The 1995 NFL season The 1995 NFL season was the National Football League's 76th regular season. With the acquisition of the Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars, the league grew to 30 clubs. It was the first season for the Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The New England Patriots won their fifth Super Bowl title with a 31-29 victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XXXI.
The regular season began on September 7, with the Pittsburgh Steelers defeating the Seattle Seahawks 27-7. The Miami Dolphins were scheduled to play their home opener against the Denver Broncos at Sun Life Stadium. However, due to damage caused by Hurricane Marilyn, the game had to be moved to Dolphin Stadium. The game started at 1:00 PM Eastern Time and ended in a 13-13 tie after both teams went into halftime with only seven players on each side. The NFL decided not to award either team a win or loss for this game.
In Week 3, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman suffered a broken leg during a 24-3 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. In his absence, Randall Cunningham led the Cowboys to a 12-1 record before losing 26-21 in the NFC Championship Game to the Green Bay Packers. Aikman would go on to have a successful career with the Washington Redskins after leaving the Cowboys in 1999.
The 1995 NFL season was the National Football League's 76th regular season. It began on Thursday, September 6, when the San Diego Chargers played their first game at Qualcomm Stadium against the Denver Broncos. The season ended on January 2, 1996, when the Dallas Cowboys played their final game at Texas Stadium against the New York Giants. In between, the Patriots and Packers each won three games by a total of 18 points. The Steelers and Seahawks each lost two games by a total of eight points.
The regular season lasted 16 games. The postseason included the AFC Championship Game on January 22 at Jack Murphy Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida; the NFC Championship Game on January 26 at Georgia Dome in Atlanta; and the Super Bowl XXXI on February 1 at Sun Devil Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona. The Chicago Bears defeated the Green Bay Packers 21-14 to win their first NFL title in the same stadium where they were defeated by the Dallas Cowboys in 1969.
The 1995 season was the last one completed before the NFL entered its current television contract. Under this contract, which runs through 2001, CBS has the right to broadcast up to 17 games per season (two from each team) while NBC will show up to four contests (one from each division).
The 1998 NFL season was the National Football League's 79th regular season. The season finished with the Denver Broncos beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-19 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami in Super Bowl XXXIII. The New England Patriots won their fifth championship in nine seasons by defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars 14-7 in Super Bowl XXXIV.
The Patriots entered the season as 13-3, but lost three of four games to end the season 16-17. They rebounded by going 15-1 in 1999 and winning their fourth title in five years. This all led up to a six-year run from 2001-2006 during which time they won another three titles. Since 2007, the Patriots have not had much success, with only one playoff appearance over that span. However, due to an extensive list of injuries to other teams, they were able to win the first two games in 2008 and make it to their third straight Super Bowl before losing to the Giants.
The 1998 season was marked by a number of close calls throughout the year. In one of these incidents, Dallas quarterback Randall Cunningham was injured and replaced by Kevin Kolb during a game against Washington. Kolb went on to lead the team to a last-minute victory and a trip to the playoffs. In another incident, Tampa Bay quarterback Brad Johnson suffered a knee injury and was replaced by Jeff Garcia.
Dallas Cowboys head coaches for the 1995 season The 1995 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 36th in the National Football League, the second under head coach Barry Switzer, and the final of three Super Bowl victories they would win from 1992 to 1995. Prior to this season, the only other time the Cowboys had won more than one postseason game in a year was in 1985, when they went undefeated in their 12 games and won the NFC Championship Game before losing to Chicago Bears in the NFL Divisional Playoff.
Barry Switzer became the first African-American head coach of an NFL team when he was hired by the Cowboys after leading Oklahoma State to a 10-3 record. He replaced Jimmy Johnson, who left to take over as Miami Hurricanes football coach. The Cowboys also hired Dan Reeves as their new general manager. Reeves had been serving as Johnson's assistant since 1989; he was named the team's permanent GM on January 22,1995.
Switzer's success at Oklahoma State made him a hot candidate for many coaching positions after the NCAA banned its football programs from paying coaches. However, he decided to forego a career in college football and join the Cowboys as Johnson's replacement. Johnson originally planned to return for the 1996 season, but he changed his mind after learning that Reeves wanted him to remain with the Dolphins for at least two more years.