1993 Buffalo Bills season

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1993 Buffalo Bills season
Head coach Marv Levy
General manager Bill Polian
Owner Ralph Wilson
Home field Rich Stadium
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 1st AFC East
Playoff finish Lost Super Bowl XXVIII
Timeline
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< 1992 1994 >

The 1993 Buffalo Bills season was the 34th season for the Buffalo, New York team in the National Football League. The Buffalo Bills finished the National Football League's 1993 season with a record of 12 wins and 4 losses, and finished first in the AFC East division.

The Bills qualified for their fourth straight Super Bowl appearance; they became the first franchise to win four consecutive conference championships, as well as the first team in major professional sports to lose four consecutive championship games.[1]

Defensive end Bruce Smith was named NEA Defensive Player of the Year, and tied for the league lead with 13.5 sacks. Smith, linebacker Darryl Talley and special teams gunner Steve Tasker were named to the 1993 All-Pro team. The Bills' 47 defensive takeaways in 1993 is the third-highest total of the 1990s.[2]

Running back Thurman Thomas led the AFC with 1,315 rushing yards.[3]

NFL Draft[edit]

1993 Buffalo Bills draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 28 Thomas Smith  CB North Carolina
2 55 John Parrella  DT Nebraska
4 111 Russell Copeland  WR Memphis
5 136 Mike Devlin  C Iowa
5 139 Sebastian Savage  DB NC State
5 167 Corbin Lacina  OT Augustana
7 195 Willie Harris  WR Mississippi State
8 223 Chris Leuneberg  OT West Chester (PA)
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Game Site Final Score Record Attendance
1 September 5, 1993 New England Patriots Rich Stadium W 38–14 1–0
79,751
2 September 12, 1993 at Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium W 13–10 2–0
63,226
3 Bye
4 September 26, 1993 Miami Dolphins Rich Stadium L 22–13 2–1
79,635
5 October 3, 1993 New York Giants Rich Stadium W 17–14 3–1
79,283
6 October 11, 1993 Houston Oilers Rich Stadium W 35–7 4–1
79,613
7 Bye
8 October 24, 1993 at New York Jets The Meadowlands W 19–10 5–1
71,541
9 November 1, 1993 Washington Redskins Rich Stadium W 24–10 6–1
79,106
10 November 7, 1993 at New England Patriots Foxboro Stadium W 13–10 7–1
54,326
11 November 15, 1993 at Pittsburgh Steelers Three Rivers Stadium L 0–23 7–2
60,265
12 November 21, 1993 Indianapolis Colts Rich Stadium W 23–9 8–2
79,101
13 November 28, 1993 at Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium L 7–23 8–3
74,452
14 December 5, 1993 Los Angeles Raiders Rich Stadium L 24–25 8–4
79,478
15 December 12, 1993 at Philadelphia Eagles Veterans Stadium W 10–7 9–4
60,769
16 December 19, 1993 at Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium W 47–34 10–4
71,597
17 December 26, 1993 New York Jets Rich Stadium W 16–14 11–4
70,817
18 January 2, 1994 at Indianapolis Colts Hoosier Dome W 30–10 12–4
43,028

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

Week One: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 7 7 0 14
Bills 0 17 0 21 38

at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: September 5
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 66 F, wind 12 mph
  • Box Score

Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Bills 7 3 0 3 13
Cowboys 0 3 0 7 10

[4]


Week 6[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 7 0 0 0 7
• Bills 7 21 0 7 35

[5]

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT PF PA
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

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Game Site Final Score Attendance
Division January 15, 1994 Los Angeles Raiders Rich Stadium W 29–23
61,923
AFC Championship January 23, 1994 Kansas City Chiefs Rich Stadium W 30–13
76,642
Super Bowl January 30, 1994 Dallas Cowboys Georgia Dome L 30–13
72,817

Super Bowl XXVIII[edit]

Scoring Summary[edit]

  • DAL – FG: Eddie Murray 41 yards 3–0 DAL
  • BUF – FG: Steve Christie 54 yards 3–3 tie
  • DAL – FG: Eddie Murray 24 yards 6–3 DAL
  • BUF – TD: Thurman Thomas 4 yard run (Steve Christie kick) 10–6 BUF
  • BUF – FG: Steve Christie 28 yards 13–6 BUF
  • DAL – TD: James Washington 46 yard fumble return (Eddie Murray kick) 13–13 tie
  • DAL – TD: Emmitt Smith 17 yard run (Eddie Murray kick) 20–13 DAL
  • DAL – TD: Emmitt Smith 1 yard run (Eddie Murray kick) 27–13 DAL
  • DAL – FG: Eddie Murray 20 yards 30–13 DAL

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]