1993 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 5, 1993 (1993-09-05) – January 3, 1994
Playoffs
Start dateJanuary 8, 1994
AFC ChampionsBuffalo Bills
NFC ChampionsDallas Cowboys
Super Bowl XXVIII
DateJanuary 30, 1994
SiteGeorgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
ChampionsDallas Cowboys
Pro Bowl
DateFebruary 6, 1994
SiteAloha Stadium
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Colts
Colts
Patriots
Patriots
Bills
Bills
Dolphins
Dolphins
Jets
Jets
Bengals
Bengals
Browns
Browns
Oilers
Oilers
Steelers
Steelers
Broncos
Broncos
Chiefs
Chiefs
Raiders
Raiders
Chargers
Chargers
Seahawks
Seahawks
AFC teams:
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West,
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Central,
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East
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Cowboys
Cowboys
Giants
Giants
Eagles
Eagles
Cardinals
Cardinals
Redskins
Redskins
Bears
Bears
Lions
Lions
Packers
Packers
Vikings
Vikings
Buccaneers
Buccaneers
Falcons
Falcons
Rams
Rams
Saints
Saints
49ers
49ers
NFC teams:
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West,
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Central,
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East

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 originally scheduled to play their 16-game schedule over a span of 18 weeks and did so (the league again played 16 games over 18 weeks in 2001, but this was caused by the postponement of a week of games due to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks), where all of the Week 2 scheduled games were moved to an 18th week and the entire postseason was delayed by 7 days before starting). 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. The NFL's teams, however, felt that having two weeks off during the regular season was too disruptive for their weekly routines, and thus the regular season reverted to 17 weeks immediately after the season ended. 2021 marked the first season where an 18-week schedule would include 17 regular-season games.

On March 1, 1993, the current free agent system was introduced to the league.[1]

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.

Player movement

Transactions

Trades

Draft

Main article: 1993 NFL Draft

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.

New referee

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.

Major rule changes

Preseason

American Bowl

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 Japan Tokyo
August 1, 1993 San Francisco 49ers 21 Pittsburgh Steelers 14 Estadi Olímpic Spain Barcelona
August 7, 1993 Minnesota Vikings 20 Buffalo Bills 6 Olympiastadion Germany Berlin
August 8, 1993 Dallas Cowboys 13 Detroit Lions 13 Wembley Stadium United Kingdom London

Regular season

Scheduling formula

    Inter-conference
AFC East vs NFC East
AFC Central vs NFC West
AFC West vs NFC Central

Highlights of the 1993 season included:

Final standings

Tiebreakers

Playoffs

Main article: 1993–94 NFL playoffs

Jan 9 – Giants Stadium Jan 15 – Candlestick Park
5 Minnesota 10
4 NY Giants 3
4 NY Giants 17 Jan 23 – Texas Stadium
2 San Francisco 44
NFC
Jan 8 – Pontiac Silverdome 2 San Francisco 21
Jan 16 – Texas Stadium
1 Dallas 38
6 Green Bay 28 NFC Championship
6 Green Bay 17
3 Detroit 24 Jan 30 – Georgia Dome
1 Dallas 27
Wild Card playoffs
Divisional playoffs
Jan 8 – Arrowhead Stadium N1 Dallas 30
Jan 16 – Astrodome
A1 Buffalo 13
6 Pittsburgh 24 Super Bowl XXVIII
3 Kansas City 28
3 Kansas City 27* Jan 23 – Rich Stadium
2 Houston 20
AFC
Jan 9 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 3 Kansas City 13
Jan 15 – Rich Stadium
1 Buffalo 30
5 Denver 24 AFC Championship
4 LA Raiders 23
4 LA Raiders 42
1 Buffalo 29


* Indicates overtime victory

Awards

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

Coaching changes

Uniform changes

References

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  2. ^ "April 6, 1993: 17 million reasons convince Reggie White". archive.jsonline.com. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  3. ^ Teicher, Adam (April 20, 2018). "Three things you might not know about Joe Montana trade". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "1993 NFL Transactions: Trades - March". nfl.com. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  5. ^ Grathoff, Pete (January 5, 2019). "Joe Montana likes the Chiefs' chances of winning the Super Bowl". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
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  7. ^ a b c d "1993 NFL Transactions. Trades - October". National Football League. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  8. ^ "SPORTS PEOPLE: FOOTBALL; Raiders Deal Patterson". The New York Times. October 14, 1993.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 27, 2017. Retrieved April 30, 2018.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)