1992 NFL season
|Duration||September 6 – December 28, 1992|
|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|
|Date||February 7, 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 Patriots–Miami 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). Also, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dolphins had their 2017 season opener postponed due to Hurricane Irma.
Major rule changes
- The NFL ceases to use the instant replay system that was in effect since the 1986 NFL season to review questionable on-field calls, due to many reviews taking up long periods of time. Instant replay would not return to the league until a more comprehensive instant replay review system with time limits was introduced in 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
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.
|(2) Miami Dolphins||11||5||.688||340||281|
|(4) Buffalo Bills||11||5||.688||381||283|
|New York Jets||4||12||.250||220||315|
|New England Patriots||2||14||.125||205||363|
|(1) Pittsburgh Steelers||11||5||.688||299||225|
|(5) Houston Oilers||10||6||.625||352||258|
|(3) San Diego Chargers||11||5||.688||335||241|
|(6) Kansas City Chiefs||10||6||.625||348||282|
|Los Angeles Raiders||7||9||.438||249||281|
|(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|
|(3) Minnesota Vikings||11||5||.688||374||249|
|Green Bay Packers||9||7||.563||276||296|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||11||.313||267||365|
|(1) San Francisco 49ers||14||2||.875||431||236|
|(4) New Orleans Saints||12||4||.750||330||202|
|Los Angeles Rams||6||10||.375||313||383|
- Pittsburgh was the top AFC playoff seed, and Miami was the second AFC playoff seed ahead of San Diego, based on conference record (10–2 to Dolphins' 9–3 to Chargers' 7–5).
- 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).
|Jan. 3 – Rich Stadium||Jan. 9 – Three Rivers Stadium|
|4||Buffalo||41*||Jan. 17 – Joe Robbie Stadium|
|Jan. 2 – Jack Murphy Stadium||4||Buffalo||29|
|Jan. 10 – Joe Robbie Stadium|
|6||Kansas City||0||AFC Championship|
|3||San Diego||17||Jan. 31 – Rose Bowl|
|Wild card playoffs|
|Jan. 3 – Louisiana Superdome||A4||Buffalo||17|
|Jan. 10 – Texas Stadium|
|5||Philadelphia||36||Super Bowl XXVII|
|4||New Orleans||20||Jan. 17 – Candlestick Park|
|Jan. 2 – Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||2||Dallas||30|
|Jan. 9 – Candlestick Park|
* Indicates overtime victory; see The Comeback (American football)
- Cincinnati Bengals: Dave Shula replaced the fired Sam Wyche.
- Green Bay Packers: Mike Holmgren replaced the fired Lindy Infante.
- Indianapolis Colts: Ted Marchibroda was named the permanent replacement, after Ron Meyer was fired after five games in 1991 and Rick Venturi served as interim for the final 11 games.
- Los Angeles Rams: Chuck Knox replaced the fired John Robinson.
- Minnesota Vikings: Dennis Green replaced the retired Jerry Burns.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Bill Cowher replaced the retired Chuck Noll.
- San Diego Chargers: Bobby Ross replaced the fired Dan Henning.
- Seattle Seahawks: Tom Flores replaced Chuck Knox, who resigned to become the Rams' head coach.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sam Wyche replaced the fired Richard Williamson.
|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|
|NFL Comeback Player of the Year||Randall Cunningham, Quarterback, Philadelphia|
|NFL Man of the Year||John Elway, Quarterback, Denver|
|Super Bowl Most Valuable Player||Troy Aikman, Quarterback, Dallas|
The 1992 NFL Draft was held from April 26 to 27, 1992 at New York City's Marriott Marquis. With the first pick, the Indianapolis Colts selected defensive tackle Steve Emtman from the University of Washington.