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1992 NFL season

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1992 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 6 – December 28, 1992
Start dateJanuary 2, 1993
AFC ChampionsBuffalo Bills
NFC ChampionsDallas Cowboys
Super Bowl XXVII
DateJanuary 31, 1993
SiteRose Bowl, Pasadena, California
ChampionsDallas Cowboys
Pro Bowl
DateFebruary 7, 1993
SiteAloha Stadium
1992 NFL season is located in the United States
AFC teams: West, Central, East
1992 NFL season is located in the United States
NFC teams: West, Central, East

The 1992 NFL season was the 73rd regular season of the National Football League (NFL). 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.

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 2023, no other team has ever lost more than two Super Bowls in a row. Buffalo joined the Miami Dolphins of the early 1970s as the second team to reach three straight Super Bowls (the New England Patriots of the late 2010s became the third).

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Player movement



  • August 13: Washington traded quarterback Stan Humphries to the San Diego Chargers[3]
  • August 27: The San Francisco 49ers traded Pro Bowl Defensive End Charles Haley to the Dallas Cowboys.[3]
  • August 28: The Chicago Bears trade offensive lineman Jay Hilgenberg to the Cleveland Browns [3]
  • September 1: The defending AFC Champion Buffalo Bills trade Defensive Tackle Leon Seals to the Philadelphia Eagles.[4]
  • September 12: The Atlanta Falcons trade wide receiver Shawn Collins to the Cleveland Browns.[4]
  • September 21: The Pittsburgh Steelers trade Thomas Everett to the Dallas Cowboys.[4]


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.

Referee changes

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.

Kemp's son, Alex, became an NFL official in 2014 and was promoted to referee in 2018.

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.
  • A maximum of six captains are allowed at midfield for the coin toss. This was in response to Atlanta Falcons coach Jerry Glanville sometimes sending out his entire squad, and Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs sending eight captains to midfield at Super Bowl XXVI.

1992 deaths

Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame


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.

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Score Stadium City
August 2, 1992 Houston Oilers 34 Dallas Cowboys 23 Tokyo Dome Japan Tokyo
August 15, 1992 Miami Dolphins 31 Denver Broncos 27 Olympiastadion Germany Berlin
August 16, 1992 San Francisco 49ers 17 Washington Redskins 15 Wembley Stadium United Kingdom London

Regular season

Scheduling formula

AFC East vs NFC West
AFC Central vs NFC Central
AFC West vs NFC East

Highlights of the 1992 season included:

  • Thanksgiving: Two games were played on Thursday, November 26, featuring Houston at Detroit and the New York Giants at Dallas, with Houston and Dallas winning.
  • Week 16: The San Diego Chargers became the first (as of 2022 the only) team to start 0-4 and made the playoffs and they achieve that feat by beating the Los Angeles Raiders. The Chargers won the AFC West championship the next week with a road win vs. the Seattle Seahawks.

Final 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.


  • 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' 9–5).
  • 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 3Rich Stadium Jan 9 – Three Rivers Stadium
5 Houston 38
4 Buffalo 24
4 Buffalo 41* Jan 17 – Joe Robbie Stadium
1 Pittsburgh 3
Jan 2 – Jack Murphy Stadium 4 Buffalo 29
Jan 10 – Joe Robbie Stadium
2 Miami 10
6 Kansas City 0 AFC Championship
3 San Diego 0
3 San Diego 17 Jan 31 – Rose Bowl
2 Miami 31
Wild Card playoffs
Divisional playoffs
Jan 3 – Louisiana Superdome A4 Buffalo 17
Jan 10 – Texas Stadium
N2 Dallas 52
5 Philadelphia 36 Super Bowl XXVII
5 Philadelphia 10
4 New Orleans 20 Jan 17 – Candlestick Park
2 Dallas 34
Jan 2 – Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 2 Dallas 30
Jan 9 – Candlestick Park
1 San Francisco 20
6 Washington 24 NFC Championship
6 Washington 13
3 Minnesota 7
1 San Francisco 20

* Indicates overtime victory.


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

Coaching changes

Stadium changes

The Atlanta Falcons played their first season in the new Georgia Dome, replacing Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium. The Falcons would play at the Georgia Dome until 2016.

Uniform changes

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers began wearing orange pants with their white jerseys.


This was the third 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, and 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. With Bill Walsh leaving NBC to become head coach of the Stanford Cardinal college football team, Bob Trumpy was named to replace him as the network's lead color commentator, alongside Dick Enberg. Gary Bender replaced Skip Caray as TNT's play-by-play announcer.[11]

External links


  1. ^ "Football". Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  2. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "1992 NFL Transactions. Trades - August". National Football League. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "1992 NFL Transactions. Trades - September". National Football League. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  5. ^ "Lion Lineman Hit by Truck in Yard, Killed". Los Angeles Times. June 24, 1992.
  6. ^ "River View Cemetery". Archived from the original on June 11, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
  7. ^ Mark Bowden (April 24, 1994). "The Many-sided Battle Over What Jerome Brown Left Behind The Former Eagle Didn't Leave A Fortune When He Died. What He Did Leave, Family And Creditors Are Busy Squabbling Over". The Philadelphia Enquirer. Archived from the original on July 25, 2011.
  8. ^ "Curry of Colts is Fatally Shot". The New York Times. May 4, 1992. Retrieved September 16, 2007.
  9. ^ "History of The Indianapolis Colts". The Indianapolis Star. February 5, 2007. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2007.
  10. ^ Tucker, Doug (July 17, 1992). "Former Chiefs' standout Buck Buchanon is dead". Nevada Daily Mail. Missouri. Associated Press. p. 8.
  11. ^ Brulia, Tim. "A CHRONOLOGY OF PRO FOOTBALL ON TELEVISION: Part 4" (PDF). Pro Football Researchers.
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