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1941

(09-14-41) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - original Silent Game film - edited to about 30 minutes - A barrage of field goals and two last-period touchdowns gave the Packers a 23-0 victory over the Detroit Lions in the season's opener. Detroit passed the 50-yard line only once. Clarke Hinkle became the NFL's leading career rusher on the eighth play of the game, when he passed Ace Gutowsky's previous record of 3,478 yards. Silent Edited Original Game Footage (30 minutes) (Quality 9.0)

 

1942

(10-25-42) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - original Silent Game film - edited to about 30 minutes - The Lions suffered their sixth straight setback as the Packers rumbled to a 28-7 decision. Andy Uram's 98-yard kickoff return sealed the win as Cecil Isbell extended to 17 games his string of touchdown passes. Silent Edited Original Game Footage (30 minutes) (Quality 9.0)

 

1943

(11-14-43) Detroit Lions @ Washington Redskins - Sammy Baugh - no play by play, but in color and good quality - added March, 2007

 

1952 Season

(12-28-52) 1952 NFL Championship - Detroit Lions @ Cleveland Browns - narrated, color, 30 mins, (quality 8.5) - added January, 2008

 

1953 Season

(11-22-53) Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears - Played at Wrigley Field. Doak Walker and George Blanda star - Narrated highlights from game. 4 minutes, black and white. Comes on 1953-57 Bears clips DVD (Quality 10) - Added March, 2011

(12-06-53) Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions - Played at Briggs Field and is a battle for the Western Conference lead. Doak Walker and George Blanda star - Narrated highlights from game. 4 minutes, black and white. Comes on 1953-57 Bears clips DVD (Quality 10) - Added March, 2011

(12-27-53) 1953 NFL Championship - Cleveland Browns @ Detroit Lions - Detroit wins back to back NFL Championships - narrated, color, 30 mins, (quality 9) - added January, 2008

 

1954 Season

(12-26-54) 1954 NFL Championship - Detroit Lions @ Cleveland Browns - narrated, color, 30 mins, (quality 8.5) - added January, 2008

 

1956 Season

(11-22-56) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - Thanksgiving - 34 minutes - Great Color and B/W film, music background (Quality 9) - Added July, 2011

(12-16-56) Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears - Played at Wrigley Field. Battle for the Western Division title - Narrated highlights from game. 1 minute, black and white. Comes on 1953-57 Bears clips DVD (Quality 10) - Added March, 2011

 

1957 Season

(12-15-57) Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears - Played at Wrigley Field. Tobin Rote QBs for Lions - Narrated highlights from game. 4 minutes, black and white. Comes on 1953-57 Bears clips DVD (Quality 10) - Added March, 2011

(12-29-57) 1957 NFL Championship Game - Cleveland Browns @ Detroit Lions - Detroit absolutely dismantles the Jim Brown (20-69-1) lead Cleveland squad in taking decisive 59-14 victory - narrated, color, 30 mins, (quality 8.5) - added March, 2011

 

1966 Season

(10-02-66) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Bart Starr tossed two touchdown bombs and an opportunistic defense set the stage for three Don Chandler field goals as the unbeaten Green Bay Packers upended the Detroit Lions 23-14. The victory kept the Packers alone in first place in the Western Conference. Starr tossed 53 yards to Marv Fleming and 78 yards to Carroll Dale as the.Packers raced to a 17-0 lead against the Lions, frustrated all afternoon by fumbles and penalties. The Packers picked off two Milt Plum passes and recovered three Lion fumbles. One of the interceptions and two of the fumbles led to Chandler field goals. Chandler's boots were true from the 14, 22 and 31. He missed one from the 43. The Lions, behind Plum's passing and the inside pounding of Amos Marsh and Tom Nowatzke, pulled to within six points early in the fourth period as Marsh powered over from the eight to cap an 80-yard drive. Nowatzke scored the first Detroit touchdown with a one-yard plunge in the second period. The Packers struck the first time they got the ball as Starr passed to Fleming over the middle at the Detroit 45. Fleming shook a couple of defenders and raced for the touchdown. A fumble by Marsh on the Detroit 39 was recovered by the Packers' Ron Kostelnik. A seven-yard penalty tagged onto a Starr to Jim Taylor pass play pushed the ball to the Detroit 17. Chandler followed three plays with his first kick. - NFL "GOTW" highlights from game - original, 26 minutes (Quality 9) - Added June, 2009

(10-30-66) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - Bart Starr used his own passing and the runs of Elijah Pitts and Jim Taylor to hammer out a 31-7 victory over the Detroit Lions. Green Bay overcame its own mistakes and used Detroit bobbles to run its record to 7-1 in the Western Conference. The Packers turned three pass interceptions into two touchdowns and a field goal and scored another touchdown after recovering a Detroit fumble. Lion quarterback Karl Sweetan hit Pat Studstill with one of their patented long gainers - this one for 63 yards - to set up the only Lion touchdown. But the sterling Packer defense kept the rush on Sweetan, and Lion fumbles and penalties handicapped their efforts. Pitts scored three times, twice on runs of four and three yards and once on 24-yard pass from Starr. Taylor scored on a one-yard buck and Don Chandler kicked a 40-yard field goal. Tom Nowatzke get Detroit's only touchdown on a two-yard burst in the second period that cut Green Bay's lead to 10-7. - NFL "GOTW" highlights from game - original, 26 minutes (Quality 9) - Added June, 2009

 

1969

(08-30-69) Detroit Lions vs Washington Redskins - Preseason - Close battle with back and forth swings sees Detroit pull out narrow 21-20 win over Coach Vince Lombardi's Redskins who were lead by QB Sonny Jurgensen. - includes postgame, b/w, 146 min (Buck/ Summerall/ Perkins)

(10-05-69) Cleveland Browns vs Detroit Lions - B&W game film / Cleveland Browns radio audio merger. Used both Pressbox film and NFL GOTW highlights for video. - Added June, 2009

 

1970

(09-20-70) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Mel Farr scored two touchdowns and Errol Mann kicked four field gaols as the Detroit Lions crushed the Green Bay Packers 40-0. It was the first time the Packers have been shut out since 1958, when the Baltimore Colts stomped them 53-0. Mann, a former Packer, opened the scoring with a 22-yard field goal in the first period. He added three pointers from 14, 43 and 47 yards. Farr punched across from the one-yard line to push Detroit's lead to 10-0, then added another tally on a 13-yard burst in the fourth period. Lem Barney's 40-yard return with a pass interception and Bill Triplet's 11-yard gallop around right end finished the Lions' scoring. Bart Starr, the veteran Green Bay quarterback who led the Packers to five NFL championships and two Super Bowl crowns was booed by the record crowd of 56,263 in the newly-enlarged Lambeau Field when he repeatedly failed to move the team. Detroit rushed for 266 yards, paced by Altie Taylor (74 yards) and Farr (70), and Greg Landry's 76-yard quarterback scramble. - GOTW Highlights- Quality 9

(10-18-70) WK 5 - Detroit Lions vs Cleveland Browns - Original Radio Broadcast on 2 CDs - Added September, 2011

(11-01-70) Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions - GOTW highlights, original, 22 mins (Quality 9)

(11-15-70) Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings - GOTW highlights, original, 22 mins (Quality 9)

(12-06-70) St. Louis Cardinals @ Detroit Lions - Lions win big late season clash (Detroit 7-3, St. Louis 8-2-1) at home 16-3 with defense. RB Mel Farr (21-86-1 plus 4-31 receiving) outshines the Cardinals star RB MacArthur Lane (10-32) in this one. (Quality 9, 2nd Half only) - Added April, 2008

(12-26-70) 1970 NFC Divisional Playoffs - Detroit Lions @ Dallas Cowboys - Incredible defensive battle goes down to last seconds with Dallas holding on for hard fought 5-0 win! Cowboys use running of Duane Thomas (30-135) and Walt Garrison (17-72) to control game. - includes pregame, commercials, postgame (Glieber/ Gifford/ Stockton) (Quality 8.5)

 

1971

(12-11-71) Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings - Rebroadcast GOTW highlights, 22 mins (Quality 8.5)

 

1973

(10-21-73) Baltimore Colts @ Detroit Lions - Rebroadcast GOTW highlights, 22 mins (Quality 8.5)

 

1977

(09-18-77) Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears - Bears' running back Walter Payton rushed for 160 yards and two TDs. He picked up 130 of his ground total during the first half, most on a 73-yard jaunt early in the contest. Lions' quarterback Greg Landry threw 239 yards worth of passes, completing 17 of 35 attempts. Horace King did most of the Detroit running with 90 yards in 18 carries. - Includes commercials - JIP 1st QTR just after Bears score 1st TD and tie score at 7-7 (Quality 8.5) - added August, 2007

(09-25-77) New Orleans Saints @ Detroit Lions - The Lions' ground attack explodes for 306 rushing yards. Dexter Bussey led the Lion's attack accounting for a career-high 150 yards. Also chipping in was Detroit QB Greg Landry, tossing two TD's. The Lions dominate the game much more than the score would indicate as they roll up 429 yards of total offense with the Saints only able to muster 92 yards. - Missing end of game, but not missing any scoring. Includes commercials (Quality 9)

(10-02-77) Philadelphia Eagles @ Detroit Lions - added March, 2009

(10-09-77) Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings - A late fourth quarter rally by the Lions fell short. The game was a defensive struggle which included 76 pass attempts by both teams, 45 by Detroit QB Greg Landry. Minnesota QB Tarkenton piled up 269 yards through the air, while Landry accumulated 250. Viking Sammy White took a lateral from Ahmad Rashad midway through the first quarter and ran 50 yards for the eventual winning score. - Includes commercials (Quality 9) - added August, 2007

(10-30-77) Detroit Lions @ Dallas Cowboys - A pair of early interceptions turned touchdowns propelled the powerful Cowboys to their seventh straight victory. The Cowboys held the Lions to only 120 yards total offense and seven first downs. Quarterback Roger Staubach was 16 of 25 for 179 yards and three TD passes. The stiff Dallas defense dropped Lions starting quarterback Joe Reed six times. - Includes commercials, half, and postgame (quality 9) - added August, 2007

(11-13-77) Detroit Lions @ Atlanta Falcons - A fumble and an interception spelled defeat for the Lions late in a close contest. A total of five passes were intercepted during the contest, three by the Lions. Each team recovered a pair of fumbles to stop other drives. During the first half, the Falcons manage just 25 yards in offense and one first down. It marked the first Atlanta win over Detroit. - added December, 2007

(11-20-77) Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions - added March, 2009

(12-04-77) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - David Whitehurst led Green Bay on a 70-yard scoring drive, capped off by a short Willard Harrell scoring run, and Johnnie Gray led a goal-line stand that allowed Green Bay to break its five-game losing streak. On a fourth-and-goal from the Packer 2, Rick Kane was stood up by Gray and Willie Buchanon for no gain. Later, P David Beverly took an intentional safety in the final minute to ensure Green Bay's only win of the season at Lambeau Field. - (Jip @ 3:33 in 3rd Qtr until the end)

(12-11-77) Detroit Lions @ Baltimore Colts - Lions win on Leonard Thompson's blocked punt with 9 seconds remaining - Also have original GOTW highlights from game

 

1978

(10-01-78) Detriot Lions @ Green Bay Packers (M) - David Whitehurst passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Packers swept their season series with the Lions. Green Bay, which moved into first place all alone in the NFC Central, took a 21-0 halftime lead on touchdown runs by Whitehurst and Barty Smith and a long touchdown pass from Whitehurst to Aundra Thompson. After a Detroit touchdown in the third quarter, Terdell Middleton ripped off a 76-yard touchdown run, the longest by a Packer running back since 1964. Green Bay's offense gained 482 yards, its best output since 1975. Middleton ended up with 148 yards rushing on 11 carries. - JIP 3rd quarter w/ 6 minutes left - added September 2007

(10-08-78) Washington Redskins vs Detroit Lions - There is only 2 Reels in the Archives and it is from the start of the game. 2 Hour of Footage never available before. This game ends near the end of the 3rd Quarter with Lions leading 12-7. Final was Wash 21 Detroit 19. - Added July, 2009

(10-15-78) WK 7 - Detroit Lions @ Atlanta Falcons - Includes halftime and commercials (3 DVDs) (Quality 8.5) - Added September, 2011

(11-05-78) Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings - Outstanding ball control by the Vikings and three costly turnovers by Detroit gave Minnesota a 17-7 victory over Detroit. Viking quarterback Fran Tarkenton passed for 211 yards while helping Minnesota control the clock for over 39 minutes. Detroit put on a fine defensive show with four interceptions, three sacks, and a goal line stand. But the unit received no rest as the Vikes found time to attempt 48 runs and 29 passes. - Includes Halftime, post game interviews and some commercials (Quality 8.5) - Added March, 2011

(11-19-78) Wk 12 - Detroit Lions @ Oakland Raiders - (3 DVDs) (Quality 8) - Added August, 2011

(12-03-78) Wk 14 - Detroit Lions @ St. Louis Cardinals - Includes halftime and commercials (3 DVDs) (Quality 9) - Added September, 2011

 

1979

(09-09-79) Washington Redskins @ Detroit Lions - The Lions rallied from a 21-point fourth quarter deficit in Pontiac to tie the score, 24-24, with 2:13 left in the game, but Mark Moseley's 41-yard FG with :08 left sealed a Washington 27-24 triumph. Moseley missed a 46-yard attempt one play earlier, but Detroit was penalized five yards for having 12 men on the field and the Washington kicker got another chance. Rookie quarterback Jeff Komlo, starting his first game for Detroit, directed the Lions' comeback. The Lions gained 374 yards in total offense on the day compared to 321 for the Redskins. - Includes commercials and halftime (Quality 8.5) - added December, 2007

(10-14-79) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Missed opportunities, at the Green Bay one and 30 yard lines, helped spell the difference as the Packers toppled Detroit, 24-16. Detroit drove to the one-inch line to open the game but failed to score. Still, the Packers had to bounce back from a 9-0 deficit early in the game. Green Bay's Nate Simpson led all rushers with 121 yards on 19 carries. Detroit Running back Dexter Bussey paced Detroit with 73 rushing yards. (Quality 9.5) and includes Bart Starr Show after game!

(12-15-79) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - One of Detroit's longest seasons came to a close with the Lions dropping a sloppy, 18-13, decision to the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay scored 15 unanswered points to secure the victory, sending Detroit to its 14th loss of the season. The Lions suffered seven sacks and came up with only 92 yards in net passing. Two fumbles and an interception all led to Green Bay scores. The Packers were led by Rickey Patton's 99 yards on 19 carries. (Quality 9.5) includes some half and CBS NFL Today post game.

 

1980

(09-07-80) WK 1 - Detroit Lions @ Los Angeles Rams - Billy Sims 153 yards, 3 TD - (Quality 8.5) - Added September, 2011

(09-14-80) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Sensational Billy Sims rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown and scored on an 87-yard pass play and rookie Ed Murray kicked five field goals to lead the Detroit Lions to a 29-7 win over the Green Bay Packers. QB Gary Danielson, playing despite the death of his 9-day-old daughter Thursday, completed 11 of 17 passes for 246 yards for the Lions. Sims, who has rushed for 287 yards in his two NFL games, set up the touchdown when he raced 22 yards around left end to the Packer 1-yard line. An interception by Detroit LB Charlie Weaver set up a 43-yard field goal by Murray on the last play of the first half. - Includes Halftime and Commercials (Quality 9.0) - Added August, 2011

(09-28-80) WK 4 - Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions - Billy Sims 157 yards - Includes commercials and post-game (4 DVDs) (Quality 9) - Added September, 2011

(10-12-80) WK 6 - New Orleans Saints @ Detroit Lions - Missing opening kickoff - Includes commercials (3 DVDs) (Quality 8.5) - Added September, 2011

(10-26-80) Detroit Lions @ Kansas City Chiefs - Nick Lowery wins it with a 40 yd FG with 1:14 remaining. Billy Sims 155 rush yds - (Quality 9) - Added March, 2009

(11-27-80) Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions - Thanksgiving - Fastest OT game in NFL history - Includes pregame and halftime which has interview with Ronald Regan (Quality 8) - Named one of the NFL's greatest finishes - Also have rebroadcasted GOTW highlights from this game

(12-21-80) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - The Packers manage only 187 yards on offense. The Lions, who were 2-14 in 1979, would fail to win a playoff berth due to the tie breakers with Minnesota. - Most of 1st half only and has bad tracking issues towards end of half - Includes commercials (Quality 8.5) - Added September, 2011

 

1981

(09-06-81) San Francisco 49ers @ Detroit Lions - A one-yard plunge by Billy Sims with 18 seconds remaining gave the Lions a 24-17 opening game win over the eventual champion San Francisco 49ers. The Lions QB Gary Danielson completed 16-of-27 for 196 yards. San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana was 18-of-28 for 195 yards. Sims led the Lions with 59 yards rushing, while 49er Ricky Patton picked up 72 yards on the ground. - (Quality 8) - added March, 2011

(10-19-81) Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions - MNF - "Hipple game" - Detroit's first Monday Night football appearance since 1975 was also the debut of second year quarterback Eric Hipple as a starter. Hipple responded magnificently as the Lions, playing without an injured Billy Sims, routed the Chicago Bears, 48-17, for Detroit's highest points total since 1957. Hipple completed 14-of-25 for 36 yards and four touchdowns, including a 94-yarder to Leonard Thompson -- the third longest in team history. As it turned out Hipple accounted for all six Detroit touchdowns and led the club to 485 yards in total offense. Rick Kane filled in for Sims by gaining 101 yards and catching a scoring pass. Eddie Murray's 53-yard field goal was the second longest in club history. - Payton 19-89, M. Anderson 6-176 rec. some commercials (quality 8.5)

(10-25-81) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - Detroit evened its record at 4-4, dumping the Green Bay Packers, 31-27, on an Eric Hipple TD run with just under two minutes to left in the game. Playing without Billy Sims for the second straight week, totaled over 400 yards in total offense as Hipple completed 20-of-36 for 271 yards. Rick Kane added 80 yards rushing to the Lions' total. Tight end had a career day, grabbing nine passes for 98 yards and a TD. The Lion defense held Green Bay to just 75 yards rushing, contributing three sacks and an interception. Lynn Dickey bounced back from his neck injury, but then was forced from the game early when he was speared in the back by William Gay. The Lions DE was fined $2,000 for the hit. (Quality 9.5)

(11-08-81) WK 10 - Detroit Lions @ Washington Redskins - Sims 159 yds, 2 TD; Joe Washington 144 yds, 2 TD- 33-31 game! - Includes halftime and commercials (Quality 8.5) (3 DVDs) - Added July, 2011

(11-22-81) WK 12 - Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears - Sims 117 yards; Todd Bell 92 yd Int Return - includes halftime (Quality 8.5) - Added September, 2011

(12-06-81) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - The Lions grabbed an early 10-0 lead but faltered in the second half, dropping a 31-17 decision to the Green Bay Packers. Packer QB Lynn Dickey connected on 20-of-31 passing for 279 yards and two touchdowns to beat the Lions. Wide receiver John Jefferson sparked Green Bay much of the afternoon, catching eight passes for 113 yards. Eric Hipple led Detroit with 240 yards on 17-of-33 passing. (Quality 9.5)

 

1982

(11-25-82) WK 4 - New York Giants @ Detroit Lions - Thanksgiving - LT 97 yd INT return for TD - Includes Half, comm, and post-game (Quality 8.5) - Added September, 2011

(12-12-82) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Detroit takes must win 27-24 decision over Green Bay to make the Playoffs for the first time in a dozen years! - Detroit's William Gay intercepted a Lynn Dickey pass on the game's first play and the Lions were off and running toward a decisive 30-10 victory. Detroit piled up all 30 points on the powerful Packers before Green Bay could answer. It was the Lions' first victory since the strike and broke a three-game losing streak. Detroit intercepted five passes and collected nine sacks, while Billy Sims ran for 109 yards on 29 carries and scored a record-tying 28th career rushing touchdown. Alvin Hall opened the second half with a 96-yard TD kickoff return, burying all Green Bay hopes. (Quality 9.0)

(01-02-83) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - For the second time in three weeks, the Lions derailed the playoff-bound Green Bay Packers, 27-24, this time getting a playoff invitation of their own. In a see-saw game, which featured the return of quarterback Eric Hipple to 1981 form, Detroit gained a spot in the 16-team NFL playoffs. Rookie tight end Rob Rubick, who had not touched the ball once all season, ran one yard for the winning score with five minutes left. The winning drive began with the insertion of Hipple, who completed four of four for 53 yards during the drive. Another rookie, cornerback Bobby Watkins, intercepted three Packer passes, taking team leadership with five on the season. (Quality 9.0)

(01-08-83) 1982 1st RD NFC Super Bowl Tournament - Detroit Lions @ Washington Redskins - Lion's first playoff appearance in 12 years Detroit moved the ball well but lost the ball three times inside the Washington 25 yard line in the first half and had a total of 5 turnovers. Eric Hipple went all the way for the Lions at quarterback. He completed 22 of 38 for 298 and one TD. Billy Sims was held to just 19 yards, while Redskin John Riggins became the first opponent ball carrier of the year to gain over 100 yards against the Lions defense. Washington's Alvin Garrett caught three TD passes to spearhead the victory. Detroit's Leonard Thompson led all receivers, however, with seven catches for 150 yards.

 

1983

(09-04-83) Detroit Lions @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Includes halftime and commercials (Quality 9) (4 dvds) - added July, 2011

(10-09-83) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - After four consecutive losses, the Lions roared back to respectability in the season's sixth week with a decisive 38-14 victory over the Packers. Detroit opened up a 24-0 halftime lead and rolled to their second NFC Central Division victory. With Billy Sims sidelined for the third straight week, James Jones tied a club record running for three scores. Eric Hipple had an amazing first half, completing 18 of 22 attempts. He finished the day hitting 21 of 29 for 235 yards. Leonard Thompson caught five passes for 93 yards and two TDs. After scoring 55 points the previous week, Green Bay was held at bay by the Detroit defense. Doug English earned his sixth and seventh sacks of the year, while linebackers Ken Fantetti and Garry Cobb came up with interceptions. (Quality 9.0)

(10-30-83) Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears - (Quality 8.5)

(11-20-83) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Charging back from a 20-3 halftime deficit, the Lions scored 17 second half points to tie Green Bay at the end of regulation time. Then, for the first time in its history, Detroit won in overtime as Ed Murray connected on a 37-yard field goal 8:30 into the extra period, winning 23-20. Billy Sims had his finest career day, rushing for 189 yards on a club record 36 carries. His day was nine rushing yards shy of Bob Hoernschemeyer's 198-yard effort which set a Lions record in 1950. It was Billy's second straight 100-yard game. The day also pushed Sims over the 4,000 career rushing mark. Detroit's defense awakened during the second half as Garry Cobb and Bobby Watkins intercepted passes. Mike Cofer took his spot at right end on the defensive line as William Gay moved inside to tackle. Both were in on sacks during the game. (Quality 9.5)

(11-24-83) Wk 13 - Pittsburgh Steelers @ Detroit Lions - Big Thanksgiving win for Billy Sims and Lions. Sims runs for 106 yards, gets 48 yards receiving, and has 2 rushing TDs. Lions kick returner Robbie Martin has 81 yard punt return for TD. Lions defense intercepts 5 passes (including one which gets returned 70 yards) and holds Franco Harris to just 16 yards rushing. Game is complete from start to finish unlike some other versions floating around. (QUALITY = 8) includes commercials and halftime - Added June, 2011

(12-18-83) Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions - Includes half (Quality 8) - added July, 2011

(12-31-83) 1983 NFC Divisional - Detroit Lions @ San Francisco 49ers - Playoff Thriller - Despite being a seven point underdog at San Francisco, Detroit outplayed the 49ers all afternoon. The Lions totalled 412 offensive yards to San Francisco's 291. Starter Gary Danielson was interecpted twice in the early going and both led to 49er touchdowns. Three Ed Murray field goals, including a playoff record 54-yarder at the end of the first half, made it 14-9 at the intermission. In the final quarter, Billy Sims scored twice to put Detroit ahead 23-17. He gained 114 yards on 20 carries during the afternoon. With just 1:23 left, Joe Montana hit Freddie Solomon with a 14-yard TD pass, giving San Francisco a one-point edge. Danielson expertly moved the Lions back up the field, completing four of five passes. With five seconds remaining, and the ball on the 49er 25-yard line, Murray was wide to the right on a 43-yard field goal attempt. Danielson was 24 of 38 for 236 yards during the day but was intercepted five times. Leonard Thompson, who started his first game since being injured Nov. 20, caught six passes for 74 yards. The Lions had a pair of sacks and Bobby Watkins picked off an interception. added December, 2007

 

1984

(09-02-84) San Francisco 49ers @ Detroit Lions - In the season opener, San Francisco edged the Lions, 30-27, on a Ray Wersching 22-yard field goal with four seconds remaining. Both teams gained 298 total yards, while 49ers quarterback Joe Montana was 16-of-25 for 188 yards and one TD. Detroit's Leonard Thompson hauled in a 49-yard pass from Gary Danielson late in the fourth quarter to tie the game, but Montana drove the 49ers 71 yards in 11 plays to set up Wersching's game-winning field goal. Wendell Tyler led all rushers with 87 yards on 16 carries. - added December, 2007

(09-16-84) Detroit Lions @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers - (Quality 8) - added July, 2011

(09-30-84) WK 5 - Detroit Lions @ San Diego Chargers - (Quality 9) - added August, 2011

(10-14-84) Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions - (Quality 7.5) - added July, 2011

(10-28-84) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - The Packers losing streak came to an end as Lynn Dickey passed for 248 yards and four touchdowns. Eddie Lee Ivery has his best game of the season so far with 109 yards rushing. (Quality 8.5)

(11-22-84) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - Thanksgiving - Gary Danielson passed the Lions to a 31-28 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving Day. Danielson threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns on 24-of-33 passing, connecting with David Lewis on two of the scores. Danielson's 21-yard TD toss to Jeff Chadwick midway through the fourth quarter proved to be the winning points for the Lions. Ken Jenkins carried the ball 13 times for 71 yards, helping Detroit churn out 186 yards rushing.- Lions 518 yds. Offense (Quality 9.0)

 

1985

(09-29-85) Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions - (Quality 8) - added July, 2011

(10-06-85) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - The Lions opened the scoring on a 22-yard field goal by Eddie Murray, but the Packers ran off 43 points en route to a 43-10 Green Bay victory. The Packers gained 512 total yards, including 285 yards on the ground. The Packers, led by Jessie Clark's 74 yards, forged out 285 yards on the ground and finished the game with 512 total yards of offense. Green Bay WR James Lofton snared ten passes for 151 yards while teammate Phillip Epps led the Packers with two TD catches. Detroit's only TD came on a Joe Ferguson 13-yard TD toss to Alvin Moore. (Quality 9)

(10-27-85) Wk 8 - Miami Dolphins @ Detroit Lions - Lions upset Dan Marino and defending AFC Champion Dolphins. Eric Hipple completes 14 of 19 for 239 and 3 TDs/0 INTs. Lions running back James Jones rushes for 114 yards and has 2 TDs. Lions Receiver Leonard Thompson has 133 yards receiving and 1 TD. Marino goes 23 of 44 for 247 yards 2 TDs/2 INTs in the loss. (QUALITY = 8.5) 3 DVDs - Added June, 2011

(11-10-85) Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears - Behind the rushing of Walter Payton and Matt Suhey, the Chicago Bears downed the Lions at Soldier Field, 24-3. Payton set the pace with 107 yards on 26 carries and Suhey added 102 yards on 16 rushes, giving the Bears 250 rushing yards for the game. Chicago held Detroit to eight first downs on 106 yards. Lion QB Eric Hipple struggled with 73 yards through the air and threw a pair of costly interceptions. - added March, 2007

(12-15-85) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - Al Del Greco connected on his fourth field goal of the game as time expired, lifting the Green Bay Packers to a 26-23 victory over the Lions. The winning points came 61 seconds after the Lions had tied the game on a Joe Ferguson pass to Leonard Thompson covering 30 yards. The Green Bay win was sparked by four Packer interceptions, including Mike Douglass' 80-yard interception return for a TD. Detroit accumulated 426 yards of total offense led by James Jones (24 carries, 104 yards), Alvin Moore (two rushing TDs), and Carl Bland (seven receptions, 109 yards). (Quality 9.5) (3 discs)

(12-22-85) Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions - Joe Furgeson KOed by Richard Dent - After holding a slim 6-3 advantage at halftime, Chicago scored 31 points in the second half, defeating the Lions, 37-17, for the Bears' 15th victory of the season. Dennis Gentry ignited Chicago's scoring barrage with a 94-yard kickoff return for a TD on the opening kickoff of the second half. Walter Payton led the Super Bowl bound Bears with 81 yards on 17 carries. Detroit's receiving duo of Leonard Thompson (nine catches, 101 yards) and Pete Mandley (five receptions, 127 yards) could not overcome Eric Hipple's three interceptions.

 

1986

(09-21-86) Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions - (Quality 8) - added August, 2011

(10-12-86) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Detroit's "James Gang" -- RBs James Jones and Garry James -- combined for 239 yards on the ground, leading the Lions to a 21-14 victory over Green Bay. Jones carried the ball 29 times for 99 yards and James rumbled for 140 yards on 20 carries, including a 41-yard scamper for a TD. Green Bay QB Randy Wright passed for 253 yards and two TDs, but his only interception of the game (Devon Mitchell) killed a Packer scoring threat in the fourth quarter - (Quality 9.5)

(11-27-86) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - Thanksgiving - A wild 44-40 Packers' win saw the come-from-behind Green Bay victory clinched when Walter Stanley, who had a good receiving day too 4-124-2, returned a punt 83 yards for the winning score with 41 seconds left in the game. The 40 points are the most points ever scored by the Lions in a loss. Stanley gained 287 all-purpose yards in the Thanksgiving Day classic. A thriller! Includes CBS Pre-game, Commercials, Halftime which had Ray Nitschke and story of Travis Williams (Quality 9.5)

 

1987

(10-11-87) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Strike Game - After a week off due to the strike, the Green Bay "B" team took the field in Minnesota. QB Alan Risher, who had previously played for Tampa Bay, as well as in the CFL and USFL, completed 12 passes for 164 yards, and K Max Zendejas kicked three field goals for the win. Risher threw one TD pass and ran 13 yards for another score. The Vikings had the distinction of starting the oldest replacement player, QB Tony Adams. Out of football since 1982, Adams, 37, was one of three players who shared the old World Football League MVP trophy in 1974 - upgraded June 2007 - (Quality 7.5)

(10-25-87) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - As the regular players returned to the field, Green Bay nearly blew a 24-0 lead and won on a last second field goal from Al Del Greco, and found themselves in the wildcard race, and a game-and-a-half behind the Bears in the NFC Central. - added January 2008

(11-15-87) WK 10 Detroit Lions @ Washington Redskins - (Quality 8.5) - added May, 2011

 

1988

(10-02-88) WK 5 - Detroit Lions @ San Francisco 49ers - Includes Half (3 DVDs) (Quality 9) - Added September, 2011

(11-20-88) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Green Bay tried to rally from a 20-3 deficit, but fell short. Dale Dawson, who had replaced Max Zendejas in Week 10, kicked two field goals in the loss. - added January 2008

(12-04-88) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - In a battle for the NFC Central basement, the Lions led 27-0 at the half. Packer QB Randy Wright is called upon to make the start and passes for 284 yards, but could not get prevent the Packers from losing their seventh straight, their worst losing streak since 1984. Hurting Green Bay's case was turning over the ball six times. Packer WR Sterling Sharpe caught his first NFL touchdown. - added January 2008

 

1989

(09-10-89) Phoenix Cardinals @ Detroit Lions - Barry Sanders first NFL game - Al Del Greco's 33-yard field goal with just 13 seconds remaining in the game gave the Cardinals a 16-13 win in the season opener for both teams. Sanders signed with the club on the Thursday before the game and had just two days of practice prior to the game. Regardless, Sanders electrified the Silverdome crowd with 71 yards rushing on only nine carries in a little more than 20 minutes of play. Sanders' first carry as a Lion was a memorable one as he went around his left end for an 18-yard gain that brought a thunderous ovation from the Silverdome faithful. Eddie Murray added a pair of field goals (30 and 23 yards) for the Lions.

(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. - 2 different versions

1) 2 DVDs, just game footage (Quality 8.5)

2) 4 DVDs. includes commercials and halftime (Quality 9) - Added July, 2011

(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. Includes commercials and halftime (Quality 9)

(11-23-89) Detroit Lions vs Cleveland Browns - 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.

 

1990

(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. Includes commercials and halftime (Quality 9)

(11-04-90) Washington Redskins @ Detroit Lions - [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 @ 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. (Quality 9)

 

1991

(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. Includes commercials (Quality 9)

(09-29-91) Wk 5 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions - Barry Sanders rushes for 160 yards and 3 TDs including a 69 yard TD run which was the longest of his career up to that point. (QUALITY = 8) - Added June, 2011

(10-06-91) WK 6 Minnesota Vikings 20 @ Detroit Lions 24 - Detroit scores 3 TDs in final 7 minutes to win game. Sanders was held in check for the first 3.5 Quarters, but then doubles output of entire game in last 7 minutes to give him 4th 100 plus yard gamein a row. Rodney Peete makes a couple of huge passes down the stretch. Win gives Lions lead in NFC Central standings - Named one of the NFL's greatest comebacks of all time - Includes post game interviews with Rodney Peete and Barry Sanders (Quality 9) - Added March, 2011

(11-24-91) Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings - Lions' All-Pro running back Barry Sanders exploded for a team-record 220 yards and four TDs on the ground to lead Detroit to victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Sanders set personal and team highs for yards rushing and rushing touchdowns in a game. The Lions took advantage of six Viking turnovers to keep their record a perfect 8-0 in games played in domes this season. Detroit opened the scoring on a 17-yard touchdown run by Sanders. Minnesota tied the game when running back Darren Nelson connected with wide receiver Anthony Carter on a 25-yard touchdown pass. The second half was the "Barry Sanders Show" as he piled up 160 yards rushing and touchdown runs of 45, four and nine yards. Kicker Eddie Murray added a 50-yard field goal, his longest since 1989, to cap the Lions' scoring. - Added March, 2009

(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. (Quality 8.5)

(01-05-92) 1991 NFC Divisional - Dallas Cowboys @ Detroit Lions - The Lions won their first-ever playoff game at the Pontiac Silverdome 38-6 over the Dallas Cowboys. Detroit scored on its first possession and never trailed. Quarterback Erik Kramer hit wide receiver Willie Green with a 31-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring. Kramer completed a career-high 29 passes in 38 attempts for 341 yards and three touchdowns on the day. Dallas answered with a 28-yard field goal by Ken Willis. Lions' cornerback Melvin Jenkins returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown to put Detroit up 14-3 in the second quarter. The teams traded field goals with Willis hitting from 28 yards and Detroit's Eddie Murray booting a 36-yarder to give the Lions a 17-6 lead at halftime. Detroit scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half. Kramer again connected with Green for a touchdown, this one for nine yards. Wide receiver Herman Moore scored the first touchdown of his career on a seven yard toss from Kramer. Running back Barry Sanders closed out the scoring with a 47-yard run in the fourth quarter. - added January, 2008

(01-12-92) 1991 NFC Championship - Detroit Lions vs Washington Redskins - Redskins just too much for young Barry Sanders lead Lions in convincing 41-10 victory over Detroit - include halftime and postgame (B Quality)

 

1992

(09-06-92) Detroit Lions @ 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. Also, a very good game. Chicago won their ninth consecutive opening day game on a six-yard, fourth down TD pass from Jim Harbaugh to Tom Waddle with one second remaining to cap off a wild 4th Qtr of scoring.

(10-25-92) Wk 8 - Detroit Lions @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Barry Sanders rushes for 122 yards and 2 TDs (including a 55 yard TD run). Herman Moore has 108 yards receiving and a 63 yard TD reception. Mel Gray has 111 kickoff return yards. (QUALITY = 8.5) - Added June, 2011

(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. (Quality 8.5)

(11-08-92) Dallas Cowboys @ Detroit Lions - Added March, 2009

(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. Includes commercials and halftime (Quality 9)

(12-28-92) Detroit Lions @ 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).

 

1993

(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. (Quality 9)

(01-02-94) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - The Lions needed a true "team effort" to defeat the Packers, 30-20, earning Detroit the NFC Central Division title. Detroit demonstrated a ball-hungry defensive squad, a balanced offensive attack and a rejuvenated special teams unit in winning for the third time in four games. The Lions defense swarmed QB Brett Favre, sacking the Packer signal caller two times while forcing five turnovers, four of which were interceptions (one each by CB Ray Crockett, LB Tracy Scroggins, LB George Jamison and LB Pat Swilling). The Lions' offense was paced by QB Erik Kramer, who threw for 182 yards on 15-of-29 passing and connected with TE Rodney Holman on an eight-yard TD pass. RB Eric Lynch rushed for 115 yards on 30 carries, joining Barry Sanders and Derrick Moore to become the first trio of Detroit running backs to produce 100-yard rushing games in the same season since 1976 (Horace King, Lawrence Gaines and Dexter Bussey ). Return specialist Mel Gray ignited the Lions' special teams unit with 149 total return yards (120 yards on five kickoff returns and 29 yards on three punt returns), including a 47-yard kickoff return to start the second half that set up a field goal. Jason Hanson tallied 12 points on three field goals (37, 53 and 48 yards) and three PATs, giving him a team-record 130 points for the season. - (Quality 9.0)

(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! - Includes 35/40 minutes of local Milwaukee post game coverage and then NFL primetime highlights of the game. The local post game was live right after the game so it features live on the field interviews just moments after the game, interviews feature Reggie White, Ron Wolf, Bob Harlan, Mike Holmgren, Johnny Holland and few others as well and also has the live interview with Leroy Butler who was so excited he used the F Word on live TV. (Quality 9)

(01-08-94) 1993 NFC Wildcard Playoffs - Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - NFL's Greatest games - ESPN - 1 hour 11 minutes - (Quality 8.5) - Added March, 2011

 

1994

(09-19-94) Detroit Lions @ Dallas Cowboys - In one of the most dramatic contests in recent memory, Detroit slipped past the two-time defending Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys as Jason Hanson drilled a 44-yard field goal with 32 seconds left in overtime to give the Lions a 20-17 win. Detroit snapped a four-game Monday Night Football losing streak as its defense forced three Cowboy turnovers (two in OT) and Barry Sanders tallied 194 yards rushing (second-highest in his career) on a club-record 40 carries. Dallas staked itself to a 7-0 lead after Troy Aikman hit Alvin Harper on a 17-yard strike to culminate an 80-yard drive on the game's opening possession. Detroit stormed back with a Hanson 32-yard field goal and Scott Mitchell (13-of-27 for 134 yards and 2 TDs) scoring tosses to Brett Perriman and Herman Moore to take a 17-7 lead midway through the third quarter. Detroit's defense stiffened after Dallas had first-and-goal at the Lion eight-yard line on the following drive, forcing Chris Boniol's 19-yard field goal to shrink the lead to 17-10. Emmitt Smith scampered six yards for the tying TD with 4:09 remaining in regulation. Hanson had a 57-yard attempt blocked by Dallas' Leon Lett on the final play of the fourth quarter setting up a wild overtime period. In overtime, Detroit took the kickoff to the Dallas 34-yard line setting up another chance for Hanson, but Lett blocked his second-consecutive Hanson offering to keep the score knotted. The next two Dallas drives were snuffed when Pat Swilling (one sack and seven solo tackles) recovered a fumble after Dallas G Derek Kennard caught a tipped pass, and Broderick Thomas (one sack and nine tackles) pounced on an Aikman fumble, giving Detroit possession at the Dallas 43-yard line and setting up Hanson's third chance at heroics. Detroit was also aided by a gutsy performance by Chris Spielman, who tallied 17 tackles (one short of his career-high) and two passes defensed. - added January, 2008

(10-09-94) WK 6 - San Francisco 49ers @ Detroit Lions - Great comeback by 49ers! Breakout game for William Floyd. - (Quality 8) - Added September, 2011

(10-23-94) Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions - Barry Sanders rushes for 167 yards and has an 84-yard run. Mel Gray has 102-yard kickoff return and breaks All-Time Return Yardage record. - Added December, 2008

(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. - 2 different versions

1) 2 DVDs, includes some halftime and commercials (Quality 8.5)

2) 4 DVDs. includes commercials and halftime (Quality 9) - Added July, 2011

(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. Upgraded, includes ESPN highlights from game after game (Quality 9)

(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 - Includes halftime (Quality 8.5)

(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 - complete episode of ESPN NFL game day pre game, theres a great Favre interview on there too and local Milwaukee post game coverage. (Quality 9) - upgraded June, 2007

 

1995

(10-08-95) Cleveland Browns @ Detroit Lions - Barry Sanders rushes for 157 yards and has a 75-yard touchdown run. - Added December, 2008

(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. (Quality 8.5)

(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. (Quality 8.5)

(11-12-95) Wk 11 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions - Barry Sanders rushes for 92 yards and has a 55 yard TD run. Brett Perriman and Herman Moore both go over 100 yards receiving. Lions Safety Willie Clay has 2 INTs. (QUALITY = 9) - Added June, 2011

(12-10-95) Detroit Lions @ Houston Oilers - (Quality 9) - Added November, 2009

(12-30-95) 1995 NFC Wildcard - Detroit Lions @ Philadelphia Eagles - added September, 2008

 

1996

(09-08-96) Wk 2 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions - Barry Sanders rushes for 125 yards, including a 54 yard TD run. Lions defense returns a Trent Dilfer INT for a TD. (QUALITY = 8.5) - Added June, 2011

(11-03-96) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - The Packers scored 14 unanswered points in the third quarter as they blew open a 14-10 halftime lead en route to a 28-18 victory at Lambeau Field. The Lions got on the board first as Jason Hanson booted a 48-yard field goal, his first field goal attempt in four games. Green Bay answered on the next possession when Brett Favre (24 of 35 for 281 yards) threw the first of his four TD passes, a one-yarder to Dorsey Levens. Detroit regained a short-lived10-7 lead when Barry Sanders (20 carries for 152 yards and a TD), who registered his first 100-yard game in six games, scored on a spectacular 18-yard run. Terry Mickens (career-high seven catches for 52 yards) caught the first of his two TD passes, a one-yarder, to give the Packers a 14-10 halftime lead. Favre connected with Mickens again midway through the third quarter, on a six-yard TD pass, to put Green Bay ahead 21-10 and the Packers extended their lead when Don Beebe (four receptions for 106 yards) caught a 65-yard TD bomb from Favre. The Lions closed the gap to 28-18 on an eight-yard TD pass from Don Majkowski (15 of 32 for 153 yards) to Brett Perriman (team-high seven catches for 87 yards) and a successful two-point pass conversion. Detroit recovered the onsides kick following the touchdown, but turned the ball over on downs and the Packers ran out the clock to preserve the win. (Quality 9)

(11-24-96) Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears - After a 14-14 first quarter shootout, the Lions were blanked for the remainder of the contest as the Bears cruised to a 31-14 win in Chicago's Soldier Field. The Lions' loss spoiled a record-setting performance by Barry Sanders (21 carries for 107 yards and a TD), who became the first running back in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in eight consecutive seasons and the only player to gain 1,000 rushing yards in his first eight seasons. Sanders passed O.J. Simpson into eighth-place on the NFL's all-time rushing list (now with 10,261 yards). - Added March, 2009

(11-28-96) Kansas City Chiefs @ Detroit Lions - Thanksgiving Day - This was the Lions 57th Thanksgiving Day game. Marcus Allen would score the game winning TD at the end of the 4th. - Added March, 2009

(12-08-96) Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions - close game. Barry Sanders moves into 7th place for All-Time Rushing Yards. - Added March, 2009

(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. (Quality 9.5)

(12-23-96) Detroit Lions @ San Francisco 49ers - MNF - Barry Sanders entered the contest needing 161 yards to claim the third rushing title of his NFL career and he didn't disappoint the national television audience, rambling for 175 yards in 28 carries, including an electrifying 54-yard first quarter touchdown romp which knotted the score at 7-7. - Added December, 2008

 

1997

(09-14-97) Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears - The 25-point winning margin is the largest by the Lions at Soldier Field since a 28-3 win on Nov. 21, 1971. Barry Sanders led the way rushing for 161 yards on 19 carries. Detroit's Scott Mitchell (25 att., 16 comp., 215 yds., 2 TDs) threw two TD passes, a 16-yarder to Johnnie Morton (4 rec., 49 yds., 1 TD) and a 27-yarder to Herman Moore (7 rec., 98 yds., 1 TD). - Added December, 2008

(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. Includes commercials and halftime (Quality 8.5)

(10-12-97) Detroit Lions @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Running back Barry Sanders (24 att., 215 yds., 2 TDs) became the first player in NFL history to have two touchdown runs of 80 yards or longer in the same game. Sanders, whose 215 yards represent the third-highest total in team history, gave the Lions a 7-3 lead on an 80-yard run, which was to that point the longest TD run of his career. On that play, Sanders passed Jim Brown (12,312 yards) to move into fourth place on the NFL's all-time rushing list; Sanders finished the day with 12,513 career rushing yards. Sanders' also rambled 82 yards for a TD, topping his career-best TD run set earlier in the game. Sanders added his third TD, on a seven-yard catch from Scott Mitchell (20 att., 16 comp., 222 yds., 1 TD) to close out the scoring. - Added March, 2009

(11-02-97) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Turnovers were the difference as the Lions dropped a 20-10 decision to the Packers in Green Bay. 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. (Quality 9.5)

(11-23-97) Indianapolis Colts @ Detroit Lions - The Lions rode yet another record-breaking performance by Barry Sanders to a 32-10 win over Indianapolis to even their record at 6-6 on the season. Sanders (24 carries for 216 yards and two TD's) recorded his 10th straight 100-yard game, breaking the NFL record for most consecutive 100 yard games in a single season, previously held by Walter Payton in 1985. Sanders, who scored on an 80-yard run in the third quarter, also became the first player in NFL history to record more than two touchdown runs of 80-yards-or-more in a season (three in '97). The Lions' defense also enjoyed a big day, holding the Colts to 173 total yards and collecting a season-high eight sacks. A one-yard run by Tommy Vardell put Detroit ahead 7-0 in the first quarter, with the lead extending to 9-0 when Tracy Scroggins (3.0 sacks) sacked Colts QB Paul Justin in the end zone for a safety. Justin, who would be forced to leave the game with a leg injury in the second quarter, hit Marvin Harrison for a 20-yard touchdown pass to pull the Colts within two points, trailing 9-7. A 38-yard field goal by Jason Hanson, making it 12-7, was answered by the Colts' Cary Blanchard, who kicked a 35-yarder to bring the Colts within two at 12-10. Hanson added two more field goals (52 and 55-yarders) in the last two minutes of the first half to give Detroit an 18-10 lead going into the break. The 52-yarder was Hanson's 20th in a row, setting a new Lions' team record for consecutive field goals made. He became the first Lion to kick two field goals of 50-yards-or-longer in the same game. The second half was all Sanders as he reached paydirt twice -- the 80-yarder on the first play of the second half, and a four-yard effort midway through the fourth quarter to give the Lions a 32-10 lead.

(11-27-97) Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions - Thanksgiving - Lions running back Barry Sanders ran for 167 yards and three touchdowns. In the process, Sanders passed Eric Dickerson for second on the all-time rushing list. (Quality 9) - Added September, 2008

(12-07-97) Detroit Lions @ 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.

(12-14-97) Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings - Great game! Was the only game I got to watch Barry Sanders in person and what a treat. - The Lions edged closer to earning a playoff spot with a thrilling, come-from-behind win over the Vikings in Minnesota. Quarterback Scott Mitchell (23-of-38 for 255 yards and two TD's.) directed an eight-play, 72-yard drive in the final two minutes, culminating with a one-yard touchdown pass to Herman Moore (six catches for 65 yards) with three seconds remaining to pull ahead, 14-13. The catch also was Moore's 100th of the season, making him one of only two players in NFL history to go over the century mark in receptions in three straight years (Jerry Rice, 1994-96). Also in the contest, Barry Sanders (19 carries for 138 yards) became the first player in league history to record 13 100-yard games in the same season, and he extended his NFL-record streak to 13 consecutive 100-yard games. The Vikings took a 7-0 first quarter lead on a 22-yard run by Robert Smith. Detroit tied the score in the second quarter on a one-yard pass from Mitchell to Cory Schlesinger (first career touchdown). Two field goals by former Lion Eddie Murray (21 and 28 yards) gave Minnesota a 13-7 lead heading into halftime. The Lions' defense tightened considerably in the second half, however, allowing only 43 yards and three first downs. The outcome looked bleak for the Lions when Ed McDaniel intercepted a pass and returned it to Detroit 21-yard line with less than three minutes remaining in the game. The Lions' defense stiffened, allowing only three yards on three plays. Following a 38-yard miss by Murray, the Lions took over on their own 28-yard line setting the stage for the game-winning drive. - Added February, 2008

(12-21-97) New York Jets @ Detroit Lions - Barry Sanders gets 2000 Yards - The Lions clinched their fourth playoff appearance in five years with a come-from-behind 13-10 win over the New York Jets at the sold out Silverdome. The win was highlighted by Barry Sanders becoming only the third man in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season, but marred by a scary injury early in the fourth quarter to Detroit LB Reggie Brown, who lied motionless on the field for several minutes before being transported to a local hospital. New York stormed to a quick 10-0 lead after their first two possessions, scoring on a 32-yard field goal by John Hall, and a 14-yard Adrian Murrell touchdown run. The Lions, however, pitched a shutout for the rest of the game, and went into halftime trailing 10-3 after a 44-yard field goal by Jason Hanson on the last play of the first quarter. Hanson added a 25-yard effort early in the third quarter to trim the lead to 10-6 after Mark Carrier recorded one of three Lions' second half interceptions to give Detroit possession at the Jets' 32-yard-line. While the Detroit defense stiffened, the Lions drove 71 yards in seven plays spanning the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth quarter to take a 13-6 lead with Sanders going the final 15 yards for the touchdown. New York drove to the Lions' nine-yard-line on the ensuing possession, but rookie RB Leon Johnson was intercepted by Bryant Westbrook in the end zone after attempting a halfback option pass. The Lions' running game then took over, grinding time off the clock to seal the victory.

(12-28-97) 1997 NFC Wildcard - Detroit Lions @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The first playoff game held in Tampa since 1979. - added December, 2008

 

1998

(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. (Quality 8.5)

(09-13-98) Cincinnati Bengals @ Detroit Lions - OT - Cincinnati CB Corey Sawyer returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown 2:06 into overtime to give the Bengals a 34-28 win. It was the Lions' third consecutive overtime loss, and marked only the second time in the last eight years that Detroit had lost its home opener. The Lions had dodged a bullet moments prior to the game-winning interception when Marc Spindler blocked Doug Pelfrey's 48-yard field goal effort on the last play of regulation to force the overtime. Both teams scored a touchdown in each quarter, with the Lions tying the score last, as Barry Sanders recorded his third TD run of the day (five yards) with 1:52 remaining to knot the score at 28-28. Two Neil O'Donnell-to-Darnay Scott touchdown passes were sandwiched around a Tommy Vardell one-yard touchdown plunge to initially give Cincinnati a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter. Sanders, however, gave Detroit a 21-14 lead early in the third quarter with scoring runs of two and 67 yards -- the latter was his NFL record 14th career scoring run of more than 50 yards. - Added December, 2008

(09-28-98) Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions - MNF - The Lions offense, defense and special teams each scored a touchdown, and the Lions' defense held Tampa Bay to six first downs and 133 total yards before a sold-out Silverdome crowd and a Monday night national television audience. The 133 yards yielded were the least by a Lions' opponent since Cincinnati mustered only 95 yards in total offense on November 22, 1992. Bryant Westbrook scored his second career interception for touchdown (34 yards) to end Tampa Bay's first drive of the half. Moments later, Batch scored his first career touchdown, a one-yard sneak on fourth-and-goal to increase the Lions' advantage to 20-3 midway through the third quarter. Rookie Terry Fair would return a kickoff for a team-record 105 yards, his second kickoff return score of the year. Barry Sanders chipped in with 131 yards in 27 carries to record the 70th 100-yard outing of his career, and the Lions' defense sacked Bucs' QB Trent Dilfer four times and held Tampa Bay to 48 yards of offense in the second half. - Added March, 2009

(10-15-98) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - Thanksgiving - Faced with a 10-0 first quarter deficit, the Lions roared back to score 27 of the next 30 points en route to a 27-20 win over the two-time defending NFC champion Green Bay Packers before a soldout Silverdome and national television audience. On the Packers' first two possessions, Brett Favre hit Antonio Freeman on a 67-yard scoring connection and Ryan Longwell booted a 28-yard field goal, but Detroit recorded five of the game's next six scores to forge a 27-13 lead heading into the waning moments of the game. Favre hit Freeman again (14 yards) with three seconds remaining to trim the final score to 27-20. After two punts, the Lions' third drive of the night resulted in a 25-yard Jason Hanson field goal, and moments later TE Pete Chryplewicz caught a three-yard play-action TD toss from Charlie Batch on fourth-and-one to pull Detroit even at 10-10 heading into halftime. The latter play was set up by Mark Carrier's first of two interceptions in the contest, which gave Detroit possession on the Packers' 12-yard line. Green Bay took a short-lived 13-10 lead when Longwell made a 40-yard field goal to complete the Packers' first drive of the second half, but the Lions reeled off 17 straight points to begin the fourth quarter to take control of the contest. A brilliant 68-yard, one-handed touchdown grab by Germane Crowell (first career score) gave the Lions a 17-13 lead, with Barry Sanders' 73-yard TD gallop and a 36-yard Hanson field goal with 2:08 remaining supplying additional points to result in the 27-13 lead. The game 's final seconds saw Favre's second scoring throw of the night to Freeman and an onsides kick that was recovered by Green Bay, with a failed Hail Mary offering as time expired clinching the Lions' victory. In his fourth NFL start, Batch became the youngest quarterback in the league to complete 11 consecutive passes since 1992, and his 84.2 percent completion rate (16-of-19 for 218 yards) marked the highest single-game output for a rookie since 1960. Also in the game, Sanders extended two all-time NFL records he owns -- his 155 yards rushing marked the 25th time in his career he rushed for over 150 yards in a game, and the 73-yard scoring jaunt was the 15th in his career of over 50 yards. - (Quality 9)

 

1999

(09-19-99) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - Detroit used a big-play offense, a bend-but-don’t-break defense and two long returns from their special teams to hold off the Green Bay Packers, 23-15, in their 1999 home opener. The game was the first Lions’ home opening sellout since 1975, and it gave Detroit their first 2-0 start to a season since 1993. Green Bay’s Ryan Longwell began the scoring with a 45-yard field goal midway through the first quarter to stake the Packers to a 3-0 lead. Detroit fought back with two second quarter touchdown passes from QB Charlie Batch – one a 45-yarder to Johnnie Morton on the first play of the quarter, and the other on a 74-yarder to TE David Sloan. The toss to Sloan was the Lions’ longest TD reception to a tight end since Jim Gibbons’ 82-yarder in 1964. The Packers’ snuck to within 14-6 at halftime as Longwell added a 24-yard field goal with :14 remaining in the half. After a scoreless third quarter, the Packers recorded a safety on the first play of the fourth quarter when long-snapper Allen Aldridge hiked the ball over John Jett’s head from punt formation to trim Detroit’s lead to 14-8. After the free kick, Green Bay drove 52 yards in five plays (Dorsey Levens’ two-yard TD plunge) to take a 15-14 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, however, Terry Fair raced 91 yards to the Packers’ eight-yard line, setting up Batch’s one-yard scramble three plays for the go-ahead score. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the Lions with a 20-15 advantage. Detroit then held the Packers on their next possession, and Jason Hanson drilled a 48-yard field goal with 2:46 remaining for a 23-15 cushion, which held up in the waning moments of the contest. - (Quality 9.0)

(11-21-99) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Detroit saw a 17-12 halftime lead evaporate into a 26-17 final deficit as the Lions lost their second consecutive game on the year to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Lions jumped out to a 7-0 cushion, taking the opening kickoff 84 yards in 11 plays, with Sedrick Irvinl’s two-yard TD run culminating the drive. Green Bay’s Ryan Longwell kicked the first two of his four field goals (23 and 33-yarders) in the first half of the second quarter to shave the Lions’ lead to 7-6, but Germane Crowell caught a 14-yard TD pass moments later to increase Detroit’s advantage back to 14-6. Green Bay struck again moments later, driving 62 yards in six plays to cut the Lions’ lead to 14-12 (two-point try failed) on a one-yard Dorsey Levens run. Detroit scored its last points of the game to give them a 17-12 cushion soon thereafter, as Gus Frerotte engineered a two-minute drive that resulted in a 46-yard Jason Hanson field goal as time expired in the first half. Green Bay took their first lead, 20-17, (two-point pass was good) midway through the third quarter on an acrobatic 17-yard TD catch by Corey Bradford (Lions’ replay challenge was dismissed). Longwell then added his third and fourth field goals on successive drives to span the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth quarter to hike the Packers’ game-ending advantage to 26-17. - (Quality 8.5)

(01-08-00) 1999 NFC Wildcard - Detroit Lions @ Washington Redskins - In the Lions 17th postseason contest and 11th playoff road game (third in Washington), 27 unanswered first-half points by the Washington Redskins proved to be too much for Detroit to overcome in the second half. On their two drives of the first quarter, Washington reached the endzone on a pair of short runs by Stephen Davis (one and four yards). They followed those drives with two field goals (33 an 23 yards) by Brett Conway to begin the second quarter. Leading 20-0, The Redskins added a 30-yard touchdown pass from QB Brad Johnson to Albert Connell with 1:19 left in the second quarter to close out Washington’s scoring on the day. The Lions best scoring opportunity in the first half came in the closing seconds of the second quarter when Herman Moore caught a 58-yard Hail Mary pass from Gus Frerotte, but was stopped at the three-yard line as time expired. After both squads were held scoreless in the third quarter, Lions’ S Ron Rice put Detroit on the board with a 94-yard blocked field goal return with 9:23 left in the game (Lamar Campbell recorded FG block). With time running out, Frerotte tossed a five-yard touchdown pass to RB Ron Rivers to close out the Lions scoring in the game. - w/commercials & halftime - added March, 2007

 

2000

(10-08-00) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - For the second consecutive week, the Packers struggled early, rallied late and fell short in the end. This time, they were victimized on by the Lions at the Pontiac Silverdome. Five turnovers by Green Bay proved too costly, and Charlie Batch's 30-yard touchdown pass to Herman Moore 11 minutes into the third quarter was enough to eliminate a successful comeback by Brett Favre and the Packers. The Packers dominated many offensive statistics, including time of possession (34:36-to-25:24), total first downs (19-to-11) and total net yards (339-to-253), but Green Bay's 3 interceptions and 2 lost fumbles were the most critical statistics of the afternoon. Injuries continued to rip the Packers apart. RB Dorsey Levens, their second-most indispensable player, joined four other starters and four backups on the didn't-play list. Another six players, including starters Bill Schroeder and Mike Wahle, were hurt during the game. (Quality 9)

(12-10-00) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Detroit saw their playoff hopes take a major jolt in losing their second consecutive divisional road game, and ninth straight regular season contest in Wisconsin with a 26-13 defeat to the Green Bay Packers. The Lions trailed throughout, but thanks to a resilient defensive effort, were in position to win the game as late as two minutes remaining in the game. Five Lions’ turnovers were ultimately too much to overcome. The Packers’ Ahman Green stretched the final outcome to 26-13 with a 39-yard touchdown scamper with 1:54 left following an onside kick attempt by the Lions after they had crept the score to 19-13 moments earlier. The first half was dominated by Green Bay statistically, but only translated to a 6-0 deficit for the Lions. Detroit bent, but didn’t break, with two Ryan Longwell field goals (22 and 27 yards) accounting for the only scoring despite the Packers holding the ball almost twice as long as Detroit did (19:32-to-10:28). Jason Hanson got the Lions on the scoreboard midway through the third quarter with a 26-yard field goal, but the Packers stretched their lead to 12-3 early in the fourth quarter with two more Longwell efforts, both coming after Charlie Batch interceptions. Detroit pulled to within two points at 12-10 after James Stewart’s one-yard TD plunge (tenth of season) on fourth-and-goal, but the Packers answered by immediately driving 80 yards in six plays to return their advantage to nine points at 19-10 with only 4:25 remaining. Includes commercials (Quality 8.5)

 

2001

(09-09-01) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - The Detroit Lions opened the 2001 regular season with a 28-6 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers jumped out to an early 21-3 first quarter lead and the Lions never fully recovered. With a consistent rainfall throughout the game, the Lions were hit early with big plays. After holding the Lions to a three-and-out series to begin the game, the Packers wasted no time putting points on the scoreboard. QB Brett Favre hit WR Bill Schroeder on the team's opening play for 34 yards, and only three plays later, RB Ahman Green galloped 31 yards to give the Packers a 7-0 lead. The Lions showed signs of offensive firepower as it drove to the Packers' 35-yard line, but two RB James Stewart attempts were denied on third and fourth down, giving the ball back to Favre and the Packers. Favre hit Schroeder on back-to-back plays, a 35-yard completion and a 23-yard touchdown, to give the Packers a 14-0 lead. After a second three-and-out series by the Lions' offense, the Packers needed only one play to increase their lead to 21-0. Green fended off several tacklers, bounced outside and sprinted 83 yards for his second touchdown of the game. The Lions, however, did answer as K Jason Hanson nailed a 49-yard field goal to place the Lions on the scoreboard. Midway through the second quarter, Hanson booted his second field goal (39 yards) of the day to place the score at 21-6. DE Robert Porcher's sack of Favre (first of the season and 75.5 during 10-year career) late in the second quarter placed him in a tie with Al "Bubba" Baker as the team's all-time career sack leader. The Lions defense forced a turnover with 2:05 remaining in the half. Both LB Chris Claiborne and DT Kelvin Pritchett hit Green at the line of scrimmage, forcing the fumble, while CB Lamar Campbell recovered. What looked to be a big momentum changer before half, ended up in an interception deep in Packers' territory. Batch's pass was intended for WR Herman Moore, but instead was intercepted by S Darren Sharper. The only other scoring of the game came midway through the third quarter when the Packers put together a 12-play, 75-yard drive that chewed 11:05 and resulted in seven points. Favre threw his second touchdown pass of the game when he found TE Bubba Franks for a one-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone. Includes commercials and halftime (Quality 8.5)

(11-22-01) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - Packers and Lions wear throwback uniforms - In a game celebrating the tradition of NFL football on Thanksgiving Day, the Packers and Lions locked up in a classic divisional battle. Coming down to the final seconds the game ended in a 29-27 Green Bay win. Both teams wore uniforms from their past for the game. The Packers were outfitted in their 1939 uniforms featuring solid gold helmets, white jerseys with green numbers, gold pants and black shoes. Detroit also wore throwback uniforms featuring plain silver helmets with blue jerseys, silver pants and black shoes. The Lions almost pulled off a miraculous comeback by scoring 14 points in the game's final minute and 20 seconds. Mike McMahon, the Lions' rookie signal caller, took over under center with his team trailing by 16 points midway through the fourth quarter. He spearheaded a 15-play, 71-yard drive that ended with Lamont Warren plunging over the goal line for a one-yard touchdown. McMahon then added the two-point conversion on a QB draw. On the following onside kick, Jason Hanson kicked the ball with his opposite foot floating it over the Packers who were stacked for a traditional onside kick at the 40-yard line. The Lions' Todd Lyght recovered at the Green Bay 31. McMahon connected with Scotty Anderson for a touchdown with 18 seconds left to put Detroit in a position to tie the game. The Packer defense forced McMahon to throw out of bounds on a two-point conversion play that would have tied the game. Safety Darren Sharper fell on the ensuing onside kick to preserve the victory. Ahman Green finished the day with one rushing and one receiving touchdown. He also rushed for 102 yards and added two receptions for 48 yards. The Lions' James Stewart also crossed the 100-yard benchmark, but was forced to leave the game in the fourth quarter after being injured. He finished with 102 yards on 14 carries. The game was marred by penalties on both squads. The Lions were penalized 11 time for 117 yards while the Packers were charged eight times for 63 yards. - Includes Fox Pre-game, halftime, commercials and Fox Post Game show (Quality 9)

 

2002

(09-22-02) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - Brett Favre threw for 357 yards and three touchdowns as the Packers (2-1) held off the Lions (0-3) at the new Ford Field, spoiling rookie Joey Harrington's first start. Favre completed 31 of 47 passes and moved past Warren Moon for fourth on the NFL's all-time list with 294 TD passes. Detroit scored two TDs, including a 52-yard pass to James Stewart with 1:37 left, to cut the deficit to 34-31. An offside penalty negated the Lions' recovery on the onside kick, and Ryan Longwell's 47-yard field goal ended the scoring. - added June, 2007

(11-10-02) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Things started well for the Lions with a 64-yard TD catch by Az-Zahir Hakim from Joey Harrington. But things turned sour for Detroit in the dairy land as Green Bay rolled to a 40-14 victory. Includes commercials, halftime, and FOX post-game (Quality 8.5)

 

2003

(09-14-03) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - The Packers rediscovered their ground game and home field advantage led by Ahman Green's 160-yards rushing as the Lions experienced a bad case of rainy day blues in a 31-6 loss to Green Bay.

(11-27-03) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - Thanksgiving - Led by Dre' Bly's two interceptions and forced fumble, the Detroit defense created five turnovers, sacked Brett Favre four times on Thanksgiving Day. Jason Hanson connected on five field goals as the Lions upset Green Bay. Includes commercials, halftime, and FOX post-game (Quality 8.5)

 

2004

(10-17-04) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - Wide receiver Az Hakim has come through with big touchdowns in consecutive contests, but his first-quarter heroics against the Packers weren't enough to pull out the victory as the Lions lost 38-10. Return specialist Eddie Drummond also had a solid performance, returning 230 yards in six kick returns and two punt returns.

(12-12-04) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Despite a 13-0 lead at halftime, the Lions were unable to put the game away against the Packers in Green Bay. Rookie tailback Kevin Jones was the silver lining for Detroit, scoring the only touchdown and busting loose for 156 yards.

 

2005

(09-11-05) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - The Lions became the only NFC North team with a tally in the win column after overtaking the Packers 17-3 in their regular-season opener. The Detroit defense put in a phenomenal performance, holding the Packers to their lowest point total while under the command of 14-year veteran quarterback Brett Favre.

(12-11-05) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Troubles at Lambeau Field continued for the Detroit Lions as they dropped a 16-13 overtime decision to the Packers. The game was forced into overtime after a Lions' safety was overruled by the officials. Green Bay won the toss and, after 10 plays and a key Lions' penalty, split the uprights for the victory. Includes commercials, halftime, and ESPN Sports center after game (Quality 9.5)

 

2006

(09-24-06) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - Favre Throws TD # 400 - Brett Favre joined elite company with the 400th touchdown pass of his career, then added two more scores to lead Green Bay to its first win. With his first TD pass of the game, a 75- yarder to rookie Greg Jennings, Favre joined Hall of Famer Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks to reach 400 touchdown passes. Marino has 420. The Lions remained winless under new coach Rod Marinelli. Mike McCarthy earned his first victory as coach of the Packers. Favre reached the milestone in his 228th game, one more than Marino needed to throw No. 400. He finished 25-of-36 for 340 yards with three TDs with no interceptions. Jennings caught three passes for 101 yards and a TD. Jon Kitna was 25-of-40 for 342 yards with two TDs and an interception that was returned for a score. R. Williams caught 7 balls for 135 yards and one TD. Favre would be named the NFCs co-offensive player of the week for his performance.

(12-17-06) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Brett Favre became the NFL's all-time completions leader Sunday and the Packers beat Detroit. Listening to a dour Favre speak after the game, you wouldn't have known it. "I have to remind myself that this is a win," Favre said. Favre broke Dan Marino's career completions record, but the Packers had to overcome three interceptions by the three-time MVP for a 17-9 victory over the Lions. It was only the second home victory all season for the Packers (6-8), who have won two in a row. Given the sorry state of the NFC, some Packers players were talking playoffs after the game. Detroit remains winless in seven games on the road. Favre connected on a 21-yard pass to receiver Carlyle Holiday just before halftime for his league-record 4,968th completion. Referee Ed Hochuli delivered the news. Favre was 20-of-37 for 174 yards, but failed to throw a touchdown pass. With two games remaining in the season, Favre needs eight more touchdown passes to pass Marino's career mark of 420. Favre now has 4,974 career completions, seven ahead of Marino. Last week, Favre extended his record of most consecutive and overall seasons with 3,000 yards passing to 15. - added September, 2007

 

2007

(11-22-07) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - Thanksgiving - This game was the battle for division supremacy between the two teams picked to finish at the bottom of the division at the start of the year - Ryan Grant ran 15 times for 101 yards and one touchdown and finished second on the team with six catches for 31 yards. Brett Favre completed 31 of 41 passes for 381 yards and three touchdowns, for a passer rating of 128.2, once again earning ‘FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week.’ He completed 20 straight passes, breaking the previous Packers mark of 18 set by both Lynn Dickey and Don Majkowski. Had his 63rd game with three touchdown passes or more, surpassing Marino’s NFL record (62). Donald Driver recorded season-highs with 10 catches and 147 yards. - added January, 2008

(12-09-07) Dallas Cowboys @ Detroit Lions - Lions take lead into 4th and Romo leads Cowboy comeback - Added January, 2008

(12-30-07) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Favre would play for three drives - all ending with touchdowns - completing 9 of 11 passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns, giving him a 143.8 passer rating. Craig Nall, who was brought back to the Packers and hadn't played all year, came in at QB because Rodgers was still hurt from the Dallas game. Nall played great and the Packers rolled. - added January, 2008

 

2008

(09-14-08) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes in the first four drives of his second start, helping Green Bay build a big lead it needed. Green Bay led 21-0 midway through the second quarter, but fell behind by a point with 7:41 left after Calvin Johnson caught his second TD in the fourth quarter. The Packers went back ahead with a field goal on the ensuing drive, then turned the game back into the rout it had been with three straight interceptions. Charles Woodson and Nick Collins returned two of the picks for touchdowns, giving Green Bay a lopsided lead again. Rodgers was 24-of-38 for 328 yards, three scores and a fumble in his first start on the road and his first fourth-quarter comeback. Greg Jennings caught six passes for 167 yards, including a 60-yard gain to set up Mason Crosby's go-ahead field goal with 5:17 to go. Donald Driver, James Jones and Jordy Nelson all had TD receptions from Rodgers. The Lions are 0-2 for the fourth time since 2001, when Matt Millen took control as team president beginning a stretch of futility that has sunk the franchise to an NFL-worst 31-83 record. Jon Kitna was 21-of-41 for 276 yards, two TDs and three interceptions. - Includes Halftime (Quality 9)

(12-28-08) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Detroit became the first team in NFL history to go 0-16 as Aaron Rogers threw three touchdowns for the Packers. The Lions became the first team since the 1976 Buccaneers, who went 0-14 in their expansion season, and the first team since the league went to a 16-game format to finish a full campaign winless. Dan Orlovsky went 22-for-42 with 225 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while Calvin Johnson had nine catches for 102 yards and two scores for the Lions, who have dropped 17 straight overall and 12 consecutive games on the road. Rodgers went 21-for-31 with 308 yards while Donald Driver had six catches for 111 yards and a score. The Packers set an NFL record with two receivers, Driver and Greg Jennings (101), and two rushers, Ryan Grant (106) and DeShawn Wynn (106), to go over 100 yards. - Includes FOX pre-game and hafltime

 

2009

(10-18-09) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers continued their home field dominance of the Lions. The win is Green Bay's 18th straight home victory against the Lions, which includes 15 straight games at Lambeau Field. Rodgers went 29-for-37 with 358 yards and an interception for the Packers (3-2), who were coming off their bye week after losing to Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings. Mason Crosby connected on all four of his field goal attempts. James Jones and John Kuhn each caught a touchdown while Ryan Grant had 24 carries for 90 yards in the win for Green Bay, which shut out Detroit for the first time since November 17, 1946. Donald Driver finished the game with seven catches for 107 yards. His first catch of the game in the first quarter, a short five-yard grab, gave him 596 for his career to set a Green Bay receiving record. The previous record of 595 catches in a Green Bay uniform was held by Sterling Sharpe. The Packers had 23 first downs in the game, compared to just 10 for Detroit, and controlled the ball for 40:48. Green Bay outgained Detroit, 435-149. - (Quality 9.5) - Added March, 2011

(11-26-09) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - Thanksgiving - Aaron Rodgers finished with three touchdown passes, as the Packers extended the Thanksgiving Day woes for Detroit. Rodgers totaled 348 yards through the air on 28-of-39 efficiency, while Donald Driver had 142 yards and one score on seven receptions for the Packers, who have won three straight games. CB Charles Woodson picked off Lions rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford twice, returning the second one for a touchdown. Despite missing practice throughout the week after separating his non-throwing shoulder on the second-to-last play against Cleveland this past Sunday, Stafford got the start for Detroit, completing 20-of-43 passes for 213 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. Kevin Smith had 43 yards on 18 carries and made four grabs for 46 yards for the Lions, who have lost six straight on the holiday. - Includes FOX Pregame, Halftime, Pack Attack (Johnnie Gray guest), Inside Lambeau (Brad Jones guest), Mike McCarthy Show (Charles Woodson guest), Inside the Huddle w/ Donald Driver (no guest), Inside Lambeau (B.J. Raji guest) - 3 DVDs - (Quality 9) - Added March, 2011

 

2010

(09-26-10) Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings - (Quality 8.5) - added March, 2011

(10-03-10) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers - (Quality 9.5) - Added March, 2011

(12-12-10) Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions - (Quality 9.5) - Added March, 2011

 

Yearbooks

Detroit Lions Yearbooks - 1969 (original), 1970 (original), 1983 (original), 1988 (original), 1989 (original), 1991 (original) - Updated September, 2011

 

Documenataries

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