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.
|1970 Detroit Lions season|
|Head coach||Joe Schmidt|
|Home field||Tiger Stadium|
|Division place||2nd NFC Central|
|Playoff finish||Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Cowboys) 0–5|
|1||19||Steve Owens||Running back||Oklahoma|
|3||71||Jim H. Mitchell||Defensive end||Virginia State|
|6||149||Tony Terry||Defensive tackle||Southern California|
|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|
|16||409||Jerry Todd||Defensive back||Memphis|
|17||435||Jesse Marshall||Defensive tackle||Centenary|
|Detroit Lions roster|
Rookies in italics
|1||September 20, 1970||at Green Bay Packers||W 40–0|
|2||September 27, 1970||Cincinnati Bengals||W 38–3|
|3||October 5, 1970||Chicago Bears||W 28–14|
|4||October 11, 1970||at Washington Redskins||L 31–10|
|5||October 18, 1970||at Cleveland Browns||W 41–24|
|6||October 25, 1970||at Chicago Bears||W 16–10|
|7||November 1, 1970||Minnesota Vikings||L 30–17|
|8||November 8, 1970||at New Orleans Saints||L 19–17|
|9||November 15, 1970||at Minnesota Vikings||L 24–20|
|10||November 22, 1970||San Francisco 49ers||W 28–7|
|11||November 26, 1970||Oakland Raiders||W 28–14|
|12||December 6, 1970||St. Louis Cardinals||W 16–3|
|13||December 14, 1970||at Los Angeles Rams||W 28–23|
|14||December 20, 1970||Green Bay Packers||W 20–0|
|Green Bay Packers||6||8||0||.429||2–4||4–7||196||293||L2|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
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- "1970 NFL Draft Listing - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
- "Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions - October 5th, 1970 - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com.