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The 1992 Dallas Cowboys season would mark their 33rd in the NFL and their first Super Bowl appearance in the 1990s. Since purchasing the team in 1989, team owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jimmy Johnson guided one of the worst teams in the league to Super Bowl champions four seasons later. Headed by an explosive offense and the NFL's number one ranked defense, Dallas fielded at the time, the youngest team in the NFL and posted a franchise best 13-3 record throughout the regular season. In the playoffs, the Cowboys disposed of the Philadelphia Eagles, followed by a memorable victory against the San Francisco 49ers en route to a Super Bowl XXVII win over the Buffalo Bills.

1992 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Jimmy Johnson
Home field Texas Stadium
Results
Record 13-3
Place 1st NFC East
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Eagles) 34-10
Won Conference Championship (at 49ers) 30-20
Won Super Bowl XXVII (Bills) 52-17
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1991 1993

Contents

Regular season

The season would start off with two crucial wins against the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants, both victors of the previous two Super Bowls. A ferocious Dallas defense, with not a single player nominated to the Pro Bowl, placed first in the NFL in total defense. Running back Emmitt Smith would also collect his second straight NFL rushing title. The 1992 season would also see a renewed rivalry between the Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game set nearly a decade after the famous play known as The Catch. This ultimately started the rise of the 49ers and fall of the Cowboys throughout the 1980s. The rise of the 1990s Cowboys was christened with a 30-20 victory against San Francisco at Candlestick Park. Both franchises would later meet again in the next two NFC Championship games in what many consider to be a classic series of contest of future Hall of Fame players.

At the Rose Bowl, site of Super Bowl XXVII, the Cowboys would struggle early finding themselves down 0-7, but later regroup when Aikman's pass to tight end Jay Novacek tied the game 7-7. From there, Dallas would gain all momentum and route the Buffalo Bills 52-17, forcing a record 9 turnovers and knocking Bills quarterback Jim Kelly out of the game. Troy Aikman would earn Super Bowl MVP honors, wrapping up a phenomenal post-season in which he completed 68% of his passes with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Notable additions to the team this year included defensive end Charles Haley, cornerback Kevin Smith, linebacker Robert Jones, safety Thomas Everett, safety Darren Woodson and wide receiver Jimmy Smith (though Smith would never catch a pass during his time with the team).

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Schedule

Opponent Result TV Time
Washington Redskins 23 10 W ABC 9:00pm
at New York Giants 34 28 W CBS 1:00pm
Phoenix Cardinals 31 20 W CBS 1:00pm
Bye
at Philadelphia Eagles 7 31 L ABC 9:00pm
Seattle Seahawks 27 0 W NBC 1:00pm
Kansas City Chiefs 17 10 W NBC 4:00pm
at Los Angeles Raiders 28 13 W CBS 4:00pm
Philadelphia Eagles 20 10 W CBS 1:00pm
at Detroit Lions 37 3 W CBS 4:00pm
Los Angeles Rams 23 27 L CBS 4:00pm
at Phoenix Cardinals 16 10 W CBS 4:00pm
New York Giants 30 3 W CBS 1:00pm
at Denver Broncos 31 27 W CBS 4:00pm
at Washington Redskins 17 20 L CBS 4:00pm
at Atlanta Falcons 41 17 W ABC 9:00pm
Chicago Bears 27 14 W CBS 1:00pm

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA
Dallas Cowboys 13 3 0 .813 409 243
Philadelphia Eagles 11 5 0 .688 354 245
Washington Redskins 9 7 0 .563 300 255
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 306 367
Phoenix Cardinals 4 12 0 .250 243 332

Awards and records

References

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Buffalo Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Indianapolis Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit LA Rams
Miami Houston LA Raiders Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego Phoenix Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
1992 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XXVII

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