1999 Detroit Lions season
The 1999 Detroit Lions season was their 70th in the league. The team improved upon their previous season's output of 5–11 and qualified for the playoffs, with a .500 record at 8-8. It would be their sixth playoff appearance of the decade, capping one of the most successful 10-year stretches in franchise history.
|1999 Detroit Lions season|
|Head coach||Bobby Ross|
|General manager||Chuck Schmidt|
|Owner||William Clay Ford, Sr.|
|Home field||Pontiac Silverdome|
|Division place||3rd NFC Central|
|Playoff finish||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Redskins) 27–13|
The team got out to a 6–2 start, including a win over the eventual Super Bowl Champion St. Louis Rams, that made the Lions a surprise contender at the midway point in the season. After topping out at 8-4, however, the Lions collapsed and lost their final four games.
|1999 Detroit Lions draft|
|1||27||Aaron Gibson||Tackle||Wisconsin||from San Francisco via Miami|
|3||70||Jared DeVries||Defensive end||Iowa||from Detroit via Miami|
|Pro Bowl during careerMade roster Made at least one|
|1999 Detroit Lions staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1999 Detroit Lions final roster|
The season had an inauspicious beginning as future Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders suddenly retired on the eve of training camp. Undaunted, Coach Bobby Ross led the Lions to a fast start, highlighted by a Week 9 win over the then 6–1 St. Louis Rams.
The following week, Ross made a questionable decision to go for a failed two-point conversion after a touchdown against Arizona. The game ended with Detroit trailing by four points in the red zone trying to score a game-winning touchdown. The Lions would lose at Green Bay the following week, but defeat Chicago at home to get back on track.
The following week, the Lions picked up the franchise's first win vs. Washington since 1965, putting the team at an 8–4 and in sole possession of the second seed in the NFC. However, the Lions collapsed down the stretch and lost their last four regular season games to finish 8-8.
Two other NFC teams—the Packers and Carolina Panthers—finished 8–8, but the Lions beat the Panthers 24-9 in Week 7 and they held the conference record tiebreaker over the Packers, thus allowing Detroit to make the playoffs as the sixth seed despite losing their final four games.
This would be the Lions' last playoff appearance until the 2011 season.
|1||September 12, 1999||at Seattle Seahawks||W 28–20||FOX|
|2||September 19, 1999||Green Bay Packers||W 23–15||FOX|
|3||September 26, 1999||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 31–21||FOX|
|5||October 10, 1999||San Diego Chargers||L 20–10||CBS|
|6||October 17, 1999||Minnesota Vikings||W 25–23||FOX|
|7||October 24, 1999||at Carolina Panthers||W 24–9||FOX|
|8||October 31, 1999||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 20–3||ESPN|
|9||November 7, 1999||St. Louis Rams||W 31–27||FOX|
|10||November 14, 1999||at Arizona Cardinals||L 23–19||FOX|
|11||November 21, 1999||at Green Bay Packers||L 26–17||FOX|
|12||November 25, 1999||Chicago Bears||W 21–17||FOX|
|13||December 5, 1999||Washington Redskins||W 33–17||FOX|
|14||December 12, 1999||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 23–16||FOX|
|15||December 19, 1999||at Chicago Bears||L 28–10||FOX|
|16||December 25, 1999||Denver Broncos||L 17–7||CBS|
|17||January 2, 2000||at Minnesota Vikings||L 24–17||FOX|
|(2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||5||0||.688||270||235||W2|
|(4) Minnesota Vikings||10||6||0||.625||399||335||W3|
|(6) Detroit Lions||8||8||0||.500||322||323||L4|
|Green Bay Packers||8||8||0||.500||357||341||W1|
|Wild Card||January 8, 2000||at Washington Redskins||L 27–13|
NFC Wild Card Game: At Washington RedskinsEdit
- Date: January 8, 2000
- Game time: 4:05 p.m. EST/3:05 p.m. CST
- Game weather: 45 Degrees, 48% humidity