1992 NFL season

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1992 National Football League season
Regular season
Duration September 6 – December 28, 1992
Playoffs
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 Dallas Cowboys
Pro Bowl
Date February 7, 1993
Site Aloha Stadium
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 changes[edit]

  • The instant replay system that was in effect since the 1986 NFL season is repealed.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 standings[edit]

There was an unusual deviation between good teams and bad teams in the NFL in 1992. Only one team, the Denver Broncos; finished with eight wins and eight losses, nine teams had at least 11 wins, and eight teams had at least 11 losses. Only six teams had between seven, eight or nine wins in 1992.

W = Wins, L = Losses, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

Clinched playoff seeds are marked in parentheses and shaded in green. No ties occurred this season.

AFC East
Team W L PCT PF PA
(2) Miami Dolphins 11 5 .688 340 281
(4) Buffalo Bills 11 5 .688 381 283
Indianapolis Colts 9 7 .563 216 302
New York Jets 4 12 .250 220 315
New England Patriots 2 14 .125 205 363
AFC Central
Team W L PCT PF PA
(1) Pittsburgh Steelers 11 5 .688 299 225
(5) Houston Oilers 10 6 .625 352 258
Cleveland Browns 7 9 .438 272 275
Cincinnati Bengals 5 11 .313 274 364
AFC West
Team W L PCT PF PA
(3) San Diego Chargers 11 5 .688 335 241
(6) Kansas City Chiefs 10 6 .625 348 282
Denver Broncos 8 8 .500 262 329
Los Angeles Raiders 7 9 .438 249 281
Seattle Seahawks 2 14 .125 140 312
NFC East
Team W L PCT PF PA
(2) Dallas Cowboys 13 3 .813 409 243
(5) Philadelphia Eagles 11 5 .688 354 245
(6) Washington Redskins 9 7 .563 300 255
New York Giants 6 10 .375 306 367
Phoenix Cardinals 4 12 .250 243 332
NFC Central
Team W L PCT PF PA
(3) Minnesota Vikings 11 5 .688 374 249
Green Bay Packers 9 7 .563 276 296
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 .313 267 365
Chicago Bears 5 11 .313 295 361
Detroit Lions 5 11 .313 273 332
NFC West
Team W L PCT PF PA
(1) San Francisco 49ers 14 2 .875 431 236
(4) New Orleans Saints 12 4 .750 330 202
Atlanta Falcons 6 10 .375 327 414
Los Angeles Rams 6 10 .375 313 383


Tiebreakers[edit]

  • 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).

Playoffs[edit]

                                   
January 2, 1993 - Jack Murphy Stadium   January 10 - Joe Robbie Stadium          
 6  Kansas City  0
 3  San Diego  0
 3  San Diego  17     January 17 - Joe Robbie Stadium
 2  Miami  31  
AFC
January 3, 1993 - Rich Stadium  4  Buffalo  29
January 9 - Three Rivers Stadium
   2  Miami  10  
 5  Houston  38 AFC Championship
 4  Buffalo  24
 4  Buffalo  41*   January 31 - Rose Bowl
 1  Pittsburgh  3  
Wild Card Playoffs  
Divisional Playoffs
January 2, 1993 - Humphrey Metrodome  A4  Buffalo  17
January 9 - Candlestick Park
   N2  Dallas  52
 6  Washington  24 Super Bowl XXVII
 6  Washington  13
 3  Minnesota  7     January 17 - Candlestick Park
 1  San Francisco  20  
NFC
January 3, 1993 - Louisiana Superdome  2  Dallas  30
January 10 - Texas Stadium
   1  San Francisco  20  
 5  Philadelphia  36 NFC Championship
 5  Philadelphia  10
 4  New Orleans  20  
 2  Dallas  34  


* Indicates overtime victory; see The Comeback (American football)

Awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player Steve Young, quarterback, San Francisco
Coach of the Year Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh
Offensive Player of the Year Steve Young, Quarterback, San Francisco
Defensive Player of the Year Cortez Kennedy, Defensive Tackle, Seattle
Offensive Rookie of the Year Carl Pickens, Wide Receiver, Cincinnati
Defensive Rookie of the Year Dale Carter, Cornerback, Kansas City

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