1992 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 6 - December 28, 1992
Start date January 2, 1993
AFC Champions Buffalo Bills
NFC Champions Dallas Cowboys
Super Bowl XXVII
Date January 31, 1993
Site Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Champions {{{sb_champions}}}
Champions Dallas Cowboys
Pro Bowl
Date February 7, 1993
National Football League seasons
 < 1991 1993 > 

The 1992 NFL season was the 73rd regular season of the National Football League.

Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Andrew, the New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins game that was scheduled for September 6 at Joe Robbie Stadium was rescheduled to October 18. Both teams originally had that weekend off. This marked the first time since the 1966 NFL season and the AFL seasons of 1966 and 1967 that there were byes in week 1; in those years, byes were necessary every week since there were an odd number of teams (this would happen again between 1999 and 2001).

The season ended with Super Bowl XXVII when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills.

Major rule changesEdit

  • The instant replay system that was in effect since the 1986 NFL season is repealed. Instant replay would not return to the league until the 1999 NFL season.
  • To reduce injuries, any offensive player who is lined up in the backfield before the snap cannot chop block a defensive player who is already engaged above the waist by another offensive player.

Final regular season standingsEdit

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

AFC East
(2) Miami Dolphins 1150.688340281
(4) Buffalo Bills 1150.688381283
Indianapolis Colts 970.563216302
New York Jets 4120.250220315
New England Patriots 2140.125205363
AFC Central
(1) Pittsburgh Steelers 1150.688299225
(5) Houston Oilers 1060.625352258
Cleveland Browns 790.438272275
Cincinnati Bengals 5110.313274364
AFC West
(3) San Diego Chargers 1150.688335241
(6) Kansas City Chiefs 1060.625348282
Denver Broncos 880.500262329
Los Angeles Raiders 790.438249281
Seattle Seahawks 2140.125140312
NFC East
(2) Dallas Cowboys 1330.813409243
(5) Philadelphia Eagles 1150.688354245
(6) Washington Redskins 970.563300255
New York Giants 6100.375306367
Phoenix Cardinals 4120.250243332
NFC Central
(3) Minnesota Vikings 1150.688374249
Green Bay Packers 970.563276296
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5110.313267365
Chicago Bears 5110.313295361
Detroit Lions 5110.313273332
NFC West
(1) San Francisco 49ers 1420.875431236
(4) New Orleans Saints 1240.750330202
Atlanta Falcons 6100.375327414
Los Angeles Rams 6100.375313383


  • Pittsburgh was the top AFC playoff seed, and Miami was the second AFC playoff seed ahead of San Diego, based on conference (10–2 to Dolphins' 9–3 to Chargers' 9–5).
  • Miami finished ahead of Buffalo in the AFC East based on better conference record (9–3 to Bills' 7–5).
  • Houston was the second AFC Wild Card based on head-to-head victory over Kansas City (1–0).
  • Washington was the third NFC Wild Card based on better conference record than Green Bay (7–5 to Packers' 6–6).
  • Tampa Bay finished ahead of Chicago and Detroit in the NFC Central based on better conference record (5–9 to Bears' 4–8 and Lions' 3–9).
  • Atlanta finished ahead of L.A. Rams in the NFC West based on better record against common opponents (5–7 to Rams' 4–8).


Home team in capitals


  • Wild-Card playoffs: SAN DIEGO 17, Kansas City 0; BUFFALO 41, Houston 38 (OT)
  • Divisional playoffs: Buffalo 24, PITTSBURGH 3; MIAMI 31, San Diego 0
  • AFC Championship: Buffalo 29, MIAMI 10 at Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida, January 17, 1993


  • Wild-Card playoffs: Washington 24, MINNESOTA 7; Philadelphia 36, NEW ORLEANS 20
  • Divisional playoffs: SAN FRANCISCO 20, Washington 13; DALLAS 34, Philadelphia 10
  • NFC Championship: Dallas 30, SAN FRANCISCO 20 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California, January 17, 1993

Super BowlEdit


Most Valuable PlayerSteve Young, quarterback, San Francisco
Coach of the YearBill Cowher, Pittsburgh
Offensive Player of the YearSteve Young, Quarterback, San Francisco
Defensive Player of the YearCortez Kennedy, Defensive Tackle, Seattle
Offensive Rookie of the YearCarl Pickens, Wide Receiver, Cincinnati
Defensive Rookie of the YearDale Carter, Cornerback, Kansas City


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