1993 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 5, 1993–January 3, 1994
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
 < 1992 1994 > 

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 changesEdit

  • 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 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
(1) Buffalo Bills 1240.750329242
Miami Dolphins 970.563349351
New York Jets 880.500270247
New England Patriots 5110.313238286
Indianapolis Colts 4120.250189378
AFC Central
(2) Houston Oilers 1240.750368238
(6) Pittsburgh Steelers 970.563308281
Cleveland Browns 790.438304307
Cincinnati Bengals 3130.188187319
AFC West
(3) Kansas City Chiefs 1150.688328291
(4) Los Angeles Raiders 1060.625306326
(5) Denver Broncos 970.563373284
San Diego Chargers 880.500322290
Seattle Seahawks 6100.375280314
NFC East
(1) Dallas Cowboys 1240.750376229
(4) New York Giants 1150.688288205
Philadelphia Eagles 880.500293315
Phoenix Cardinals 790.438326269
Washington Redskins 4120.250230345
NFC Central
(3) Detroit Lions 1060.625298292
(5) Minnesota Vikings 970.563277290
(6) Green Bay Packers 970.563340282
Chicago Bears 790.438234230
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5110.313237376
NFC West
(2) San Francisco 49ers 1060.625473295
New Orleans Saints 880.500317343
Atlanta Falcons 6100.375316385
Los Angeles Rams 5110.313221367


  • 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).


Home team in capitals


  • 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


  • 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 BowlEdit


Most Valuable PlayerEmmitt Smith, Running Back, Dallas
Coach of the YearDan Reeves, N.Y. Giants
Offensive Player of the YearJerry Rice, Wide Receiver, San Francisco
Defensive Player of the YearRod Woodson, Cornerback, Pittsburgh
Offensive Rookie of the YearJerome Bettis, Running Back, L.A. Rams
Defensive Rookie of the YearDana Stubblefield, Defensive tackle, San Francisco

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