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1991 Major Football Leagues Standings and Playoffs

1991 Major Football League Standings (USA)

1991 National Football League
American Football Conference
PWLTPFPAPct
AFC Eastern Division
*Buffalo Bills1613304583180.813
*New York Jets168803142930.500
Miami Dolphins168803433490.500
New England Patriots1661002113050.375
Indianapolis Colts1611501433890.063
AFC Central Division
*Houston Oilers1611503862510.688
Pittsburgh Steelers167902923440.438
Cleveland Browns1661002932980.375
Cincinnati Bengals1631302634350.188
AFC Western Division
*Denver Broncos1612403042350.750
*Kansas City Chiefs1610603222550.625
*Los Angeles Raiders169702982970.563
Seattle Seahawks167902762610.438
San Diego Chargers1641202743420.250
National Football Conference
PWLTPFPAPct
NFC Eastern
*Washington Redskins1614204852440.875
*Dallas Cowboys1611503423100.688
Philadelphia Eagles1610602852440.625
New York Giants168802812970.500
Phoenix Cardinals1641201963440.250
NFC Central
*Detroit Lions1612403392950.750
*Chicago Bears1611502992690.688
Minnesota Vikings168803013060.500
Green Bay Packers1641202733130.250
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1631301993650.188
NFC Western
*New Orlreans Saints1611503412110.688
*Atlanta Falcons1610603613380.625
San Francisco 49ers1610603932390.625
Los Angeles Rams1631302343900.188
1991 Mid-Continental Football League
PWLTPFPAPct
*Dayton Steelers11830102620.727
*Cleveland Falcons13940107920.692
Wyandot Chiefs853099910.625
Shenango Valley Blasters10370891300.300
1991 Major Football League Standings [References: see end of Article]

1991 Major Football League Standings (World)

1991 Canadian Football League
PWLTPFPAPts
CFL Eastern Division
*Toronto Argonauts18135064752626
*Winnipeg Blue Bombers1899051649918
*Ottawa Rough Riders18711052257714
Hamilton Tiger-Cats1831504005996
CFL Western Division
*Edmonton Eskimoes18126067156924
*Calgary Stampeders18117059655222
*British Columbia Lions18117066158722
Saskatchewan Roughriders18612060671012
1991 World League of American Football
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WLAF European Division
*London Monarchs109103101210.900
*Barcelona Dragons108202061260.800
Frankfurt Galaxy107301551390.700
WLAF North American East Division
*New York/New Jersey Knights105502571550.500
Orlando Thunder105502422860.500
Montreal Machine104601451440.400
Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks1001001233000.000
WLAF North American West Division
*Birmingham Fire105501401400.500
San Antonio Riders104601761960.400
Sacramento Surge103701792540.300
1991 Arena Football League
PWLTPFPAPct
*Detroit Drive109104372620.900
*Tampa Bay Storm108204213090.800
*Denver Dynamite106403893650.600
*Albany Firebirds106404273420.600
Dallas Texans104602863340.400
New Orleans Night104603144010.400
Orlando Predators103703213630.300
Columbus Thunderbolts1001002414600.000
1991 Association of American Football of USSR
PWLTPFPAPct
*Moscow Bruins (Bears)
*Moscow Swans
Caspian Sphinxes
Kharkov Atlantis
Donetsk Scythians
Minsk Zubrs (Bison)
1991 Major Football League Standings (World) – References: see end of article.

1991 Major Football League Playoffs (USA)

National Football League PlayoffsNational Football League Playoffs
National Football Conference Playoffs
Home TeamScoreRoad TeamScore
AFC Wild Card Playoffs
Kansas City Chiefs10Los Angeles Raiders6
Houston Oilers17New York Jets10
AFC Divisional Playoffs
Denver Broncos26Houston Oilers24
Buffalo Bills37Kansas City Chiefs14
AFC Conference Championship
Buffalo Bills10Denver Broncos7
National Football Conference Playoffs
Home TeamScoreRoad TeamScore
NFC Wild Card Playoffs
New Orleans Saints20Atlanta Falcons27
Chicago Bears13Dallas Cowboys17
NFC Divisional Playoffs
Washington Redskins24Atlanta Falcons7
Detroit Lions38Dallas Cowboys6
NFC Conference Championship
Washington Redskins41Detroit Lions10
Super Bowl XXVII (AFC v NFC)@Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN
AFC TeamNFC Team
Buffalo Bills24Washington Redskins37
Mid-Continental Football League Playoffs
Home TeamScoreRoad TeamScore
MCFL Championship Game
Cleveland Falcons7Dayton Steelers0
1991 Major Football League Playoffs (USA) – References: see end of article.

1991 Major Football League Playoffs (World)

Canadian Football League Playoffs
Home TeamScoreRoad TeamScore
Eastern Semi-Final
Winnipeg Blue Bombers26Ottawa Rough Riders8
Western Semi-Final
Calgary Stampeders43British Columbia Lions41
Eastern Final
Toronto Argonauts42Winnipeg Blue Bombers3
Western Final
Edmonton Eskimoes36Calgary Stampeders38
Grey Cup
Toronto Argonauts36Calgary Stampeders21
World League of American Football Playoffs
Home TeamScoreRoad TeamScore
Semi-Finals
Birmingham Fire3Barcelona Dragons10
New York/New Jersey Knights26London Monarchs42
World Bowl ’91@Wembley Stadium, London, ENG
London Monarchs21Barcelona Dragons0
Arena Football League Playoffs
Home TeamScoreRoad TeamScore
Semi-Finals
Detroit Drive37Albany Firebirds35
Tampa Bay Storm40Denver Dynamite13
Arena Bowl V
Tampa Bay Storm48Detroit Drive42
Association of American Football of USSR Playoffs
Home TeamScoreRoad TeamScore
Moscow BruinsWonMoscow SwansLost
1991 Major Football League Playoffs (World) – References: see end of article.

Report

Buffalo Bills, holding the best record in the AFC (13-3) lost their second Super Bowl in succession, defeated 37-24 by Washington Redskins, holders of the best record in the NFC and entire NFL (14-2). For the AFC it was an eighth successive loss in the biggest event in USA sports. The last time an AFC team won the Super Bowl was Los Angeles Raiders’ 38-9 victory over Washington Redskins on 22 January 1984 at Tampa, Florida in Super Bowl XVIII. Following a scoreless first quarter the Redskins scored 17 points in the second quarter and added a second John Riggs run touchdown 16 seconds into the third quarter to take a commanding 24-0 lead. Buffalo hit back later in the third quarter with a field goal and touchdown to reduce the deficit to 14 points, but another Redskins touchdown before the end of the quarter made the score 31-10. Two more field goals by Lohmiller made the score 37-10 in the fourth quarter. The Bills scored two passing touchdowns late in the game to make the score 37-24 at the final whistle. [NFL References: 1-2]

In other leagues, Cleveland Falcons triumphed 7-0 versus Dayton Steelers in the Mid-Continental Football League (MCFL) Championship Game. The MCFL was a new start-up league based in Ohio and Pennsylvania that took the place of any major 11v11 rival outdoor league to the NFL since the demise of the United States Football League following the 1985 season. Following the season Louisville Bulls of Kentucky replaced Wyandot Chiefs in the four-team league. [MCFL References: 1-2]

In the Canadian Football League, the Eastern Division’s Toronto Argonauts emerged victorious with a 36-21 victory over Calgary Stampeders. Calgary had the second-best record in the Western Division (11-7) after Edmonton Eskimoes, with Toronto putting up a 13-5 record to take first in the Eastern Division. Calgary eliminated Edmonton 38-36 in the Western Final and Toronto won 42-3 versus Winnipeg in the Eastern Final. [CFL References: 1]

The National Football League established the World League of American Football (WLAF) to further promote the sport around the World. Beginning in 1991 with ten teams the WLAF was divided into three divisions: European (with teams in London, England, UK; Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain; and Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany); North American East Division (three teams in USA: New York/New Jersey Knights, NJ; Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks, NC; and Orlando Thunder, FL; plus one team in Quebec, Canada: Montreal Machine) and North American West Division (Three teams in USA: Birmingham Fire, AL; San Antonio Riders, TX; and Sacramento Surge, CA). An imbalance in players allocated by the NFL for development in the WLAF meant no team in the European Division finished with a losing record, and no team in either North American Division finished with a winning record. World Bowl ’91 was won by London Monarchs by 21-0 versus Barcelona Dragons at the hallowed grounds of Wembley Stadium, the home of England’s National Soccer Team. Following the 1991 season the winless Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks were replaced by Ohio Glory in Columbus for 1992. [WLAF References: 1-4]

The Arena Football League in 1991 expanded by two teams to eight, with Washington Commandos and Pittsburgh Gladiators leaving the league and replaced by four new teams in Tampa Bay Storm (FL), Orlando Predators (FL), New Orleans Night (LA) and Columbus Thunderbolts (OH). Tampa Bay Storm were immediately successful, winning Arena Bowl V 48-42 versus Detroit Drive. As in all other Major Football Leagues in 1991 the two teams with best records reached the Championship Game. Following the season Thunderbolts relocated to Cleveland (OH) and Cincinnati Rockers (OH), Charlotte Rage (NC), Sacramento Attack (CA) and San Antonio Force (TX) were added for 1992. [AFL References: 1]

A new Football power emerged on the scene in 1991: The USSR. Following glasnost the USSR opened up to American Football and a six-team league was established with teams in Moscow (Bruins and Swans), Caspian Sea Region (Sphinxes), Ukraine (Donetsk Scythians and Kharkov Atlantis) and Belarus (Minsk Zubrs – ‘Bison’). The first and only official Championship of USSR ended with a Moscow Bruins victory over Moscow Swans. After the season the USSR broke up, with Moscow Bears (Bruins) and Krasnoyarsk Siberian Devils competing for Championship of Russia. Kharkov Atlantis and Donetsk Scythians joined newly independent Ukraine’s Football Association and Minsk Zubrs joined Belarus’ Football Association. [AAF USSR References 1-2]

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1991 Major Football League References

NFL References [1]
National Football League – 1996 Record and Factbook “Past Standings: 1996” p. 278.
Published by National Football League, Workman Publishing Co., New York

NFL References [2]
National Football League – 1996 Record and Factbook “Super Bowl Summaries” p. 327-329.
Published by National Football League, Workman Publishing Co., New York
MCFL References (1)
Semi-Pro Football -Defunct Leagues: EMCFL (Champs)
https://www.semiprofootball.org/minor/champs/mcfl.htm
[Accessed 1 January 2024]

MCFL References (2)
Semi-Pro Football – Defunct Leagues: EMCFL (1991)
https://www.semiprofootball.org/index.htm
[Accessed 1 January 2024]
CFL References (1)
Canadian Football League – CFL Standings: The 1990s
http://web.archive.org/web/19991108193646/http://www.cfl.ca/CFLArchives/1990s.html
[Accessed 20 January 2023][Archived at the Wayback Machine]
WLAF References (1-3)
Anon. (1991) “Standings” First Down, June 1, 1991, pg. 5
Anon. (1991) “Jon’s too Hort to handle” First Down, June 8, 1991, pg. 4-5
Anglesey, Steve (1991) “Enter the Dragons!” First Down, June 15, 1992, pg. 6-7
WLAF References (4)
World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 1991
http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id165.html
[Accessed 23 April 2018]
Arena Football League References (1)
Arena Football League (2016) 2016 Record and Factbook pp. 67-83 / 52.
AAF USSR References (1)
American Football in Russia (2017) History of American Football in USSR and Russia
http://www.americanfootball.ru/Hist_RUS.php
Accessed 24 December 2017
AAF USSR References (2)
Anon. (1991) “Curtain Call” First Down. September 29, 1991. pg. 10.
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