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NFL Football by Year, 2000–present

One fact about NFL football for every year since 2000. Can you get them all?
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Year
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Answer
2023
The first white running back to lead the league in rushing since 1962
Christian McCaffrey
2022
Rams receiver whose last minute catch earned him a Super Bowl MVP award
Cooper Kupp
2021
QB who won an unprecedented seventh Super Bowl
Tom Brady
2020
City which the Raiders left for the second time
Oakland
2019
QB who rushed for a record 1,206 yards
Lamar Jackson
2018
Rams tackle who won his second straight Defensive Player of the Year award
Aaron Donald
2017
Second team in history to post an 0-16 record
Cleveland Browns
2016
Quarterback who caused a kerfluffle by refusing to stand for the national anthem
Colin Kaepernick
2015
Cornerback whose last minute interception secured a Super Bowl victory for
the Patriots over the Seahawks
Malcolm Butler
2014
Outspoken cornerback who led the Seahawks to a 43-8 Super Bowl victory
Richard Sherman
2013
QB who threw for a record for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns
Peyton Manning
2012
Defensive end who had one of the most dominant seasons ever,
recording 20.5 sacks and 16 passes deflected
J. J. Watt
2011
QB who retired for the third and final time
Brett Favre
2010
For the first time since 1978, the Pro Bowl was NOT played in this state
Hawaii
2009
Quarterback whose name became a verb meaning "to drop to one knee
with one's head on one's fist in a sign of religious devotion"
Tim Tebow
2008
Briefly popular offensive formation where a running back receives the snap
Wildcat
2007
Only team in history with a 16-0 regular season record
New England Patriots
2006
Player who rushed for a record 28 touchdowns
LaDainian Tomlinson
2005
Brothers who were both All-Pro players
Tiki and Ronde
Barber
2004
Former player who died from friendly fire in Afghanistan
Pat Tillman
2003
USC quarterback selected with the #1 overall pick in the draft
Carson Palmer
2002
Running back who broke Walter Payton's record for career rushing yards
Emmitt Smith
2001
New York Giant who set the record for most sacks in a season (22.5)
Michael Strahan
2000
Nickname earned by the St. Louis Rams
The Greatest Show
on Turf
31 Comments
+2
Level 75
Dec 21, 2019
You said "refusing to kneel for the national anthem"
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Level ∞
Dec 21, 2019
D'oh, fixed.
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Level 87
Dec 21, 2019
Funny mistake, though.
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Level 78
Dec 22, 2019
7:00 minutes for these 20 questions is probably 3:00 minutes too many.
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Level ∞
Dec 22, 2019
Good call. Lowered the time.
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Level 62
Feb 2, 2020
Browns were the 3rd team to go 0-16. The others were the 08’ Lions and the 76’ Buccaneers
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Level ∞
Feb 2, 2020
Buccaneers went 0-14.
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Level 50
Feb 3, 2020
Kyle shanahan you idiot
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Level 67
Feb 3, 2020
It's easy to blame the coach, but the Niners' players fell apart out there. Shanahan probably should have tried running the ball a few more times when they needed first downs, but it's not like he made some crazy boneheaded calls. He prepared his team and he made a ton of great calls on offense. The Niners' defense just got worn down at the end, and the Chiefs' offense exploited that. Jimmy Garoppolo is not good enough to get into a shootout with Patrick Maholmes no matter who is coaching.
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Level 70
Mar 11, 2024
still applicable today 😭
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Level 44
Feb 3, 2020
While the seahawks super bowl win was technically played in 2014, it was part of the 2013 season, and they are usually referred to as the 2013 champions (they actually beat Manning in the Super Bowl the same year he had all those crazy stats listed for 2013). Same thing with the next year
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Level 64
Feb 3, 2020
Is it possible to make LT an acceptable answer for ladanian tomlinson?
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Level 67
Feb 3, 2020
Many people think of "LT" as Lawrence Taylor, who was well-known by that nickname long before Tomlinson was, so I don't think it should count.
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Level 23
May 11, 2020
LT is more commonly used for Lawrence Taylor, and it belongs to Lawrence Taylor.
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Level 65
Feb 5, 2020
Why is Tebowing the 2009 question? Tim Tebow was still in college that year, and he didn't start an NFL game until December 2010; it would be a much better fit for 2011.
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Level 55
Feb 7, 2020
Agreed. "Tebowing" began in 2011 during Tebow-Mania
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Level 61
Aug 9, 2023
Tim Tebow the most legendary tight end of the modern era
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Level 23
May 11, 2020
It's sad that they didn't record sacks back when Marchetti had his 43 sacks in 12 games season.
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Level 52
Aug 16, 2020
ADD 2020 PLEASE
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Level 84
Dec 20, 2020
The Seahawks lose the Super Bowl after NOT handing the ball off to this star runnning back.

*Sigh*

Ah, but Seattle DID hand the ball off to Marshawn Lynch. They did it on 1st down. And he got stopped short of the goal line. All this nonsense about how not handing the ball to him again cost Seattle a sure victory is nuts.

In 2014, Lynch failed to score from the 1-yard line 80% of the time. New England was in the "jumbo" package on 2nd down, meaning they were keying specifically on stopping Lynch. There were 26 seconds left and Seattle had only 1 timeout. Calling a pass play on 2nd down was the correct decision by Pete Carroll, as that would afford them 3 attempts at winning the game (where New England had no idea whether Seattle would run or pass), instead of only 2.

Russell Wilson also had the 3rd-lowest interception rate in NFL history. Pete Carroll was aware of all of this. Empty-headed fanboys were not.

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Level 84
Dec 20, 2020
Carroll's decision to throw on 2nd down and not hand the ball off again to Lynch was the correct call, despite Cris Collinsworth's emotional reaction after the play as the color commentator in the booth.

Yelling, "Yeah but....BEASTMODE!" doesn't change the odds that Seattle faced on 2nd down. Again, that's a fanboy reaction. There's a reason fanboys aren't NFL coaches.

There is ZERO guarantee that Lynch would've scored against the Patriots' jumbo package. In fact, the odds were against it. Carroll understood that. On 2nd down, handing the ball to Lynch would've been the wrong call. Carroll would probably have given Lynch a shot on 3rd down, however. And if Lynch didn't score, would've called Seattle's final timeout, and then the entire playbook would've been open for the final play.

Every offensive play ever run in NFL history had a chance of resulting in a turnover. Coaches try to mitigate the risk, and play the percentages to to give their team....

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Level 84
Dec 20, 2020
...the best posible chance to succeed. That is exactly what Carroll did, and did correctly. Just because a play doesn't work doesn't mean it was not a good or correct call.

In the 2006 playoffs, trailing by 1 point with seconds remaining vs Seattle, the Cowboys decided to attempt a chip-shot FG to win the game. Tony Romo mishandled the snap and Dallas failed to convert the FG and wound up losing, 21-20. Was it the wrong call to attempt the FG? Of course not, because it was the odds-on play. Muuuuuch better odds than trying to score a TD or even to pick up a 1st down inside the 5-yard line. Romo simply made a physical mistake.

Same thing with Seattle vs New England in Super Bowl XLIX. Carroll played the odds. But CB Malcolm Butler had simply been coached-up to defend the exact play that Seattle called and made a Super Bowl-winning play.

Sometimes offensive players make mistakes executing the play. (see Jackie Smith's dropped TD pass for Dallas in SB XIII; or ...

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Level 84
Dec 20, 2020
...or Scott Norwoods missed FG for Buffalo in SB XXV) Sometimes defensive players step up and do something amazing to stop the play. And sometimes those amazing efforts win games. And on occasion, those amazing efforts even win Super Bowls.

Pete Carroll's forgotten more about football than any "fan" will ever know. He correctly assessed the odds and made a play call that simply didn't work out. Seattle didn't pass up some sure-fire touchdown. Bill Belichick simply demonstrated that, once again, he's usually the smartest guy in the room, and coached-up a rookie CB to make the play of his life.

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Level 89
Nov 8, 2022
Rita Carroll? Is that you? ;)
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Level 66
Jul 2, 2022
pretty sure i typed in cleveland not cleveland browns and didn't get credit ---- hmmm
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Level 63
Dec 8, 2022
Same.
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Level 71
Jan 8, 2024
Add type-ins for McCaffrey (CMC) and Tomlinson (LT) maybe?
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Level ∞
Jan 8, 2024
Added CMC. LT is also Lawrence Taylor so that would might be problematic.
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Level 91
Jan 8, 2024
Jim Taylor led the NFL in rushing in 1962.
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Level ∞
Jan 8, 2024
Fixed
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Level 36
Jan 17, 2024
Which is worse as a fan? Seahawks fan for Super Bowl 49

Or Falcons fan for Super Bowl 51?

Clearly the answer is Bills fan from 1991-1994