The 1983Detroit Lionsseason was the 54th season in franchise history. After a 1-4 start, the Lions finished with a 9-7 record. They were able to rise to the top of a weak NFC Central, to claim their first division championship since 1957. In the NFC playoffs, the Lions lead the San Francisco 49ers late into the 4th Quarter, until Joe Montana drove the 49ers down the field for a 14-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Solomon to give the 49ers a 24–23 lead. The Lions would have a chance to win the game, as Gary Danielson drove them into field goal range, but placekicker Eddie Murray missed a 44-yard field goal with five seconds remaining.