1962 Detroit Lions season

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1962 Detroit Lions season
Head coach George Wilson
Home field Tiger Stadium
Results
Record 11–3
Division place 2nd NFL Western
Playoff finish Won Playoff Bowl
Timeline
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< 1961 1963 >

The 1962 Detroit Lions season was the 33rd season in franchise history. Finishing two games behind the eventual NFL Champion Packers in the NFL Western Division, it won the third annual Playoff Bowl game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, 17–10.

The Lions never trailed by more than seven points at any point in any game during the season, a feat that wouldn’t be repeated for 48 years. Their Week 11 win over the Packers denied them the NFL’s first true perfect season.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School
1 10 [1] John Hadl [2] Back Kansas

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 16, 1962 Pittsburgh Steelers W 45–7
46,641
2 September 23, 1962 San Francisco 49ers W 45–24
51,032
3 September 30, 1962 at Baltimore Colts W 29–20
57,966
4 October 7, 1962 at Green Bay Packers L 9–7
38,669
5 October 14, 1962 Los Angeles Rams W 13–10
53,714
6 October 21, 1962 at New York Giants L 17–14
62,856
7 October 28, 1962 Chicago Bears W 11–3
53,342
8 November 4, 1962 at Los Angeles Rams W 12–3
44,241
9 November 11, 1962 at San Francisco 49ers W 38–24
43,449
10 November 18, 1962 at Minnesota Vikings W 17–6
31,257
11 November 22, 1962 Green Bay Packers W 26–14
57,598
12 December 2, 1962 Baltimore Colts W 21–14
53,012
13 December 9, 1962 Minnesota Vikings W 37–23
42,256
14 December 16, 1962 at Chicago Bears L 3–0
44,948

Season summary[edit]

Week 11[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 0 0 14 14
Lions 7 16 3 0 26
  • Date: November 22
  • Location: Tiger Stadium • Detroit, Michigan
  • Game weather: 37°F, wind 15 mph

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Standings[edit]

NFL Western
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 13 1 0 .929 415 148 W-3
Detroit Lions 11 3 0 .786 315 177 L-1
Chicago Bears 9 5 0 .643 321 287 W-2
Baltimore Colts 7 7 0 .500 293 288 W-2
San Francisco 49ers 6 8 0 .429 282 331 L-2
Minnesota Vikings 2 11 1 .154 254 410 L-3
Los Angeles Rams 1 12 1 .077 220 334 L-3

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

Playoff Bowl[edit]

The game was played at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.

Season Date Winner Score Runner up Attendance
1962 January 6, 1963 Detroit Lions (3) 17–10 Pittsburgh Steelers
36,284

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Awards and records[edit]

  • The Lions were only the third NFL team since 1940 that never trailed by more than 7 points at any time during the season. This feat would not be repeated again until the Green Bay Packers did so in their Super Bowl-winning 2010 season.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 395
  2. ^ John Hadl Signed with the San Diego Chargers of the American Football League
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  4. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 369
  5. ^ Stuart, Chase (January 26, 2011). "Super Bowl notes: Stat of the Year and Updated SRS Standings". Pro Football Reference Blog. Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ Associated Press (February 6, 2011). "Aaron Rodgers tosses 3 TD passes as Packers drop Steelers to win Super Bowl XLV". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 25 February 2011. Retrieved February 6, 2011.  See especially the "Scoring Summary" section, which shows that the Packers never trailed in the game.