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| team = Detroit Lions
 
| year = 1973
 
| year = 1973
| record = 6-7-1
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| record = 6–7–1
 
| division_place = 2nd [[NFC Central]]
 
| division_place = 2nd [[NFC Central]]
 
| coach = [[Don McCafferty]]
 
| coach = [[Don McCafferty]]
| stadium =
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| owner = [[William Clay Ford, Sr.]]
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| stadium = [[Tiger Stadium (Detroit)|Tiger Stadium]]
 
| playoffs = ''did not qualify''
 
| playoffs = ''did not qualify''
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The '''[[1973 NFL season|1973]] [[Detroit Lions]] season''' was their 44th in the [[National Football League|league]]. The team failed to improve on their [[1972 Detroit Lions season|previous season]]'s output of 8-5-1<ref>[http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/1973.htm 1973 Detroit Lions]</ref> The team missed the playoffs for the third straight season.
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The '''[[1973 NFL season|1973]] [[Detroit Lions]] season''' was their 44th in the [[National Football League|league]]. [[Don McCafferty]], who served as an assistant under [[Don Shula]] during Shula's stint as head coach of the [[History of the Baltimore Colts|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 (American football)|Joe Schmidt]] as head coach. However, the team would still fail to improve on their [[1972 Detroit Lions season|previous season]]'s output of 8–5–1, finishing a mediocre 6–7–1.<ref>[https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/1973.htm 1973 Detroit Lions]</ref> The team missed the playoffs for the third straight season.
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==Draft==
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{|class="wikitable" width="80%"
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|- align="center" style="background:#005da6;color:#c4c8cb;"
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| '''Round''' || '''Pick''' || '''Player''' || '''Position''' || '''School'''
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
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| 1 || 17 || [[Ernie Price]] || Defensive End || [[Texas A&M-Kingsville]]
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
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| 2 || 44 || Leon Crosswhite || Running back || [[Oklahoma Sooners football|Oklahoma]]
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
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| 3 || 58 || John Brady || Tight End || [[Washington Huskies football|Washington]]
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
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| 3 || 71 || [[Jim Laslavic]] || Linebacker || [[Penn State Nittany Lions football|Penn State]]
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
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|}
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==Roster==
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{| class="toccolours" style="text-align: left;"
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|-
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! colspan="7" style="background-color:#006DB0;color:#C3C6CC;text-align:center;" | Detroit Lions roster
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|-
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| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Quarterbacks'''
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{{NFLplayer|17|Bill Cappleman}}
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{{NFLplayer|11|Greg Landry}}
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{{NFLplayer|19|Bill Munson}}
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'''Running Backs'''
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{{NFLplayer|35|Leon Crosswhite|rookie=y}}
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{{NFLplayer|24|Mel Farr}}
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{{NFLplayer|30|Jim Hooks|rookie=y|FB}}
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{{NFLplayer|36|Steve Owens|d=American football}}
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{{NFLplayer|42|Altie Taylor}}
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'''Wide Receivers'''
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{{NFLplayer|86|Al Barnes}}
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{{NFLplayer|89|Ron Jessie}}
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{{NFLplayer|25|Earl McCullough}}
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{{NFLplayer|49|Larry Walton}}
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'''Tight Ends'''
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{{NFLplayer|81|John Hilton|d=American football}}
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{{NFLplayer|88|Charlie Sanders}}
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| style="width: 25px;" |
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| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Offensive Linemen'''
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{{NFLplayer|60|Guy Dennis|G}}
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{{NFLplayer|54|Ed Flanagan|d=American football|C}}
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{{NFLplayer|76|Rocky Freitas|T}}
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{{NFLplayer|64|Gordon Jolley|T}}
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{{NFLplayer|66|Bob Kowalkowski|G}}
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{{NFLplayer|65|Dave Thompson|d=American football|T}}
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{{NFLplayer|63|Chuck Walton|G}}
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{{NFLplayer|75|Jim Yarbrough|T}}
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'''Defensive Linemen'''
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{{NFLplayer|74|Larry Hand|DT}}
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{{NFLplayer|83|Jim Mitchell|d=defensive lineman|DE}}
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{{NFLplayer|88|Herb Orvis|DT}}
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{{NFLplayer|82|Ken Sanders|d=American football|DE}}
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{{NFLplayer|66|John Small|d=American football|DT}}
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| style="width: 25px;" |
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| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Linebackers'''
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{{NFLplayer|58|Mike Hennigan|d=American football|rookie=y}}
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{{NFLplayer|52|Jim Laslavic|rookie=y}}
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{{NFLplayer|53|Mike Lucci}}
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{{NFLplayer|50|Paul Naumoff}}
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{{NFLplayer|57|Jim Teal|rookie=y}}
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'''Defensive Backs'''
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{{NFLplayer|20|Lem Barney|CB}}
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{{NFLplayer|27|Miller Farr|CB}}
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{{NFLplayer|26|Dick Jauron|rookie=y|FS}}
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{{NFLplayer|23|Levi Johnson|rookie=y|CB}}
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{{NFLplayer|21|Jim Thrower}}
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{{NFLplayer|46|Doug Wyatt}}
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'''Special Teams'''
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{{NFLplayer|12|Errol Mann|K}}
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{{NFLplayer|18|Herman Weaver|P}}
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| style="width: 25px;" |
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| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Reserve Lists'''
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* ''Currently vacant''
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<small>''Rookies in italics''</small><br />
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|-
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|}
   
 
==Schedule==
 
==Schedule==
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| September 16, 1973
 
| September 16, 1973
 
| at [[Pittsburgh Steelers]]
 
| at [[Pittsburgh Steelers]]
| L 24-10
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| L 24–10
 
| <center>48,913</center>
 
| <center>48,913</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffeeaa;"
 
|-style="background: #ffeeaa;"
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| September 23, 1973
 
| September 23, 1973
 
| at [[Green Bay Packers]]
 
| at [[Green Bay Packers]]
| T 13-13
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| T 13–13
 
| <center>55,495</center>
 
| <center>55,495</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| October 1, 1973
 
| October 1, 1973
 
| [[Atlanta Falcons]]
 
| [[Atlanta Falcons]]
| W 31-6
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| W 31–6
 
| <center>45,599</center>
 
| <center>45,599</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| October 7, 1973
 
| October 7, 1973
 
| [[Minnesota Vikings]]
 
| [[Minnesota Vikings]]
| L 23-9
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| L 23–9
 
| <center>49,549</center>
 
| <center>49,549</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| October 14, 1973
 
| October 14, 1973
 
| at [[New Orleans Saints]]
 
| at [[New Orleans Saints]]
| L 20-13
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| L 20–13
 
| <center>57,810</center>
 
| <center>57,810</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| October 21, 1973
 
| October 21, 1973
 
| [[History of the Indianapolis Colts|Baltimore Colts]]
 
| [[History of the Indianapolis Colts|Baltimore Colts]]
| L 29-27
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| L 29–27
 
| <center>48,058</center>
 
| <center>48,058</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| October 28, 1973
 
| October 28, 1973
 
| [[Green Bay Packers]]
 
| [[Green Bay Packers]]
| W 34-0
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| W 34–0
 
| <center>43,616</center>
 
| <center>43,616</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| November 4, 1973
 
| November 4, 1973
 
| [[San Francisco 49ers]]
 
| [[San Francisco 49ers]]
| W 30-20
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| W 30–20
 
| <center>49,531</center>
 
| <center>49,531</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| November 11, 1973
 
| November 11, 1973
 
| at [[Minnesota Vikings]]
 
| at [[Minnesota Vikings]]
| L 28-7
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| L 28–7
 
| <center>47,911</center>
 
| <center>47,911</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| November 18, 1973
 
| November 18, 1973
 
| at [[Chicago Bears]]
 
| at [[Chicago Bears]]
| W 30-7
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| W 30–7
 
| <center>48,625</center>
 
| <center>48,625</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| November 22, 1973
 
| November 22, 1973
 
| [[Washington Redskins]]
 
| [[Washington Redskins]]
| L 20-0
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| L 20–0
 
| <center>46,807</center>
 
| <center>46,807</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 12
 
| 12
 
| December 2, 1973
 
| December 2, 1973
| at [[Arizona Cardinals|St. Louis Cardinals]]
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| at [[St. Louis Cardinals (NFL)|St. Louis Cardinals]]
| W 20-16
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| W 20–16
 
| <center>44,982</center>
 
| <center>44,982</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| December 9, 1973
 
| December 9, 1973
 
| [[Chicago Bears]]
 
| [[Chicago Bears]]
| W 40-7
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| W 40–7
 
| <center>41,729</center>
 
| <center>41,729</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| December 15, 1973
 
| December 15, 1973
 
| at [[Miami Dolphins]]
 
| at [[Miami Dolphins]]
| L 34-7
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| L 34–7
 
| <center>53,375</center>
 
| <center>53,375</center>
 
|}
 
|}
   
==Standings==
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===Season summary===
{| class="wikitable" style="font-size: 95%;"
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|-
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====Week 1====
! colspan="8" style="background-color: #FFCBCB;" align="center" valign="middle" | [[NFC Central]]
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{{Seealso|1973 Pittsburgh Steelers season}}
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|titlestyle={{Gridiron primary style|Detroit Lions|year=1973|border=2}}; text-align:center
! T
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|state=collapsed
! PCT
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|title=Detroit Lions (0–0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0–0)
! PF
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|date=September 16
! PA
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|time=4:00 p.m.
! STK
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|road=Lions
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|R1=0 |R2=0 |R3=10 |R4=0
| [[1973 Minnesota Vikings season|Minnesota Vikings]]
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|home=Steelers
| align="center" | 12
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|H1=0 |H2=3 |H3=7 |H4=14
| align="center" | 2
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|stadium=[[Three Rivers Stadium]], [[Pittsburgh, PA]]
| align="center" | 0
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|attendance=48,913
| align="center" | .857
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|weather=64°F; wind 11
| align="center" | 296
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|referee=[[Fred Wyant]]
| align="center" | 168
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|TV=
| align="center" | W-2
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|TVAnnouncers=
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|reference=[https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/197309160pit.htm Pro-Football-Reference.com]
| '''Detroit Lions'''
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| align="center" | 6
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|stats=
| align="center" | 7
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{{Col-start}}
| align="center" | 1
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{{Col-2}}
| align="center" | .464
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;Lions
| align="center" | 271
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*[[Greg Landry]]<br>11/27, 219 Yds, TD, 3 INT<br>8 Rush, 65 Yds
| align="center" | 247
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*[[Ron Jessie]]<br>3 Rec, 131 Yds, TD
| align="center" | L-1
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{{Col-2}}
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;Steelers
| [[1973 Green Bay Packers season|Green Bay Packers]]
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*[[Terry Bradshaw]]<br>15/23, 124 Yds, 2 TD, INT
| align="center" | 5
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*[[John Fuqua]]<br>26 Rush, 100 Yds
| align="center" | 7
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*[[Barry Pearson]]<br>6 Rec, 58 Yds
| align="center" | 2
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{{Col-end}}
| align="center" | .429
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| align="center" | 202
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| align="center" | 259
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| align="center" | W-1
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| Quarter=2
| [[1973 Chicago Bears season|Chicago Bears]]
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| Time=
| align="center" | 3
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| Team=Steelers
| align="center" | 11
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| DrivePlays=
| align="center" | 0
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| DriveLength=
| align="center" | .214
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| DriveTime=
| align="center" | 195
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| Type=FG
| align="center" | 334
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| yards=11
| align="center" | L-6
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| Kicker=[[Roy Gerela]]
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| Visitor=0
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| Home=3
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| Type=RushTD
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| Runner=[[Terry Bradshaw|Bradshaw]]
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| yards=1
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| kickresult=good
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| Kicker=Gerela
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| Home=10
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| Type=RecTD
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| Receiver=[[Ron Jessie|Jessie]]
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| QB=[[Greg Landry|Landry]]
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| yards=84
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| kickresult=good
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| Kicker=[[Errol Mann|Mann]]
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| yards=40
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| Visitor=10
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| Home=10
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| Type=RecTD
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| Receiver=[[John McMakin|McMakin]]
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| QB=Bradshaw
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| yards=24
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| kickresult=good
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| Kicker=Gerela
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| Receiver=[[Ron Shanklin|Shanklin]]
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| QB=Bradshaw
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| yards=6
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===Week 14===
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{{Seealso|1973 Miami Dolphins season}}
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|title=Week Fourteen: Detroit Lions (6–6–1) at Miami Dolphins (11–2)
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|date=Saturday, December 15
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|time=1:00 p.m. EDT
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|road=Lions
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|R1=0 |R2=0 |R3=0 |R4=7
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|home='''Dolphins'''
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|H1=14 |H2=17 |H3=3 |H4=0
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|stadium=[[Orange Bowl (stadium)|Orange Bowl]], [[Miami, Florida]]
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|weather=69&nbsp;°F, wind 7 mph
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|reference=[https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/197312150mia.htm Pro-Football-Reference.com]
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|scoring=
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'''First quarter'''
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*MIA – [[Paul Warfield]] 21-yard pass from [[Bob Griese]] ([[Garo Yepremian]] kick) – '''''Dolphins 7–0'''''
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*MIA – Paul Warfield 7-yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick) – '''''Dolphins 14–0'''''
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'''Second quarter'''
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*MIA – Garo Yepremian 27-yard field goal – '''''Dolphins 17–0'''''
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*MIA – Paul Warfield 16-yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick) – '''''Dolphins 24–0'''''
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*MIA – Paul Warfield 4-yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick) – '''''Dolphins 31–0'''''
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'''Third quarter'''
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*MIA – Garo Yepremian 28-yard field goal – '''''Dolphins 34–0'''''
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'''Fourth quarter'''
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*DET – [[Steve Owens (American football)|Steve Owens]] 5-yard run ([[Errol Mann]] kick) – '''''Dolphins 34–7'''''
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|stats=
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'''Lions'''
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*[[Bill Munson]]<br>8/17, 73 Yds, INT
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*Steve Owens<br>27 Rush, 113 Yds, TD<br>6 Rec, 56 Yds
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'''Dolphins'''
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*Bob Griese<br>11/15, 141 Yds, 4 TD
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*[[Larry Csonka]]<br>10 Rush, 51 Yds
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*Paul Warfield<br>6 Rec, 103 Yds, 4 TD
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}}
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== Standings ==
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{{1973 NFC Central standings}}
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
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[[Category:Detroit Lions seasons]]
 
[[Category:1973 National Football League season by team|Detroit Lions]]
 
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[[Category:1973 in sports in Michigan|Detroit Lions]]

Revision as of 14:27, April 13, 2019

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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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.

Draft

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

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

Schedule

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 summary

Week 1

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 14

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

Template:1973 NFC Central standings

References

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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