1971 Detroit Lions season

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1971 Detroit Lions season
Head coach Joe Schmidt
Home field Tiger Stadium
Results
Record 7–6–1
Division place 2nd NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1970 1972 >

The 1971 Detroit Lions season was their 42nd in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous season's output of 10–4, winning only seven games.

Mired in adversity, the 1971 season turned especially tragic for the Lions and the NFL when, during their Week 6 hosting of the Chicago Bears, Lions wide receiver Chuck Hughes collapsed on the playing field. Unresponsive, Hughes was pronounced dead later that day of heart failure. Since 1971, no Detroit player has worn Hughes' #85 jersey save on special permission of the Hughes family. [1][2]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 20, 1971 Minnesota Vikings L 16–13
54,418
2 September 26, 1971 at New England Patriots W 34–7
61,057
3 October 3, 1971 Atlanta Falcons W 41–38
54,418
4 October 10, 1971 Green Bay Packers W 31–28
54,418
5 October 17, 1971 at Houston Oilers W 31–7
45,885
6 October 24, 1971 Chicago Bears L 28–23
54,418
7 November 1, 1971 at Green Bay Packers T 14–14
47,961
8 November 7, 1971 at Denver Broncos W 24–20
51,200
9 November 14, 1971 Los Angeles Rams L 21–13
54,418
10 November 21, 1971 at Chicago Bears W 28–3
55,049
11 November 25, 1971 Kansas City Chiefs W 32–21
54,418
12 December 5, 1971 Philadelphia Eagles L 23–20
54,418
13 December 11, 1971 at Minnesota Vikings L 29–10
49,784
14 December 19, 1971 at San Francisco 49ers L 31–27
45,580

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings 11 3 0 .786 5–1 9–2 245 139 W2
Detroit Lions 7 6 1 .538 2–3–1 3–6–1 341 286 L2
Chicago Bears 6 8 0 .429 2–4 5–6 185 276 L5
Green Bay Packers 4 8 2 .333 2–3–1 2–7–2 274 298 L1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

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