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{{Infobox NFL season
 
| logo =
 
| logo =
 
| team = Detroit Lions
 
| team = Detroit Lions
 
| year = 1961
 
| year = 1961
| record = 8-5-1
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| record = 8–5–1
| division_place = 2nd [[Eastern and Western Divisions (NFL) 1933-69|NFL Western]]
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| division_place = 2nd [[Western Division (NFL)|NFL Western]]
 
| coach = George Wilson
 
| coach = George Wilson
 
| stadium =
 
| stadium =
| playoffs = '''Won''' [[Playoff Bowl]]
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| playoffs = '''Won''' NFL [[Playoff Bowl]] (vs. [[1961 Philadelphia Eagles season|Eagles]]) 38-10
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| shortnavlink = Lions seasons
 
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The '''[[1961 NFL season|1961]] [[Detroit Lions]] season''' was the 32nd season in franchise history.
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The '''[[1961 NFL season|1961]] [[Detroit Lions]] season''' was the 32nd season in franchise history. Detroit won a second Playoff Bowl game against the [[Philadelphia Eagles]] that was played in the Orange Bowl, 38–10.
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==Regular season==
 
==Regular season==
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===Schedule===
 
===Schedule===
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
{| class="wikitable"
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| September 17, 1961
 
| September 17, 1961
 
| at [[Green Bay Packers]]
 
| at [[Green Bay Packers]]
| W 17-13
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| W 17–13
 
| <center>32,150</center>
 
| <center>32,150</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| September 24, 1961
 
| September 24, 1961
 
| at [[History of the Indianapolis Colts|Baltimore Colts]]
 
| at [[History of the Indianapolis Colts|Baltimore Colts]]
| W 16-15
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| W 16–15
 
| <center>49,825</center>
 
| <center>49,825</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| October 1, 1961
 
| October 1, 1961
 
| [[San Francisco 49ers]]
 
| [[San Francisco 49ers]]
| L 49-0
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| L 49–0
 
| <center>38,065</center>
 
| <center>38,065</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| October 8, 1961
 
| October 8, 1961
 
| [[Chicago Bears]]
 
| [[Chicago Bears]]
| L 31-17
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| L 31–17
 
| <center>53,854</center>
 
| <center>53,854</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 5
 
| 5
 
| October 15, 1961
 
| October 15, 1961
| [[St. Louis Rams|Los Angeles Rams]]
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| [[Los Angeles Rams]]
| W 14-13
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| W 14–13
 
| <center>53,295</center>
 
| <center>53,295</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| October 22, 1961
 
| October 22, 1961
 
| [[History of the Indianapolis Colts|Baltimore Colts]]
 
| [[History of the Indianapolis Colts|Baltimore Colts]]
| L 17-14
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| L 17–14
 
| <center>48,447</center>
 
| <center>48,447</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 7
 
| 7
 
| October 29, 1961
 
| October 29, 1961
| at [[St. Louis Rams|Los Angeles Rams]]
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| at [[Los Angeles Rams]]
| W 28-10
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| W 28–10
 
| <center>54,019</center>
 
| <center>54,019</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffeeaa;"
 
|-style="background: #ffeeaa;"
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| November 5, 1961
 
| November 5, 1961
 
| at [[San Francisco 49ers]]
 
| at [[San Francisco 49ers]]
| T 20-20
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| T 20–20
 
| <center>46,267</center>
 
| <center>46,267</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 9
 
| 9
 
| November 12, 1961
 
| November 12, 1961
| at [[Arizona Cardinals|St. Louis Cardinals]]
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| at [[St. Louis Cardinals (NFL)|St. Louis Cardinals]]
| W 45-14
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| W 45–14
 
| <center>54,123</center>
 
| <center>54,123</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| November 19, 1961
 
| November 19, 1961
 
| at [[Minnesota Vikings]]
 
| at [[Minnesota Vikings]]
| W 37-10
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| W 37–10
 
| <center>57,808</center>
 
| <center>57,808</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| November 23, 1961
 
| November 23, 1961
 
| [[Green Bay Packers]]
 
| [[Green Bay Packers]]
| L 17-9
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| L 17–9
 
| <center>43,272</center>
 
| <center>43,272</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| December 3, 1961
 
| December 3, 1961
 
| at [[Chicago Bears]]
 
| at [[Chicago Bears]]
| W 16-15
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| W 16–15
 
| <center>51,017</center>
 
| <center>51,017</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| December 10, 1961
 
| December 10, 1961
 
| [[Minnesota Vikings]]
 
| [[Minnesota Vikings]]
| W 13-7
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| W 13–7
 
| <center>42,655</center>
 
| <center>42,655</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| December 17, 1961
 
| December 17, 1961
 
| [[Philadelphia Eagles]]
 
| [[Philadelphia Eagles]]
| L 27-24
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| L 27–24
 
| <center>44,231</center>
 
| <center>44,231</center>
 
|}
 
|}
   
=== Standings ===
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==Standings==
{| class="wikitable" style="font-size: 95%;"
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{{1961 NFL Western standings}}
|-
 
! colspan="8" style="background-color: #FFCBCB;" align="center" valign="middle" | [[Eastern and Western Divisions (NFL) 1933-69|NFL Western]]
 
|-
 
!
 
! W
 
! L
 
! T
 
! PCT
 
! PF
 
! PA
 
! STK
 
|-
 
| [[1961 Green Bay Packers season|Green Bay Packers]]
 
| align="center" | 11
 
| align="center" | 3
 
| align="center" | 0
 
| align="center" | .786
 
| align="center" | 391
 
| align="center" | 223
 
| align="center" | W-1
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| '''Detroit Lions'''
 
| align="center" | 8
 
| align="center" | 5
 
| align="center" | 1
 
| align="center" | .615
 
| align="center" | 270
 
| align="center" | 258
 
| align="center" | L-1
 
|-
 
| [[1961 Chicago Bears season|Chicago Bears]]
 
| align="center" | 8
 
| align="center" | 6
 
| align="center" | 0
 
| align="center" | .571
 
| align="center" | 326
 
| align="center" | 302
 
| align="center" | W-2
 
|-
 
| [[1961 Baltimore Colts season|Baltimore Colts]]
 
| align="center" | 8
 
| align="center" | 6
 
| align="center" | 0
 
| align="center" | .571
 
| align="center" | 302
 
| align="center" | 307
 
| align="center" | W-1
 
|-
 
| [[1961 San Francisco 49ers season|San Francisco 49ers]]
 
| align="center" | 7
 
| align="center" | 6
 
| align="center" | 1
 
| align="center" | .538
 
| align="center" | 346
 
| align="center" | 272
 
| align="center" | L-1
 
|-
 
| [[1961 Los Angeles Rams season|Los Angeles Rams]]
 
| align="center" | 4
 
| align="center" | 10
 
| align="center" | 0
 
| align="center" | .286
 
| align="center" | 263
 
| align="center" | 333
 
| align="center" | L-1
 
|-
 
| [[1961 Minnesota Vikings season|Minnesota Vikings]]
 
| align="center" | 3
 
| align="center" | 11
 
| align="center" | 0
 
| align="center" | .214
 
| align="center" | 285
 
| align="center" | 407
 
| align="center" | L-2
 
|}
 
   
 
===Roster===
 
===Roster===
 
{| class="toccolours" style="text-align: left;"
 
{| class="toccolours" style="text-align: left;"
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="7" style="background-color:#006DB0;" | {{Tnavbar-header|'''Detroit Lions roster'''|Detroit Lions roster|plain=1|fontcolor=#C3C6CC}}
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! colspan="7" style="background-color:#006DB0;color:#C3C6CC;text-align:center;" | Detroit Lions roster
 
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|-
 
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Quarterbacks'''
 
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Quarterbacks'''
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!Season!! Date !! Winner !! Score!! Runner up
 
!Season!! Date !! Winner !! Score!! Runner up
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
|1961||January 6, 1962 || Detroit Lions ''(2)'' || 38-10||[[Philadelphia Eagles]]
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|1961||January 6, 1962 || Detroit Lions ''(2)'' || 38–10||[[Philadelphia Eagles]]
 
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|} <ref>NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 369</ref>
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|} <ref>''NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book'', Workman Publishing Co, New York, {{ISBN|0-7611-2480-2}}, p. 369</ref>
   
 
==Awards and records==
 
==Awards and records==
 
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==References==
 
==References==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
{{Reflist}}
*[http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/1961.htm?redir Detroit Lions on Pro Football Reference]
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*[https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/1961.htm?redir Detroit Lions on Pro Football Reference]
 
*[http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/results.nsf/Teams/1961-det Detroit Lions on jt-sw.com]
 
*[http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/results.nsf/Teams/1961-det Detroit Lions on jt-sw.com]
 
*[http://www.footballdb.com/teams/detroit-lions/results/1961 Detroit Lions on The Football Database]
 
*[http://www.footballdb.com/teams/detroit-lions/results/1961 Detroit Lions on The Football Database]
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{{Detroit Lions seasons}}
 
{{Detroit Lions seasons}}
{{Detroit}}
 
 
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[[Category:1961 National Football League season by team|Detroit Lions]]
 
[[Category:1961 National Football League season by team|Detroit Lions]]
 
[[Category:Detroit Lions seasons]]
 
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[[Category:1961 in sports in Michigan|Detroit Lions]]

Revision as of 14:30, April 13, 2019

1961 Detroit Lions season
Head Coach George Wilson
Home Field
Results
Record 8–5–1
Place 2nd NFL Western
Playoff Finish Won NFL Playoff Bowl (vs. Eagles) 38-10
Timeline
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1960 1962

The 1961 Detroit Lions season was the 32nd season in franchise history. Detroit won a second Playoff Bowl game against the Philadelphia Eagles that was played in the Orange Bowl, 38–10.

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 17, 1961 at Green Bay Packers W 17–13
32,150
2 September 24, 1961 at Baltimore Colts W 16–15
49,825
3 October 1, 1961 San Francisco 49ers L 49–0
38,065
4 October 8, 1961 Chicago Bears L 31–17
53,854
5 October 15, 1961 Los Angeles Rams W 14–13
53,295
6 October 22, 1961 Baltimore Colts L 17–14
48,447
7 October 29, 1961 at Los Angeles Rams W 28–10
54,019
8 November 5, 1961 at San Francisco 49ers T 20–20
46,267
9 November 12, 1961 at St. Louis Cardinals W 45–14
54,123
10 November 19, 1961 at Minnesota Vikings W 37–10
57,808
11 November 23, 1961 Green Bay Packers L 17–9
43,272
12 December 3, 1961 at Chicago Bears W 16–15
51,017
13 December 10, 1961 Minnesota Vikings W 13–7
42,655
14 December 17, 1961 Philadelphia Eagles L 27–24
44,231

Standings

Template:1961 NFL Western standings

Roster

Detroit Lions roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics

Playoff Bowl

The game were played at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.

Season Date Winner Score Runner up
1961January 6, 1962 Detroit Lions (2) 38–10Philadelphia Eagles
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Awards and records

References

  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 369
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Related: 1961 AFL Season

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