1991 Houston Oilers season
|1991 Houston Oilers season|
|Head coach||Jack Pardee|
|General manager||Mike Holovak|
|Division place||1st AFC Central|
|Playoff finish||Lost AFC Divisional Playoff|
The 1991 season was the Houston Oilers 32nd season and their 22nd in the National Football League (NFL). Haywood Jeffires would become the second Oiler to have 100 receptions in a season. The first Oiler to accomplish the feat was Charley Hennigan in 1964. Jeffires would be the fifth receiver in NFL history to have a 100 reception season. The Oilers scored 386 points and gave up 251 points. The franchise earned its first division title since the AFL-NFL merger. The last division title for the Oilers was in 1967. The franchise finished the season with 11 wins compared to 5 losses and appeared twice on Monday Night Football.
|1991 Houston Oilers draft|
|2||28||Mike Dumas||Defensive back||Indiana|
|2||38||Darryll Lewis *||Defensive back||Arizona|
|3||71||Steve Jackson||Defensive back||Purdue|
|3||79||Kevin Donnalley||Guard||North Carolina|
|4||101||David Rocker||Defensive tackle||Auburn|
|4||102||Marcus Robertson *||Defensive back||Iowa State|
|5||129||Gary Wellman||Wide receiver||USC|
|7||183||Kyle Freeman||Linebacker||Angelo State|
|8||214||Gary Brown||Running back||Penn State|
|9||240||Shawn Jefferson||Wide receiver||Central Florida|
|11||294||James Smith||Defensive back||Richmond|
|12||325||Alex Johnson||Wide receiver||Miami (FL)|
|Pro Bowl during careerMade roster Made at least one|
|1991 Houston Oilers staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1991 Houston Oilers final roster|
- October 13, 1991 – Warren Moon threw for 423 yards against the New York Jets.
- November 10, 1991 – Warren Moon threw for 432 yards against the Dallas Cowboys. On that same day, Mark Rypien of the Washington Redskins threw for over 400 yards as well.
- December 13, 1991 – Haywood Jeffires set an Oilers record with most receptions in one game with 13.
|1||September 1, 1991||Los Angeles Raiders||W 47–17||
|2||September 8, 1991||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 30–7||
|3||September 16, 1991||Kansas City Chiefs||W 17–7||
|4||September 22, 1991||at New England Patriots||L 24–20||
|6||October 6, 1991||Denver Broncos||W 42–14||
|7||October 13, 1991||at New York Jets||W 23–20||
|8||October 20, 1991||at Miami Dolphins||W 17–13||
|9||October 27, 1991||Cincinnati Bengals||W 35–3||
|10||November 3, 1991||at Washington Redskins||L 16–13||
|11||November 10, 1991||Dallas Cowboys||W 26–23||
|12||November 17, 1991||Cleveland Browns||W 28–24||
|13||November 24, 1991||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 26–14||
|14||December 2, 1991||Philadelphia Eagles||L 13–6||
|15||December 8, 1991||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 31–6||
|16||December 15, 1991||at Cleveland Browns||W 17–14||
|17||December 21, 1991||at New York Giants||L 24–20||
AFC Wild Card
After leading 14–10 at halftime, the Oilers stopped the Jets twice inside the 5-yard line in the second half to preserve the victory. Houston quarterback Warren Moon threw two touchdowns in the first half, both to Ernest Givins for 5 and 20 yards.
AFC Divisional Playoff
Trailing 24–23 with 2:07 left in the game, quarterback John Elway led the Broncos from their own 2-yard line to the winning 28-yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining. On the drive, he converted on two fourth downs. On fourth down and 6 from the Denver 28, he rushed for 7 yards. Then on fourth down and 10, he completed a 44-yard pass to wide receiver Vance Johnson.
The Oilers jumped to a 14–0 lead with quarterback Warren Moon's two touchdown passes to wide receivers Haywood Jeffires and Drew Hill for 15 and 9 yards, respectively. Elway then completed a 10-yard touchdown to Johnson, but kicker David Treadwell missed the extra point. Moon responded by throwing a 6-yard touchdown to wide receiver Curtis Duncan to give Houston a 21–6 lead, but Denver running back Greg Lewis scored a 1-yard touchdown before halftime. In the second half, the Oilers were limited to only a 25-yard field goal by kicker Al Del Greco, which gave Houston a 24–16 lead in the fourth quarter. The Broncos then marched 80 yards to score on Lewis' 1-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 24–23.
Elway's comeback is now known solely as The Drive II.
Awards and records
- Haywood Jeffires – Houston Oilers record, Most Receptions in One Game, (13)
- Haywood Jeffires, All Pro Selection
- Haywood Jeffires, Pro Bowl Selection
- Warren Moon, Pro Bowl Selection
- Warren Moon, Houston Oilers record, Most Passing Yards in a Season (4,690)
- Warren Moon, NFL Leader, Most Passing Yards in a Season (4,690)
- Haywood Jeffires – 1st 100 Reception Season 
- Haywood Jeffires – 2nd 1,000 Yard Receiving Season (1,181 yards)
- Warren Moon, 2nd 4,000 Yard Passing Season (4,690)
- Warren Moon, 3rd 400 Yard Passing Game (423 vs. New York Jets)
- Warren Moon, 4th 400 Yard Passing Game (432 vs. Dallas Cowboys)