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|Duration||September 1, 1996 – December 23, 1996|
|Start date||December 28, 1996|
|AFC Champions||New England Patriots|
|NFC Champions||Green Bay Packers|
|Super Bowl XXXI|
|Date||January 26, 1997|
|Site||Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Champions||Green Bay Packers|
|Date||February 2, 1997|
|National Football League seasons
The 1996 NFL season was the 77th regular season of the National Football League and the season was marked by notable controversies from beginning to end. The season ended with Super Bowl XXXI when the Green Bay Packers defeated the New England Patriots.
When Art Modell, owner of the Cleveland Browns, wanted to relocate his team to Baltimore in a surprise move first reported on by the Boston Globe on November 4 of 1995, the ensuing press furor and public relations mess forced the league to intercede and make an agreement with him and the Cities of Cleveland and Baltimore before the new season had barely begun. In the belated agreement, the name, colors and history of the Browns were to remain in Cleveland, while the relocated club would technically be a new league franchise; the city of Cleveland would be given another new franchise in the next few years, or a relocated existing franchise. Either way, the beloved Cleveland Browns would continue, while the Baltimore Ravens began their new history when the 1996 season started.
One of the most memorable aspects of the 1996 season was that the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars, each in just their second year of existence, both advanced to their respective conference championship games. 1996 marked the third year the NFL salary cap was in force and also marked the end of a domination era in the NFL as it was the first season since 1991 (and only the second since 1987) in which neither the Dallas Cowboys nor the San Francisco 49ers played in the NFC Championship Game.
The season ended with Super Bowl XXXI when the Green Bay Packers defeated the New England Patriots in a close game decided when a third quarter kick-off was returned for a touchdown by Packers' kick returner, Desmond Howard. For that, and his excellent performance on kick-off and punt returns throughout the game, Howard was named Super Bowl MVP, the only time (as of 2011) that a special teams player has earned that distinction.
All that was nearly overshadowed by the press feeding frenzy reporting and commenting on the rumor (Between the AFC championship game up to and into the broadcast coverage of Super Bowl XXXI itself) that iconic coach Bill Parcells was planning on breaking his contract with the New England Patriots because he did not get along well with owner Robert Kraft, who had helped turn around New England's image after years of ownership that was either dismal or absent. In the event, Parcells did not even return with the players, and telephone records showed he was talking to the Jets in the days before and the day of the Super Bowl itself. This documentary evidence lead to the league awarding the Patriots multiple draft picks in compensation for the "tampering" by the Jets, which is but a continuation of oneupsmanship that has gone on for years between the hated rivals.
W = Wins, L = Losses, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against
Clinched playoff seeds are marked in parentheses and shaded in green. No ties occurred this season.
|(2) New England Patriots||11||5||.688||418||313|
|(4) Buffalo Bills||10||6||.625||319||266|
|(6) Indianapolis Colts||9||7||.563||317||334|
|New York Jets||1||15||.063||279||454|
|(3) Pittsburgh Steelers||10||6||.625||344||257|
|(5) Jacksonville Jaguars||9||7||.563||325||335|
|(1) Denver Broncos||13||3||.813||391||275|
|Kansas City Chiefs||9||7||.563||297||300|
|San Diego Chargers||8||8||.500||310||376|
|(3) Dallas Cowboys||10||6||.625||286||250|
|(5) Philadelphia Eagles||10||6||.625||363||341|
|New York Giants||6||10||.375||242||297|
|(1) Green Bay Packers||13||3||.813||456||210|
|(6) Minnesota Vikings||9||7||.563||298||315|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||10||.375||221||293|
|(2) Carolina Panthers||12||4||.750||367||218|
|(4) San Francisco 49ers||12||4||.750||398||257|
|St. Louis Rams||6||10||.375||303||409|
|New Orleans Saints||3||13||.188||229||339|
|Points scored||Green Bay Packers (456)|
|Total yards gained||Denver Broncos (5,791)|
|Yards rushing||Denver Broncos (2,362)|
|Yards passing||Jacksonville Jaguars (4,110)|
|Fewest points allowed||Green Bay Packers (210)|
|Fewest total yards allowed||Green Bay Packers (4,156)|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed||Denver Broncos (1,331)|
|Fewest passing yards allowed||Green Bay Packers (2,740)|
|Scoring||John Kasay, Carolina (145 points)|
|Touchdowns||Terry Allen, Washington (21 TDs)|
|Most field goals made||John Kasay, Carolina (37 FGs)|
|Rushing||Barry Sanders, Detroit (1,553 yards)|
|Passing||Steve Young, San Francisco (97.2 rating)|
|Passing touchdowns||Brett Favre, Green Bay (39 TDs)|
|Pass receiving||Jerry Rice, San Francisco (108 catches)|
|Pass receiving yards||Isaac Bruce, St. Louis (1,338)|
|Punt returns||Desmond Howard, Green Bay (15.1 average yards)|
|Kickoff returns||Michael Bates, Carolina (30.2 average yards)|
|Interceptions||Tyrone Braxton, Denver and Keith Lyle, St. Louis (9)|
|Punting||John Kidd, Miami (46.3 average yards)|
|Sacks||Kevin Greene, Carolina (14.5)|
|Most Valuable Player||Brett Favre, Quarterback, Green Bay|
|Coach of the Year||Dom Capers, Carolina|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Terrell Davis, Running Back, Denver|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Bruce Smith, Defensive End, Buffalo|
|Offensive Rookie of the Year||Eddie George, Running Back, Houston|
|Defensive Rookie of the Year||Simeon Rice, Defensive End, Arizona|
1996 NFL season
|Miami||Houston||Oakland||NY Giants||Green Bay||New Orleans|
|New England||Jacksonville||San Diego||Philadelphia||Minnesota||St. Louis|
|NY Jets||Pittsburgh||Seattle||Washington||Tampa Bay||San Francisco|
|1996 NFL Draft • NFL Playoffs • Pro Bowl • Super Bowl XXXI|
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