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1995 Detroit Lions season

The 1995 Detroit Lions season was the team's 66th in the National Football League (NFL). Finishing at 10-6, it marked the Lions' third consecutive winning season, which had not been accomplished in Detroit since the team posted four consecutive winning seasons from 1969-1972.

1995 Detroit Lions season
Head coachWayne Fontes
General managerChuck Schmidt
OwnerWilliam Clay Ford, Sr.
Home fieldPontiac Silverdome
Results
Record10–6
Division place2nd NFC Central
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (at Eagles) 37–58

It was also the Lions' third straight postseason appearance, and fourth in five seasons -- the franchises' best stretch since the 1950s.

The Lions started the season 0-3 and were 3–6 after a Week 10 loss in Atlanta. However, starting with a Week 11 win over Tampa Bay, the Lions won a franchise-record seven consecutive games to close out the season and clinch a playoff berth.

Herman Moore had a career season as he broke Cris Carter’s NFL record for most receptions in a season (123). Moore and teammate Brett Perriman (108 catches) became the first receiver duo to each have more than 100 receptions in the same season.

The Lions' 436 points scored was the most in franchise history until it was eclipsed by the 2011 team.[1]

For the third consecutive year, however, the Lions could not win a playoff game and were eliminated as they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 58-37 in the wild card round.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

1995 Detroit Lions draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 20 Luther Elliss *  Defensive tackle Utah
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[2]

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1995 Detroit Lions staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Herb Paterra
  • Linebackers – Don Clemons
  • Outside Linebackers – Howard Tippett
  • Defensive Backs – John Fontes

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning/Defensive Assistant – Bert Hill

RosterEdit

1995 Detroit Lions final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics
53 Active, 3 Inactive, 4 Practice squad

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 3, 1995 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 23–20
58,002
2 September 10, 1995 at Minnesota Vikings L 20–10
52,234
3 September 17, 1995 Arizona Cardinals L 20–17
58,727
4 September 25, 1995 San Francisco 49ers W 27–24
76,236
5 Bye
6 October 8, 1995 Cleveland Browns W 38–20
74,171
7 October 15, 1995 at Green Bay Packers L 30–21
60,302
8 October 22, 1995 at Washington Redskins L 36–30 OT
52,332
9 October 29, 1995 Green Bay Packers W 24–16
73,462
10 November 5, 1995 at Atlanta Falcons L 34–22
49,619
11 November 12, 1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–24
60,644
12 November 19, 1995 at Chicago Bears W 24–17
61,779
13 November 23, 1995 Minnesota Vikings W 44–38
74,559
14 December 4, 1995 Chicago Bears W 27–7
77,230
15 December 10, 1995 at Houston Oilers W 24–17
35,842
16 December 17, 1995 Jacksonville Jaguars W 44–0
70,204
17 December 23, 1995 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 37–10
50,049

Season summaryEdit

Week 13Edit

1 234Total
Vikings 7 2137 38
• Lions 14 101010 44
  • Date: November 23
  • Location: Pontiac Silverdome
  • Game start: 12:30 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 74,559
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

[3]

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(3) Green Bay Packers 11 5 0 .688 404 314 W2
(5) Detroit Lions 10 6 0 .625 436 336 W7
Chicago Bears 9 7 0 .563 392 360 W2
Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 412 385 L2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 9 0 .438 238 335 L2

PlayoffsEdit

NFC Wild Card Game: At Philadelphia EaglesEdit

NFC Wild Card Game: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lions 7 0 141637
Eagles 7 31 13758

at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

Game information

The Eagles scored 31 points in the second quarter, recorded six interceptions, forced seven total turnovers and held future Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders to just 40 rushing yards en route to a 58–37 victory in the second highest scoring game in NFL postseason history, which was also the first occasion the Lions had played the Eagles since 1986.[4] The two teams combined for 874 total yards of offense.

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Scott Mitchell, Thanksgiving Day Record, Most passing yards by a Lions quarterback, 410 yards
  • Herman Moore, Single Season Record, Most Receptions in a Season
  • Barry Sanders, All-Pro
  • Barry Sanders, NFC Pro Bowl Selection

MilestonesEdit

  • Barry Sanders, 7th consecutive 1000 yard season
  • Herman Moore, 100 reception season,[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1940 to 2011, playing for the Detroit Lions, in the regular season, sorted by descending Points For.
  2. ^ "1995 Detroit Lions Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-Dec-10.
  4. ^ Detroit Lions v Philadelphia Eagles
  5. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 440

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