1952 Detroit Lions season

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1952 Detroit Lions season
Head coach Buddy Parker
Home field Tiger Stadium
Results
Record 9–3
Division place 1st NFL Nat'l Conference (Western Division)
Playoff finish Won NFL Championship
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1951 1953 >

The 1952 Detroit Lions season resulted in the Lions winning their second NFL Championship. The Lions had finished the 1952 season tied with the Los Angeles Rams for the NFL's National Conference title with a record of 9–3. The Lions then defeated the Rams 31–21 in a playoff game in Detroit on December 21 to go to the NFL title game. The Lions, in their first appearance in the title game since 1935, were led by quarterback Bobby Layne and running back Doak Walker in the title game, played at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, where the Lions beat the Otto Graham led Cleveland Browns, 17–7.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Result Score Record attendance
September 28, 1952 at San Francisco 49ers Loss 13–17 0–1–0
54,761
10/03/1952 (Fri.) at Los Angeles Rams Win 17–14 1–1–0
42,743
10/12/1952 San Francisco 49ers Loss 0–28 1–2–0
56,822
October 19, 1952 Los Angeles Rams Win 24–16 2–2–0
40,152
October 26, 1952 at Green Bay Packers Win 52–17 3–2–0
24,656
11/02/1952 Cleveland Browns Win 17–6 4–2–0
56,029
11/09/1952 at Pittsburgh Steelers Win 31–6 5–2–0
26,170
November 16, 1952 Dallas Texans Win 43–13 6–2–0
33,304
November 23, 1952 at Chicago Bears Loss 23–24 6–3–0
37,508
November 27, 1952 (Thur.) Green Bay Packers Win 48–24 7–3–0
39,101
12/07/1952 Chicago Bears Win 45–21 8–3–0
50,410
December 13, 1952 (Sat.) Dallas Texans Win 41–6 9–3–0
12,252

The 12/13 game was originally schedule to be played in Dallas on 12/14.

Standings[edit]

NFL National
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Detroit Lions 9 3 0 .750 344 192 W-3
Los Angeles Rams 9 3 0 .750 349 234 W-8
San Francisco 49ers 7 5 0 .583 285 221 W-1
Green Bay Packers 6 6 0 .500 295 312 L-3
Chicago Bears 5 7 0 .417 245 326 W-1
Dallas Texans 1 11 0 .083 182 427 L-2

Roster[edit]

Detroit Lions roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics

Postseason[edit]

Date Opponent Result Score Record attendance
December 21, 1952 Los Angeles Rams Win 31–12 1–0–0
47,645
December 28, 1952 at Cleveland Browns Win 17–7 2–0–0
50,934

NFL Championship Game[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 7 7 3 17
Browns 0 0 7 0 7

Detroit Lions 17, Cleveland Browns 7

Scoring

  • DET – Layne 2-yard run (Harder Kick)
  • DET – Walker 67-yard run (Harder Kick)
  • CLE – Jagade 7-yard run (Groza kick)
  • DET – FG Harder 36

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]