Detroit Lions: Cloyce Box

The series continues with Nos. 30-21. Most of the numbers came from research on the Detroit Lions' website, record books, Pro-Football-Reference.com and ESPN Stats & Information.

30: As in 1930, the first year the club started playing football. Then known as the Portsmouth Spartans playing in Ohio, the club went 5-6-3 in its first season before going 11-3 in its second year. The team was awarded to Portsmouth, Ohio on July 12, 1930 and stayed in Ohio until moving to Detroit on June 30, 1934.

29: Times the Lions have appeared on "Monday Night Football" in their history. Detroit has a 12-16-1 record in those games, including 10-10 at home and 2-6-1 on the road. Their last MNF game was on Dec. 16, 2013, when Justin Tucker made six field goals to beat the Lions. Detroit opens its season on "Monday Night Football" against the New York Giants this year.

28: Points scored by Detroit the last time the Lions made the playoffs, a 45-28 loss to New Orleans in 2011. It would be the Lions’ first playoff appearance since the turn of the century and was a game Detroit led, 14-10, at halftime.

27: Years spent on the Lions’ coaching staff by Don Clemons, who retired following the 2011 season. Clemons started his Lions career in 1985 as a defensive assistant and strength and conditioning assistant and spent his entire career with Detroit on the defensive side of the ball in various roles. He now coaches linebackers at Moravian College, where his son, Corey, is a junior quarterback.

26: The number worn by Dick Jauron, who both played and coached for the Lions during his career. He was drafted in the fourth round by Detroit in 1973 and spent five seasons with the Lions as a player, where he intercepted 14 passes and played in 58 games, starting 51 according to Pro-Football-Reference. Jauron then returned to the Lions in 2004 and 2005 -- first as the team’s defensive coordinator and then the interim head coach over the final five games of the 2005 season, when he went 1-4.

25: Pass attempts by Rodney Peete in Philadephia’s 58-37 win against Detroit in the wild-card round of the 1995 playoffs. Peete, a one-time Lions quarterback, was 17 of 25 for 270 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Peete helped push the Eagles to a 51-7 lead before Detroit scoured four touchdowns in the second half to make the game closer.

24: Individual points in a game accounted for by Doak Walker on Nov. 19, 1950 against Green Bay, Cloyce Box on Dec. 3, 1950 against Baltimore and Barry Sanders on Nov. 24, 1991 against Minnesota. They are tied for the most individual points scored in a game in Lions history. Coincidentally, all of those games came on the road.

23: The number of interceptions thrown in the 1951 season by Bobby Layne and the 1979 season by Jeff Komlo, tied for the most in a season by a Lions quarterback. Layne's team went 7-4-1 in 1951 and ended up in the title game with Layne for the next three seasons. Komlo wasn’t as lucky. The Lions went 2-14 in 1979, the only time Komlo was essentially a full-time NFL starter.

22: Number worn by Bobby Layne. The quarterback led the Lions to three NFL championships in the 1950s before the team traded him to Pittsburgh during the 1958 season. He left the Lions as their all-time leader in passing yards with 15,710 until Matthew Stafford passed him during the 2013 season. Layne still holds the career touchdowns record with 118 -- although Stafford will likely pass him in the 2014 season as he starts with 109.

21: Tackles in a game by Paul Naumoff against Cleveland on Nov. 9, 1975 -- the most ever by a Lions player in one game. He played 12 seasons for the Lions and made the Pro Bowl in 1970.
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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