|Duration||September 5, 1993 – January 3, 1994|
|Start date||January 8, 1994|
|AFC Champions||Buffalo Bills|
|NFC Champions||Dallas Cowboys|
|Super Bowl XXVIII|
|Date||January 30, 1994|
|Site||Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia|
|Date||February 6, 1994|
The 1993 NFL season was the 74th regular season of the National Football League. It was the only season in league history where all NFL teams were scheduled to play their 16-game schedule over a span of 18 weeks (the league again played 16 games over 18 weeks in 2001, but this was not planned and instead was caused by the postponement of a week of games due to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks). After the success of expanding the regular season to a period of 17 weeks in 1990, the league hoped this new schedule would generate even more revenue. This was also done to avoid scheduling playoff games on January 1 and competing with college football bowl games. However, teams felt that having two weeks off during the regular season was too disruptive for their weekly routines, and thus it reverted to 17 weeks immediately after the season ended.
On March 1, 1993, the current free agent system was introduced to the league.
When new TV contracts were signed in December 1993, CBS lost their rights to broadcasting NFC games to the then seven-year old Fox Network, which had just started its own sports division. The new contract took effect in the 1994 season, ending a 37 year association with the NFL for CBS.
The season ended with Super Bowl XXVIII when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills 30–13 for the second consecutive season at the Georgia Dome. This remains the only time both Super Bowl participants have been the same in successive seasons. The Cowboys became the first team to win a Super Bowl after losing their first two regular season games. This game also marked the fourth consecutive Super Bowl loss by the Bills, who remain the only team to reach four straight Super Bowls.
The 1993 NFL Draft was held from April 25 to 26, 1993 at New York City's Marriott Marquis. With the first pick, the New England Patriots selected quarterback Drew Bledsoe from Washington State University.
Ron Blum, a line judge from 1985 to 92, was promoted to referee to replace Pat Haggerty, who retired after the 1992 season. In 28 seasons in the NFL, Haggerty was selected as the referee Super Bowl XIII in 1979, XVI in 1982, and XIX in 1985.
A series of NFL pre-season exhibition games were held at four varying sites outside the United States, with three in Europe and one in Japan.
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Score||Stadium||City|
|August 1, 1993||New Orleans Saints||28||Philadelphia Eagles||16||Tokyo Dome||Tokyo|
|August 1, 1993||San Francisco 49ers||21||Pittsburgh Steelers||14||Estadi Olímpic||Barcelona|
|August 7, 1993||Minnesota Vikings||20||Buffalo Bills||6||Olympiastadion||Berlin|
|August 8, 1993||Dallas Cowboys||13||Detroit Lions||13||Wembley Stadium||London|
Highlights of the 1993 season included:
|Jan. 9 – Giants Stadium||Jan. 15 – Candlestick Park|
|4||NY Giants||17||Jan. 23 – Texas Stadium|
|Jan. 8 – Pontiac Silverdome||2||San Francisco||21|
|Jan. 16 – Texas Stadium|
|6||Green Bay||28||NFC Championship|
|3||Detroit||24||Jan. 30 – Georgia Dome|
|Wild Card playoffs|
|Jan. 8 – Arrowhead Stadium||N1||Dallas||30|
|Jan. 16 – Astrodome|
|6||Pittsburgh||24||Super Bowl XXVIII|
|3||Kansas City||27*||Jan. 23 – Rich Stadium|
|Jan. 9 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||3||Kansas City||13|
|Jan. 15 – Rich Stadium|
* Indicates overtime victory
|Most Valuable Player||Emmitt Smith, Running Back, Dallas|
|Coach of the Year||Dan Reeves, NY Giants|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Jerry Rice, Wide Receiver, San Francisco|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Rod Woodson, Cornerback, Pittsburgh|
|Offensive Rookie of the Year||Jerome Bettis, Running Back, LA Rams|
|Defensive Rookie of the Year||Dana Stubblefield, Defensive tackle, San Francisco|
|NFL Comeback Player of the Year||Marcus Allen, Running Back, Kansas City|
|NFL Man of the Year||Derrick Thomas, Linebacker, Kansas City|
|Super Bowl Most Valuable Player||Emmitt Smith, Running Back, Dallas|
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