1993 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 5, 1993–January 3, 1994
Playoffs
Start date January 8, 1994
AFC Champions Buffalo Bills
NFC Champions Dallas Cowboys
Super Bowl XXVIII
Date January 30, 1994
Site Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
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Champions Dallas Cowboys
Pro Bowl
Date February 6, 1994
National Football League seasons
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The 1993 NFL season was the 74th regular season of the National Football League. For the first time in league history, all NFL teams played their 16-game schedule over a span of 18 weeks. After the success of expanding the regular season to a period of 17 weeks in 1990, the league hoped this new schedule would generate even more revenue. However, teams felt that having two weeks off during the regular season was too disruptive for their weekly routines, and thus it reverted to 17 weeks immediately after the season ended.

When new TV contracts were signed in December 1993, CBS lost their rights to the then-fledgling FOX Network.

The season ended with Super Bowl XXVIII when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills for the second consecutive year. This remains the only time both Super Bowl participants have been the same for consecutive years. The Cowboys became the first team to win a Super Bowl after losing their first two regular season games.

Major rule changes[edit | edit source]

  • The Play Clock (the time limit the offensive team has to snap the ball between plays) has been reduced from 45 seconds to 40 seconds (the time interval after time outs and other administrative stoppages remains the same at 25 seconds).
  • Ineligible receiver down field prior to a forward pass foul is added.

Final regular season standings[edit | edit source]

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
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(1) Buffalo Bills 12 4 0 .750 329 242
Miami Dolphins 9 7 0 .563 349 351
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 270 247
New England Patriots 5 11 0 .313 238 286
Indianapolis Colts 4 12 0 .250 189 378
AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(2) Houston Oilers 12 4 0 .750 368 238
(6) Pittsburgh Steelers 9 7 0 .563 308 281
Cleveland Browns 7 9 0 .438 304 307
Cincinnati Bengals 3 13 0 .188 187 319
AFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(3) Kansas City Chiefs 11 5 0 .688 328 291
(4) Los Angeles Raiders 10 6 0 .625 306 326
(5) Denver Broncos 9 7 0 .563 373 284
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 .500 322 290
Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 .375 280 314
NFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(1) Dallas Cowboys 12 4 0 .750 376 229
(4) New York Giants 11 5 0 .688 288 205
Philadelphia Eagles 8 8 0 .500 293 315
Phoenix Cardinals 7 9 0 .438 326 269
Washington Redskins 4 12 0 .250 230 345
NFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(3) Detroit Lions 10 6 0 .625 298 292
(5) Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 277 290
(6) Green Bay Packers 9 7 0 .563 340 282
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 234 230
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 237 376
NFC West
Team W L T PCT PF PA
(2) San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 .625 473 295
New Orleans Saints 8 8 0 .500 317 343
Atlanta Falcons 6 10 0 .375 316 385
Los Angeles Rams 5 11 0 .313 221 367


Tiebreakers[edit | edit source]

  • Buffalo was the top AFC playoff seed based on head-to-head victory over Houston (1–0).
  • Denver was the second AFC Wild Card, and Pittsburgh was the third AFC Wild Card ahead of Miami, based on better conference record (8–4 to Steelers' 7–5 to Dolphins' 6–6).
  • San Francisco was the second NFC playoff seed based on head-to-head victory over Detroit (1–0).
  • Minnesota finished ahead of Green Bay in the NFC Central based on head-to-head sweep (2–0).

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Home team in capitals

AFC[edit | edit source]

  • Wild-Card playoffs: KANSAS CITY 27, Pittsburgh 24 (OT); L.A. RAIDERS 42, Denver 24
  • Divisional playoffs: BUFFALO 29, L.A. Raiders 23; Kansas City 28, HOUSTON 20
  • AFC Championship: BUFFALO 30, Kansas City 13 at Rich Stadium, Buffalo, New York, January 23, 1994

NFC[edit | edit source]

  • Wild-Card playoffs: Green Bay 28, DETROIT 24; N.Y. GIANTS 17, Minnesota 10
  • Divisional playoffs: SAN FRANCISCO 44, N.Y. Giants 3; DALLAS 27, Green Bay 17
  • NFC Championship: DALLAS 38, San Francisco 21 at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas, January 23, 1994

Super Bowl[edit | edit source]

Awards[edit | edit source]

Most Valuable Player Emmitt Smith, Running Back, Dallas
Coach of the Year Dan Reeves, N.Y. Giants
Offensive Player of the Year Jerry Rice, Wide Receiver, San Francisco
Defensive Player of the Year Rod Woodson, Cornerback, Pittsburgh
Offensive Rookie of the Year Jerome Bettis, Running Back, L.A. Rams
Defensive Rookie of the Year Dana Stubblefield, Defensive tackle, San Francisco

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
  • NFL History 1991–2000 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)

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