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College

1988 - (11-5-88) Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State - Despite Barry Sanders going for 200+ yards Oklahoma State loses 31-28 to arch rival Oklahoma when receiver drops last minute game winning pass in the end zone! - B+

1988 Holiday Bowl - Oklahoma State vs Wyoming 64-14 - Barry Sanders gets 222 Yards & 5 TDs as Oklahoma State beats Wyoming 62-14 - B+

 

NFL

(10-29-89) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - OT - After rallying from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit, the Lions lost a 23-20 overtime decision at the hands of the Green Bay Packers. A Detroit fumble in Packer territory with less than a minute left in regulation and an interception on the first play from scrimmage in overtime allowed Chris Jacke to kick a 38-yard field goal for a Green Bay victory. Rookie RB Barry Sanders rushed for a then-career-high 184 yards on 30 carries. The Lions' inability to contain Packers' QB Don Majkowski hurt the team's chances for victory as the Green Bay signal caller passed 367 yards and 2 TDs on the day.

(11-12-89) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - The Lions used superb special teams play, four takeaways by an aggressive defense, and an opportunistic offense in defeating the Green Bay Packers, 31-22, at the Silverdome. The Lions opened a 24-3 halftime lead and withstood a second half Packer rally to preserve the victory. Detroit was out gained by 304 yards (432 to 128) but scored 24 points off turnovers, including a 23-yard interception return by Jerry Holmes. Big plays from the Lions special teams -- a 57-yard kickoff return by Mel Gray and a 74-yard punt return by Walter Stanley -- kept Detroit in good field position throughout the game.

(11-23-89) Detroit 13 Cleveland 10 - Thanksgiving - Cleveland came into the Thanksgiving Day game atop the AFC Central Division with a 7-3-1 record while the Lions were 2-9 and in last place in the NFC Central Division. Yet, the Lions were able to beat the odds, defeating the heavily favored Browns, 13-10. Barry Sanders led the offensive attack for the Lions, gaining 145 yards on 28 carries and 44 yards on two receptions. Detroit's only touchdown of the afternoon came on a 27-yard pass from Bob Gagliano to Richard Johnson.

(09-30-90) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - It was too much "Majik" as Green Bay's Don Majkowski tossed a 26-yard scoring strike to WR Jeff Query with less than a minute to play to give the Packers a 24-21 victory. The Lions had an opportunity to tie the game, but Eddie Murray's 44-yard field goal attempt with eight seconds to play sailed wide left. An evenly played contest, the lead changed hands four times. Majkowski hit on 28-of-46 passes for 289 yards and three TDs. Barry Sanders had his best day of the young season with 94 yards and a TD on 20 carries. Tracy Hayworth tallied two sacks and CB Bruce McNorton registered a game-high nine tackles.

(11-04-90) Washington vs Detroit - [21 pt comeback] - Jeff Rutledge led the Redskins to 17 fourth-quarter points, then Chip Lohmiller connected on a 34-yard field goal in overtime to give Washington a 41-38 win in the Silverdome. The Lions' defense tallied three interceptions, and Detroit converted each into a touchdown, including a 34-yard return for a TD by safety William White. The Lions held a 35-14 third quarter edge when Washington inserted Rutledge for rookie starter Stan Humphries. Barry Sanders gained 100 yards and had a 45-yard TD run, but his effort was overshadowed by Rutledge's passing performance (30-of-42 for 363 yards and one TD). Washington compiled 674 total yards, 482 through the air, establishing single-game highs against the Lions.

(12-10-90) LA Raiders vs Detroit Lions - MNF - "The Bo Jackson and Barry Sanders show" - In an entertaining Monday Night contest, the Los Angeles Raiders came from behind to post a hard-fought 38-31 victory over the Lions. The game featured two of the games' best running backs -- Detroit's Barry Sanders and the Raiders' Bo Jackson. Sanders finished the game with a 176 yards on 25 carries while Jackson led the Raiders with 129 yards on 18 carries, including a 55-yard TD run. Los Angels QB Jay Schroeder led the Raiders' passing attack with three touchdowns, including a 68-yard scoring strike to WR Willie Gault.

(12-22-90) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - The Lions survived the frigid temperature and bounced the Packers from playoff contention with a come-from-behind 24-17 victory at Lambeau Field. Both teams tacked on seven first-quarter points (Detroit's came via a 26-yard TD sprint by QB Rodney Peete as the wind chill factor plunged to -35 degrees). Green Bay's Darrell Thompson took the second half kickoff and sprinted 76 yards for a TD and Chris Jacke added a 22-yard FG. However, Detroit rallied to win on 14 fourth-quarter points. Ray Crockett picked up an Ed West fumble and raced 22 yards for a TD and Barry Sanders scored the game-winner on a six-yard TD with 3:55 remaining.

(09-08-91) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - Rodney Peete completed a career-high 25 passes on 38 attempts for 271 yards and a TD to lead Detroit to its first win of the 1991 season, 23-14 over the Packers. Ten of those passes fell into the battle-worn hands of Robert Clark, who garnered career-highs in both receptions and yardage (143), despite a broken finger, a dislocated finger, and ligament damage to several other digits. Sidelined against the Redskins with a rib injury, Barry Sanders made his '91 debut with 42 yards and one TD on 18 carries. Pro-Bowler Mel Gray accounted for 163 yards for the Lions, 103 on three kickoff returns, 24 on a punt return and 36 yards on two receptions. Cornerback Ray Crockett spearheaded a rejuvenated Lion defense that limited the Packers to 253 total yards and 2-of-9 (22%) in third down conversions (conversely, Detroit made good on 9-of-15 -- 60% -- third down attempts, its most efficient day since a 6-of-10 performance on 11/23/86 at Tampa Bay). Crockett collected a career-high 12 tackles (nine solos) in the contest.

(12-15-91) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - The Lions secured their best record since 1962 and claimed a playoff berth with a 21-17 victory over the Packers in frigid conditions at Green Bay. Detroit overcame the weather, a temperature of 10 degrees and a wind chill of -18, and a 10-7 halftime deficit to defeat the Packers. Green Bay went on top early when RB Vince Workman ran 30 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. The Lions got even when QB Erik Kramer hit WR Robert Clark with a 19-yard touchdown pass. Green Bay K Chris Jacke booted a 23-yard field goal to give the Packers a 10-7 lead heading into the locker room at halftime. Detroit took the lead early in the fourth quarter when Kramer hooked with Clark for the second touchdown pass, this one for three yards. Mel Gray returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown and a 11-point Detroit lead. Workman found the end zone again on a 12-yard pass from QB Mike Tomczak to close out the scoring.

(09-06-92) Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears - This is the game that has one of the Famous Barry Sanders Runs where he somehow comes out of a crowd of Bears hurdles a would be tackler and bounces down the sideline for a TD.

(11-01-92) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - The Packers handed the Lions their worst home loss since the first game of the 1990 season. Johnny Holland intercepted a Lion pass deep in Detroit territory and returned it to the Lion three-yard line. Three plays later, the Packers grabbed a lead they would never relinquish as Harry Sydney carried for a one-yard score. Green Bay took a 17-3 halftime advantage 36 seconds before intermission as Brett Favre found Jackie Harris for a 14-yard TD strike. In the 2nd half Lions safety Bennie Blades would block a Packer punt and then scoop up the ball for a seven-yard touchdown return making it a one possession game. But the Packers made all the plays they needed to down the stretch, including a backbreaking 30-yard TD pass from Favre to Sterling Sharpe, as Green Bay came away with a 27-13 victory.

(12-06-92) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - The Packers dominated the first half by scoring touchdowns on all four of their offensive possessions of the half and scoring a fifth TD on defense in jumping out to a 35-10 halftime advantage. Green Bay scored twice in the first quarter on Darrell Thompson's one-yard run and Sterling Sharpe's 65-yard TD reception from Brett Favre. The Packers also tallied the first two touchdowns of the second quarter on a nine-yard, Favre-to-Harry Sydney pass and an 18-yard Tony Bennett fumble return. The Lions put seven points on the board next as Andre Ware, subbing for starter Rodney Peete who was knocked from the game, found Herman Moore in the back of the end zone for a 11-yard TD strike. The TD was set up by Harry Colon's recovery of a fumbled Packer punt return. But Green Bay upped their lead to 35-7 with under a minute to go in the half as Sharpe caught his second TD of the game, a nine-yarder from Favre. Following a 27-yard kickoff return to midfield by Ed Tillison, the Lions closed out the first half with an effective drive in the half's final seconds. Ware directed the Lions into field goal range and Jason Hanson made good from 44 yards, his 12th straight FG, as time expired in the first half. Packer kicker Chris Jacke scored the lone points of the second half on a 46-yard, fourth-quarter field goal as the Pack returned to Green Bay with a 38-10 victory.

(12-28-92) Detroit Lions vs San Francisco 49ers - MNF - MONTANA FINAL GAME AS A 49ER - In their first Monday Night road game in two decades, the Lions held tough for three quarters against the NFL-leading 49ers before eventually falling, 24-6. The solid play of the upstart Lions through three quarters was overshadowed by the return of 49er quarterback Joe Montana who played in his first regular-season game in two years and led the Niners to 17 fourth-quarter points. The Lions scored on the opening drive of the game as kicker Jason Hanson played the swirling Candlestick winds perfectly in nailing a 44-yard field goal. The score capped a mammoth, 17-play, 9:01 drive that featured the running of Barry Sanders and the running/passing of Andre Ware. The Lions upped their lead to 6-0 on their next possession as Hanson connected from 50-yards. San Francisco would come back on its next drive to stake a 7-6 lead on a one-yard TD run by Marc Logan near the end of the first half. The second half began with a lot of fanfare as Montana replaced Steve Young at quarterback. But the Detroit defense shut down the 49er offense in the third quarter, forcing them into three straight punts. The Lions were also forced to punt three times in the third quarter, one a career-best 71-yarder by Jim Arnold. But Montana was nearly unstoppable in the fourth quarter in leading the 49ers to three straight scores to end the game (a 37-yard FG by Mike Cofer; a nine-yard, Montana-to-Brent Jones TD pass; and an eight-yard, Montana-to-Amp Lee TD toss).

(11-21-93) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - The Lions' four-game win streak came to a halt as Detroit ended up on the short end of a 26-17 score against the Packers in Milwaukee. Green Bay out gained the Lions by 199 yards (404 to 205), including 187-57 yards in the second half. The Packers scored on their first two possessions, but Detroit bounced back from the 10-point first-half deficit to pull within three points at halftime and claimed a 17-13 lead following the Lions' first possession of the second half. Rodney Peete threw two TD passes, a 17-yard strike to WR Willie Green (6 receptions, 68 yards) and a one-yarder to rookie TE Ty Hallock -- his first career TD. Barry Sanders ran for 75 yards to give him 1,052 for the season, becoming only the third player (Eric Dickerson and Tony Dorsett) in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first five seasons. On the defensive front, LB Pat Swilling showed the Lions why he was a four-time pro bowl selection as he recorded two sacks and also added an interception. Despite Swilling's performance, the Lions were unable to slow the Packers down in the second half as Green Bay controlled the ball and the clock (35:18 for the game). WR Sterling Sharpe remained the league's leading receiver grabbing seven passes for 75 yards, and RB Edgar Bennett closed out the Green Bay rally as he scored his second TD of the game on a 2-yard run to put the game out of reach with just under two minutes to play.

(01-08-94) 1993 NFC Wildcard Playoffs - Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - Detroit demonstrated its offensive firepower, gaining 410 yards (175 rushing and 235 passing) and posting 25 first downs. There were several outstanding individual performances as RB Barry Sanders produced team playoff records in rushing yards (169) and carries (27) while WR Brett Perriman established a Detroit post-season mark in receptions (10) and tied a playoff record with 150 yards receiving. The Lions defense managed to put points on the board as DB Melvin Jenkins returned an interception 15 yards for a TD in the third quarter. Green Bay responded with a 101-yard interception return for a TD by rookie DB George Teague, but in the end it was the Packers offense that abruptly ended Detroit's season when QB Brett Favre hooked up with WR Sterling Sharpe on a 40-yard pass play with 55 seconds remaining in the game, on a pass that the ball traveled almost 70-yards in the air!! A classic game!

(11-06-94) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Detroit's valiant second half comeback fell a bit short as Green Bay held off the surging Lions, 38-30. Taking advantage of four first half Detroit turnovers (and converting them into 17 points), Green Bay staked itself to a 38-14 cushion heading into the fourth quarter, only to see Lion back-up QB Dave Krieg (23-of-33 for 275 yards and 3 TDs) pull Detroit to within 38-30 in the final minutes of the game. Krieg came on in relief of Detroit starter Scott Mitchell, who left the game after sustaining a broken bone in his right hand in the second quarter. Green Bay stormed to a 24-0 lead after Bryce Paup's 10-yard interception return for TD, a 30-yard Chris Jacke field goal, and two Brett Favre (24-of-36 for 237 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT) TD strikes. The Lions finally got on the scoreboard thanks to a brilliant 91-yard Mel Gray kickoff return for TD, his second of the season and fifth of his record-breaking career. Favre and Robert Brooks hooked up for the second time to give the Packers a 31-7 halftime lead. However, after the fifth Lion turnover of the game on their first possession of the second half, Krieg led Detroit to three-straight TD drives. A 28-yard TD connection to Herman Moore (8 receptions, career-high 151 yards and 2 TDs) cut the lead to 31-14, but was offset by a 10-yard Reggie Cobb TD scamper to push the lead to 38-14. Krieg then hit Aubrey Matthews from 15 yards to pull to within 38-22 (two-point conversion was good), and after a perfectly executed onside kick gave Detroit possession, Krieg went to Moore from 1-yard out to cut the lead to 38-30 (again converting the two-point play). After holding Green Bay on a fourth-down and inches to regain the ball, the Lions marched to the Packer 15-yard line before losing the ball on downs in the final minute.

(11-13-94) Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions - SNF - Led by Barry Sanders' franchise-record and career high 237 rushing yards (sixth-highest total in NFL history) on 26 carries and a bend-but-don't break defense, Detroit edged Tampa Bay, 14-9, before an ESPN national television audience. After being held to just 37 yards rushing in the first two quarters, Sanders exploded for 200 yards in the second half. And despite yielding 343 total net yards and allowing the Tampa Bay offense to penetrate into field goal range five times, the Lions' defensive troops escaped by allowing only three Michael Husted (from 20, 41 and 34 yards) field goals. Trailing 3-0 at halftime, Detroit marched 83 yards on nine plays to begin the second half, with Derrick Moore capping the drive with a 1-yard TD plunge. Husted's 41-yarder cut the Lion lead to 7-6, but a Dave Krieg (5-of-13 for 99 yards and 1 TD) scoring strike to Herman Moore on the subsequent drive pushed the Detroit cushion to 14-6 heading into the fourth quarter. Husted's 34-yarder at the beginning of the fourth quarter chopped Detroit's lead to 14-9. The Lions were forced to punt, but on the ensuing drive, linebacker Tracy Scroggins came up big, sacking Tampa Bay's Craig Erickson (16-of-23 for 243 yards) on consecutive plays, forcing a punt, which resulted in Sanders and the Lions' ground attack running out the clock to ensure Detroit's third win in its last four games.

(12-04-94) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - Behind a record-setting performance by All-Pro RB Barry Sanders, the Lions improved their playoff chances with a 34-31 victory over NFC Central Division rival Green Bay in the Silverdome. Sanders led the way for Detroit with 188 yards and one TD on 20 carries, giving him a team-record 1,594 rushing yards this season. The outing was almost overshadowed by the topnotch play of the Packers' Brett Favre, who threw for 366 yards and three TDs on 29-of-43 passing in leading Green Bay to 417 yards of total offense. A 96-yard kickoff return for a TD by Robert Brooks late in the first quarter gave the Packers a 14-3 lead, but the Lions bounced back with pinpoint passing from QB Dave Krieg (196 yards and two TDs on 18-of-30 passing) to take a 24-21 halftime lead. Green Bay again looked to Favre in the third quarter as the Packer signal caller drove the team to a FG and then hooked up with Anthony Morgan for a 47-yard TD strike -- his second TD catch of the game. Detroit responded with 10 points of its own with Sanders galloping for 63 yards and setting up a one-yard TD run by Derrick Moore. Detroit DB Willie Clay's interception at the Lions' eight-yard line -- his third in two games -- ended a late Green Bay drive and helped preserve the victory for Detroit. A great game

(12-31-94) 1994 NFC Wildcard Playoffs - Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Green Bay's 16-12 victory over Detroit at Lambeau Field can be attributed to the play of the Packers' defense as Detroit RB Barry Sanders, the NFL's leading rusher in 1994, was held to (-1) yards rushing on 13 carries. Green Bay -- led by Bryce Paup (two sacks), Sean Jones (one sack), and Reggie White (one sack) -- was especially tough in the first half when the Packers built a 10-0 halftime lead in limiting the Lions to 58 yards of total offense and just two first downs. After the two teams traded field goals in the third quarter, Detroit KR Mel Gray provided the Lions with a spark following a 68-yard kickoff return. The play set up a three-yard TD pass from Dave Krieg-to-Brett Perriman. Green Bay QB Brett Favre (23-of-38, 262 yards) responded by putting the Packers in position for a 28-yard field goal by Chris Jacke. With the Lions needing a touchdown to win the game, Krieg drove Detroit inside the Green Bay 20-yard line with less than two minutes to play but a fourth down pass to Herman Moore was ruled incomplete as Moore landed just out of the end zone. Green Bay P Craig Hentrich preserved the victory for Green Bay as he ran off the final seconds in the game in taking a safety. Another classic between these 2

(10-15-95) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Detroit buried itself in a 20-0 halftime hole and despite a strong second half showing, could not catch the streaking Packers, eventually falling 30-21. Green Bay QB Brett Favre engineered the Packers' attack flawlessly throughout as he was 23 of 34 for 342 yards and two touchdowns, including a seven-yard strike to FB Dorsey Levens on the first play of the second quarter to give the Pack a 10-0 lead. K Chris Jacke added his second of three field goals and RB Edgar Bennett (148 total yards) plunged in from one-yard out to increase the Packers' cushion to 20-0 heading into the locker room. Lions' QB Scott Mitchell (17 of 41 for 205 yards, three touchdowns and an interception) sparked the Detroit offense in the third quarter leading the club to two quick touchdown drives. He hit WR Herman Moore from 17 yards out and rifled a 16-yarder to WR Johnnie Morton, but sandwiched between the two scores was a 12-yard Favre to Robert Brooks TD connection, which left the Lions trailing 27-14 heading into the final quarter. Mitchell's second TD toss to Moore on the day brought Detroit to within 27-21 early in the fourth quarter, but that was the closest the Lions would get. Any hope the Lions had for a comeback was dashed as the Packers sustained two late drives, resulting in a field goal and a missed field goal. On the defensive side, LB Chris Spielman did have a stellar outing, tallying a season-high 16 tackles, as did DT Henry Thomas, who chipped in with seven tackles and a sack.

(10-29-95) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - The Detroit defense forced four Packer turnovers (three first half interceptions and a fumble recovery late in the fourth quarter), WR Herman Moore (six receptions for 147 yards) notched the first three touchdown game of his career and RB Barry Sanders (22 carries for 167 yards) rambled into the top ten on the NFL's all-time rushing list as the Lions held off Green Bay 24-16 at a sold out Pontiac Silverdome. S Willie Clay set the tone early, intercepting Packer QB Brett Favre (26 of 43 for 304 yards, three INTs and a TD) on consecutive drives to begin the game as the Lions parlayed the first into a 10-yard Scott Mitchell (15 of 23 for 249 yards and three touchdowns) to Moore scoring toss and a 7-0 lead. Chris Jacke hit the first of his three field goals early in the second quarter to cut the lead to 7-3, but the Lions struck on the next play to stretch their lead to 14-3 as Mitchell found Moore on a 69-yard TD strike, the club's longest scoring pass of the season. Green Bay WR Robert Brooks then turned a crossing pattern into a 77-yard touchdown gallop to cut the Lions' lead to 14-10, but Mitchell and Moore hooked up for the third time of the half on Detroit's next possession (a 29-yard TD dart) to take a 21-10 cushion into halftime. Two third quarter Jacke field goals sliced the Lions' lead to 21-16, but Jason Hanson offset that effort with a 38-yarder (his 10th field goal in a row) early in the fourth quarter to increase the advantage to 24-16. With the Packers driving deep in Lions' territory, Tracy Scroggins came up big with his team-high sixth sack of the year, forcing a Favre fumble, which Chris Spielman (team-high 14 tackles) pounced on to preserve the win.

(12-15-96) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - The Lions closed out their 1996 home schedule with a 31-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. The loss was Detroit's eighth in their last nine games and gave Green Bay a season sweep over the Lions for the first time since 1992. In a closely contested first half, the Packers mustered a 10-0 halftime lead on a first quarter 20-yard field goal by Chris Jacke and a 92-yard punt return early in the second quarter by Desmond Howard. The Packers' bid for a larger halftime edge was thwarted late in the second quarter when Bennie Blades intercepted Brett Favre (16 of 25 for 240 yards and a TD) deep in Lions' territory. Green Bay extended their lead to 16-0 on their first drive of the second half on a one-yard TD sneak by Favre (extra point failed). Jason Hanson got the Lions into the scoring column late in the third quarter with a 39-yard field goal to trim the Packers' lead 16-3 heading into the final stanza. Green Bay, however, tallied two fourth quarter touchdowns to put the game out of reach. Dorsey Levens scored on a one-yard run (two-point pass was good) and Favre connected with Antonio Freeman on a 27-yard scoring strike to close out the scoring.

(09-28-97) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - In a game that saw running back Barry Sanders (28 att., 139 yds) move into fifth place on the NFL's all-time rushing chart, the Lions erupted for 17 points in the second quarter en route to a 26-15 win over Green Bay. After the Packers took a 6-0 first quarter lead on two Ryan Longwell field goals, linebacker Reggie Brown sparked the Lions and the sellout Silverdome crowd with a 45-yard interception return for a TD, his second score of the season. A four-yard touchdown pass from Scott Mitchell (27 att., 17 comp., 215 yds., 1 TD, 2 int.'s) to Pete Chryplewicz, his first career TD, extended the Lions' lead to 14-6. Longwell's third field goal made the score 14-9, but Lions' defensive tackle Robert Porcher intercepted Brett Favre (43 att., 22 comp., 295 yds., 1 TD, 3 int.'s) with 30 seconds left in the half set the stage for Jason Hanson's 53-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Lions a 17-9 halftime lead. Green Bay scored on its first possession of the second half on a seven-yard pass from Favre to Bill Schroeder (the two-point attempt failed) to bring the Packers within two at 17-15. The Lions' defense took over from there, forcing two turnovers and keeping the Packers off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game. Hanson added three field goals (44, 22 and 39 yards) to provide the Lions' final points, and the offense controlled the fourth-quarter clock for 12:25 as Detroit earned its third win of the year.

(11-02-97) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - The Packers intercepted four passes, returning one for a touchdown en route to the victory. The loss overshadowed an outstanding performance by the Lions' defense, which held the Packers to only 244 yards and 11 first downs. Detroit opened the scoring on a one-yard run by Tommie Vardell in the first quarter. The touchdown was set up by a 33-yard pass from Scott Mitchell (47 att., 21 comp., 158 yds., 4 int.'s) to Cory Schlesinger (1 rec., 33 yds.) on fourth and one at Green Bay's 34-yard line. The Packers tied the score on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre (28 att., 15 comp., 181 yds., 1 TD, 1 int.) to Robert Brooks (5 rec., 77 yds.). A 50-yard interception return by Darren Sharper gave Green Bay a 14-7 lead. A 34-yard field goal by Jason Hanson with twelve seconds remaining in the first half made the score 14-10. The Packers' Ryan Longwell provided the only scoring in the second half on field goals from 23 and 44 yards as Green Bay held Detroit scoreless to hang on for the victory.

(12-07-97) Detroit Lions vs Miami Dolphins - The Lions saw their three-game wining streak come to an end as they dropped a heartbreaking 33-30 decision to the Dolphins in Miami. Overshadowed in the loss was yet another record-breaking performance by Lions' running back Barry Sanders (30 rushes for 137 yards), who set an NFL record with his 12th straight 100-yard game. The Dolphins took advantage of five Lions' turnovers (three fumbles and two interceptions), converting the miscues into 13 points. Each team scored on their first possession, Miami with a 27-yard TD pass from Dan Marino-to-Troy Drayton, while Detroit settled for Jason Hanson's team record 24th consecutive field goal (26 yards). The Dolphins extended their lead to 17-3 on a one-yard run by Karim Abdul-Jabbar and a 19-yard field goal Olindo Mare, the first of his four in the contest. Sanders scored on a seven-yard run to make the score 17-10 with less than a minute remaining in the first half, but Mare added a 33-yard field goal as time expired in the half to restore Miami's 10-point lead. Mare gave Miami a 13-point lead in the third quarter before the Lions answered with two touchdowns. Scott Mitchell (19-of-29 for 288 yards) hooked up with Johnnie Morton (career-high nine catches for 171 yards) on a 35-yard scoring pass and Bryant Westbrook returned his first career interception 64 yards for another score. Both extra point attempts failed, however, and the Lions found themselves trailing 23-22. Marino and Drayton combined for another score, a 23-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter, to increase the Dolphins' lead to 30-22. The Lions then marched 96 yards for the game-tying score (two-point pass was good) -- a 16-yard TD pass from Mitchell to Herman Moore (five grabs for 64 yards). The Dolphins, however, took possession with 1:54 remaining and drove 54 yards in seven plays, setting the stage for Mare who booted a 42-yard field goal as time expired.

(09-06-98) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Detroit lost at Lambeau Field for the fourth consecutive time in a 38-19 loss to the Green Bay Packers in both teams' 1998 season opener. Green Bay jumped to a 10-0 lead on a 32-yard Ryan Longwell field goal and a 32-yard Leroy Butler fumble return off a Scott Mitchell fourth-and-inches fumble and never trailed in the game. Two Jason Hanson field goals (47 and 43-yarders) were then sandwiched around a second quarter four-yard Dorsey Levens touchdown plunge, leaving the Packers with a 17-6 halftime lead. Detroit marched 50 yards in seven plays to open the second half, with Herman Moore reeling in a 25-yard touchdown pass (two-point pass failed) from Scott Mitchell to culminate the drive, but after a punt by each club, the Packers mounted a marathon 18-play, 85-yard TD drive (Antonio Freeman six-yard pass from Brett Favre) to increase their lead to 24-12. The Lions were then momentarily energized by a 101-yard kickoff return for touchdown by Terry Fair (first such Lions' return since Johnnie Morton on December 25, 1994), but on the ensuing kickoff, Green Bay's Roell Preston answered Fair's heroics by racing 100 yards to bring the Packers' lead back to 31-19. The sequence marked only the fourth time in NFL history that two consecutive kickoffs had been returned for touchdown (first occasion since 1987). Three failed drives by Detroit led to the second of Freeman's TD grabs on the day, an 84-yard bomb leading up to the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter, which capped the day's scoring. In the game, Barry Sanders had both his NFL records for consecutive 100-yard games (14) and 100-yard road outings (10) snapped by only gaining 70 yards on 17 carries. Also notable was the Lions' defense limiting Green Bay to 75 yards rushing on 30 carries.

 

Documentaries

1995 Barry Sanders highlights by Meijar and NFL Films - The first Barry Sanders Highlights video ever released

NFL Films Presents: BARRY!

2003 Barry Sanders: Now You See Him

1993, 1994, 1998 Detroit Lions Hightlights

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