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1992 Buffalo Bills season
Head Coach Marv Levy
Home Field Rich Stadium
Results
Record 11–5
Place 2nd AFC East
Playoff Finish W AFC Wild Card
W AFC Divisional
W AFC Championship
L Super Bowl XXVI
Timeline
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1991 1993

The 1992 Buffalo Bills season was the 33rd season for the team in the National Football League. The Buffalo Bills finished the National Football League's 1992 season with a record of 11 wins and 5 losses, and finished second in the AFC East division. The Bills qualified for their third straight Super Bowl appearance.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round PickPlayer Position College
127John FinaTackleArizona
383Keith GoganiousLinebackerPenn State
4111Frank KmetDefensive EndPurdue
5139Matt DarbyDefensive BackUCLA
6167Nate TurnerRunning BackNebraska
7195Kurt SchulzDefensive BackEastern Washington
8223Leonard HumphriesDefensive BackPenn State
9251Chris WalshWide ReceiverStanford
10279Barry RoseWide ReceiverWisconsin–Stevens Point
11307Vince MarrowTight EndToledo
12335Matt RodgersQuarterbackIowa

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1992 Buffalo Bills staff

Front Office

  • President – Ralph Wilson
  • Vice President of Administration/General Manager – Bill Polian
  • Assistant General Manager/Director of Pro Personnel – Bob Ferguson
  • Director of Player Personnel – John Butler
  • Assistant Director/Collegiate Scouting – A. J. Smith

Head Coaches

  • Vice President for Football Operations/Head Coach – Marv Levy
  • Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs – Elijah Pitts
  • Administrative Assistant to the Head Coach – Chuck Lester

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Walt Corey
  • Defensive Line – Dan Sekanovich
  • Defensive Backs – Dick Roach
  • Defensive Quality Control – Chuck Lester

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams – Bruce DeHaven

Strength and Conditioning

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RosterEdit

1992 Buffalo Bills roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Regular seasonEdit

  • Week 2 (September 13, 1992) – Buffalo's 34–31 win over the San Francisco 49ers was the first game in NFL history in which neither team punted.
  • Week 12 (November 22, 1992) – Buffalo set an NFL record by rushing for 315 yards in a game versus the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Week 17 (December 27, 1992) – Jim Kelly is injured in the final game of the season, forcing Frank Reich to take over as starting quarterback to begin the playoffs. One week later, Reich would engineer the greatest comeback in NFL history. (See below.)

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Game Site Final Score Record Attendance
1 September 6, 1992 Los Angeles Rams Rich Stadium W 40–7 1–0
79,001
2 September 13, 1992 at San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park W 34–31 2–0
64,053
3 September 20, 1992 Indianapolis Colts Rich Stadium W 38–0 3–0
77,781
4 September 27, 1992 at New England Patriots Foxboro Stadium W 41–7 4–0
52,527
5 October 4, 1992 Miami Dolphins Rich Stadium L 37–10 4–1
80,368
6 October 11, 1992 at Los Angeles Raiders Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum L 20–3 4–2
52,287
7 Bye
8 October 26, 1992 at New York Jets The Meadowlands W 24–20 5–2
68,181
9 November 1, 1992 New England Patriots Rich Stadium W 16–7 6–2
78,268
10 November 8, 1992 Pittsburgh Steelers Rich Stadium W 28–20 7–2
80,294
11 November 16, 1992 at Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium W 26–20 8–2
70,629
12 November 22, 1992 Atlanta Falcons Rich Stadium W 41–14 9–2
80,004
13 November 29, 1992 at Indianapolis Colts Hoosier Dome L 16–13 9–3
50,221
14 December 6, 1992 New York Jets Rich Stadium L 24–17 9–4
75,876
15 December 12, 1992 Denver Broncos Rich Stadium W 27–17 10–4
71,740
16 December 20, 1992 at New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome W 20–16 11–4
68,591
17 December 27, 1992 at Houston Oilers Houston Astrodome L 27–3 11–5
61,742

StandingsEdit

AFC East
view · talk · edit W L T PCT PF PA
Miami Dolphins 11 5 0 .688 340 281
Buffalo Bills 11 5 0 .688 381 283
Indianapolis Colts 9 7 0 .563 216 302
New York Jets 4 12 0 .250 220 315
New England Patriots 2 14 0 .125 205 363

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PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Final Score Attendance
Wildcard January 3, 1993 Houston Oilers W 41–38
75,141
Division January 9, 1993 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–3
60,407
Conference Championship January 17, 1993 at Miami Dolphins W 29–10
72,703
Super Bowl January 31, 1993 N Dallas Cowboys L 52–17
98,374

AFC Wildcard PlayoffEdit

The ComebackEdit

Frank Reich's defining moment in his pro career is actually another comeback, this one often called the greatest comeback in NFL history (it is the greatest comeback in terms of deficit overcome, 32 points), in the playoffs following the 1992 season against the Houston Oilers. Reich led the Bills on a 35–3 run in the second half and overtime against the Oiler defense en route to a 41–38 victory. Reich would help the Bills defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional round before once again giving the team back to Kelly, who led them into Super Bowl XXVII, where they fell to the Dallas Cowboys 52–17.

Scoring summary

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 7 21 7 3 38
Bills 3 0 28 7 41



  • HOU – Jeffires 3-yard pass from Moon (Del Greco kick) 7–0 HOU
  • BUF – FG Christie 36-yards 7–3 HOU
  • HOU – Slaughter 7-yard pass from Moon (Del Greco kick) 14–3 HOU
  • HOU – Duncan 26-yard pass from Moon (Del Greco kick) 21–3 HOU
  • HOU – Jeffires 27-yard pass from Moon (Del Greco kick) 28–3 HOU
  • HOU – McDowell 58-yard interception return (Del Greco kick) 35–3 HOU
  • BUF – K. Davis 1-yard run (Christie kick) 35–10 HOU
  • BUF – Beebe 38-yard pass from Reich (Christie kick) 35–17 HOU
  • BUF – Reed 26-yard pass from Reich (Christie kick) 35–24 HOU
  • BUF – Reed 18-yard pass from Reich (Christie kick) 35–31 HOU
  • BUF – Reed 17-yard pass from Reich (Christie kick) 38–35 BUF
  • HOU – FG Del Greco 26-yards 38–38 tie
  • BUF – FG Christie 32-yards 41–38 BUF

Super Bowl XXVIIEdit

The Bills entered Super Bowl XXVII trying to avoid becoming the first team to lose three consecutive Super Bowls. Once again the team was loaded with talent, boasting 12 Pro Bowl selections. During the regular season, Buffalo's no-huddle offense ranked as the number two offense in the league (6,114 yards) and ranked as the number one rushing offense (2,436). Running back Thurman Thomas rushed for 1,487 yards and 9 touchdowns during the regular season, while also catching 58 passes for 626 yards and another 3 touchdowns. Running back Kenneth Davis rushed for 613 yards, caught 15 passes for 80 yards, and added another 251 yards returning kickoffs. Quarterback Jim Kelly had 269 out of 462 completions for 3,457 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions. Wide receiver Andre Reed lead the team with 65 receptions for 913 yards and 3 touchdowns, receiver James Lofton contributed 51 receptions for 786 yards and 6 touchdowns, and wide receiver Don Beebe had 33 receptions for 554 and 2 touchdowns. Also tight end Pete Metzelaars recorded 30 receptions for 298 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Bills also had one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, led by Pro Bowlers Will Wolford, Jim Ritcher, and Howard Ballard, along with center Kent Hull.

On defense, the line was anchored by tackles Bruce Smith (14 sacks) and Jeff Wright (6 sacks, 1 fumble recovery), who were fully recovered after missing almost all of the previous season due to injuries. The Bills were once again led by their trio of linebackers Darryl Talley (77 tackles, 4 sacks), Shane Conlan (66 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception), and Pro Bowler Cornelius Bennett (52 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries. The defensive secondary was aided by the emergence of second year defensive back Henry Jones, who led the NFL with 8 interceptions, returning them for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensive back Mark Kelso recorded 7 interceptions, while Pro Bowl defensive back Nate Odomes had 5.

However, the Bills quest for a third consecutive Super Bowl suffered a major setback when they lost the final game of the season to the Houston Oilers. The loss caused the Bills to finish with an 11–5 record, losing the AFC East title to the Miami Dolphins based on tiebreaking rules, and thus making them a wild card team for the playoffs. Thus, even if they won their first playoff game, they would have to win two on the road to make the Super Bowl. To make matters worse, Kelly also suffered strained knee ligaments during the loss to the Oilers and had to miss the first 2 playoff games. Furthermore, their first opponent in the playoffs ended up being the Oilers. A headline on a Buffalo newspaper stated the Bills situation: "Bills Begin The Longest Road Today."

Starting lineupsEdit

Source:[3]

Scoring summaryEdit

  • BUF – TD: Thurman Thomas 2 yard run (Steve Christie kick) 7–0 BUF
  • DAL – TD: Jay Novacek 23 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Lin Elliott kick) 7–7 tie
  • DAL – TD: Jimmie Jones 2 yard fumble return (Lin Elliott kick) 14–7 DAL
  • BUF – FG: Steve Christie 21 yards 14–10 DAL
  • DAL – TD: Michael Irvin 19 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Lin Elliott kick) 21–10 DAL
  • DAL – TD: Michael Irvin 18 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Lin Elliott kick) 28–10 DAL
  • DAL – FG: Lin Elliott 20 yards 31–10 DAL
  • BUF – TD: Don Beebe 40 yard pass from Frank Reich (Steve Christie kick) 31–17 DAL
  • DAL – TD: Alvin Harper 45 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Lin Elliott kick) 38–17 DAL
  • DAL – TD: Emmitt Smith 10 yard run (Lin Elliott kick) 45–17 DAL
  • DAL – TD: Ken Norton Jr. 9 yard fumble return (Lin Elliott kick) 52–17 DAL

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Fewest Rushing Yards allowed in NFL, 1395 yards
  • Led NFL in Total Yards Rushing, 2436 yards
  • Led AFC in Points Scored, 381
  • Led AFC in Yards Gained, 5893
  • Set NFL record for most rushing yards by a club in one game (315)
  • Steve Christie, Tied NFL record, Most Field Goals Attempted in a Playoff Game (6)
  • Steve Christie, Tied NFL record, Most Field Goals Made in a Playoff Game (5)
  • Henry Jones, Tied NFL Lead, 8 Interceptions
  • Steve Tasker, Pro Bowl MVP
  • Thurman Thomas, AFC Leader, 12 Touchdowns

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1992 Buffalo Bills Media Guide. pp. 2–23. http://www.buffalobills.com/team/history/mediaguidearchive.html. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
  2. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 292
  3. Neft, David S., Cohen, Richard M., and Korch, Rick. The Complete History of Professional Football from 1892 to the Present. 1994 ISBN 0-312-11435-4

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