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1993 Dallas Cowboys season


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Updated: 2017-05-29T02:38Z
1993 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coachJimmy Johnson
OwnerJerry Jones
Home fieldTexas Stadium
Results
Record12–4
Division place1st NFC East
Playoff finishWon NFC Divisional Playoff (Packers) 27–17
Won NFC Championship Game (49ers) 38–21
Won Super Bowl XXVIII (vs. Bills) 30–13

The 1993 Dallas Cowboys season marked their 34th in the NFL and a quest for back-to-back Super Bowl titles. The season saw the franchise become 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 head coach Jimmy Johnson, though he would return to coach the Miami Dolphins in 1996.

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.

Schedule

OpponentResultTV TimeAttendance
at Washington Redskins1635LABC 8:00pm
56,345
Buffalo Bills1013LNBC 3:00pm
63,226
at Phoenix Cardinals1710WTNT 7:15pm
73,025
Bye
Green Bay Packers3614WCBS 12:00pm
63,568
at Indianapolis Colts273WCBS 12:00pm
60,453
San Francisco 49ers2617WCBS 3:00pm
65,099
Bye
at Philadelphia Eagles2310WCBS 3:00pm
61,912
New York Giants319WCBS 12:00pm
64,735
Phoenix Cardinals2015WCBS 3:00pm
64,224
at Atlanta Falcons1427LCBS 12:00pm
67,337
Miami Dolphins1416LNBC 3:00pm
60,198
Philadelphia Eagles2317WABC 8:00pm
64,521
at Minnesota Vikings3720WCBS 3:00pm
63,321
at New York Jets287WCBS 3:00pm
73,233
Washington Redskins383WCBS 3:00pm
64,497
at New York Giants1613W (OT)CBS 12:00pm
77,356

Game summaries

Week 7

1234Total
49ers1007017
• Cowboys3137326

[1]

Week 16

1234Total
• Cowboys0714728
Jets00077

[2]

Standings

NFC East
WLTPCTPFPASTK
(1) Dallas Cowboys1240.750376229W5
(4) New York Giants1150.688288205L2
Philadelphia Eagles880.500293315W3
Phoenix Cardinals790.438326269W3
Washington Redskins4120.250230345L2

Playoffs

NFC Divisional Playoff

Dallas Cowboys 27, Green Bay Packers 17
1234Total
Packers307717
Cowboys0177327

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

NFC Championship Game

Dallas Cowboys 38, San Francisco 49ers 21
1234Total
49ers077721
Cowboys7217338

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Super Bowl XXVIII

Dallas Cowboys 30, Buffalo Bills 13
1234Total
Cowboys60141030
Bills3100013

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta

  • 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

Roster

Dallas Cowboys 1993 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics
53 Active, 4 Inactive

Awards and records

Publications

References

  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. 

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