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 coach||Wayne Fontes|
|General manager||Chuck Schmidt|
|Owner||William Clay Ford, Sr.|
|Home field||Pontiac Silverdome|
|Division place||2nd NFC Central|
|Playoff finish||Lost 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.
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.
|1995 Detroit Lions draft|
|1||20||Luther Elliss *||Defensive tackle||Utah|
|Pro Bowl during careerMade roster Made at least one|
|1995 Detroit Lions staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1995 Detroit Lions final roster|
|1||September 3, 1995||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 23–20|
|2||September 10, 1995||at Minnesota Vikings||L 20–10|
|3||September 17, 1995||Arizona Cardinals||L 20–17|
|4||September 25, 1995||San Francisco 49ers||W 27–24|
|6||October 8, 1995||Cleveland Browns||W 38–20|
|7||October 15, 1995||at Green Bay Packers||L 30–21|
|8||October 22, 1995||at Washington Redskins||L 36–30 OT|
|9||October 29, 1995||Green Bay Packers||W 24–16|
|10||November 5, 1995||at Atlanta Falcons||L 34–22|
|11||November 12, 1995||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 27–24|
|12||November 19, 1995||at Chicago Bears||W 24–17|
|13||November 23, 1995||Minnesota Vikings||W 44–38|
|14||December 4, 1995||Chicago Bears||W 27–7|
|15||December 10, 1995||at Houston Oilers||W 24–17|
|16||December 17, 1995||Jacksonville Jaguars||W 44–0|
|17||December 23, 1995||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 37–10|
- Scott Mitchell 30/45, 410 Yds
- Barry Sanders 24 Rush, 138 Yds
- Herman Moore 12 Rec, 153 Yds
- Brett Perriman 8 Rec, 127 Yds
- Johnnie Morton 7 Rec, 102 Yds
|(3) Green Bay Packers||11||5||0||.688||404||314||W2|
|(5) Detroit Lions||10||6||0||.625||436||336||W7|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||9||0||.438||238||335||L2|
NFC Wild Card Game: At Philadelphia EaglesEdit
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. 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
- Barry Sanders, 7th consecutive 1000 yard season
- Herman Moore, 100 reception season,
- 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.
- "1995 Detroit Lions Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-Dec-10.
- Detroit Lions v Philadelphia Eagles
- NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 440