1993 Dallas Cowboys season
|1993 Dallas Cowboys season|
|Head coach||Jimmy Johnson|
|Home field||Texas Stadium|
|Division place||1st NFC East|
|Playoff finish||Won Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 27–17
Won Conference Championship (49ers) 38–21
Won Super Bowl XXVIII (Bills) 30–13
The 1993 Dallas Cowboys season marked their 34th in the NFL and a quest for back-to-back Super Bowl titles. The season saw the franchise become the first team to start 0–2 and still reach (and subsequently win) the Super Bowl.
The Cowboys' journey towards Super Bowl XXVIII proved more difficult than the previous season. Running back Emmitt Smith held out the first two regular season games over a contract dispute. Dallas would lose both games to the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills starting the season at 0–2. The team would also acquire veteran quarterback Bernie Kosar after his release from the Cleveland Browns as insurance for starting quarterback Troy Aikman, who suffered a severe concussion in the NFC Championship game versus San Francisco.
In arguably his finest game as a professional, Emmitt Smith suffered a 2nd degree separated shoulder in the regular season finale versus their NFC East division rival, New York Giants. Smith willed himself through excruciating pain and carried the Cowboys to an overtime win. Dallas finished with an NFC-best 12–4 record and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Smith was later named the NFL MVP and with 1,486 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns, also gave him his third NFL rushing title. Smith would also later be voted Super Bowl MVP, giving him the honor of being the only player to win all three awards in the same season. Another outstanding Smith performance came against the Eagles, where he rushed for a career-high 237 yards.
The season was also notable for the Leon Lett "blunder" in the annual Thanksgiving Day game. With Texas Stadium unusually covered with snow and ice, Dallas led the Dolphins 14–13 with seconds remaining as the Dolphins' Pete Stoyanovich attempted a long field goal. The Cowboys' Jimmie Jones blocked the field goal, apparently ending the game. However, with the blocked ball rolling around at the Dallas 10, Lett attempted to fall on it and slipped, kicking the ball and making it "live" again. Miami recovered and Stoyanovich made the most of his shorter second chance, giving the Dolphins a most improbable 16–14 win.
Aikman finished the regular season completing 271 out of 392 passes for 3,100 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. While wide receiver Michael Irvin once again led the team with 88 catches for 1,330 yards and 7 touchdowns. Wide receiver Alvin Harper had 36 catches for 777 yards and 5 touchdowns and tight end Jay Novacek had 44 receptions for 445 yards and 1 touchdown. The offensive line consisted of Pro Bowlers Mark Stepnoski, Erik Williams, and Nate Newton. The defense was also anchored by Pro Bowlers such as Russell Maryland, Ken Norton Jr., Thomas Everett.
|at Washington Redskins||16||35||L||ABC 8:00pm||
|Buffalo Bills||10||13||L||NBC 3:00pm||
|at Phoenix Cardinals||17||10||W||TNT 7:15pm||
|Green Bay Packers||36||14||W||CBS 12:00pm||
|at Indianapolis Colts||27||3||W||CBS 12:00pm||
|San Francisco 49ers||26||17||W||CBS 3:00pm||
|at Philadelphia Eagles||23||10||W||CBS 3:00pm||
|New York Giants||31||9||W||CBS 12:00pm||
|Phoenix Cardinals||20||15||W||CBS 3:00pm||
|at Atlanta Falcons||14||27||L||CBS 12:00pm||
|Miami Dolphins||14||16||L||NBC 3:00pm||
|Philadelphia Eagles||23||17||W||ABC 8:00pm||
|at Minnesota Vikings||37||20||W||CBS 3:00pm||
|at New York Jets||28||7||W||CBS 3:00pm||
|Washington Redskins||38||3||W||CBS 3:00pm||
|at New York Giants||16||13||W (OT)||CBS 12:00pm||
- Michael Irvin 12 Rec, 168 Yds, 1TD
|(1) Dallas Cowboys||12||4||0||.750||376||229||W5|
|(4) New York Giants||11||5||0||.688||288||205||L2|
NFC Divisional Playoff
NFC Championship Game
Super Bowl XXVIII
- Scoring summary
- 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
|Dallas Cowboys 1993 roster|
Rookies in italics
Awards and records
- Emmitt Smith, UPI NFC Player of the Year
- Emmitt Smith, Most Valuable Player, Super Bowl XXVIII
- Emmitt Smith, Bert Bell Award
- Emmitt Smith, Best NFL Player ESPY Award
- Emmitt Smith, Most Valuable Player, NFL
- Emmitt Smith, NFL rushing leader
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-May-18.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Apr-14.