1966 Detroit Lions season

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1966 Detroit Lions season
Head coach Harry Gilmer
Home field Tiger Stadium
Results
Record 4–9–1
Division place 6th NFL Western
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1966 Detroit Lions season was their 37th in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous season's output of 6–7–1, winning only four games.[1] They missed the playoffs for the ninth straight season and incurred their second losing record in a row.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 11 Chicago Bears W 14–3 1–0
52,225
2 September 18 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 17–3 1–1
35,473
3 September 25 Atlanta Falcons W 28–10 2–1
47,615
4 October 2 at Green Bay Packers L 23–14 2–2
50,861
5 October 9 Los Angeles Rams L 14–7 2–3
52,793
6 October 16 at Baltimore Colts L 45–14 2–4
60,238
7 October 23 at San Francisco 49ers L 27–24 2–5
36,745
8 October 30 Green Bay Packers L 31–7 2–6
56,954
9 November 6 at Chicago Bears T 10–10 2–6–1
47,041
10 November 13 at Minnesota Vikings W 32–31 3–6–1
43,939
11 November 20 Baltimore Colts W 20–14 4–6–1
52,383
12 November 24 San Francisco 49ers L 41–14 4–7–1
53,189
13 December 4 at Los Angeles Rams L 23–3 4–8–1
40,039
14 December 11 Minnesota Vikings L 28–16 4–9–1
43,022
15 December 18 Bye
  • A bye week was necessary in 1966, as the league expanded to an odd-number (15) of teams (Atlanta); one team was idle each week.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 3 0 0 0 3
• Lions 0 14 0 0 14

[2]

Standings[edit]

NFL Western Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 12 2 0 .857 10–2 335 163 W5
Baltimore Colts 9 5 0 .643 7–5 314 226 W1
Los Angeles Rams 8 6 0 .571 6–6 289 212 L1
San Francisco 49ers 6 6 2 .500 5–5–2 320 325 L1
Chicago Bears 5 7 2 .417 4–6–2 234 272 W1
Detroit Lions 4 9 1 .308 3–8–1 206 317 L3
Minnesota Vikings 4 9 1 .308 4–7–1 206 304 L1

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

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