Detroit Lions: Bracy Walker

We'll be looking at the history of the Detroit Lions from a little bit different perspective -- history through the numbers. Each weekday will feature a set of numbers counting down from 100.


The series begins today with Nos. 100-91. Most of the numbers came from research on the Detroit Lions web site, record books, Pro-Football-Reference.com and ESPN Stats & Information.

100: In 2012 Calvin Johnson was the first receiver in NFL history to have eight consecutive 100-yard receiving games. He capped this with a 225-yard performance against Atlanta, where he had exactly 100 yards after the catch.

99: Number of rushing touchdowns Barry Sanders scored in his career -- more than double the 42 rushing touchdowns from Billy Sims, who is No. 2 on the career list for the Lions. Sanders had 10 or more rushing touchdowns in six of his 10 seasons, including a career-high 16 rushing touchdowns in 1991.

98: Chicago quarterback Bill Wade hit receiver Bo Farrington on a 98-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter on Oct. 8, 1961 -- the longest pass play ever given up by the Lions. The Bears beat the Lions, 31-17.

97: The longest pass in Lions Thanksgiving history came in 1953, when Bobby Layne found Cloyce Box for a touchdown in the third quarter. It started a 27-point second-half comeback for Detroit that led to a 34-15 win over Green Bay. It was one of two catches for Box that day.

96: The longest rush in Detroit Lions history. Bob Hoernschemeyer took the ball 96 yards during the fourth quarter of a 49-14 Lions blowout of the New York Yanks on Nov. 23, 1950. The 96-yard rush was more than double his average yards per game (47.1) that season. (Source: Pro Football Reference)

95: Career sacks for Robert Porcher (95.5), a record. Porcher managed this over an 11-year Lions tenure from 1992 to 2003. Porcher has had 429 tackles in his career and made the Pro Bowl three times -- in 1997, 1999 and 2001.

94: The number worn by Luther Elliss, a former first-round pick by the Lions, from 1995 to 2003. Elliss played in 126 games for Detroit, starting 119 of them. Elliss had 27 sacks for the Lions in his time with the club as a defensive tackle.

93: The last time Detroit won a divisional title was in 1993. The Lions went 10-6 that season and won the NFC Central by one game over Minnesota and Green Bay. As the Lions know all too well, though, Detroit lost the wildcard playoff game that year at home to the Packers, 28-24, after Brett Favre’s pass to Sterling Sharpe with less than a minute remaining.

92: Bracy Walker returned a blocked Chicago field goal and returned it 92 yards on Sept. 12, 2004 to help the Lions beat the Bears, 20-16, snapping a 24-game road losing streak for the club.

91: Rushing attempts for Sanders in the NFL playoffs during his 10-year career. He also has the most career playoff rushing yards for the Lions with 386. His 91 attempts came in six career playoff games. In those games, he only had one 100-yard performance.

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