Detroit Lions: Detroit Lions history by the numbers

We have looked 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 concludes with Nos. 10-0. Most of the numbers came from research on the Detroit Lions' website, record books, Pro-Football-Reference.com and ESPN Stats & Information. And happy Independence Day.

10: Training camp homes Detroit has had in franchise history. The Lions started at Cranbrook from 1934-41 before moving to Charlevoix (1942), West Shore Golf Club in Grosse Ile (1943-44), Assumption College in Windsor, Ontario (1945), Alma College (1946-48), Michigan State Normal College (1949-56), Cranbrook again (1957-74), Oakland University (1975-89), Pontiac Silverdome (1990-96), Saginaw Valley State (1997-2001) and the team’s practice facility in Allen Park (2002-present).

9: Number worn by quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has already set the franchise records for career passing yards; passing touchdowns in a season; passing attempts in a career, season and game; completions in a career, season and game; and completion percentage in a season, among other things.

8: Career punt returns for touchdowns from Jack Christiansen, a Detroit Lions record. Christiansen returned those punts from 1951 to 1957 and had four of his eight returns for scores during 1951, his rookie season. He had two in his second season, 1952, and then one each in 1954 and 1956. He ended up with 1,084 punt return yards in his career.

7: Dutch Clark's jersey number. The Hall of Fame back played in 75 games, starting 49 of them during the 1930s. He led the Lions to their first championship and completed 114 of 250 passes for 1,507 yards, 11 touchdowns and 26 interceptions in his career. He also ran the ball 606 times for 2,772 yards and 36 touchdowns. He was named All-NFL every year from 1931 to 1937.

6: Most field goals in a game by a Lions player -- accomplished twice, both against Minnesota. Garo Yepremian hit his six-pack on Nov. 13, 1966. Almost 33 years later, Jason Hanson made six field goals on Oct. 17, 1999. Also the most field goals by an opponent in a game, made by Justin Tucker from Baltimore in 2013.

5: Kick return touchdowns for Mel Gray with the Lions, a franchise record. No other Lions player has had more than two in his Lions career. In all, Gray had six kick returns for scores in his career, but he had five with the Lions -- including three in the 1994 season. It was one of three seasons with Detroit he was named an All-Pro.

4: Championships for the franchise since its inception. All four came in the pre-Super Bowl era -- in 1935, 1952, 1953 and 1957.

3: Lions players who were killed in service during World War II. Lt. Chet Wetterlund was killed stateside in a plane crash during a patrol mission in New Jersey on Sept. 5, 1944. Sgt. Alex Ketzko was killed in France on Dec. 23, 1944. Lt. Charles Behan was shot down by gunfire in Okinawa on May 18, 1945. Ketzko played one season for the Lions in 1943, starting three games as a tackle. Wetterlund completed 13 of 44 passes for 230 yards, no touchdowns and 10 interceptions along with 23 carries for six yards in 1942, his only season with the Lions. He also had 11 punts for 449 yards and had an interception on defense. Behan had four catches for 63 yards in 1942, his only season with the team.

2: Most kick and punt returns for a score in a game by a Lions player -- accomplished by many players, most recently Jeremy Ross against Philadelphia on Dec. 8, 2013. Eddie Drummond (Nov. 14, 2004), Eddie Payton (Dec. 17, 1977) and Jack Christiansen (Oct. 14, 1951 and Nov. 22, 1951) are the other players to accomplish this.

1: Playoff wins in the Super Bowl era for the Detroit Lions. It came on Jan. 5, 1992, when the Lions beat Dallas, 38-6. The next week, the Lions lost to Washington in the NFC title game, 41-10.

0: Wins during the 2008 season, the worst in NFL history. The Lions were the first team in the history of the league to lose 16 games in a season. The season led to the firings of Rod Marinelli and general manager Matt Millen.
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 continues with Nos. 20-11. Most of the numbers came from research on the Detroit Lions website, record books, Pro-Football-Reference.com and ESPN Stats & Information.

20: The jersey number of one of the top running backs of all-time, Barry Sanders played in 153 games, rushing for 15,269 yards and 99 touchdowns. He also caught 352 passes for 2,921 yards and 10 touchdowns before retiring prior to the 1999 season. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards every year he was in the league and gained 2,053 yards in 1997.

19: Interceptions thrown by Erik Kramer during his Lions career, the fewest by any Detroit quarterback with at least 500 attempts. He is one of two quarterbacks with more than 500 attempts for the Lions to throw fewer than 30 career picks, joined by Chuck Long, who had 28.

18: Playoff games in Detroit Lions’ history, including the pre-Super Bowl era. In all, the Lions are 7-11 in the playoffs with a 5-1 record at home and a 2-10 record on the road. Since 1957, the Lions only have one win in the postseason.

17: Points scored by the Lions in their NFL championship wins in both 1952 and 1953 -- both against the Cleveland Browns. The Lions beat Cleveland 17-7 at Municipal Stadium on Dec. 28, 1952 to win the franchise’s second title and then 17-16 at Briggs (Tiger) Stadium the following year on Dec. 27, 1953 to win their third title. They would reach two more title games -- in 1954 and 1957 -- with the team's last title coming against Cleveland in a 59-14 win in 1957. All four of the Lions' championship appearances in the 1950s came against Cleveland.

16: Touchdowns Barry Sanders scored in 1991, the most he had in a single year in his career. Sanders has seven of the top 10 rushing touchdown seasons in Lions history, but none was more impressive, scoring-wise, than 1991. It was the same season the Lions won their only playoff game during the Super Bowl era. Sixteen is also the single-season receiving touchdowns record -- set by Calvin Johnson in 2011.

15: Catches by Seattle wide receiver Steve Largent and Dallas tight end Jason Witten -- the most ever by an opponent against the Lions in a game. The games happened a little over two decades apart. Largent caught his passes from Jeff Kemp, part of a 15-catch, 261-yard, three touchdown day for the Seahawks legend on Oct. 18, 1987. The 261 yards is the second-most allowed in Lions history. Witten had 15 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown against the Lions on Dec. 9, 2007.

14: Punts by Carl Kinscherf of the New York Giants on Nov. 7, 1943, the most by an opponent against Detroit. Those 14 kicks came in a 0-0 tie. At the time, the amount of punts tied an NFL record that has since been broken.

13: Franchises without a Super Bowl title, of which the Lions are one. The Lions are one of four franchises, along with Cleveland, Houston and Jacksonville, without a Super Bowl appearance.

12: Most wins in franchise history, set during the 1991 season. It is also the last year the Lions won a playoff game and the only time the team has played in a conference championship game during the Super Bowl era.

11: Sacks allowed by the Detroit Lions in 2003, a franchise record. Joey Harrington was sacked by opponents nine times and Mike McMahon was touched by opponents twice. The protection didn’t matter much as the Lions finished 5-11.
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 continues with Nos. 40-31. Most of the numbers came from research on the Detroit Lions website, record books, Pro-Football-Reference.com and ESPN Stats & Information.

40: The Lions used this selection in 1978 to pick a defensive end from Colorado State named Al Baker. Better known as "Bubba," Baker had 23 sacks his rookie season according to the Lions website, and 75.5 sacks in his five seasons with the Lions in just 67 games. He also made three Pro Bowls during that span. Most of these sacks were never officially recorded by the NFL, though, since the league didn’t start recognizing the stat until 1982. Now, he owns a barbecue business in Ohio and was featured on the show “Shark Tank.”

39: Completions by Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck against the Lions on Nov. 8, 2009, in a 32-20 Seahawks win. Hasselbeck completed 39 of 51 passes for 329 yards, a touchdown and an interception against Detroit with seven of those passes going to former Seahawks and Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson.

38: Interceptions made during the 1953 season by the Lions defense, the most the team has had in a year. Detroit returned two interceptions for touchdowns that year and gained 663 yards on those interceptions for an average of 17.45 yards per INT.

37: The number worn by Doak Walker, the man for whom the trophy for the best running back in college football is named. He had 309 carries for 1,520 yards and 12 touchdowns in his career along with 152 receptions for 2,539 yards and 21 touchdowns as he helped Detroit win two NFL titles. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986.

36: Carries by Cincinnati running back Cedric Benson, the most ever taken in a game against the Lions. Benson had 110 yards on those carries and did not score. The Lions -- as they did so often in 2009 -- lost, falling to the Bengals, 23-13.

35: The age of the oldest Lions player to score an offensive touchdown in the regular season. Two 35-year-olds actually accomplished this. Quarterback Joe Ferguson had one rushing touchdown during the 1985 season and Jeff Garcia had one rushing score in 2005. Technically, Garcia was the oldest due to an earlier birth date.

34: The number of field goals Jason Hanson made in the 1993 season, the most in his career and the most in one year in Lions history. Hanson made 34 of 43 field goals that season, for a 79.1 field goal percentage. Hanson has the club's top six seasons for field goals made and the top two field goal percentage seasons (among qualifying kickers) in club history.

33: Fullback Nick Pietrosante wore this number during his seven years with the Detroit Lions, when he rushed for 3,933 of his 4,026 career yards and all 28 of his touchdowns. He also caught 134 passes for 1,323 yards and two touchdowns during his time in Detroit after being the No. 6 overall pick of the Lions in the 1959 draft out of Notre Dame.

32: Number of ties in team history -- although none have happened since the Lions tied Philadelphia, 23-23, on Nov. 4, 1984. Seven of the 32 ties in team history came when the Lions were still in Portsmouth with four in 1932 and three in 1930.

31: Points scored against the Lions by Green Bay's Don Hutson on Oct. 7, 1945. Hutson had four receiving touchdowns from Roy McKay and made seven extra points during the Packers' 57-21 win over Detroit. Hutson, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com, had six catches for 144 yards in the game.
The series continues with Nos. 50-41. Most of the numbers came from research on the Detroit Lions' website, record books, Pro-Football-Reference.com and ESPN Stats & Information.

The series continues with Nos. 50-41. Most of the numbers came from research on the Detroit Lions' website, record books, Pro-Football-Reference.com and ESPN Stats & Information.

50: Years that William Clay Ford Sr., who bought the Detroit Lions on Nov. 22, 1963 -- the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated -- had control of the franchise. Ford Sr. died on March 9, 2014 and control of the Lions was given to his wife, Martha, with his son, William Clay Ford Jr., also having a major role in the franchise. In Ford Sr.’s tenure as owner, the Lions only made the playoffs 10 times and had 14 winning seasons.

49:The longest field goal made against New England came from Jason Hanson on Dec. 3, 2006 -- the last time the Lions played in New England before this season, when the team travels to Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Lions lost that game, 28-21. In a common theme against the AFC East, the longest field goal made by the Lions against the New York Jets is also 49 yards by Hanson on Dec. 10, 1994.

48: Penalties by the Lions in 1972, the fewest the team had in franchise history. The Lions had 417 penalty yards in those 14 games, also a franchise low. The lack of penalties helped Detroit, as it went 8-5-1 that season, but failed to make the playoffs.

47: The longest playoff run by Barry Sanders, which was also one of the best runs he had in his career. Sanders scored a 47-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter during a 38-6 thrashing of Dallas in the 1991 divisional playoff game. Sanders’ run in the fourth quarter is considered one of the top plays in franchise history as he ran through the bulk of the Cowboys’ defense on the way to a touchdown that put the game away.

46: Pass attempts by Gus Frerotte in the Lions’ 1999 first-round playoff loss to Washington on Jan. 8, 2000. Detroit lost the game, 27-13, after being shut out for the first three quarters. Frerotte completed 21 of 46 passes for 251 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the game.

45: He didn’t do much for the Lions on the field, but the No. 45 pick in the 1952 draft to the Lions became a legend calling football games. The team selected Pat Summerall out of Arkansas with the selection (then a fourth-round pick). He played two games for Detroit his rookie year and then broke his arm. The next season he was traded just before the start of the regular season to the Chicago Cardinals.

44: Points scored by the Tennessee Titans in 2012 during a 44-41 overtime win against Detroit. This is on here because the Lions scored two touchdowns in the final 18 seconds of regulation to tie the game and send it into overtime. Detroit then lost the game after backup quarterback Shaun Hill was stuffed on a 4th-and-1 quarterback sneak on the Lions' first drive of overtime. Tennessee had made a 26-yard field goal on its first overtime possession and the Lions coach called the one-yard failed sneak a “miscommunication” when a field goal would have kept the game going.

43: Passes completed by Detroit on Sept. 23, 2012 at Tennessee, a franchise record. That game was bad for the Lions on multiple levels. Matthew Stafford left the game with a leg injury -- but ended up able to make the team’s next start. He completed 33 of 42 passes for 278 yards and a touchdown. Backup Shaun Hill came in and completed 10 of 13 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns, but the Lions lost to the Titans in overtime, 44-41. Hill threw his two touchdown passes -- one to Calvin Johnson and one to Titus Young -- in the final 18 seconds of regulation.

42: The age of kicker Jason Hanson when he retired after the 2012 season. He made 32 of 36 field goals that season -- the most points he had scored in his career. The 88.9 field goal percentage he posted that season was the fourth-highest in his 20-year career and third straight season over 80 percent field goals made at his retirement.

41: Number of passing touchdowns for Matthew Stafford during the 2011 regular season -- a franchise record. Stafford, who was 23 years old at the time, completed 63.5 percent of his passes that season for 5,038 yards and a touchdown percentage of 6.2 percent. More important for Detroit, his effort that season led the Lions to their only winning season this century.
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 continues with Nos. 60-51. Most of the numbers came from research on the Detroit Lions website, record books, Pro-Football-Reference.com and ESPN Stats & Information.

60: Number worn by Mike Utley, who was paralyzed from the chest down during a game against the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 17, 1991. The play Utley was paralyzed on remains one of the most memorable in Detroit Lions history -- including his thumbs-up gesture as he was leaving the field on a stretcher. Utley remains around the team to this day and started the Mike Utley Foundation to support people who are disabled with spinal cord injuries.

59: Points allowed by the Detroit Lions in 1934, the fewest ever by the franchise. It was the only time the club has allowed under 100 points in a season -- and is the one record that will likely never be broken considering the increased games in the schedule and more of an emphasis on scoring. The Lions allowed two rushing touchdowns and five passing touchdowns that season. The team went 10-3 that season, the first year the Lions were in Detroit.

58: Points scored by Philadelphia in the 1995 wild-card game against Detroit, a game the Eagles won, 58-37. It is the most points the Lions have allowed in a playoff game and one of only four times the Lions have allowed 40 or more points in a playoff game.

57: As in 1957, the last time the Lions won a championship. Detroit, behind quarterbacks Tobin Rote and Bobby Layne along with Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, Steve Junker, Jim Doran, Joe Schmidt and others, won the NFL title. The Lions beat Cleveland, 59-14, in the NFL title game on Dec. 29, 1957.

56: Number worn by Joe Schmidt. The Hall of Fame linebacker was an eight-time All-Pro and won two championships with the club. He remains in the top 10 in career interceptions with the Lions over 40 years after his final season in the NFL with 24.

55: Sacks by the Lions in 1978, the only time in franchise history there have been more than 50 sacks in a season (the Lions hit 50 sacks in 1964 and 1999). Detroit went 7-9 that season, but the defense was led by defensive end Al “Bubba” Baker, linebacker Paul Naumoff and middle linebacker Ed O’Neil.

54: Yards of the longest field goal in Thanksgiving Day game history for the Lions, hit by Jason Hanson against Green Bay on Nov. 22, 2001. The kick came in the second quarter of a game the team lost, 29-27, despite scoring two touchdowns in the final two minutes when a Mike McMahon two-point conversion pass failed.

53: Kevin Glover wore this number for the Detroit Lions from 1985 to 1997 as a center. He made three Pro Bowls from 1995 to 1997 and was one of the main blockers for Barry Sanders. In all, he played in 177 games for the Lions. He has since returned to Maryland, where he is the Coordinator of Development, Alumni and Community Relations for the Terrapins’ football program.

52: Field goals 50 yards or longer by Jason Hanson in his career, a franchise and NFL record. He made 52 of 93 field goals from that distance -- including all eight he attempted in the Lions' winless 2008 season. His career-long was 56 yards.

51: Since 2001, this number has belonged to center Dominic Raiola, who has been one of the constants for the Lions in this century. No other Detroit player has worn No. 51 in this millenium and won’t this season, as Raiola has returned to the club for his 14th season. Raiola has only missed four games since winning the starting center job prior to the 2002 season.
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 continues with Nos. 70-61. Most of the numbers came from research on the Detroit Lions' website, record books, Pro-Football-Reference.com and ESPN Stats & Information.

70: Levi Johnson returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown in the first game between Detroit and Seattle on Oct. 24, 1976. The Lions beat the Seahawks, 41-14, and intercepted quarterback (and future Detroit quarterbacks coach) Jim Zorn six times in the game, including the Johnson touchdown.

69: The Lions used this pick in 1951 to take back Jack Christiansen out of Colorado State. He became an electrifying returner and safety for eight seasons with Detroit. He was named to the All-NFL team for six consecutive years from 1952 to 1957. His skills -- notably his eight punt returns for touchdowns and 46 interceptions -- landed him in the Hall of Fame, Class of 1970.

68: Hall of Fame cornerback Lem Barney made his first NFL All-Pro team in 1968, his second season in the league. Barney had 56 interceptions in his career and scored 11 touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl seven times and was inducted into the Hall in 1992.

Losses in franchise history to Minnesota, third to only division opponents Chicago and Green Bay in Detroit Lions history. In all, the Lions are 33-68-2 against the Vikings. Their last win against Minnesota came in the season opener in 2013.

67: The Lions allowed 67 sacks in 1976, the most ever by the franchise. The team went 6-8 that season and quarterback Greg Landry was sacked 55 of those 67 times, with Joe Reed taking the other 12. The team had two head coaches that season -- Rick Forzano, who went 1-3, and Tommy Hudspeth, who was 5-5.

66: Number of regular-season receiving touchdowns for Calvin Johnson, the most in franchise history. Johnson has had double-digit touchdowns in four of his seven years in the NFL, including a 16-touchdown season in 2011 -- the last time the Lions made the playoffs.

65: Points scored by the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 29, 1950 -- the most scored on the Lions in team history. The Lions lost that game 65-24, as Norm Van Brocklin threw for five touchdowns. The Rams scored nine touchdowns that day, also a record against Detroit.

64: Kick returns for Glyn Milburn in 1996 -- the most in his career and the most in Detroit Lions history. He gained 1,627 yards in kick return yardage during that season and had a long of 25.4 yards -- the second-highest kick return average he had in his career. The 1,627 yards was also the most he had in a season in his career.

63: An NFL record for 43 years, New Orleans kicker Tom Dempsey made a 63-yard field goal to beat the Lions, 19-17, on Nov. 8, 1970. The kick was tied by multiple players -- including former Lions kicker David Akers -- before being broken by Matt Prater in 2013 by a yard.

62: Career interceptions for Dick LeBeau, a franchise record. He returned three interceptions for touchdowns during a career spanning from 1959 to 1972 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010. He played in 185 career games for Detroit and had only two seasons with under three interceptions -- his first and his last.

61: Linebacker Paris Lenon returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown on Dec. 23, 2007 during a 25-20 Lions win over Kansas City, the Chiefs' first trip to Ford Field. More significant, this would be Detroit's last win until 2009 -- meaning it was the Lions' final win before the 0-16 season in 2008. The losing streak would start the week following this game with a 34-13 loss at Green Bay.
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 continues with Nos. 80-71. Most of the numbers came from research on the Detroit Lions website, record books, Pro-Football-Reference.com and ESPN Stats & Information.

80: Barry Sanders, as he has done against so many teams, broke a major run against the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 23, 1997. The 80-yard scamper for a touchdown was part of a 216-yard game for Sanders. It was the fourth time in Sanders' career he rushed for 200 yards or more.

79: Earl Morrall bounced around with a lot of teams throughout his career -- six during an era in which free agency didn't exist. Morrall was a Lion for at least part of seven seasons and was one of the players included in the Bobby Layne trade in 1958 with Pittsburgh. Morrall died in April at the age of 79.

78: Quarterback Tobin Rote found receiver Jim Doran for a 78-yard touchdown pass during the 1957 championship game for the Lions, the last title the franchise would win. Rote's third quarter touchdown to Doran gave the Lions' a 38-14 lead over Cleveland, essentially sealing the 59-14 win for Detroit. Rote's play may have factored into the the Lions' reasoning in trading Bobby Layne to Pittsburgh the following season.

77: Yards Shawn Bryson ran for a touchdown against Baltimore on Oct. 9, 2005 -- one of four the Lions scored against the Ravens during a 35-17 win that day. At the time, the four rushing touchdowns by Detroit were the most allowed by Baltimore in a single game in its history.

76: Barry Sanders had 76 100-yard rushing games during his 10-year career with the Lions. His first came on Sept. 24, 1989, against Chicago, when he broke an almost three-year 100-yard rushing drought for the Lions with a 126-yard performance. His last came on Dec. 6, 1998, when he had 102 yards at Jacksonville.

75: Lomas Brown wore this number from 1985 to 1995 and is considered one of the best offensive tackles in Detroit Lions’ history. He was a six-time Pro Bowler in his 11 seasons with Detroit.

74: Games played by the Lions on Thanksgiving Day, an annual tradition for the franchise. Detroit is 34-38-2 in those games and have played Green Bay 21 times on Thanksgiving -- more than any other franchise. Second-most is Chicago, the team the Lions face this season on Thanksgiving.

73: The longest reception of the 2011 season for Calvin Johnson -- the only time the receiver has appeared in the playoffs. The catch came against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 10, 2011, on "Monday Night Football" in a 24-13 Lions win. Johnson had five catches for 130 yards in the game as the Lions won their fifth straight game to start that year.

72: Completed passes by Erik Kramer for the Lions in the playoffs, a team record. Kramer's completions came in four playoff games -- including a 29-of-38, 341-yard, three touchdown performance in the Lions' lone playoff win over Dallas on Jan. 5, 1992.

71: Losses for Wayne Fontes in his Detroit Lions coaching career -- most by any coach in the franchise (67 regular-season losses, 4 postseason losses) . Of course, he also holds the record for most wins in franchise history (67 -- 66 regular season and 1 postseason) and most games coached in franchise history (138). Considering the ineptitude of the team, it makes sense Fontes would hold all three records.
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 continues with Nos. 90-81. Most of the numbers came from research on the Detroit Lions website, record books, Pro-Football-Reference.com and ESPN Stats & Information.

90: Selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft, Ndamukong Suh has worn No. 90 his whole career and has turned into not only the Lions' best current defensive player, but one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL. He is one of the current faces of the franchise.

89: He never played a regular season game for Detroit, but the Lions would have been glad to have the man they selected with the No. 89 pick in the 1964 draft eventually coach them. That never happened, as Bill Parcells instead won Super Bowls with the New York Giants and also led three other NFL franchises. Not the Lions, though, who released him before the 1964 season -- starting his coaching career early.

88: The age of owner William Clay Ford Sr. when he died on March 9, 2014 after a half-century of owning the Lions. Ford Sr. was the last living grandson of Henry Ford, who created Ford Motor Company.

87: Yards for Eddie Payton during his punt return touchdown against Minnesota on Dec. 17, 1977, the longest Lions punt return ever against the Vikings. In that same game, he also returned a kick 98 yards for a touchdown as part of a day where he had 289 return yards. He is one of two Lions, along with Jeremy Ross, to return a kick and punt for a touchdown in the same game.

86: Games coached by Potsy Clark -- the first coach of the Lions when they moved to Detroit. He initially took over when the team was still in Portsmouth, Ohio, but also coached the team when they made the transition to Detroit. Clark had a 54-25-7 record in seven seasons and a .684 winning percentage.

85: Chuck Hughes' jersey number. Hughes collapsed on the field while heading back to the huddle during a play with a little more than a minute remaining against Chicago on Oct. 24, 1971. Doctors attempted to revive Hughes on the field unsuccessfully after he suffered a heart attack. He was transported to Henry Ford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead 50 minutes after the game ended, according to a story from UPI. Hughes played two seasons for the Lions, where he caught nine passes for 194 yards according to Pro Football Reference.

84: For many years the man who wore No. 84 for the Detroit Lions was widely considered the best receiver in team history. Herman Moore, the No. 10 pick out of Virginia in the 1991 NFL draft, set almost all the records Calvin Johnson has broken. In 11 seasons with the Lions, Moore caught 670 passes for 9,174 yards and 62 touchdowns. He went to the Pro Bowl four times and was first-team NFL All-Pro thrice.

83: Career passer rating for Matthew Stafford, the highest of any Lions quarterback. In his career, he has completed 1,485 of 2,497 passes for 17,457 yards, 109 touchdowns and 73 interceptions with a 59.5 percent completion percentage. He is on pace to hold every major passing record for the team.

82: The career field goal percentage for Jason Hanson (82.4 percent). He made 495 of 601 field goals in a career that spanned from 1992 until 2012. He is the only Lions kicker who lasted more than a season who finished with more than an 80 percent field goal percentage. The next highest was Eddie Murray -- the player Hanson replaced -- with 75.1 percent from 1980 to 1991.

81: If the Lions ever take another number out of circulation, it'll be this one. Johnson has become synonymous with No. 81 since he was taken with the No. 2 pick in 2007. Called Megatron, Johnson has turned into the top receiver in the NFL and possibly the best wideout in the history of the league. In his first seven years in the league, he has caught 572 passes for 9,328 yards and 66 touchdowns. His 1,964-yard season in 2012 is an NFL record for most receiving yards in a season.
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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