1991 NFL season

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1991 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 1 – December 23, 1991
Playoffs
Start dateDecember 28, 1991
AFC Champions Buffalo Bills
NFC Champions Washington Redskins
Super Bowl XXVI
DateJanuary 26, 1992
Site Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Champions Washington Redskins
Pro Bowl
DateFebruary 2, 1992
Site Aloha Stadium
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The 1991 NFL season was the 72nd regular season of the National Football League. It was the final season for coach Chuck Noll. The season ended with Super Bowl XXVI when the Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills, 37–24, at the Metrodome in Minnesota. This was the second of four consecutive Super Bowl losses for Buffalo.

Contents

Player movement

Transactions

Trades

Retirements

Draft

The 1991 NFL Draft was held from April 21 to 22, 1991 at New York City's Marriott Marquis. With the first pick, the Dallas Cowboys selected defensive tackle Russell Maryland from the University of Miami.

Officiating changes

Art McNally resigned as the league's Director of Officiating during the offseason. He had held the position since 1968. [8] Longtime NFL referee Jerry Seeman, who worked the previous season's Super Bowl XXV, was named as McNally's replacement. [9]

Jim Tunney retired after 31 years as an NFL official. He remains the only referee to have worked consecutive Super Bowls (XI, and XII).

Gene Barth died on October 11, 1991. [10] For the remainder of the 1991 season, NFL officials wore a black armband on their left sleeve with the white number 14 to honor him.

Bernie Kukar, Larry Nemmers (the side judge for Super Bowl XXV), and Stan Kemp were promoted to referee to replace Barth, Seeman, and Tunney.

Major rule changes

Source: Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League ( ISBN   0-06-270174-6). pp 1583–1592.

1991 deaths

Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Preseason

American Bowl

A series of National Football League pre-season exhibition games that were held at sites outside the United States, a total of three games were contested.

DateWinning TeamScoreLosing TeamScoreStadiumCity
July 28, 1991 Buffalo Bills 17 Philadelphia Eagles 13 Wembley Stadium Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London
August 3, 1991 San Francisco 49ers 21 Chicago Bears 7 Olympiastadion Flag of Germany.svg Berlin
August 4, 1991 Miami Dolphins 19 Los Angeles Raiders 17 Tokyo Dome Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo

Regular season

Scheduling formula

    Inter-conference
AFC East vs NFC Central
AFC Central vs NFC East
AFC West vs NFC West

Highlights of the 1991 season included:

Final standings

Tiebreakers

Playoffs

Dec 29 – Soldier Field Jan 5 – Pontiac Silverdome
5 Dallas 17
5Dallas6
4 Chicago 13Jan 12 – RFK Stadium
2 Detroit 38
NFC
Dec 28 – Louisiana Superdome 2Detroit10
Jan 4 – RFK Stadium
1Washington41
6 Atlanta 27NFC Championship
6Atlanta7
3 New Orleans 20Jan 26 – Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
1 Washington 24
Wild Card playoffs
Divisional playoffs
Dec 29 – Astrodome N1Washington37
Jan 4 – Mile High Stadium
A1Buffalo24
6 NY Jets 10 Super Bowl XXVI
3Houston24
3 Houston 17Jan 12 – Rich Stadium
2 Denver 26
AFC
Dec 28 – Arrowhead Stadium 2Denver7
Jan 5 – Rich Stadium
1Buffalo10
5 LA Raiders 6AFC Championship
4Kansas City14
4 Kansas City 10
1 Buffalo 37

Records, milestones, and notable statistics

Week 8

Awards

Most Valuable Player Thurman Thomas, running back, Buffalo
Coach of the Year Wayne Fontes, Detroit
Offensive Player of the Year Thurman Thomas, running back, Buffalo
Defensive Player of the Year Pat Swilling, linebacker, New Orleans
Offensive Rookie of the Year Leonard Russell, running back, New England
Defensive Rookie of the Year Mike Croel, linebacker, Denver
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Jim McMahon, quarterback, Philadelphia
NFL Man of the Year Anthony Muñoz, offensive tackle, Cincinnati
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Mark Rypien, quarterback, Washington

Coaching changes

Offseason

In-season

Uniform changes

Television

This was the second year under the league's four-year broadcast contracts with ABC, CBS, NBC, TNT, and ESPN. ABC, CBS, and NBC continued to televise Monday Night Football , the NFC package, the AFC package, respectively. Sunday night games aired on TNT during the first half of the season, and ESPN during the second half of the season. [11]

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