1993 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1993 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 34th season in the National Football League and was the fifth and final year of the franchise under head coach Jimmy Johnson which the Cowboys made two of three Super Bowl appearance between 1992-95. and a won back-to-back Super Bowl titles. The season is notable for seeing the Cowboys that became the first team to start 0–2 and still reach (and subsequently win) the Super Bowl. The following off-season was marked by the sudden resignation of Johnson, though he would coach the Miami Dolphins for the 1996 season.

1993 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coachJimmy Johnson
OwnerJerry Jones
Home fieldTexas Stadium
Division place1st NFC East
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 27–17
Won NFC Championship (49ers) 38–21
Won Super Bowl XXVIII (vs. Bills) 30–13

Regular season

The Cowboys' journey towards Super Bowl XXVIII proved more difficult than the previous season. Running back Emmitt Smith held out the first two regular season games over a contract dispute. Dallas would lose both games to the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills starting the season at 0–2. The team would also acquire veteran quarterback Bernie Kosar after his release from the Cleveland Browns as insurance for starting quarterback Troy Aikman, who suffered a severe concussion in the NFC Championship game versus San Francisco.

In arguably his finest game as a professional, Emmitt Smith suffered a 2nd degree separated shoulder in the regular season finale versus their NFC East division rival, New York Giants. Smith willed himself through excruciating pain and carried the Cowboys to an overtime win. Dallas finished with an NFC-best 12–4 record and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Smith was later named the NFL MVP and with 1,486 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns, also gave him his third NFL rushing title. Smith would also later be voted Super Bowl MVP, giving him the honor of being the only player to win all three awards in the same season. Another outstanding Smith performance came against the Eagles, where he rushed for a career-high 237 yards.

The season was also notable for the Leon Lett "blunder" in the annual Thanksgiving Day game. With Texas Stadium unusually covered with snow and ice, Dallas led the Dolphins 14–13 with seconds remaining as the Dolphins' Pete Stoyanovich attempted a long field goal. The Cowboys' Jimmie Jones blocked the field goal, apparently ending the game. However, with the blocked ball rolling around at the Dallas 10, Lett attempted to fall on it and slipped, kicking the ball and making it "live" again. Miami recovered and Stoyanovich made the most of his shorter second chance, giving the Dolphins a most improbable 16–14 win.

Aikman finished the regular season completing 271 out of 392 passes for 3,100 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. While wide receiver Michael Irvin once again led the team with 88 catches for 1,330 yards and 7 touchdowns. Wide receiver Alvin Harper had 36 catches for 777 yards and 5 touchdowns and tight end Jay Novacek had 44 receptions for 445 yards and 1 touchdown. The offensive line consisted of Pro Bowlers Mark Stepnoski, Erik Williams, and Nate Newton. The defense was also anchored by Pro Bowlers such as Russell Maryland, Ken Norton Jr., Thomas Everett.


Foe Cowboys Opponent Result TV Time Attendance Record
at Washington Redskins 16 35 L ABC 8:00pm
Buffalo Bills 10 13 L NBC 3:00pm
at Phoenix Cardinals 17 10 W TNT 7:15pm
Green Bay Packers 36 14 W CBS 12:00pm
at Indianapolis Colts 27 3 W CBS 12:00pm
San Francisco 49ers 26 17 W CBS 3:00pm
at Philadelphia Eagles 23 10 W CBS 3:00pm
New York Giants 31 9 W CBS 12:00pm
Phoenix Cardinals 20 15 W CBS 3:00pm
at Atlanta Falcons 14 27 L CBS 12:00pm
Miami Dolphins 14 16 L NBC 3:00pm
Philadelphia Eagles 23 17 W ABC 8:00pm
at Minnesota Vikings 37 20 W CBS 3:00pm
at New York Jets 28 7 W CBS 3:00pm
Washington Redskins 38 3 W CBS 3:00pm
at New York Giants 16 13 W (OT) CBS 12:00pm

Game summaries

Week 7

1 234Total
49ers 10 070 17
• Cowboys 3 1373 26


Week 16

1 234Total
• Cowboys 0 7147 28
Jets 0 007 7



NFC East
(1) Dallas Cowboys 12 4 0 .750 376 229 W5
(4) New York Giants 11 5 0 .688 288 205 L2
Philadelphia Eagles 8 8 0 .500 293 315 W3
Phoenix Cardinals 7 9 0 .438 326 269 W3
Washington Redskins 4 12 0 .250 230 345 L2


Super Bowl XXVIII

  • Scoring summary
  • DAL – FG: Eddie Murray 41 yards 3–0 DAL
  • BUF – FG: Steve Christie 54 yards 3–3 tie
  • DAL – FG: Eddie Murray 24 yards 6–3 DAL
  • BUF – TD: Thurman Thomas 4 yard run (Steve Christie kick) 10–6 BUF
  • BUF – FG: Steve Christie 28 yards 13–6 BUF
  • DAL – TD: James Washington 46 yard fumble return (Eddie Murray kick) 13–13 tie
  • DAL – TD: Emmitt Smith 17 yard run (Eddie Murray kick) 20–13 DAL
  • DAL – TD: Emmitt Smith 1 yard run (Eddie Murray kick) 27–13 DAL
  • DAL – FG: Eddie Murray 20 yards 30–13 DAL


Dallas Cowboys 1993 roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics
53 Active, 4 Inactive

Awards and records


  • The Football Encyclopedia ISBN 0-312-11435-4
  • Total Football ISBN 0-06-270170-3
  • Cowboys Have Always Been My Heroes ISBN 0-446-51950-2


  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-May-18.
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Apr-14.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2012-08-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

External links

List of NFC champions

The National Football Conference (NFC) is one of two conferences within the National Football League (NFL), the American Football Conference (AFC) being the other. Prior to 1970, there were two separate professional football leagues, the National Football League and the American Football League (AFL). In 1970, the AFL merged with the NFL. As part of the merger, the former AFL teams, plus three former NFL teams (the Baltimore Colts, the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers), were placed into the AFC. The remaining former NFL teams were placed in the NFC. As of the 2018 season only the Detroit Lions have not won an NFC championship.

Scoring summary
Q1SFEric Davis 4 yard fumble return (Mike Cofer kick)SF 7–0
Q1DALEddie Murray 48 yard field goalSF 7–3
Q1SFMike Cofer 25 yard field goalSF 10–3
Q2DALEddie Murray 39 yard field goalSF 10–6
Q2DALEmmitt Smith 1 yard run (Eddie Murray kick)DAL 13–10
Q2DALEddie Murray 29 yard field goalDAL 16–10
Q3SFBrent Jones 12 yard pass from Steve Young (Mike Cofer kick)SF 17–16
Q3DALMichael Irvin 36 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Eddie Murray kick)DAL 23–17
Q4DALEddie Murray 18 yard field goalDAL 26–17
Scoring summary
Q2DALMichael Irvin 42 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Eddie Murray kick)DAL 7–0
Q3DALMichael Irvin 3 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Eddie Murray kick)DAL 14–0
Q3DALKevin Smith 32 yard interception return (Eddie Murray kick)DAL 21–0
Q4NYJBrad Baxter 1 yard run (Cary Blanchard kick)DAL 21–7
Q4DALDaryl Johnston 4 yard run (Eddie Murray kick)DAL 28–7
Division championships (23)
Conference championships (10)
League Championships (5)
Current league affiliations
Seasons (60)


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