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| team = Detroit Lions
 
| team = Detroit Lions
 
| year = 1971
 
| year = 1971
| record = 7–6–1
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| record = 7-6-1
 
| division_place = 2nd [[NFC Central]]
 
| division_place = 2nd [[NFC Central]]
| coach = [[Joe Schmidt (American football)|Joe Schmidt]]
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| coach = [[Joe Schmidt]]
| stadium = [[Tiger Stadium (Detroit)|Tiger Stadium]]
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| stadium =
 
| playoffs = ''did not qualify''
 
| playoffs = ''did not qualify''
| shortnavlink = Lions seasons
 
 
}}
 
}}
   
The '''[[1971 NFL season|1971]] [[Detroit Lions]] season''' was their 42nd in the [[National Football League|league]]. The team failed to improve on their [[1970 Detroit Lions season|previous season]]'s output of 10–4, winning only seven games.
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The '''[[1971 NFL season|1971]] [[Detroit Lions]] season''' was their 42nd in the [[National Football League|league]]. The team failed to improve on their [[1970 Detroit Lions season|previous season]]'s output of 10-4, winning only seven games.<ref>[http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/1971.htm 1971 Detroit Lions]</ref>
 
Mired in adversity, the 1971 season turned especially tragic for the Lions and the NFL when, during their Week 6 hosting of the [[Chicago Bears]], Lions wide receiver [[Chuck Hughes]] collapsed on the playing field. Unresponsive, Hughes was pronounced dead later that day of heart failure. Since 1971, no Detroit player has worn Hughes' #85 jersey save on special permission of the Hughes family.<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLj01vphhRg|title=YouTube|website=www.youtube.com|access-date=2016-11-08}}</ref><ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/1971.htm|title=1971 Detroit Lions Statistics & Players {{!}} Pro-Football-Reference.com|website=Pro-Football-Reference.com|access-date=2016-11-08}}</ref>
 
 
==Roster==
 
{| class="toccolours" style="text-align: left;"
 
|-
 
! colspan="7" style="background-color:#006DB0;color:#C3C6CC;text-align:center;" | Detroit Lions roster
 
|-
 
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Quarterbacks'''
 
{{NFLplayer|11|Greg Landry}}
 
{{NFLplayer|19|Bill Munson}}
 
 
'''Running Backs'''
 
{{NFLplayer|24|Mel Farr}}
 
{{NFLplayer|36|Steve Owens|d=American football}}
 
{{NFLplayer|42|Altie Taylor}}
 
{{NFLplayer|38|Bill Triplett}}
 
{{NFLplayer|34|Mickey Zofko|rookie=y}}
 
 
'''Wide Receivers'''
 
{{NFLplayer|89|Ron Jessie|rookie=y}}
 
{{NFLplayer|25|Earl McCullough}}
 
{{NFLplayer|49|Larry Walton}}
 
 
'''Tight Ends'''
 
{{NFLplayer|87|Craig Cotton}}
 
{{NFLplayer|88|Charlie Sanders}}
 
 
| style="width: 25px;" |
 
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Offensive Linemen'''
 
{{NFLplayer|54|Ed Flanagan|d=American football|C}}
 
{{NFLplayer|76|Rocky Freitas|T}}
 
{{NFLplayer|68|Frank Gallagher|d=American football|G}}
 
{{NFLplayer|66|Bob Kowalkowski|G}}
 
{{NFLplayer|79|Ray Parson|rookie=y|T}}
 
{{NFLplayer|65|Dave Thompson|d=American football|rookie=y|T}}
 
{{NFLplayer|71|Chuck Walton|G}}
 
{{NFLplayer|75|Jim Yarbrough|T}}
 
 
'''Defensive Linemen'''
 
{{NFLplayer|73|Bob Bell|d=American football|rookie=y|DT}}
 
{{NFLplayer|77|Dick Evey|DT}}
 
{{NFLplayer|83|Jim Mitchell|d=defensive lineman|DE}}
 
{{NFLplayer|84|Joe Robb|DE}}
 
{{NFLplayer|82|Jerry Rush|DT}}
 
 
| style="width: 25px;" |
 
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Linebackers'''
 
{{NFLplayer|53|Mike Lucci}}
 
{{NFLplayer|62|Ed Mooney}}
 
{{NFLplayer|50|Paul Naumoff}}
 
{{NFLplayer|55|Wayne Walker}}
 
 
'''Defensive Backs'''
 
{{NFLplayer|20|Lem Barney|CB}}
 
{{NFLplayer|44|Dick LeBeau|CB}}
 
{{NFLplayer|47|Wayne Rasmussen|SS}}
 
{{NFLplayer|48|Tom Vaughn|d=American football}}
 
{{NFLplayer|28|Mike Weger|FS}}
 
{{NFLplayer|45|Bobby Williams|d=defensive back}}
 
 
'''Special Teams'''
 
{{NFLplayer|12|Errol Mann|K}}
 
{{NFLplayer|18|Herman Weaver|P}}
 
| style="width: 25px;" |
 
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Reserve Lists'''
 
* ''Currently vacant''
 
 
<small>''Rookies in italics''</small><br />
 
|-
 
|}
 
   
 
==Schedule==
 
==Schedule==
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| September 20, 1971
 
| September 20, 1971
 
| [[Minnesota Vikings]]
 
| [[Minnesota Vikings]]
| L 13-16
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| L 16-13
 
| <center>54,418</center>
 
| <center>54,418</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| September 26, 1971
 
| September 26, 1971
 
| at [[New England Patriots]]
 
| at [[New England Patriots]]
| W 34–7
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| W 34-7
 
| <center>61,057</center>
 
| <center>61,057</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| October 3, 1971
 
| October 3, 1971
 
| [[Atlanta Falcons]]
 
| [[Atlanta Falcons]]
| W 41–38
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| W 41-38
 
| <center>54,418</center>
 
| <center>54,418</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| October 10, 1971
 
| October 10, 1971
 
| [[Green Bay Packers]]
 
| [[Green Bay Packers]]
| W 31–28
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| W 31-28
 
| <center>54,418</center>
 
| <center>54,418</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 5
 
| 5
 
| October 17, 1971
 
| October 17, 1971
| at [[Houston Oilers]]
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| at [[Tennessee Titans|Houston Oilers]]
| W 31–7
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| W 31-7
 
| <center>45,885</center>
 
| <center>45,885</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| October 24, 1971
 
| October 24, 1971
 
| [[Chicago Bears]]
 
| [[Chicago Bears]]
| L 23-28
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| L 28-23
 
| <center>54,418</center>
 
| <center>54,418</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffeeaa;"
 
|-style="background: #ffeeaa;"
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| November 1, 1971
 
| November 1, 1971
 
| at [[Green Bay Packers]]
 
| at [[Green Bay Packers]]
| T 14–14
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| T 14-14
 
| <center>47,961</center>
 
| <center>47,961</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| November 7, 1971
 
| November 7, 1971
 
| at [[Denver Broncos]]
 
| at [[Denver Broncos]]
| W 24–20
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| W 24-20
 
| <center>51,200</center>
 
| <center>51,200</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 9
 
| 9
 
| November 14, 1971
 
| November 14, 1971
| [[Los Angeles Rams]]
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| [[St. Louis Rams|Los Angeles Rams]]
| L 13-21
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| L 21-13
 
| <center>54,418</center>
 
| <center>54,418</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| November 21, 1971
 
| November 21, 1971
 
| at [[Chicago Bears]]
 
| at [[Chicago Bears]]
| W 28–3
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| W 28-3
 
| <center>55,049</center>
 
| <center>55,049</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| November 25, 1971
 
| November 25, 1971
 
| [[Kansas City Chiefs]]
 
| [[Kansas City Chiefs]]
| W 32–21
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| W 32-21
 
| <center>54,418</center>
 
| <center>54,418</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| December 5, 1971
 
| December 5, 1971
 
| [[Philadelphia Eagles]]
 
| [[Philadelphia Eagles]]
| L 20-23
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| L 23-20
 
| <center>54,418</center>
 
| <center>54,418</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| December 11, 1971
 
| December 11, 1971
 
| at [[Minnesota Vikings]]
 
| at [[Minnesota Vikings]]
| L 10-29
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| L 29-10
 
| <center>49,784</center>
 
| <center>49,784</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| December 19, 1971
 
| December 19, 1971
 
| at [[San Francisco 49ers]]
 
| at [[San Francisco 49ers]]
| L 27-31
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| L 31-27
 
| <center>45,580</center>
 
| <center>45,580</center>
 
|}
 
|}
   
===Standings===
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==Standings==
{{1971 NFC Central standings}}
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{| class="wikitable" style="font-size: 95%;"
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|-
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! colspan="8" style="background-color: #FFCBCB;" align="center" valign="middle" | [[NFC Central]]
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|-
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!
  +
! W
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! L
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! T
  +
! PCT
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! PF
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! PA
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! STK
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|-
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| [[1971 Minnesota Vikings season|Minnesota Vikings]]
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| align="center" | 11
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| align="center" | 3
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| align="center" | 0
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| align="center" | .786
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| align="center" | 245
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| align="center" | 139
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| align="center" | W-2
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|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| '''Detroit Lions'''
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| align="center" | 7
  +
| align="center" | 6
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| align="center" | 1
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| align="center" | .538
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| align="center" | 341
  +
| align="center" | 286
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| align="center" | L-3
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|-
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| [[1971 Chicago Bears season|Chicago Bears]]
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| align="center" | 6
  +
| align="center" | 8
  +
| align="center" | 0
  +
| align="center" | .429
  +
| align="center" | 185
  +
| align="center" | 276
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| align="center" | L-5
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|-
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| [[1971 Green Bay Packers season|Green Bay Packers]]
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| align="center" | 4
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| align="center" | 8
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| align="center" | 2
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| align="center" | .333
  +
| align="center" | 274
  +
| align="center" | 298
  +
| align="center" | L-1
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|}
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
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[[Category:Detroit Lions seasons]]
 
[[Category:Detroit Lions seasons]]
 
[[Category:1971 National Football League season by team|Detroit Lions]]
 
[[Category:1971 National Football League season by team|Detroit Lions]]
[[Category:1971 in sports in Michigan|Detroit Lions]]
 
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