J. Watt Defensive end Houston Texans
AP Coach of the Year Bruce Arians Head coach Indianapolis Colts
AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III Quarterback Washington Redskins
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Luke Kuechly Linebacker Carolina Panthers
AP Comeback Player of the Year Peyton Manning Quarterback Denver Broncos
Pepsi Rookie of the Year Russell Wilson Quarterback Seattle Seahawks
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Jason Witten Tight end Dallas Cowboys
PFWA NFL Executive of the Year Ryan Grigson General Manager Indianapolis Colts
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Joe Flacco Quarterback Baltimore Ravens

Team superlatives

Offense

  • Most points scored: New England, 557 (34.8 PPG)
  • Fewest points scored: Kansas City, 211 (13.2 PPG)
  • Most total offensive yards: New England, 6,846
  • Fewest total offensive yards: Arizona, 4,209
  • Most total passing yards: New Orleans, 4,997
  • Fewest total passing yards: Kansas City, 2,713
  • Most rushing yards: Washington, 2,709
  • Fewest rushing yards: Arizona, 1,204

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Defense

  • Fewest points allowed: Seattle, 245 (15.3 PPG)
  • Most points allowed: Tennessee, 471 (29.4 PPG)
  • Fewest total yards allowed (defense): Pittsburgh, 4,413
  • Most total yards allowed (defense): New Orleans, 7,042
  • Fewest passing yards allowed: Pittsburgh, 2,963
  • Most passing yards allowed (defense): Tampa Bay, 4,758
  • Fewest rushing yards allowed (defense): Tampa Bay, 1,320
  • Most rushing yards allowed (defense): New Orleans, 2,361

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Coaching changes

Pre-season changes

Team: 2011 head coach:
at start of season
2011 interim head coach: 2012 replacement: Reason for leaving: Notes
Jacksonville Jaguars Jack Del Rio Mel Tucker Mike Mularkey Fired Del Rio was fired after compiling a 69–73 (.486) record (including postseason games) in 8¾ seasons as head coach; the team has not made the playoffs since 2007. Del Rio was fired at the same time that Wayne Weaver, the owner of the Jaguars, announced his intentions to sell the team to Pakistani-American automotive parts builder Shahid Khan.[151] Del Rio later became defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.

Mularkey, previously the head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2004–2005, had most recently been offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. Tucker remains on the Jaguars staff.

Kansas City Chiefs Todd Haley Romeo Crennel Haley compiled a 19–27 (.413) record, including one postseason loss, in nearly 3 seasons with the Chiefs. Team ownership cited inconsistent play and a lack of progress in their decision; Haley was also cited for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in what turned out to be his final game. In 2012, he became offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Crennel was the defensive coordinator for the Chiefs when he was promoted, and had previously served as head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 2005–2008.

Miami Dolphins Tony Sparano Todd Bowles Joe Philbin Sparano compiled a 29–33 (.468) record, including one postseason loss, in nearly 4 seasons with the Dolphins. Ongoing speculation regarding Sparano's future in Miami prompted Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to dismiss Sparano prior to the end of the season instead of letting the speculation become a further distraction. Sparano then became offensive coordinator of the New York Jets; Bowles joined the staff of the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Dolphins intended on hiring someone from outside the organization in the 2012 offseason[152] and followed through on that intent by hiring Philbin, the former offensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers.

St. Louis Rams Steve Spagnuolo Jeff Fisher Spagnuolo compiled a 10–38 (.213) record in three seasons as head coach of the Rams, including a 1–15 record in 2009 and a 2–14 record in 2011. He and general manager Billy Devaney were dismissed concurrently on January 2. Spagnuolo joined the staff of the New Orleans Saints as defensive coordinator.

Fisher, who had spent the previous season out of football, had coached the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise from 1994–2010.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raheem Morris Greg Schiano Morris compiled a 17–31 (.354) record in three seasons as head coach of the Buccaneers and ended the 2011 season with a ten-game losing streak. He subsequently became defensive backs coach for the Washington Redskins.

Schiano had spent the previous 11 seasons in college football, as head coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team.

Oakland Raiders Hue Jackson Dennis Allen Jackson compiled an 8–8 (.500) record in his lone season as the Raiders' head coach, but set a league record for penalties. After the death of longtime owner Al Davis, the Raiders hired a new general manager Reggie McKenzie, who then decided to hire his own coaching staff. Subsequently, Jackson was dismissed from the team. As of 2012, Jackson serves as an assistant with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Allen had previously served as the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.

Indianapolis Colts Jim Caldwell Chuck Pagano Caldwell was fired after compiling a 28–24 (.538) record (including postseason games) in three seasons as head coach; the team suffered through a 2–14 record in 2011, in which quarterback Peyton Manning sat out the whole season after recovering from multiple neck surgeries. This record was the worst in the league and brought Caldwell's firing as well as that of 15-year general manager Bill Polian, and virtually every skill position player on the offensive side of the ball (including every quarterback on the roster). Caldwell then joined the Baltimore Ravens as quarterbacks coach.

Pagano had previously served as the defensive coordinator of the Ravens.

New Orleans Saints Sean Payton Joe Vitt, Aaron Kromer Suspended Payton was suspended on March 21, 2012 for the 2012 season (starting April 1 and concluding with Super Bowl XLVII) for his role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, in which players would be rewarded under the table for injury-causing hits.

Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis were also suspended, for six and eight games respectively, and Gregg Williams, the defensive coordinator at the time who allegedly oversaw the bounties, was banned indefinitely from the league (at the time of the ban Williams was the defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams).

Vitt served as head coach through training camp and the preseason, at which point he began serving his six-game suspension and Kromer (the team's offensive line coach) took over as interim coach until Vitt's suspension ended.[153]

In-season

The following head coaches were replaced in-season:

Team: 2012 head coach: Interim head coach: Reason for leaving: Notes
Indianapolis Colts Chuck Pagano Bruce Arians Medical leave Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia four weeks into the regular season, forcing him to take an indefinite medical leave of absence, while Arians, the Colts' offensive coordinator, took his place. Pagano returned to the team in Week 17 and coached the Colts in their playoff game vs. the Ravens.

Uniforms

  • Nike became the official uniform provider for the NFL, succeeding Reebok, which had a decade-long partnership in that capacity. On April 3, Nike unveiled the new uniforms for all 32 teams.[154][155] Cosmetically, the new jerseys did not show drastic differences save for the aforementioned changes to the Seattle Seahawks' uniforms.[156]
  • The Carolina Panthers unveiled an updated logo and word mark in late January 2012,[157] though it has been reported that the actual uniforms will not be altered at the present time.[158]
  • The Denver Broncos switched their primary home jersey color from navy blue to orange. The orange jerseys that served as the team's alternate colored jersey from 2002–2011 became the primary home jersey, while the navy blue jerseys that served as the team's primary home jersey from 1997–2011 switched to the alternate designation. The change was made due to overwhelming popularity with fans, who clamored for the team to return to wearing orange at home, which was the team's predominant home jersey color from 1962–1996.[159]
  • The Houston Texans celebrated 10 years as a franchise by wearing an anniversary patch throughout the season.[160]
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars switched their primary home jersey color from teal to black, beginning with their Week 5 (October 7, 2012) game against the Chicago Bears.[161]
  • The Kansas City Chiefs debuted captains' patches to their uniforms for the first time in the Week 10 (November 12, 2012) game against Pittsburgh. The patches would remain through the rest of the season but were removed in 2013.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers unveiled a new throwback uniform in April 2012, which was worn in games against the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens.[162] The uniforms, based on the 1934 Pittsburgh Pirates (the predecessors to the Steelers), feature broad black and Aztec gold horizontal stripes across the jerseys and socks, reminiscent of bumblebees and prison uniforms.[163]
  • The Seattle Seahawks replaced Seahawk blue with College Navy as the color of their primary uniforms. Their new uniforms consist of a navy blue jersey as their primary home jersey, a white jersey as their primary away jersey, and a wolf grey jersey as an alternate. The Seahawks have three pairs of pants: navy blue with action green feather trim, white with navy blue feather trim, and wolf grey with navy blue feather trim. Each pair of pants, as well as the collar of the jerseys, feature 12 feathers, in honor of the fans, who refer to themselves as the '12th Man'. The Seahawks also tweaked their logo, by changing the lower left stripe from light blue to grey.[164]
  • The Washington Redskins wore throwback uniforms to celebrate their 80th anniversary[165][166] in their game against the Panthers.[167]
  • The Baltimore Ravens dedicated their season to former owner and founder Art Modell, who died on September 6, 2012.[168] On Week 1, all team members wore an "Art" decal on their helmets, and for the rest of their season, they wore an "Art" patch on the left side of their jerseys.
  • During the 2012 Pro Bowl, Nike debuted new team color specific cleats and new team specific Vapor Jet gloves. Similar to gloves worn at the collegiate level, the Vapor Jet gloves feature individual team colors and team logos on the glove palms.[169][170]
  • The Carolina Panthers' new jersey has the phrase "KEEP POUNDING" inside the collar which commemorates former Panther Sam Mills' battle with cancer.
  • Nike's new jerseys also introduced what the company calls a "body-contoured fit".[171] However, several players, primarily heavier players such as offensive linemen, reported that the new, tighter-fitting uniforms made them "look fat".[171]
  • Introduced in Week 5 after the end of the referee lockout, the new referee uniform used the NFL's "Orbit" font that the league uses in its branding and marketing.[172]
  • During Weeks 14 and 15, all teams wore a commemorative patch celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[173]

Media changes

On December 14, 2011, the NFL announced that it had extended all of its broadcasting contracts through 2022. There were some changes to the contracts, with the most immediate change being the Thanksgiving night game being promoted from the Thursday Night Football package to the Sunday Night Football package, and moving to NBC as a result. In 2014, flexible scheduling would be expanded to allow the shifting of AFC and NFC games between CBS and Fox, and NBC traded one of its two wild card playoff games in exchange for a divisional round game.[174]

ESPN made a cut to its Monday Night Football broadcasts, removing Ron Jaworski from the broadcast booth and moving to a two-man announcing crew; Mike Tirico will continue on play-by-play while Jon Gruden continues as the sole color commentator.[175] One year prior, the network had switched from two sideline reporters to one.

The 2013 Pro Bowl was televised by NBC; although the game was normally assigned to the Super Bowl's broadcaster, CBS declined.[176]

The NFL authorized a new rule loosening the league's blackout restrictions during the 2012 offseason. For the first time in NFL history, the new rule no longer requires a stadium to be sold out to televise a game; instead, teams were allowed to set a benchmark anywhere from 85 to 100 percent of the stadium's non-premium seats. Any seats sold beyond that benchmark will be subject to heavier revenue sharing.[177] Four clubs opted to set the lower TV threshold: the Miami Dolphins, the Minnesota Vikings, the Oakland Raiders, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[178] At least four other teams expressly refused to lower their threshold; one case, that of the Buffalo Bills, was particularly controversial, as Buffalo congressman Brian Higgins had lobbied for the loosening of the blackout restrictions only for the Bills to rebuff his efforts, saying such a move would threaten the team's revenue.[179][180]

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