1973 Detroit Lions season

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1973 Detroit Lions season
Head coach Don McCafferty
Owner William Clay Ford, Sr.
Home field Tiger Stadium
Results
Record 6–7–1
Division place 2nd NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1972 1974 >

The 1973 Detroit Lions season was their 44th in the league. Don McCafferty, who served as an assistant under Don Shula during Shula's stint as head coach of the Baltimore Colts, and whom as head coach himself coached the Colts to a Super Bowl V victory over the Dallas Cowboys, would replace Joe Schmidt as head coach. However the team would still fail to improve on their previous season's output of 8–5–1, finishing a mediocre 6–7–1.[1] The team missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 16, 1973 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 24–10
48,913
2 September 23, 1973 at Green Bay Packers T 13–13
55,495
3 October 1, 1973 Atlanta Falcons W 31–6
45,599
4 October 7, 1973 Minnesota Vikings L 23–9
49,549
5 October 14, 1973 at New Orleans Saints L 20–13
57,810
6 October 21, 1973 Baltimore Colts L 29–27
48,058
7 October 28, 1973 Green Bay Packers W 34–0
43,616
8 November 4, 1973 San Francisco 49ers W 30–20
49,531
9 November 11, 1973 at Minnesota Vikings L 28–7
47,911
10 November 18, 1973 at Chicago Bears W 30–7
48,625
11 November 22, 1973 Washington Redskins L 20–0
46,807
12 December 2, 1973 at St. Louis Cardinals W 20–16
44,982
13 December 9, 1973 Chicago Bears W 40–7
41,729
14 December 15, 1973 at Miami Dolphins L 34–7
53,375

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 .857 296 168 W-2
Detroit Lions 6 7 1 .464 271 247 L-1
Green Bay Packers 5 7 2 .429 202 259 W-1
Chicago Bears 3 11 0 .214 195 334 L-6

Game summaries[edit]

Week 14[edit]

Week Fourteen: Detroit Lions (6–6–1) at Miami Dolphins (11–2)
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 0 0 7 7
Dolphins 14 17 3 0 34

at Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

Game information
First Quarter
  • MIA – Paul Warfield 21-yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick) – Dolphins 7–0
  • MIA – Paul Warfield 7-yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick) – Dolphins 14–0
Second Quarter
  • MIA – Garo Yepremian 27-yard field goal – Dolphins 17–0
  • MIA – Paul Warfield 16-yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick) – Dolphins 24–0
  • MIA – Paul Warfield 4-yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick) – Dolphins 31–0
Third Quarter
  • MIA – Garo Yepremian 28-yard field goal – Dolphins 34–0
Fourth Quarter
Lions
  • Bill Munson
    8/17, 73 Yds, INT
  • Steve Owens
    27 Rush, 113 Yds, TD
    6 Rec, 56 Yds
Dolphins
  • Bob Griese
    11/15, 141 Yds, 4 TD
  • Larry Csonka
    10 Rush, 51 Yds
  • Paul Warfield
    6 Rec, 103 Yds, 4 TD

References[edit]