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

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.

Player movement




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.

Major rule changes

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:

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.



Main article: 1992–93 NFL playoffs

Jan. 3 – Rich 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; 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

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


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