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1970 Detroit Lions season

The 1970 Detroit Lions season was the 41st season in franchise history. With a record of 10–4, the Lions finished in second place in the NFC Central and qualified for the postseason for the first time since their championship season in 1957. The Lions fell 5–0 to the Dallas Cowboys in the lowest scoring game in NFL playoff history. One unusual loss during the regular season was to the New Orleans Saints on Week 8. The Lions had a 17–16 lead with only 2 seconds left, but Saints kicker Tom Dempsey booted a then-record 63-yard field goal as time expired to give the Saints a 19–17 win.[1]

1970 Detroit Lions season
Head coachJoe Schmidt
Home fieldTiger Stadium
Results
Record10–4
Division place2nd NFC Central
Playoff finishLost Divisional Playoffs (at Cowboys) 0–5

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position Team
1 19 Steve Owens Running back Oklahoma
2 45 Ray Parson Tackle Minnesota
3 71 Jim H. Mitchell Defensive end Virginia State
5 123 Bob Parker Guard Memphis
6 149 Tony Terry Defensive tackle Southern California
7 175 Ken Geddes Linebacker Nebraska
9 227 Herman Weaver Punter Tennessee
10 253 Bruce Maxwell Running back Arkansas
11 279 Roger Laird Defensive back Kentucky State
12 305 Emanuel Murrell Defensive back California Polytechnic State
13 331 Dave Haverdick Defensive tackle Morehead State
14 357 Charlie K. Brown Wide receiver Northern Arizona
15 383 Bob Haney Tackle Idaho
16 409 Jerry Todd Defensive back Memphis
17 435 Jesse Marshall Defensive tackle Centenary

[2]

RosterEdit

Detroit Lions roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 20, 1970 at Green Bay Packers W 40–0
56,263
2 September 27, 1970 Cincinnati Bengals W 38–3
58,202
3 October 5, 1970 Chicago Bears W 28–14
58,210
4 October 11, 1970 at Washington Redskins L 31–10
50,414
5 October 18, 1970 at Cleveland Browns W 41–24
83,577
6 October 25, 1970 at Chicago Bears W 16–10
45,632
7 November 1, 1970 Minnesota Vikings L 30–17
58,210
8 November 8, 1970 at New Orleans Saints L 19–17
66,910
9 November 15, 1970 at Minnesota Vikings L 24–20
47,900
10 November 22, 1970 San Francisco 49ers W 28–7
56,232
11 November 26, 1970 Oakland Raiders W 28–14
56,597
12 December 6, 1970 St. Louis Cardinals W 16–3
56,362
13 December 14, 1970 at Los Angeles Rams W 28–23
79,441
14 December 20, 1970 Green Bay Packers W 20–0
57,387


Season summaryEdit

Week 3Edit

1 234Total
Bears 7 007 14
Lions 0 0217 28

[3]

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 .857 5–1 10–1 335 143 W3
Detroit Lions 10 4 0 .714 4–2 7–4 347 202 W5
Green Bay Packers 6 8 0 .429 2–4 4–7 196 293 L2
Chicago Bears 6 8 0 .429 1–5 5–6 256 261 W2

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

PlayoffsEdit

NFC Playoff, Dallas Cowboys 5, Detroit Lions 0
1 2 34Total
Lions 0 0 000
Cowboys 3 0 025

at Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Detroit Lions (1934-Present)". www.sportsecyclopedia.com.
  2. ^ "1970 NFL Draft Listing - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  3. ^ "Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions - October 5th, 1970 - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com.