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1973 Detroit Lions season
Head Coach Don McCafferty
Home Field Tiger Stadium
Results
Record 6–7–1
Place 2nd NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1972 1974

The 1973 Detroit Lions season was their 44th in the league. Don McCafferty, who served as an assistant under Don Shula during Shula's stint as head coach of the Baltimore Colts, and whom as head coach himself coached the Colts to a Super Bowl V victory over the Dallas Cowboys, would replace Joe Schmidt as head coach. However, the team would still fail to improve on their previous season's output of 8–5–1, finishing a mediocre 6–7–1.[1] The team missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School
1 17 Ernie Price Defensive End Texas A&M-Kingsville
2 44 Leon Crosswhite Running back Oklahoma
3 58 John Brady Tight End Washington
3 71 Jim Laslavic Linebacker Penn State

RosterEdit

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

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 16, 1973 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 24–10
48,913
2 September 23, 1973 at Green Bay Packers T 13–13
55,495
3 October 1, 1973 Atlanta Falcons W 31–6
45,599
4 October 7, 1973 Minnesota Vikings L 23–9
49,549
5 October 14, 1973 at New Orleans Saints L 20–13
57,810
6 October 21, 1973 Baltimore Colts L 29–27
48,058
7 October 28, 1973 Green Bay Packers W 34–0
43,616
8 November 4, 1973 San Francisco 49ers W 30–20
49,531
9 November 11, 1973 at Minnesota Vikings L 28–7
47,911
10 November 18, 1973 at Chicago Bears W 30–7
48,625
11 November 22, 1973 Washington Redskins L 20–0
46,807
12 December 2, 1973 at St. Louis Cardinals W 20–16
44,982
13 December 9, 1973 Chicago Bears W 40–7
41,729
14 December 15, 1973 at Miami Dolphins L 34–7
53,375

Season summaryEdit

Week 1Edit

Detroit Lions (0–0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0–0)
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 0 10 0

10

Steelers 0 3 7 14

24

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA

Week 14Edit

Week Fourteen: Detroit Lions (6–6–1) at Miami Dolphins (11–2)
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 0 0 7

7

Dolphins 14 17 3 0

34

at Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • MIA – Garo Yepremian 27-yard field goal – Dolphins 17–0
  • MIA – Paul Warfield 16-yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick) – Dolphins 24–0
  • MIA – Paul Warfield 4-yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick) – Dolphins 31–0

Third quarter

  • MIA – Garo Yepremian 28-yard field goal – Dolphins 34–0

Fourth quarter

Lions

  • Bill Munson
    8/17, 73 Yds, INT
  • Steve Owens
    27 Rush, 113 Yds, TD
    6 Rec, 56 Yds

Dolphins

  • Bob Griese
    11/15, 141 Yds, 4 TD
  • Larry Csonka
    10 Rush, 51 Yds
  • Paul Warfield
    6 Rec, 103 Yds, 4 TD

Standings Edit

Template:1973 NFC Central standings

ReferencesEdit

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Buffalo Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Los Angeles
Miami Houston Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Washington
1973 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl VIII

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