- 2003 NFL season
year = 2003
New England Patriots
September 4 2003to December 28 2003
January 3 2004
New England Patriots
sb_name = XXXVIII
February 1 2004
Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
February 8 2004
The 2003 season of the
National Football League(NFL) was the 84th one played by the major professional American footballleague in the United States. With the Tampa Bay Buccaneersas the defending league champions, regular season play was held from September 4 2003to December 28. Due to damage caused by the Cedar Fire, Qualcomm Stadiumwas used as an emergency shelter, and thus the Miami Dolphins- San Diego Chargersregular season match on October 27was instead played at Sun Devil Stadium, the home field of the Arizona Cardinals.
The Buccaneers failed to qualify for the playoffs, which began on
January 3 2004. The NFL title was eventually won by the New England Patriotswhen they defeated the Carolina Panthersin Super Bowl XXXVIII, the Super Bowlchampionship game, at Reliant Stadiumin Houston, Texason February 1.
Major rule changes
*If an onside kick inside the final five minutes of the game does not go 10 yards, goes out of bounds, or is touched illegally, the receiving team will have the option of accepting the penalty and getting the ball immediately. Previously, the kicking team was penalized, but had another chance to kick again from five yards back.
*League officials encouraged networks to immediately cut to a commercial break if an instant replay challenge review was initiated. Previously networks rarely utilized those stoppages for their prescribed commercial periods.
Final regular season standings
"W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against"
"Clinched playoff seeds are marked in parentheses and shaded in green"
* "NFL Record and Fact Book" (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
* [http://www.nfl.com/history/chronology/2001- NFL History 2001-] (Last accessed October 17, 2005)
* "Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League" (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
* [http://www.nfl.com/news/story/6278896 NFL owners reject OT proposal] (Last accessed October 17, 2005)
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