|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 at 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, which would happen again between 1999 and 2001. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dolphins also had their 2017 season opener postponed due to Hurricane Irma.
The season ended with Super Bowl XXVII when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills 52–17 at the Rose Bowl. This would be the third of the Bills’ four consecutive Super Bowl losses; as of 2021, no team has ever lost three OR four Super Bowls in a row (the earliest possible date that these figures could be matched would be either 2023 or 2024, and that would only happen if the Kansas City Chiefs--who lost Super Bowl LV in February 2020--lost in the Super Bowl for the next 2-3 seasons). Buffalo would join the Miami Dolphins of the early 1970s as the only team to reach three straight Super Bowls and not until the New England Patriots of the late 2010s would another team reach three in a row.
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.
After one season as referee, Stan Kemp stepped down after he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Tom Dooley also retired during the off-season. Gary Lane and Ed Hochuli were then promoted to referee.
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|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Score||Stadium||City|
|August 2, 1992||Houston Oilers||34||Dallas Cowboys||23||Tokyo Dome||Tokyo|
|August 15, 1992||Miami Dolphins||31||Denver Broncos||27||Olympiastadion||Berlin|
|August 16, 1992||San Francisco 49ers||17||Washington Redskins||15||Wembley Stadium||London|
Highlights of the 1992 season included:
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.
|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)
|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|
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