1960 Detroit Lions season
The 1960 Detroit Lions season was the 27th in the Motor City, and 31st season overall in franchise history. The Lions had only one win entering November, but had only one loss in their final seven games and finished at 7–5, one game short of the Western Conference championship (won by Green Bay). However, the Lions won the inaugural third place Playoff Bowl over the Cleveland Browns at the Orange Bowl in Miami.
|1960 Detroit Lions season|
|Head coach||George Wilson|
|Home field||Briggs Stadium|
|Division place||2nd NFL Western|
|Playoff finish||Won NFL Playoff Bowl (vs. Browns) 17-16|
|2||October 2||at Green Bay Packers||L 28–9||0–1|
|3||October 9||San Francisco 49ers||L 14–10||0–2|
|4||October 16||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 28–10||0–3|
|5||October 23||Baltimore Colts||W 30–17||1–3|
|6||October 30||at Los Angeles Rams||L 48–35||1–4|
|7||November 6||at San Francisco 49ers||W 24–0||2–4|
|8||November 13||Los Angeles Rams||W 12–10||3–4|
|9||November 20||at Chicago Bears||L 28–7||3–5|
|10||November 24||Green Bay Packers||W 23–10||4–5|
|11||December 4||at Baltimore Colts||W 20–15||5–5|
|12||December 11||Dallas Cowboys||W 23–14||6–5|
|13||December 18||Chicago Bears||W 36–0||7–5|
- Thursday (November 24: Thanksgiving)
- A bye week was necessary in 1960, as the league expanded to an odd-number (13) of teams (Dallas); one team was idle each week.
Thanksgiving Day game
|NFL Western Conference|
|Green Bay Packers||8||4||0||.667||7–4||332||209||W3|
|San Francisco 49ers||7||5||0||.583||7–4||208||205||W1|
|Los Angeles Rams||4||7||1||.364||4–6–1||265||297||L1|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
|Detroit Lions roster|
Rookies in italics
|January 7, 1961||Cleveland Browns||W 17–16||Orange Bowl||34,981|
Awards and recordsEdit
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- Johnson, Chuck (November 25, 1960). "Stumbling Packers fall to Lions". Milwaukee Journal. p. 15, part 2.
- "Lions turn tables on Packers, 23-10". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. November 25, 1960. p. 2B.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-Dec-27.
- NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 369