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1956 Detroit Lions season
Head Coach Buddy Parker
Home Field Briggs Stadium
Results
Record 9–3
Place 2nd NFL Western
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1955 1957

The 1956 Detroit Lions season was their 27th in the league. The team improved on their previous season's output of 3–9, winning nine games.[1] Despite the improvement, they missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Detroit held the top spot by a half game in the Western Conference entering the final game of the season against the Chicago Bears at Wrigley Field, which the Lions lost, 38–21. After completing a handoff early in the second quarter, Detroit quarterback Bobby Layne was concussed and removed from the game, due to an unsportsmanlike conduct foul by Ed Meadows, for which Meadows was ejected.[2][3][4]

The following season, the Lions won the Western Conference and the NFL championship, their third of the decade. The Lions won the NFL title in 1952 and 1953, and were runners-up in 1954.

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 30 at Green Bay Packers W 20–16 1–0
24,668
2 October 6 at Baltimore Colts W 31–14 2–0
42,622
3 October 14 Los Angeles Rams W 24–21 3–0
56,281
4 October 21 San Francisco 49ers W 20–17 4–0
55,662
5 October 28 at Los Angeles Rams W 16–7 5–0
76,758
6 November 4 at San Francisco 49ers W 17–13 6–0
46,708
7 November 11 at Washington Redskins L 18–17 6–1
28,003
8 November 18 Baltimore Colts W 27–3 7–1
55,788
9 November 22 Green Bay Packers L 24–20 7–2
54,087
10 December 2 Chicago Bears W 42–10 8–2
57,024
11 December 9 Pittsburgh Steelers W 45–7 9–2
52,124
12 December 16 at Chicago Bears L 38–21 9–3
49,086

StandingsEdit

Template:1956 NFL Western standings

ReferencesEdit

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Chicago Cardinals Baltimore
Cleveland Chicago Bears
New York Detroit
Philadelphia Green Bay
Pittsburgh Los Angeles
Washington San Francisco
1956 NFL DraftNFL ChampionshipPro Bowl

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