The NFL maintains a fairly rigid schedule. A given year’s slate of matchups and locations are decided by preset rotations and formulas,1The current scheduling formulas and rotations date back to 2002, with a minor revision in 2021 to add a 17th game. Pre-1970 schedules were more ad hoc. sites and dates of those matchups are set by the league office in the spring,2The 2020 schedule was released on May 7 after being delayed several weeks by the pandemic. Typically, the schedule is released in mid-April. and 99% of the time, those games have taken place where and when they’ve been planned, although in recent years, a fair amount of same-day time shifting has occurred in-season to maximize television viewership.
The other 1% of the time,3More accurately, 1.79% as of the date this article was originally posted, boosted heavily by the 1982 players strike. something went wrong, causing games from that carefully planned schedule to be shifted. Sometimes it’s been something as innocuous as a pre-existing stadium conflict; other times as dark as a national tragedy.
And sometimes, games were moved because of … jazz.4Note that Chuck Mangione is billed before Ray Charles.
For the first 100 years of NFL history, some NFL teams shared stadiums with their local Major League baseball franchise.5There are no current football/baseball co-tenants now that the Raiders have moved to Las Vegas Generally speaking, the baseball team had priority over the stadium,6The Houston Astros were an exception, so the sites in the 1986 National League Championship Series were swapped to accommodate an Oilers home game. so if the baseball team made the playoffs, the football team was moved to alternate dates and/or sites, either due to a direct date conflict or to preserve the field. Outside of player strikes, this has led to the largest number of rescheduled NFL games.
Less commonly, the NFL simply forgot that a stadium had already been booked when they made the schedule. In these cases, the NFL typically tried to bigfoot the early booker out of the date, only to eventually back down and reschedule after many refusals.
Sometimes, the planned stadium has not been ready for some football, whether because a previous event damaged the grass, construction was not finished, or the roof was falling. Usually, these games were shifted to other stadiums in the area.
Although football is noted for being played in all sorts of weather, this was not always the case. While championship games like the 1948 Philadelphia snowstorm and the 1967 Ice Bowl were played in the most adverse conditions, regular season contests in the pre-television era were occasionally postponed if the gate receipts might suffer. After 1950, games that were rescheduled due to weather were a result of a public emergency or damage to the stadium or area.
In 1982 and 1987, NFL players went on strike after the second week of the season, causing some games to be canceled and others to be rescheduled.
Old-time football reasons
In 1931, the NFL began centralizing the scheduling operations, which were previously left up to the individual teams. In the league’s first 13 seasons, games would routinely be added to the end of the schedule in order to pull out additional gate receipts which were the lifeblood of the era before television contracts. These games could be added on short notice, and impacted the standings and, more importantly, the league champion.
In 1952, 1934, and many times in the 1920s, NFL teams folded mid-season, causing its games to be rescheduled or canceled.
Lack of interest
Before the NFL was a juggernaut, teams would consider shifting games if ticket sales were low or if another event in the area might draw more attention. This sometimes led to moving a game to another city
Sometimes events are just bigger than the NFL. Commissioner Pete Rozelle often said his greatest mistake was to play games on the Sunday following the John F. Kennedy assassination (the rival American Football League did cancel games that weekend and shuffled the schedule for the next month). His successor, Paul Tagliabue, took note and canceled games the week following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
NFL rescheduled games, 1932-present 7Why 1932 and not 1920, the date of the NFL’s founding? The NFL schedule was not very stable prior to that date; adding pre-1932 games would double the size of the table without adding much interesting, though you would learn about the Mitchell Day holiday.
This list includes any game that shifted from its originally scheduled day and/or location.8Original schedules cited here are those from the Colts’ and Broncos’ media guides, supplemented by those from the NFL. Pre-1950 schedules are the earliest-available leaguewide schedules published in newspapers. This list includes any shifts outside of the standard established game windows, but not slight adjustments.9Examples of slight adjustments include early-afternoon kickoffs at times other than 1 p.m. Eastern due to local blue laws, the one-hour shift of the 1989 championship games due to two western home teams, or the shift of the NFL Championship games in 1960 and 1963 to noon due to the home stadiums’ lack of lights. There also have been delayed kickoffs for lightning storms, power outages, and, in 2014, a minor accident involving the Washington team bus.
The list does not include time flexing between the early and late day slots on Sunday, typically for maximizing network schedules.10Time flexes have happened for other reasons: a 2009 Jets-Buccaneers game scheduled for the late afternoon slot was moved to the early afternoon due to Yom Kippur beginning at sundown, and a 2020 scheduled Sunday Night Football between the Bucs and Raiders was flexed to the afternoon on short notice to insulate the cornerstone time slot from a potential coronavirus shutdown. It also does not include Sunday Night Football flexed games or Saturday-to-Sunday flexes already built into the schedule.
The list is limited to regular-season and post-season games. Canceled or rescheduled exhibition games such as the 2016 Hall of Fame Game, the 1965 AFL All-Star Game, and the 2021 Pro Bowl are not included.
Anomalies from the typical scheduling slots that were part of the original schedule are not included.11Examples include the Wednesday Kickoff Game in 2008 (not planned for Thursday to avoid conflict with Barack Obama’s Democratic acceptance speech) and the non-home opener for the defending-champion Ravens in 2013 (due to a conflict with a pre-scheduled Orioles home game across the street). Before widespread television coverage, games were sometimes scheduled on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; those games are not included. Home games for teams that were intentionally temporarily relocated (2002 Bears, 1997-98 Oilers, 1972-75 Giants) as part of the original schedule are not listed, but the 2005 Saints and the 1982 “Oakland” Raiders are.
The list includes home-and-home series that swapped the host team dates; in those cases, only the game that created the swap is listed.
Relocated games: (N) neutral site, (A) played in the opponent’s stadium or territory, (H) neutral-site game reverted to a home game; all other relocations in the same city/region have no letter (note that travel times in 1930s vs. modern era are a consideration for what is local). The number of days a game was moved is indicated (+ for postponements, – for games moved up to an earlier date). -AFL game.
|12/19/2021||SEA-LAR||Coronavirus||PPD||+ 2||Moved from Sunday afternoon to Tuesday evening (7 p.m. ET)|
|12/19/2021||WAS-PHI||Coronavirus||PPD||+ 2||Moved from Sunday afternoon to Tuesday evening (7 p.m. ET)|
|12/18/2021||LV-CLE||Coronavirus||PPD||+ 2||Moved from Saturday afternoon to Monday (5 p.m. ET)|
|9/12/2021||GB-NO||Hurricane damage (Ida)||RELOC (N)||Relocated to TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.|
|1/3/2021||SEA-SF||Public health order||RELOC (N)||Relocated to State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., after Santa Clara County banned contact sports due to a spike in coronavirus cases|
|12/6/2020||WAS-PIT||Schedule congestion||PPD||+ 1||Due to BAL-PIT moved the previous week, postponed PIT from Sunday to Monday evening (5:30 p.m. ET), and BAL from Thursday night to Tuesday night (initially Monday evening)|
|11/26/2020||BAL-PIT||Coronavirus||PPD||+ 6||Postponed from Thanksgiving night to Sunday afternoon, then to Tuesday night, then to Wednesday afternoon (3:40 p.m. ET, to avoid conflicting with NBC’s night time broadcast of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting)|
|11/22/2020||LAC-DEN||Rescheduling accommodation (DEN-NE)||EARLIER||–21||Moved up to Nov. 1|
|11/15/2020||NYJ-MIA||EARLIER||–28||Moved up to Oct. 18; NYJ bye week 11→10|
|11/1/2020||JAX-LAC||EARLIER||– 7||Moved up to Oct. 25; JAX bye week 7→8|
|10/25/2020||LAC-MIA||PPD||+21||Postponed to Nov. 15; MIA bye week 11→7|
|10/18/2020||NYJ-LAC||PPD||+28||Postponed to Nov. 22; LAC bye week 10→6|
|10/18/2020||MIA-DEN||PPD||+28||Postponed to Nov. 22|
|10/25/2020||PIT-BAL||Rescheduling accommodation||PPD||+ 7||Postponed to Nov. 1 due to rescheduling of PIT-TEN, and BAL took originally scheduled PIT bye week|
|10/15/2020||KC-BUF||Schedule congestion||PPD||+ 4||Postponed from Thursday night to Monday evening (5 p.m. ET), due to rescheduled BUF-TEN game 2 days previous|
|10/11/2020||BUF-TEN||Coronavirus||PPD||+ 2||Postponed to Tuesday night|
|10/11/2020||DEN-NE||Coronavirus||PPD||+ 7||Postponed to Monday evening, then to Oct. 18 Sunday afternoon, DEN bye week 8→5, NE 6→5; triggered an additional 6-game revision to schedule|
|10/4/2020||NE-KC||Coronavirus||PPD||+ 1||Postponed to Monday night|
|10/4/2020||PIT-TEN||Coronavirus||PPD||+21||Postponed to Oct. 25|
|11/19/2018||KC-LAR||Stadium damage||RELOC (H)||Relocated from Azteca Stadium (Mexico City) as field was damaged by Nov. 8 concert; moved to Los Angeles as Rams were designated home team for neutral site game|
|9/10/2017||TB-MIA||Incoming hurricane (Irma)||PPD||+70||Postponed to Nov. 19 (common scheduled bye)|
|Forecasted ice storm||PPD||+ 0||Postponed from 12:05 to 7:20 p.m. CT. Game was a test run for eventually moving a Sunday divisional playoff game into a primetime slot|
|11/23/2014||NYJ-BUF||Lake-effect snow||RELOC (N)||+ 1||Relocated to Ford Field in Detroit on Monday night, state of emergency declared in Buffalo|
|10/6/2013||SD-OAK||Baseball playoffs||PPD||+ 0||Postponed from 1:25 to 8:35 p.m. PT to allow for stadium reset|
|12/26/2010||MIN-PHI||Incoming blizzard||PPD||+ 2||Postponed from Sunday night to Tuesday night.|
|12/20/2010||CHI-MIN||Stadium damage||RELOC||Relocated to TCF Stadium at the Univ. of Minnesota|
|12/13/2010||NYG-MIN||RELOC (N)||+ 1||Relocated to Ford Field in Detroit on Monday night (dome collapsed overnight from snow)|
|11/9/2008||TEN-CIN||Rescheduling accommodation||EARLIER||–14||Moved up to Oct. 26 due to rescheduling of BAL-HOU, and CIN took originally scheduled HOU bye week|
|9/14/2008||BAL-HOU||Stadium damage (Hurricane Ike)||PPD||+56||Postponed to Nov. 9|
|10/23/2005||KC-MIA||Incoming hurricane (Wilma)||EARLIER||– 2||Moved up to Friday night|
|12/24/2005||DET-NO||Widespread hurricane damage (Katrina)||RELOC (N)||Relocated to Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas|
|12/18/2005||CAR-NO||RELOC||Relocated to Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.|
|9/18/2005||NYG-NO||RELOC (A)||+ 1||Relocated to Giants Stadium as acting home team on Monday night|
|9/26/2004||PIT-MIA||Incoming hurricane (Jeanne)||PPD||+ 0||Postponed from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET|
|9/12/2004||TEN-MIA||Incoming hurricane (Ivan)||EARLIER||– 1||Moved up to Saturday|
|10/27/2003||MIA-SD||Wildfires, evacuations||RELOC (N)||Relocated to Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.|
|Rescheduling accommodation||PPD||+ 7||Due to Week 2 being moved, all playoff games shifted 1 week, Super Bowl XXXVI rescheduled (Oct. 4 announced, 122 days before game) for Feb. 3, first NFL game in February|
|10/21/2001||DAL-OAK||Potential baseball playoffs||PPD||–14||Moved up to Oct. 7, when both teams had a bye, but Oakland A’s were subsequently eliminated|
|9/17–18/2001||15 games||Terrorist attacks of Sept. 11||PPD||+111||Week 2 games postponed to the end of the schedule|
|10/26/1997||CHI-MIA||World Series||PPD||+ 1||Postponed to Monday night (Game 7)|
|12/24/1995||DEN-OAK||Franchise relocation||RELOC||All Raiders home games scheduled (April 26) for L.A. Memorial Coliseum, possibility to relocate to Anaheim Stadium, while waiting for a potential stadium on the Hollywood Park property (site of Sofi Stadium 25 years later). Raiders announced move to Oakland on June 25, and approved by Alameda County July 11|
|10/22/1995||SF-STLr||Construction delay||RELOC||Relocated to Busch Stadium (site of first 3 St. Louis Rams games) due to delays in construction of new Trans World Dome|
|10/9/1994||DEN-SEA||Stadium damage (roof)||RELOC||Relocated to Husky Stadium at Univ. of Washington after ceiling tiles fell at Kingdome on July 19|
|9/6/1992||NE-MIA||Hurricane damage (Andrew)||PPD||+42||Postponed to Oct. 18 when both teams were scheduled to have a bye week|
|10/14/1990||HOUo-CIN||Baseball playoffs||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games|
|10/22/1989||NE-SF||Stadium damage (earthquake)||RELOC||Relocated to Stanford Stadium at Stanford Univ. due to Loma Prieta earthquake|
|10/8/1989||NO-SF||Baseball playoffs||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games|
|10/25/1987||DEN-MIN||World Series||PPD||+ 1||Postponed to Monday night (Game 7)|
|10/18/1987||TB-MIN||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games (original MIN home game was a strike game)|
|10/11/1987||ATL-SF||Baseball playoffs||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games (original SF home game was a strike game)|
|9/27–28/1987||14 games||NFL players’ strike||CANCELED||Canceled all Week 3 games|
|Shared NFL stadium||EARLIER||– 1||Both wild card games in Giants Stadium, moved up AFC game to Saturday|
|10/13/1985||PHI-STLc||Baseball playoffs||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games|
|West Coast||EARLIER||– 1||Both wild card games in Pacific Time Zone, moved up AFC game to Saturday|
|9/2/1984||CLE-SEA||Baseball game||PPD||+ 1||Postponed to Monday afternoon 1 p.m. PT after trying for months to force the Mariners to move their game|
|10/16/1983||DAL-PHI||World Series||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games|
|9/4/1983||PHI-SF||Baseball game/event conflict||EARLIER||– 1||Moved up to Saturday to allow field to rest before Monday’s noon SF Giants game and postgame Chuck Mangione–Ray Charles concert|
|1/16/1983||CONF||Modified playoff (strike)||PPD||+ 6
|Championships shifted 1 week, but NFC game moved to Saturday due to a CBS schedule conflict. Bye week prior to Super Bowl eliminated|
|1/8-1/9/1983||DIV||PPD||+ 7||Divisional playoffs shifted one week.|
|1/2/1983||WC||ADDED||+ 6||Expanded 2-game Wild Card Sunday to 8-game first-round modified playoff weekend, postponed 1 week due to rescheduled Week 17. First regionalized telecasts in postseason.|
|12/26/1982||DEN-LArai||Franchise relocated||RELOC||All Raiders home games scheduled for Oakland; NFL owners voted against move to Los Angeles; Raiders won antitrust lawsuit and injunction. All games not canceled by strike were played at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.|
|NFL players’ strike||CANCELED||98 games cancelled|
|RESCHED||14 games from various weeks rescheduled as Week 17|
|10/7/1979||PHI-WAS||Nearby event||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games due to Pope John Paul II holding mass on the National Mall|
|11/28/1976||CHI-GB||Unbalanced schedule||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games (finalized on or around Apr. 27), as Packers were unhappy with ending the season with 3 road games|
|10/10/1976||STLc-PHI||Baseball playoffs||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games|
|10/12/1975||KC-OAK||Potential World Series||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games (announced Sept. 25)|
|10/13/1974||SD-OAK||Potential World Series||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games (announced Sept. 30)|
|10/21/1973||PIT-NYJ||World Series||RELOC (A)||Relocated to Three Rivers Stadium, Jets lease for Shea Stadium did not allow football games until Mets season concluded|
|10/14/1973||NE-NYJ||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games (announced Oct. 2)|
|10/7/1973||CLE-CIN||Baseball playoffs||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games|
|10/7/1973||MIA-NYJ||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games|
|9/23/1973||MIA-OAK||Baseball game||RELOC||Relocated to Memorial Stadium at Univ. of California after A’s owner Charlie Finley invoked clause on Aug. 23 that prohibited football game being played at Oakland Coliseum within 36 hours of a baseball game|
|12/11/1971||BALc-MIA||College football game||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games (announced Oct. 12); Orange Bowl in Miami had already been booked for Florida A&M Orange Blossom Classic when NFL schedule was made in April|
|10/11/1971||NYG-DAL||Construction delays||RELOC||Relocated to Cotton Bowl due to delays in construction of new Texas Stadium|
|10/10/1971||DEN-OAK||Potential World Series||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games (announced Aug. 25)|
|10/4/1970||BOS-BALc||Baseball playoff and venue conflicts||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games (announced July 25) because (1) Orioles likely to make playoffs, (2) Harvard Stadium could not accommodate 2 TV networks hosting games on consecutive days|
|11/9/1969||BOS-MIA||Television scheduling||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games (announced June 1); AFL forgot to schedule a 4 p.m. doubleheader game for Nov. 30 and Harvard Stadium lacked lights, swapped game was a Dolphins home game in Tampa|
|10/12/1969||PHI-BALc||World Series||PPD||+ 1||Postponed to Monday (announced Oct. 6) to day after World Series Game 2|
|10/11/1969||CIN-NYJ||SWAP||+ 1||Teams swapped dates of their home games; game moved from Sunday to Monday|
|10/6/1969||CHI-NYG||Non-conflict with baseball playoffs||EARLIER||– 1||Game moved up one day to Sunday (announced Sept. 7) after Yankees missed the playoffs|
|10/5/1969||BOS-NYJ||Baseball playoffs||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games|
|10/5/1969||GB-MIN||RELOC||Relocated to Memorial Stadium at Univ. of Minnesota (announced July 17)|
|10/5/1969||BALc-ATL||RELOC||Relocated to Grant Field at Georgia Tech (announced around Sept. 16)|
|10/6/1968||MIN-DET||World Series||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games|
|10/15/1967||MIA-BOS||World Series||RELOC||Relocated to Boston College Alumni Stadium; not enough time to convert Fenway Park after World Series went 7 games|
|10/7/1967||SD-BOS||RELOC (A)||+ 1||Relocated to San Diego on Sunday, Oct. 8 after Red Sox made World Series|
|Harmonized schedule||PPD||+ 8||After merger agreement in June, both league championships were set for the same day, since it was a Super Bowl qualifying game. There was a built-in off week that would be used for a potential tiebreaker game, instead of floating the championship out a week as was done in the past.|
|10/10/1965||NYG-MIN||Potential World Series||EARLIER||– 1||Game moved up one day to Saturday night (announced Sept. 15) to give field extra time to recover in case Games 6 & 7 of the World Series were necessary|
|9/25/1965||CHI-LAR||Public safety||PPD||+ 1||Game moved back one day to Sunday afternoon from Saturday night (announced late August) after Rams moved all scheduled night games to daytime in the aftermath of the Watts riots|
|10/12/1964||BALc–STLc||World Series||RELOC (A)||Relocated to Memorial Stadium in Baltimore (announced Oct. 4) when Cardinals made World Series|
|Rescheduling accommodation (JFK)||PPD||+14||Postponed to Jan. 5, 1964, due to regular season being extended one week plus Eastern Division tiebreaker game (latest NFL or AFL championship to date)|
|12/14/1963||NYJ-KC||PPD||+ 8||Postponed to Dec. 22|
|12/8/1963||BOS-KC||PPD||+ 6||Postponed to Dec. 14|
|12/8/1963||DEN-SD||PPD||+14||Postponed to Dec. 22|
|12/8/1963||HOUo-OAK||PPD||+14||Postponed to Dec. 22|
|12/1/1963||BOS-HOUo||PPD||+ 7||Postponed to Dec. 8|
|12/1/1963||SD-OAK||PPD||+ 7||Postponed to Dec. 8|
|12/1/1963||BUF-NYJ||PPD||+13||Postponed to Dec. 14|
|11/28/1963||DEN-KC||PPD||+10||Postponed to Dec. 8|
|11/24/1963||OAK-DEN||JFK assassination||PPD||+ 4||OAK-DEN postponed to Nov. 28, others to Dec. 1; much of remaining AFL schedule reconfigured; NFL played all scheduled games on Nov. 24, preempted on TV for continuous news coverage|
|10/5/1962||BOS-NYt||World Series competition||PPD||+ 1||Postponed to Saturday, Oct. 6 to avoid lack of interest due to Yankees-Giants Game 2 (played in San Francisco)|
|9/14/1962||HOUo-BOS||Public relations||RELOC||+ 2||Relocated to Harvard Stadium from Boston Univ. Field and postponed two days to Sunday, Sept. 16 (announced June 6) as part of a program “to present Boston’s new face to the country”|
|10/20/1961||BUF-BOS||Incoming tropical storm (Gerda)||PPD||+ 2||Postponed to Sunday, Oct. 22; Patriots had to get approval from Boston City Council to play Sunday game at BU Field (Blue laws)|
|12/16/1960||DEN-OAK||New stadium lease||RELOC||+ 1||Relocated from Kezar Stadium to Candlestick Park after signing new lease. Last game postponed from Friday night to Saturday, Dec. 17 during the day; night games at Candlestick untenable|
|10/9/1960||NYG-PIT||World Series||RELOC||Relocated to Pitt Stadium at Univ. of Pittsburgh (announced Sept. 6)|
|9/16/1960||BOS-NYt||Pennant race competition||PPD||+ 1||Postponed to Saturday, Sept. 17 due to Orioles-Yankees game played on the other side of the Harlem River (announced Sept. 12). Boston’s WHDH-TV requested the game move from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. to air an hourlong primetime spectacular The 1960 TV Fashion Herald in color.|
|11/4/1956||WAS-BALc||Venue conflict||PPD||+49||Postponed to Dec. 23 (week after regular season ended) due to already-scheduled Navy-Notre Dame game at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 3; Navy contract prohibited other games at stadium for 5 days before and 1 day after (announced Apr. 13)|
|9/25/1955||PIT-CHIc||Baseball game||SWAP||+1||Teams swapped dates of their home games and pushed season opener back a day to Monday night (announced Mar. 31)|
|10/3/1954||DET-CLE||Potential World Series||PPD||+77||Postponed to Dec. 19|
|11/22/1953||CHIc-PHI||Television||EARLIER||– 1||Games moved to Saturday nights to not compete with out-of-town Sunday afternoon games televised in Philadelphia area (announced Jun. 20)|
|12/14/1952||DET-DALt||Franchise folded||RELOC (A)||– 1||Relocated to Detroit on Dec. 13 after Dallas Texans franchise was taken over by league; game was moved up a day in an attempt to lure a network to televise the game unopposed. Lions GM stated the game could not be given away|
|11/30/1952||CHI-DALt||RELOC (N)||– 3||Relocated to Akron on Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving) after Dallas Texans franchise was taken over by league (only win in their only season)|
|10/7/1951||DET-NYy||World Series||RELOC (A)||+ 1||Relocated to Briggs Stadium in Detroit, postponed to Monday night; 2nd lost Yanks home game without a makeup (4th home game rescheduled in 2 years)|
|10/1/1951||LAR-NYy||RELOC (A)||– 4||Relocated to L.A. Memorial Coliseum from Monday night to Thursday night Sept. 29; All 3 NYC baseball stadiums in use, Yankee Stadium for upcoming World Series, Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field for Giants-Dodgers 3-game playoff (“shot heard round the world”)|
|10/8/1950||LAR-PHI||World Series||EARLIER||– 1||With Phillies in pennant race, game moved to Saturday (original date would have been Game 5 in New York, but Yankees swept)|
|10/8/1950||GB-NYy||SWAP||Would have been Game 5 of World Series if Yankees hadn’t swept; teams swapped home weeks, Yanks new home date moved from Sunday to Thursday night Oct. 19; Packers home game was marketed as Ladies Day, where first 7,000 women received rose boutonnières “and other features of the game that day will be especially for the ladies’ benefit”|
|9/29/1950||DET-NYy||RELOC||Relocated from Yankee Stadium to Polo Grounds at the request of baseball Yankees president Daniel Topping and cooperation of baseball Giants president Horace Stoneham. Original game date was last day of baseball regular season, but baseball Yankees ended the season on a 3-game road trip and began the World Series with Games 1 and 2 on the road|
|12/8/1946||CHIc-PIT||Non-conflict with baseball||EARLIER||–79||Moved up to Sept. 20 (announced July 7) after baseball’s AL and NL revoked a rule that prohibited football in baseball stadiums until baseball season was over|
|10/13/1946||BOSy-PIT||World Series||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games (announced Sept. 30); Boston Yanks contract mandated that home games other than opener be played at Fenway Park|
|9/30/1946||NYG-BOSy||Rain||PPD||+ 1||Postponed one day to Oct. 1|
|9/23/1945||DET-CHIc||Venue conflict||RELOC (N)||Relocated to Milwaukee after Comiskey Park unavailable|
|9/27/1942||PIT-CHIc||Rain||PPD||+56||Postponed to Nov. 22|
|11/23/1941||PHI-BKN||Field preservation?||EARLIER||– 21||Moved up to Nov. 2, possibly to prevent late-season spike damage at Ebbets Field|
|9/14/1941||NYG-PHI||Venue conflict||RELOC||– 1||Relocated to Philadelphia Municipal Stadium and pushed up one day to Sept. 13 due to Shibe Park being unavailable|
|9/7/1941||PIT-CLEr||Venue conflict||RELOC||Relocated to Akron’s Rubber Bowl (announced July 11) after Cleveland’s League Park and Municipal Stadium unavailable|
|11/24/1940||PITp-PHI||Rain||PPD||+ 4||Postponed to Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28|
|10/6/1940||CHIc-DET||World Series||RELOC||– 1||Relocated to University of Detroit Stadium and moved up to Saturday night, Oct. 5; Games 4 and 5 of the World Series were Saturday and Sunday afternoon|
|9/20/1940||PHI-CLEr||?||PPD||+ 2||Postponed to Sept. 22 (determined well before start of season)|
|11/30/1939||GB-DET||Thanksgiving date change||PPD||+ 3||Postponed to Sunday, Dec. 3 (in mid-September) after FDR moved the date of Thanksgiving up one week.|
|11/30/1939||PHI-CLEr||RELOC (N)||+ 3||Postponed to Sunday, Dec. 3 (in mid-September) after FDR moved the date of Thanksgiving up one week. Relocated to Will Rogers Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. (announced Sept. 16); former Colorado College player Dutch Clark coaching the Rams. First NFL game west of the Rockies.|
|11/5/1939||BKN-PIT||Lack of interest, rain||RELOC (A)||+ 1||Relocated to Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field (announced on Oct. 25) due to poor ticket sales in Pittsburgh; postponed one day to Nov. 6 by rain|
|9/10/1939||PIT-PHI||Rain||PPD||+22||Postponed to Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23 (announced 2 hours prior to 2:45 p.m. kickoff). Commissioner Bert Bell: “It is our policy not to play football games in the rain because we think spectators do not enjoy them.” FDR changed the date of Thanksgiving after schedule was made, so it was the only game that day.|
|10/30/1938||CHIc-PHI||Night game||EARLIER||– 4||Moved up to Wednesday, Oct. 26 (announced July 24); game in Erie, Pa.|
|10/30/1938||PITp-NYG||Schedule congestion||EARLIER||–27||Moved up to Oct. 3 (announced Sept. 24) because Pittsburgh had multiple exhibition games scheduled for end of the month; one of seven changes to the original 1938 Pittsburgh Pirates football schedule|
|10/16/1938||CLEr–PITp||Injuries||RELOC (N)||+49||Postponed to Dec. 4 (announced Oct. 11) because Pittsburgh injury-stricken; relocated to Chattanooga, Tenn, then to New Orleans|
|10/2/1938||WAS-PITp||Potential World Series||PPD||+35||Postponed to Nov. 6 (announced Aug. 11) because baseball Pirates might make the World Series (they didn’t, blowing a 7-game lead with a month to go)|
|9/18/1938||NYG-PITp||EARLIER||– 7||Moved up to Sept. 11 (announced Aug. 11)|
|9/11/1938||DET-PITp||RELOC (A)||– 2||Relocated to Detroit and moved up to Sept. 9 (announced Aug. 11)|
|9/25/1938||PITp–BKN||Public relations||EARLIER||– 2||Moved up to Sept. 23 (announced July 10) to take advantage of new lights at Ebbets Field|
|9/14/1938||PHI-PITp||Rain||PPD||+ 2||Postponed to Sept. 16; game originally scheduled in Buffalo|
|9/17/1937||NYG-WAS||Public relations||EARLIER||– 1||Moved up one day to Sept. 16 (announced Aug. 29) to avoid conflict with FDR radio speech on 150th anniversary of Constitution; team was also hoping the president would attend opening day|
|9/17/1937||CLEr-PHI||Rain||PPD||+ 4||Postponed to Sept. 21|
|Lack of interest||RELOC (N)||Relocated to New York’s Polo Grounds by Boston owner George Preston Marshall to boost ticket revenue; franchise would move to Washington following season|
|12/6/1936||PITp-PHI||Location change, rain||RELOC (N)||–32||Relocated to Johnstown, Pa., as part of city promotional effort and moved to Nov. 4 (finalized around Oct. 15); postponed one day to Nov. 5 by rain in the Flood City|
|9/27/1936||CHIc-DET||Rain||PPD||+ 1||Postponed one day to Sept. 28|
|11/17/1935||BOSr-PHI||Rain||CANCELED||Postponed and never played; game canceled Dec. 9 after regular season ended (teams finished 2-8-1 and 2-9)|
|11/17/1935||CHIc–BKN||PPD||+ 2||Postponed two days to Nov. 19|
|10/6/1935||BKN-DET||World Series||SWAP||Teams swapped dates of their home games|
|10/6/1935||CHI-CHIc||PPD||+ 2||Postponed to Dec. 8|
|12/2/1934||GB-CINr||Franchise folded||RESCHED||Cincinnati Reds franchise sold to St. Louis Gunners, who took over their schedule|
|11/29/1934||GB-CHIc||Game added||ADDED||Thanksgiving Day game added to schedule (finalized around Nov. 23). Created a swing of 3 Packers road games in 8 days (Detroit-Chicago-St. Louis)|
|11/18/1934||CHIc-GB||Alternate home site||RELOC||Originally in Chicago, relocated to Milwaukee as a second Packers home game against the Cardinals; NFL added a Packers at Cardinals game|
|11/4/1934||CHI-BKN||Rain||PPD||+ 2||Postponed two days to Nov. 6|
|11/4/1934||CINr-PHI||Rain||RELOC||+ 2||Postponed two days to Nov. 6 and relocated to Temple Univ. Stadium|
|10/28/1934||DET-CINr||Lack of interest||RELOC (A)||Relocated to Portsmouth, Ohio (announced on Oct. 19). Lions had moved to Detroit from Portsmouth in the summer. Technically a neutral-site game, a significant fanbase remained making this a decidedly hostile-territory game for the Cincinnati Reds.|
|10/7/1934||CHIc–CINr||Night game||RELOC||Relocated to Corcoran Field, which was equipped with lights|
|9/23/1934||CINr–CHIc||Venue conflict||RELOC (N)||Relocated to Univ. of Dayton Stadium (announced on Sept. 5)|
|12/10/1933||PITp–POR||Snow||CANCELED||Originally scheduled for Portsmouth, Ohio. NFL moved to Columbus, Ohio, as a benefit game for Charity Newsies, a local non-profit. Postponed due to heavy snow and attendance of 200, then canceled outright 3 days later. Would have been the final game as the Spartans, as the team moved to Detroit during the offseason.|
|10/1/1933||NYG-GB||Alternate home site||RELOC||Relocated to Milwaukee (announced Sept. 9) due to “insistent public demand” in southern Wisconsin. First Packers game in Milwaukee, a tradition that would continue until 1994|
|9/13/1933||CINr–PITp||?||PPD||+28||Postponed to Oct. 11|
|Game added||ADDED||Game added to decide NFL Championship after Portsmouth Spartans (Detroit Lions) and Chicago Bears both finished with 6 wins, 1 loss; tie games were disregarded in standings|
|11/6/1932||BOSb–SIS||Location change||RELOC (A)||Relocated to Boston|
|10/20/1932||POR–SIS||Game added||ADDED||Replay of tied game from Oct. 17; Portsmouth challenged Staten Island to a rematch|
- 1The current scheduling formulas and rotations date back to 2002, with a minor revision in 2021 to add a 17th game. Pre-1970 schedules were more ad hoc.
- 2The 2020 schedule was released on May 7 after being delayed several weeks by the pandemic. Typically, the schedule is released in mid-April.
- 3More accurately, 1.79% as of the date this article was originally posted, boosted heavily by the 1982 players strike.
- 4Note that Chuck Mangione is billed before Ray Charles.
- 5There are no current football/baseball co-tenants now that the Raiders have moved to Las Vegas
- 6The Houston Astros were an exception, so the sites in the 1986 National League Championship Series were swapped to accommodate an Oilers home game.
- 7Why 1932 and not 1920, the date of the NFL’s founding? The NFL schedule was not very stable prior to that date; adding pre-1932 games would double the size of the table without adding much interesting, though you would learn about the Mitchell Day holiday.
- 8Original schedules cited here are those from the Colts’ and Broncos’ media guides, supplemented by those from the NFL. Pre-1950 schedules are the earliest-available leaguewide schedules published in newspapers.
- 9Examples of slight adjustments include early-afternoon kickoffs at times other than 1 p.m. Eastern due to local blue laws, the one-hour shift of the 1989 championship games due to two western home teams, or the shift of the NFL Championship games in 1960 and 1963 to noon due to the home stadiums’ lack of lights. There also have been delayed kickoffs for lightning storms, power outages, and, in 2014, a minor accident involving the Washington team bus.
- 10Time flexes have happened for other reasons: a 2009 Jets-Buccaneers game scheduled for the late afternoon slot was moved to the early afternoon due to Yom Kippur beginning at sundown, and a 2020 scheduled Sunday Night Football between the Bucs and Raiders was flexed to the afternoon on short notice to insulate the cornerstone time slot from a potential coronavirus shutdown.
- 11Examples include the Wednesday Kickoff Game in 2008 (not planned for Thursday to avoid conflict with Barack Obama’s Democratic acceptance speech) and the non-home opener for the defending-champion Ravens in 2013 (due to a conflict with a pre-scheduled Orioles home game across the street).