- 1993 NFL season
year = 1993
September 5 1993- January 3 1994
January 8 1994
sb_name = XXVIII
January 30 1994
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
February 6 1994
The 1993 NFL season was the 74th
regular seasonof the National Football League. For the first time in league history, all NFL teams played their 16-game schedule over a span of 18 weeks. 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. However, teams felt that having two weeks off during the regular season was too disruptive for their weekly routines, and thus it was reverted back to 17 weeks immediately after the season ended.
When new TV contracts were signed in December 1993,
CBSlost their rights to the then-fledgling FOX Network.
The season ended with
Super Bowl XXVIIIwhen the Dallas Cowboysdefeated the Buffalo Billsfor the second consecutive year. This remains the only time both Super Bowl participants have been the same for consecutive years. The Cowboys became the first team to win a Super Bowl after losing their first two regular season games.
Major rule changes
*The Play Clock (the time limit the offensive team has to snap the ball between plays) has been reduced from 45 seconds to 40 seconds (the time interval after time outs and other administrative stoppages remains the same at 25 seconds).
*Ineligible receiver down field prior to a forward pass foul is added.
Final regular season standings
"W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against"
"Clinched playoff seeds are marked in parentheses and shaded in green"
*Buffalo was the top AFC playoff seed based on head-to-head victory over Houston (1-0).
*Denver was the second AFC Wild Card, and Pittsburgh was the third AFC Wild Card ahead of Miami, based on better conference record (8-4 to Steelers' 7-5 to Dolphins' 6-6).
*San Francisco was the second NFC playoff seed based on head-to-head victory over Detroit (1-0).
*Minnesota finished ahead of Green Bay in the NFC Central based on head-to-head sweep (2-0).
:"Home team in capitals"
*Wild-Card playoffs: KANSAS CITY 27, Pittsburgh 24 (OT); L.A. RAIDERS 42, Denver 24
*Divisional playoffs: BUFFALO 29, L.A. Raiders 23; Kansas City 28, HOUSTON 20
*AFC Championship: BUFFALO 30, Kansas City 13 at
Rich Stadium, Buffalo, New York, January 23, 1994
*Wild-Card playoffs: Green Bay 28, DETROIT 24; N.Y. GIANTS 17, Minnesota 10
*Divisional playoffs: SAN FRANCISCO 44, N.Y. Giants 3; DALLAS 27, Green Bay 17
*NFC Championship: DALLAS 38, San Francisco 21 at
Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas, January 23, 1994
Super Bowl XXVIII: Dallas (NFC) 30, Buffalo (AFC) 13, at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia, January 30, 1994
* "NFL Record and Fact Book" (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
* [http://www.nfl.com/history/chronology/1991-2000 NFL History 1991-2000] (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
* [http://nflhistory.net/linescores/pdf/1993.pdf 1993 season in details]
* "Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League" (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
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