1993 Houston Oilers season
Head Coach Jack Pardee
Home Field Astrodome
Record 12–4
Place 1st AFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost AFC Divisional Playoff
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1992 1994

The 1993 season was the Houston Oilers 34th season and their 24th in the NFL.


NFL DraftEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
13Houston OilersBrad HopkinsTackleIllinois



1993 Houston Oilers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Rehabilitation – Steve Watterson


Regular seasonEdit

The Buddy Ryan-led defense helped propel the Oilers to an 11-game winning streak to end the 1993 regular season, only to be upset by Joe Montana and the Kansas City Chiefs in the Astrodome during the Divisional Round of the playoffs. He was most notably involved in a sideline altercation with then-offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride during a national broadcast. Ryan had been criticizing Gilbride's "run and shoot", referring to it as the "chuck and duck." Ryan felt that last-minute stands cost him two players to injury when the offense could have simply just ran the ball and killed the clock. At the end of the first half in the last game of the season against the New York Jets, Gilbride called a pass play, and when Cody Carlson fumbled the snap, Ryan started yelling at Gilbride, who started walking towards Ryan, yelling back. When they were in arms length, Ryan punched Gilbride and two players quickly separated them.


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 5, 1993 at New Orleans Saints L 33–21
2 September 12, 1993 Kansas City Chiefs W 30–0
3 September 19, 1993 at San Diego Chargers L 18–17
4 September 26, 1993 Los Angeles Rams L 28–13
5 Bye
6 October 11, 1993 at Buffalo Bills L 35–7
7 October 17, 1993 at New England Patriots W 28–14
8 October 24, 1993 Cincinnati Bengals W 28–12
9 Bye
10 November 7, 1993 Seattle Seahawks W 24–14
11 November 14, 1993 at Cincinnati Bengals W 38–3
12 November 21, 1993 at Cleveland Browns W 27–20
13 November 28, 1993 Pittsburgh Steelers W 23–3
14 December 5, 1993 Atlanta Falcons W 33–17
15 December 12, 1993 Cleveland Browns W 19–17
16 December 19, 1993 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 26–17
17 December 25, 1993 at San Francisco 49ers W 10–7
18 January 2, 1994 New York Jets W 24–0


AFC Central
Houston Oilers 1240.750368238
Pittsburgh Steelers 970.563308281
Cleveland Browns 790.438304307
Cincinnati Bengals 3130.188187319


AFC Divisional PlayoffEdit

AFC: Kansas City Chiefs 28, Houston Oilers 20

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 0 7 21


Oilers 10 0 0 10


at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Chiefs quarterback Joe Montana threw three touchdown passes in the second half to give his team a 28–20 win. The Oilers jumped to a 10–0 lead in the first quarter with kicker Al Del Greco's 49-yard field goal and running back Gary Brown's 2-yard touchdown. Then after a scoreless second period, Montana threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Keith Cash in the third quarter. In the fourth period, Del Greco kicked a 43-yard field goal to give Houston a 13–7 lead. But aided by a 38-yard pass interference penalty, the Chiefs advanced 71 yards to score on wide receiver J.J. Birden's 11-yard touchdown reception form Montana. On the Oilers' next possession, Kansas City defensive lineman Dan Saleaumua recovered a fumble by Houston quarterback Warren Moon, setting up Montana's 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Willie Davis. The Oilers then drove 80 yards to score on wide receiver Ernest Givins' 7-yard touchdown catch, but the Chiefs responded with running back Marcus Allen's game-clinching 21-yard touchdown that capped off a 79-yard drive.

Awards and recordsEdit


This was the last time a NFL Team from Houston, Texas participated in the NFL Playoffs until the 2011 Houston Texans.


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
1993 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XXVIII

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