1995 Detroit Lions season

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1995 Detroit Lions season
Head coach Wayne Fontes
General manager Chuck Schmidt
Owner William Clay Ford, Sr.
Home field Pontiac Silverdome
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd NFC Central
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card
Timeline
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< 1994 1996 >

The 1995 Detroit Lions season was the team's 66th in the National Football League (NFL). It marked the Lions third consecutive playoff appearance, and fourth in five seasons. For the third consecutive year, however, the Lions could not win a playoff game and were eliminated.

At the end of Week Ten, the Lions had posted a record of just 3–6, and looked poised for a losing season. However, starting with a Week Eleven win over Tampa Bay, the Lions won their final seven games of the season, securing second place in the NFC Central and a playoff berth.

Herman Moore had a career season as he broke Cris Carter’s record for most receptions in a season. Moore and teammate Brett Perriman (108 catches) became the first WR duo to each catch more than 100 receptions in the same season.

In his highly successful 1995 season Moore caught a career high 123 balls (an NFL record at the time). The Lions' 436 points scored was the most in franchise history until it was eclipsed by the 2011 team.[1]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1995 NFL Draft
1995 Detroit Lions draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 20 Luther Elliss *  Defensive tackle Utah
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[2]

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1995 Detroit Lions staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Herb Paterra
  • Linebackers – Don Clemons
  • Outside Linebackers – Howard Tippett
  • Defensive Backs – John Fontes

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning/Defensive Assistant – Bert Hill

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 3, 1995 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 23–20
58,002
2 September 10, 1995 at Minnesota Vikings L 20–10
52,234
3 September 17, 1995 Arizona Cardinals L 20–17
58,727
4 September 25, 1995 San Francisco 49ers W 27–24
76,236
5 Bye
6 October 8, 1995 Cleveland Browns W 38–20
74,171
7 October 15, 1995 at Green Bay Packers L 30–21
60,302
8 October 22, 1995 at Washington Redskins L 36–30 OT
52,332
9 October 29, 1995 Green Bay Packers W 24–16
73,462
10 November 5, 1995 at Atlanta Falcons L 34–22
49,619
11 November 12, 1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–24
60,644
12 November 19, 1995 at Chicago Bears W 24–17
61,779
13 November 23, 1995 Minnesota Vikings W 44–38
74,559
14 December 4, 1995 Chicago Bears W 27–7
77,230
15 December 10, 1995 at Houston Oilers W 24–17
35,842
16 December 17, 1995 Jacksonville Jaguars W 44–0
70,204
17 December 23, 1995 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 37–10
50,049

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA
Green Bay Packers 11 5 0 .688 404 314
Detroit Lions 10 6 0 .625 436 336
Chicago Bears 9 7 0 .563 392 360
Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 412 385
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 9 0 .438 238 335

Playoffs[edit]

NFC Wild Card Game[edit]

Philadelphia Eagles 58, Detroit Lions 37
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 0 14 16 37
Eagles 7 31 13 7 58

at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

The Eagles scored 31 points in the second quarter, recorded 6 interceptions, and held future hall of fame running back Barry Sanders to just 40 rushing yards en route to a 58–37 victory in the 2nd highest scoring game in NFL postseason history.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Scott Mitchell, Thanksgiving Day Record, Most passing yards by a Lions quarterback, 410 yards
  • Herman Moore, Single Season Record, Most Receptions in a Season
  • Barry Sanders, All-Pro
  • Barry Sanders, NFC Pro Bowl Selection

Milestones[edit]

  • Barry Sanders, 7th consecutive 1000 yard season
  • Herman Moore, 100 reception season,[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1940 to 2011, playing for the Detroit Lions, in the regular season, sorted by descending Points For.
  2. ^ "1995 Detroit Lions Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 440

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