1992 NFL season

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 Atlanta Falcons played their first season in the new Georgia Dome, replacing Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, playing there until 2016.

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.

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

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.

Final regular season 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.

AFC East
(2) Miami Dolphins 11 5 0 .688 5–3 9–3 340 281 W3
(4) Buffalo Bills 11 5 0 .688 5–3 7–5 381 283 L1
Indianapolis Colts 9 7 0 .563 5–3 7–7 216 302 W5
New York Jets 4 12 0 .250 3–5 4–8 220 315 L3
New England Patriots 2 14 0 .125 2–6 2–10 205 363 L5
AFC Central
(1) Pittsburgh Steelers 11 5 0 .688 5–1 10–2 299 225 W1
(5) Houston Oilers 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 352 258 W2
Cleveland Browns 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 272 275 L3
Cincinnati Bengals 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 274 364 L1
AFC West
(3) San Diego Chargers 11 5 0 .688 5–3 9–5 335 241 W7
(6) Kansas City Chiefs 10 6 0 .625 6–2 8–4 348 282 W1
Denver Broncos 8 8 0 .500 4–4 7–5 262 329 L1
Los Angeles Raiders 7 9 0 .438 4–4 5–7 243 281 W1
Seattle Seahawks 2 14 0 .125 1–7 2–10 140 312 L4
NFC East
(2) Dallas Cowboys 13 3 0 .813 6–2 9–3 409 243 W2
(5) Philadelphia Eagles 11 5 0 .688 6–2 8–4 354 245 W4
(6) Washington Redskins 9 7 0 .563 4–4 7–5 300 255 L2
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 2–6 4–8 306 367 L1
Phoenix Cardinals 4 12 0 .250 2–6 4–10 243 332 L2
NFC Central
(3) Minnesota Vikings 11 5 0 .688 7–1 8–4 374 249 W2
Green Bay Packers 9 7 0 .563 4–4 6–6 276 296 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 3–5 5–9 267 365 W1
Chicago Bears 5 11 0 .313 3–5 4–8 295 361 L2
Detroit Lions 5 11 0 .313 3–5 3–9 273 332 L1
NFC West
(1) San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 .875 6–0 11–1 431 236 W8
(4) New Orleans Saints 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 330 202 W1
Atlanta Falcons 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 327 414 L2
Los Angeles Rams 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 313 383 W1


  • 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’ 7–5).
  • 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. 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)

Coaching changes


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 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.


American Football Conference

National Football Conference

External links


  • NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 1-932994-36-X)
  • NFL History 1991–2000 (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)
  • 1992 NFL season at Pro-Football Reference
1992 Seattle Seahawks season

The 1992 Seattle Seahawks season was the team's 17th season with the National Football League. The 1992 season was the first of three seasons in Seattle for head coach Tom Flores. The Seahawks' 0.125 winning percentage in 1992 remains the worst in franchise history.

The Seahawks' 140 points (8.8 points per game) scored in the regular season is the lowest total for any team playing a 16-game season. For comparison, the 2008 Detroit Lions, who went winless, scored 268 points, nearly double. Long-time quarterback Dave Krieg had left Seattle for the rival Kansas City Chiefs in the offseason, leaving Seattle with Kelly Stouffer, Stan Gelbaugh and Dan McGwire (brother of Major League Baseball star Mark McGwire) as their three quarterbacks.

Football Outsiders calls Seattle's 1992 offense "the worst offense in (their ranking system's) history." Seattle's 1,778 passing yards are the fewest in a season by any team during the 1990s. Seattle was so inept that from the first game of the season until their Week 13 overtime win over Denver, they collectively had fewer points scored than punts attempted; for the entire season, the team finished with only slightly more points than punts. The team failed to score more than 17 points in a single game.

Despite their historically inept offense, Football Outsiders also ranked Seattle as having the third-best defense in 1992, making them the most imbalanced team ever measured. The Seahawks' star defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy was named the 1992 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Seattle gave up the fourth-fewest passing yards (2,661), and tied for fewest passing touchdowns allowed (11) of any team in 1992.

Before Seattle's Monday Night Football victory over Denver in the Kingdome the Seahawks honored Pete Gross inducting him as the first member of the Ring of Honor. Gross would die two days later after his long bout with cancer. That game would also be the last MNF game played in the Kingdome and the last in Seattle until 2002 (the Seahawks themselves didn't appear on MNF again until Mike Holmgren's return to Green Bay in 1999).

Brett Favre

Brett Lorenzo Favre ( (listen); FARV; born October 10, 1969) is a former American football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He was a 20-year veteran of the NFL, having played quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons in 1991, Packers from 1992 to 2007, New York Jets in 2008, and Minnesota Vikings from 2009 to 2010. Favre was the first NFL quarterback to pass for 500 touchdowns, throw for 70,000 yards, complete 6,000 passes, and attempt 10,000 passes.

A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Favre played college football for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles for four years, setting many school records. He was selected in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Falcons, with whom he spent one season as a backup before being traded to Green Bay for the Packers' first-round pick in the 1992 NFL Draft. Favre became the Packers' starting quarterback in the fourth game of the 1992 NFL season and started every game through the 2007 season. He played for the Packers for 16 years before being traded to the Jets for the 2008 season and spending his final two seasons with the Vikings. In that time, he made an NFL-record 297 consecutive starts, 321 including the playoffs.

Favre's eleven Pro Bowl invitations is the third most among quarterbacks in NFL history. He is the only player to win the Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player Award three consecutive times, doing so from 1995 to 1997, and is one of only six quarterbacks to have won the award as well as the Super Bowl in the same season. He led teams to eight division championships, five NFC Championship Games, and two Super Bowl appearances: Super Bowl XXXI and Super Bowl XXXII. He and the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI over the New England Patriots.

Favre holds many NFL records, including most career pass attempts, most career interceptions thrown, most consecutive starts by a player, most times sacked, and most fumbles. At the time of his retirement, he was the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns and quarterback wins; all three records have since been broken by Peyton Manning and Tom Brady respectively. Favre was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

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Dave McCloughan

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Don Mosebar

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Gene McGuire

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Greg McMurtry

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Jarrod Bunch

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John Derby

John Derby (born 24 March 1968) is a former linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). Derby was a member of the Detroit Lions during the 1992 NFL season.His son, A.J., is a tight end with the New England Patriots of the NFL, and his son, Zach, is a tight-end, with the Iowa Hawkeyes football team. Derby is also the brother of former NFL player Glenn Derby.

Jon Melander

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Lance Zeno

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List of Monday Night Football results (1990–2009)

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Mike Frier

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Mitch Frerotte

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Neil O'Donnell

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Sebastian Barrie

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Tom Dohring

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Tripp Welborne

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Welborne played college football, principally as a safety and punt returner, from 1987 to 1990. He had five interceptions as a sophomore in 1988 and was selected as a unanimous first-team All-American in both 1989 and 1990. As a senior, he set a Michigan single-season record with 455 punt return yards (a record that stood until broken by Steve Breaston in 2003) and averaged 14.7 yards per return.

Welborne sustained a serious injury in the 10th game of the 1990 season that required reconstructive surgery on his right knee. He was unable to play during the 1991 NFL season, but attempted a comeback the following year. He appeared in only two games for Minnesota Vikings during the 1992 NFL season before suffering an ACL injury to his left knee that required season ending surgery.

Wesley Walls

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