1995 Detroit Lions season
OwnerWilliam Clay Ford, Sr.
General managerChuck Schmidt
Head coachWayne Fontes
Home fieldPontiac Silverdome
Results
Record10–6
Division place2nd NFC Central
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (at Eagles) 37–58
Pro BowlersC Kevin Glover
T Lomas Brown
WR Herman Moore
RB Barry Sanders
AP All-ProsT Lomas Brown (1st team)
WR Herman Moore (1st team)
RB Barry Sanders (1st team)
C Kevin Glover (2nd team)

The 1995 Detroit Lions season was the team's 66th in the National Football League (NFL). Finishing at 10–6, it marked the Lions' third consecutive winning season, which had not been accomplished in Detroit since the team posted four consecutive winning seasons from 1969 to 1972.

It was also the Lions' third consecutive postseason appearance, and fourth in five seasons – the franchise’s best era since the 1950s.

The Lions started the season 0–3 and were 3–6 after a Week 10 loss in Atlanta. However, starting with a Week 11 win over Tampa Bay, the Lions won a franchise-record seven consecutive games to close out the season and clinch a playoff berth.

Herman Moore had a career season as he broke Cris Carter’s NFL record for most receptions in a season (123). Moore and teammate Brett Perriman (108 catches) became the first receiver duo to each have more than 100 receptions in the same season.

The Lions' 436 points scored was the most in franchise history until it was eclipsed by the 2011 team.[1]

For the third consecutive year, however, the Lions could not win a playoff game and were eliminated as they were routed by the Philadelphia Eagles 58-37 in the Wild Card playoffs after falling behind 51–7. Leading up to their Wild Card game, Detroit offensive linemen Lomas Brown guaranteed a victory over the Eagles.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Main article: 1995 NFL Draft

1995 Detroit Lions draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 20 Luther Elliss *  DT Utah
3 70 David Sloan *  TE New Mexico from St. Louis
5 141 Stephen Boyd *  LB Boston College from Seattle
5 156 Kez McCorvey  WR Florida State
5 163 Ronald Cherry  OT McNeese State from San Francisco
6 186 Kevin Hickman  TE Navy from Arizona
6 192 Cory Schlesinger *  FB Nebraska
7 228 Hessley Hempstead  G Kansas
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

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Personnel

Staff

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

Roster

1995 Detroit Lions final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
, 2 practice squad

Regular season

Schedule

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

Season summary

Week 13

1 234Total
Vikings 7 2137 38
• Lions 14 101010 44
  • Date: November 23
  • Location: Pontiac Silverdome
  • Game start: 12:30 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 74,559
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

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Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(3) Green Bay Packers 11 5 0 .688 404 314 W2
(5) Detroit Lions 10 6 0 .625 436 336 W7
Chicago Bears 9 7 0 .563 392 360 W2
Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 412 385 L2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 9 0 .438 238 335 L2

Playoffs

NFC Wild Card Game: At Philadelphia Eagles

NFC Wild Card Game: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lions 7 0 141637
Eagles 7 31 13758

at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

Game information

The Eagles scored 31 points in the second quarter, recorded six interceptions, forced seven total turnovers and held future Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders to just 40 rushing yards en route to a 58–37 victory in the second highest scoring game in NFL postseason history, which was also the first occasion the Lions had played the Eagles since 1986.[4] The two teams combined for 874 total yards of offense.

Awards and honors

Milestones

References

  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. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-Dec-10.
  4. ^ Detroit Lions v Philadelphia Eagles
  5. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 440