Detroit Lions: Paul Naumoff

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. 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.

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