The 2021 NFL season was the 102nd season of the National Football League (NFL). The regular season started with the NFL Kickoff Game on September 9, in which the Buffalo Bills defeated defending Super Bowl LV champions Tampa Bay 23-17. The season concluded with the Cleveland Browns defeating the Dallas Cowboys 28-5 in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on February 13, 2021. This was the first season in which there was a 17 game schedule, expanded from the 16 games that was used the previous season. The Pro Bowl was won by the NFC 35-34, and the MVP was won by Josh Allen.
Highlights of the 2021 season included:
- NFL Kickoff Game: The 2021 season was played on on September 9, 2021, in Tampa Bay, Florida. The Buffalo Bills beat the Tampa Bay Buccaners 23-17, known as the "Queen City Miracle".
- Thanksgiving: As has been the case since 2006, three games were played on Thursday, November 25. These games include, the Minnesota Vikings beating the Detroit Lions 35-14, the Arizona Cardinals beating the Dallas Cowboys 28-23, and the Jacksonville Jaguars defeating the Indianapolis Colts 17-7.
- Christmas: Christmas Day in 2021 fell on a Saturday and one game was played, which was the Seattle Seahawks defeating the San Francisco 49ers 49-34.
|Los Angeles Chargers (11-6) 10||Baltimore Ravens (14-3) 17||M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland||January 15, 2022, 1:00 PM EST||CBS|
|Seattle Seahawks (12-5) 28||Los Angeles Rams (14-3) 24||SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California||January 15, 2022, 4:45 PM EST||Fox|
|San Francisco 49ers (11-6) 17||Dallas Cowboys (9-8) 34||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas||January 15, 2022, 8:15 PM EST||NBC|
|Cleveland Browns (12-5) 24||Tennessee Titans (10-7) 17||Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee||January 16, 2022, 1:00 PM EST||ESPN/ABC|
|New Orleans Saints (9-8) 35||Green Bay Packers (14-3) 7||Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin||January 16, 2022, 4:45 PM EST||CBS/Nickelodeon|
|Miami Dolphins (11-6) 28||Kansas City Chiefs (13-4) 25||Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri||January 16, 2022 8:15 EST||NBC|
|New Orleans Saints (10-8) 9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (15-2) 31||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida||January 22, 2022, 4:05 PM EST||Fox|
|Cleveland Browns (13-5) 24||Baltimore Ravens (15-3) 20||M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland||January 22, 2022, 8:15 PM EST||NBC|
|Miami Dolphins (12-6) 3||Buffalo Bills (16-1) 13||Bills Stadium, Buffalo, New York||January 23, 2022, 3:05 PM EST||CBS|
|Seattle Seahawks (13-5) 10||Dallas Cowboys (10-8) 28||January 23, 2022, 6:40 PM EST||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas||Fox|
|Cleveland Browns (14-5) 34||Buffalo Bills (17-1) 20||Bills Stadium, Buffalo, New York||January 30, 2022, 3:05 PM EST||CBS|
|Dallas Cowboys (11-8) 20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (16-2) 17||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida||January 30, 2022, 6:40 PM EST||Fox|
Super Bowl LVI
|Dallas Cowboys (12-8) 5||Cleveland Browns (15-5) 28||SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California||February 13, 2022, 6:30 PM EST||NBC||Baker Mayfield (CLE)|