|1991 National Football League season|
|Duration||September 1 – December 23, 1991|
|Start date||December 28, 1991|
|AFC Champions||Buffalo Bills|
|NFC Champions||Washington Redskins|
|Super Bowl XXVI|
|Date||January 26, 1992|
|Site||Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Date||February 2, 1992|
|National Football League seasons
Major rule changes
- Source: Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6). pp 1583–1592.
- The definition of a drop kick, field goal, and punt is modified: all three can only be attempted from behind the line of scrimmage.
- If a foul by a player causes an injury to an opponent, a team time out will not be charged to the penalized team anytime during the game instead of only during the last two minutes of a half.
- The game clock will not start until the next snap following any change of possession, even if the player went out of bounds.
- Officials will immediately blow the play dead when a defensive player is offsides before the snap and clearly rushes beyond the offensive line in such a way that he becomes an unabated threat to the quarterback.
- A touchback will be ruled when a player fumbles the ball in the field of play and it goes out of bounds in the opponent's end zone.
- A touchback, not a safety, will also be ruled when a player fumbles the ball in his own end zone and the opponent is the one that knocks the fumble out of bounds in the end zone.
- An offensive player cannot deliberately bat a backward pass forward.
- The NFL shield was added to the yoke of the jerseys and the left thigh of the pants.
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
|(1) Buffalo Bills||13||3||0||.813||458||318|
|(6) New York Jets||8||8||0||.500||314||293|
|New England Patriots||6||10||0||.375||211||305|
|(3) Houston Oilers||11||5||0||.688||386||251|
|(2) Denver Broncos||12||4||0||.750||304||235|
|(4) Kansas City Chiefs||10||6||0||.625||322||252|
|(5) Los Angeles Raiders||9||7||0||.563||298||297|
|San Diego Chargers||4||12||0||.250||274||342|
|(1) Washington Redskins||14||2||0||.875||485||224|
|(5) Dallas Cowboys||11||5||0||.688||342||310|
|New York Giants||8||8||0||.500||281||297|
|(2) Detroit Lions||12||4||0||.750||339||295|
|(4) Chicago Bears||11||5||0||.688||299||269|
|Green Bay Packers||4||12||0||.250||273||313|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||13||0||.188||199||365|
|(3) New Orleans Saints||11||5||0||.688||341||211|
|(6) Atlanta Falcons||10||6||0||.625||361||338|
|San Francisco 49ers||10||6||0||.625||393||239|
|Los Angeles Rams||3||13||0||.188||234||390|
- N.Y. Jets finished ahead of Miami in the AFC East based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).
- Chicago was the first NFC Wild Card based on better conference record than Dallas (9–3 to Cowboys' 8–4).
- Atlanta finished ahead of San Francisco in the NFC West based on head-to-head sweep (2–0), and was the third NFC Wild Card ahead of Philadelphia based on better conference record (7–5 to Eagles' 6–6).
- Main article: 1991–92 NFL playoffs
- Home team in capitals
- Wild-Card playoffs: KANSAS CITY 10, L.A. Raiders 6; HOUSTON 17, N.Y. Jets 10
- Divisional playoffs: DENVER 26, Houston 24; BUFFALO 37, Kansas City 14
- AFC Championship: BUFFALO 10, Denver 7 at Rich Stadium, Buffalo, New York, January 12, 1992
- Wild-Card playoffs: Atlanta 27, NEW ORLEANS 20; Dallas 17, CHICAGO 13
- Divisional playoffs: WASHINGTON 24, Atlanta 7; DETROIT 38, Dallas 6
- NFC Championship: WASHINGTON 41, Detroit 10 at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., January 12, 1992
- Super Bowl XXVI: Washington (NFC) 37, Buffalo (AFC) 24, at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 26, 1992
|Most Valuable Player||Thurman Thomas, Running Back, Buffalo|
|Coach of the Year||Wayne Fontes, Detroit|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Thurman Thomas, Running Back, Buffalo|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Pat Swilling, Linebacker, New Orleans|
|Offensive Rookie of the Year||Leonard Russell, Running Back, New England|
|Defensive Rookie of the Year||Mike Croel, Linebacker, Denver|
- NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
- NFL History 1991–2000 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
- 1991 season in details
- Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
- 1991 NFL season at Pro Football Reference
Template:1991 NFL season by team
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