|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.
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 three or four Super Bowls in a row (the earliest that these records could be matched would be February 2024 or 2025, if the Cincinnati Bengals, who lost Super Bowl LVI in February 2022, were to lose in the Super Bowl for the next 2–3 seasons). 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).
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.
Kemp's son, Alex, became an NFL official in 2014 and was promoted to referee in 2018.
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||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.
Main article: 1992–93 NFL playoffs
|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.
|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|
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.
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.