1993 Dallas Cowboys season

1993 Dallas Cowboys season

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.

1993 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Jimmy Johnson
Home field Texas Stadium
Record 12–4
Division place 1st NFC East
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 27–17
Won Conference Championship (49ers) 38–21
Won Super Bowl XXVIII (Bills) 30–13
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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., and Thomas Everett.


Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
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


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


NFC Divisional Playoff

Dallas Cowboys 27, Green Bay Packers 17
1 2 34Total
Packers 3 0 7717
Cowboys 0 17 7327

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

NFC Championship Game

Dallas Cowboys 38, San Francisco 49ers 21
1 2 34Total
49ers 0 7 7721
Cowboys 7 21 7338

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Super Bowl XXVIII

Dallas Cowboys 30, Buffalo Bills 13
1 2 34Total
Bills 3 10 0013
Cowboys 6 0 141030

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • 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

Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
55 Active, 0 Inactive

Awards and records


  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/dal1993.htm

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