1993 Buffalo Bills Season
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1993 Buffalo Bills Season

1993 Buffalo Bills season
Head coachMarv Levy
General managerJohn Butler
OwnerRalph Wilson
Home fieldRich Stadium
Results
Record12-4
Division place1st AFC East
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 29-23
Won AFC Championship (Chiefs) 30-13
Lost Super Bowl XXVIII (Cowboys) 13-30

The 1993 Buffalo Bills season was the 34th season for the Buffalo, New York team in the National Football League. The Buffalo Bills finished the National Football League's 1993 season with a record of 12 wins and 4 losses, and finished first in the AFC East division.

The Bills qualified for their fourth straight Super Bowl, where they faced the Dallas Cowboys in a rematch of the previous season's Super Bowl. However, just like with the previous Super Bowl, the Bills would lose to the Cowboys 13-30.

Season summary

Despite the many jokes about the Bills having lost three straight Super Bowls--a fan pleaded with head coach Marv Levy for the team to not return to the Super Bowl: "I can't take it. I can't go to work on Monday if we don't win the game. It's tearing me up. I can't handle it"--Don Beebe recalled that "I've got to be honest with you. We thrived in it. We enjoyed it. We were going to go to four ... I think that comes a lot from the Winston Churchill poems and the speeches that we would get from Marv". Dan Patrick reported that "Buffalo players have been wearing t-shirts reading something along the lines of 'Let's Tick Them Off and Go for Four'".[1] The team qualified for another Super Bowl; they became the first franchise to win four consecutive conference championships, as well as the first to appear in four consecutive Super Bowls.

Defensive end Bruce Smith was named NEA Defensive Player of the Year, and tied for the league lead with 13.5 sacks. Smith, linebacker Darryl Talley and special teams gunner Steve Tasker were named to the 1993 All-Pro team. The Bills' 47 defensive takeaways in 1993 is the third-highest total of the 1990s.[2]

Running back Thurman Thomas led the AFC with 1,315 rushing yards.[3]

NFL Draft

1993 Buffalo Bills draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 28 Thomas Smith  CB North Carolina
2 55 John Parrella  DT Nebraska
4 111 Russell Copeland  WR Memphis
5 136 Mike Devlin  C Iowa
5 139 Sebastian Savage  CB NC State
5 167 Corbin Lacina  OT Augustana
7 195 Willie Harris  WR Mississippi State
8 223 Chris Leuneberg  OT West Chester (PA)
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel

Roster

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Game Site Final Score Record Attendance
1 September 5, 1993 New England Patriots Rich Stadium W 38-14 1-0
79,751
2 September 12, 1993 at Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium W 13-10 2-0
63,226
3 Bye
4 September 26, 1993 Miami Dolphins Rich Stadium L 22-13 2-1
79,635
5 October 3, 1993 New York Giants Rich Stadium W 17-14 3-1
79,283
6 October 11, 1993 Houston Oilers Rich Stadium W 35-7 4-1
79,613
7 Bye
8 October 24, 1993 at New York Jets The Meadowlands W 19-10 5-1
71,541
9 November 1, 1993 Washington Redskins Rich Stadium W 24-10 6-1
79,106
10 November 7, 1993 at New England Patriots Foxboro Stadium W 13-10 7-1
54,326
11 November 15, 1993 at Pittsburgh Steelers Three Rivers Stadium L 0-23 7-2
60,265
12 November 21, 1993 Indianapolis Colts Rich Stadium W 23-9 8-2
79,101
13 November 28, 1993 at Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium L 7-23 8-3
74,452
14 December 5, 1993 Los Angeles Raiders Rich Stadium L 24-25 8-4
79,478
15 December 12, 1993 at Philadelphia Eagles Veterans Stadium W 10-7 9-4
60,769
16 December 19, 1993 at Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium W 47-34 10-4
71,597
17 December 26, 1993 New York Jets Rich Stadium W 16-14 11-4
70,817
18 January 2, 1994 at Indianapolis Colts Hoosier Dome W 30-10 12-4
43,028

Game summaries

Week 1

Week 2

1 234Total
• Bills 7 303 13
Cowboys 0 307 10

[4]

Week 5 vs Giants

Week 6

1 234Total
Oilers 7 000 7
• Bills 7 2107 35

[5]

Standings

AFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(1)Buffalo Bills 12 4 0 .750 329 242 W4
Miami Dolphins 9 7 0 .563 349 351 L5
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 270 247 L3
New England Patriots 5 11 0 .313 238 286 W4
Indianapolis Colts 4 12 0 .250 189 378 L4

Playoffs

Round Date Opponent Game Site Final Score Attendance
Divisional January 15, 1994 Los Angeles Raiders (4) Rich Stadium W 29-23
61,923
AFC Championship January 23, 1994 Kansas City Chiefs (3) Rich Stadium W 30-13
76,642
Super Bowl January 30, 1994 vs. Dallas Cowboys (N1) Georgia Dome L 13-30
72,817

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

Awards and records

References

  1. ^ "Four Falls of Buffalo". 30 for 30. Season 3. December 12, 2015. ESPN.
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1990 to 1999, in the regular season, sorted by descending Takeaways, behind the 1991 Eagles and 1991 Saints.
  3. ^ Neft, David S.; Cohen, Richard M.; and Korch, Rich The Sports Encyclopedia: Pro Football, 12th Edition, p. 680, Martin's Press, August 1994, ISBN 0-312-11073-1
  4. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-Dec-14.

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