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{{Infobox NFL season
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{{Infobox NFL_season
 
| logo =
 
| logo =
 
| team = Detroit Lions
 
| team = Detroit Lions
 
| year = 1974
 
| year = 1974
| record = 7–7
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| record = 7-7
 
| division_place = 2nd [[NFC Central]]
 
| division_place = 2nd [[NFC Central]]
 
| coach = [[Rick Forzano]]
 
| coach = [[Rick Forzano]]
| owner = [[William Clay Ford, Sr.]]
 
 
| stadium = [[Tiger Stadium (Detroit)|Tiger Stadium]]
 
| stadium = [[Tiger Stadium (Detroit)|Tiger Stadium]]
 
| playoffs = ''did not qualify''
 
| playoffs = ''did not qualify''
| shortnavlink = Lions seasons
 
 
}}
 
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The '''[[1974 NFL season|1974]] [[Detroit Lions]] season''' was the 45th season in franchise history. It was the Lions' final season playing at [[Tiger Stadium (Detroit)|Tiger Stadium]]; the team moved to [[Silverdome|Pontiac Metropolitan Stadium]], which was eventually re-named the Pontiac Silverdome, the following season and played home games there until the end of their 2001 season. Prior to the start of training camp, tragedy would strike the Lions, as Head Coach [[Don McCafferty]] died of a fatal heart attack at age 53. He would later be replaced by Lions assistant [[Rick Forzano]], who would guide the Lions to a 7–7 record in their final season at Tiger Stadium. This would also be the last season until [[2011 Detroit Lions season|2011]] when [[Monday Night Football]] would air in the city of Detroit as a result of the Lions playing in Pontiac from 1975 to 2001, following by sub par seasons while playing home games at [[Ford Field]] during its first eight years.
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The '''[[1974 NFL season|1974]] [[Detroit Lions]] season''' was the 45th season in franchise history. It was the Lions' final season playing at [[Tiger Stadium (Detroit)|Tiger Stadium]]; the team moved to the [[Silverdome|Pontiac Silverdome]] the following season.
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==Offseason==
==Draft==
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===NFL Draft===
 
 
{|class="wikitable" width="80%"
 
{|class="wikitable" width="80%"
 
|- align="center" style="background:#005da6;color:#c4c8cb;"
 
|- align="center" style="background:#005da6;color:#c4c8cb;"
 
| '''Round''' || '''Pick''' || '''Player''' || '''Position''' || '''School'''
 
| '''Round''' || '''Pick''' || '''Player''' || '''Position''' || '''School'''
 
|- align="center" bgcolor=""
 
|- align="center" bgcolor=""
| 1 || 8 || [[Ed O'Neil]] || Linebacker || [[Penn State Nittany Lions football|Penn State]]
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| 1 || || || ||
 
|- align="center" bgcolor=""
 
|- align="center" bgcolor=""
|}
 
 
==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}}
 
{{NFLplayer|17|Sam Wyche}}
 
 
'''Running Backs'''
 
{{NFLplayer|35|Leon Crosswhite}}
 
{{NFLplayer|30|Jim Hooks|FB}}
 
{{NFLplayer|31|Jimmie Jones|rookie=y}}
 
{{NFLplayer|42|Altie Taylor}}
 
 
'''Wide Receivers'''
 
{{NFLplayer|89|Ron Jessie}}
 
{{NFLplayer|86|Bob Pickard|rookie=y}}
 
{{NFLplayer|49|Larry Walton}}
 
 
'''Tight Ends'''
 
{{NFLplayer|81|T. C. Blair|rookie=y}}
 
{{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|66|Bob Kowalkowski|G}}
 
{{NFLplayer|61|Fred Rothwell|rookie=y|C}}
 
{{NFLplayer|63|Chuck Walton|G}}
 
{{NFLplayer|75|Jim Yarbrough|T}}
 
 
'''Defensive Linemen'''
 
{{NFLplayer|74|Larry Hand|DT}}
 
{{NFLplayer|70|Billy Howard|d=gridiron football|rookie=y|DE}}
 
{{NFLplayer|83|Jim Mitchell|d=defensive lineman|DE}}
 
{{NFLplayer|88|Herb Orvis|DT}}
 
{{NFLplayer|82|Ken Sanders|d=American football|DE}}
 
{{NFLplayer|84|John Small|d=American football|DT}}
 
 
| style="width: 25px;" |
 
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Linebackers'''
 
{{NFLplayer|58|Mike Hennigan|d=American football}}
 
{{NFLplayer|52|Jim Laslavic}}
 
{{NFLplayer|50|Paul Naumoff}}
 
{{NFLplayer|55|Ed O'Neil|rookie=y}}
 
{{NFLplayer|59|Charlie Weaver}}
 
 
'''Defensive Backs'''
 
{{NFLplayer|20|Lem Barney|CB}}
 
{{NFLplayer|46|Carl Capria|rookie=y}}
 
{{NFLplayer|39|Bill Frohbose|rookie=y}}
 
{{NFLplayer|26|Dick Jauron|FS}}
 
{{NFLplayer|23|Levi Johnson|CB}}
 
{{NFLplayer|21|Jim Thrower}}
 
{{NFLplayer|40|Doug Wyatt|SS}}
 
 
'''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 />
 
|-
 
 
|}
 
|}
   
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| September 15, 1974
 
| September 15, 1974
 
| at [[Chicago Bears]]
 
| at [[Chicago Bears]]
| L 17–9
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| L 17-9
 
| <center>48,134</center>
 
| <center>48,134</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| September 22, 1974
 
| September 22, 1974
 
| [[Minnesota Vikings]]
 
| [[Minnesota Vikings]]
| L 7–6
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| L 7-6
 
| <center>49,703</center>
 
| <center>49,703</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| September 29, 1974
 
| September 29, 1974
 
| at [[Green Bay Packers]]
 
| at [[Green Bay Packers]]
| L 21–19
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| L 21-19
 
| <center>47,292</center>
 
| <center>47,292</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 4
 
| 4
 
| October 6, 1974
 
| October 6, 1974
| at [[Los Angeles Rams]]
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| at [[St. Louis Rams|Los Angeles Rams]]
| L 16–13
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| L 16-13
 
| <center>64,987</center>
 
| <center>64,987</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| October 14, 1974
 
| October 14, 1974
 
| [[San Francisco 49ers]]
 
| [[San Francisco 49ers]]
| W 17–13
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| W 17-13
 
| <center>45,199</center>
 
| <center>45,199</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| October 20, 1974
 
| October 20, 1974
 
| at [[Minnesota Vikings]]
 
| at [[Minnesota Vikings]]
| W 20–16
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| W 20-16
 
| <center>47,807</center>
 
| <center>47,807</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| October 27, 1974
 
| October 27, 1974
 
| [[Green Bay Packers]]
 
| [[Green Bay Packers]]
| W 19–17
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| W 19-17
 
| <center>51,775</center>
 
| <center>51,775</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| November 3, 1974
 
| November 3, 1974
 
| [[New Orleans Saints]]
 
| [[New Orleans Saints]]
| W 19–14
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| W 19-14
 
| <center>43,256</center>
 
| <center>43,256</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| November 10, 1974
 
| November 10, 1974
 
| at [[Oakland Raiders]]
 
| at [[Oakland Raiders]]
| L 35–13
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| L 35-13
 
| <center>51,973</center>
 
| <center>51,973</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| November 17, 1974
 
| November 17, 1974
 
| [[New York Giants]]
 
| [[New York Giants]]
| W 20–19
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| W 20-19
 
| <center>40,431</center>
 
| <center>40,431</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| November 24, 1974
 
| November 24, 1974
 
| [[Chicago Bears]]
 
| [[Chicago Bears]]
| W 34–17
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| W 34-17
 
| <center>40,930</center>
 
| <center>40,930</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| November 28, 1974
 
| November 28, 1974
 
| [[Denver Broncos]]
 
| [[Denver Broncos]]
| L 31–27
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| L 31-27
 
| <center>51,157</center>
 
| <center>51,157</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| December 8, 1974
 
| December 8, 1974
 
| at [[Cincinnati Bengals]]
 
| at [[Cincinnati Bengals]]
| W 23–19
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| W 23-19
 
| <center>45,159</center>
 
| <center>45,159</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| December 15, 1974
 
| December 15, 1974
 
| at [[Philadelphia Eagles]]
 
| at [[Philadelphia Eagles]]
| L 28–17
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| L 28-17
 
| <center>57,157</center>
 
| <center>57,157</center>
 
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|}
   
===Game summaries===
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===Standings===
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{| class="wikitable" cellpadding="3" border="1"
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|- bgcolor="#D0E7FF"
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| colspan="7" align="center" | '''[[NFC Central]]'''
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|- bgcolor="#efefef"
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!Team!!W!!L!!T!!PCT!!PF!!PA
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|- align="center"
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|align="left"| [[1974 Minnesota Vikings season|Minnesota Vikings]]
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|10||4||0||.714||310||195
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|- align="center" bgcolor="#ffdddd"
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|align="left"| '''Detroit Lions'''
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|7||7||0||.500||256||270
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|- align="center"
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|align="left"| [[1974 Green Bay Packers season|Green Bay Packers]]
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|6||8||0||.429||210||206
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|- align="center"
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|align="left"| [[1974 Chicago Bears season|Chicago Bears]]
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|4||10||0||.286||152||279
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|- bgcolor="#D0E7FF"
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|}
   
====Week 7====
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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;" | {{Tnavbar-header|'''Detroit Lions roster'''|Detroit Lions roster|plain=1|fontcolor=#C3C6CC}}
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|-
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| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Quarterbacks'''
   
{{AFB game box start
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'''Running Backs'''
|Title=
 
|Visitor=Packers
 
|V1= 0|V2=7 |V3=3 |V4=7
 
|Host='''Lions'''
 
|H1=3 |H2=6 |H3= 7|H4=3
 
|Date=October 27
 
|Location=[[Tiger Stadium (Detroit)|Tiger Stadium]] • [[Detroit]], [[Michigan]]
 
|StartTime=1:00 p.m.
 
|TimeZone=
 
|ElapsedTime=
 
|Attendance=
 
|Weather=48°F • Wind 10
 
|Referee=
 
|TVAnnouncers=
 
|TVStation=
 
}}
 
{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |FirstEntry=yes |Quarter=1 |Time= |Team=DET |Event=[[Errol Mann]] 34 yard field goal |Score= Lions 3–0}}
 
{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |Quarter=2 |Time= |Team=DET |Event=[[Charlie Sanders]] 11 yard pass from [[Bill Munson]] (kick failed) |Score= Lions 9–0}}
 
{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |Quarter= 2|Time= |Team=GB|Event=[[John Brockington]] 1 yard run ([[Chester Marcol]] kick) |Score= Lions 9–7}}
 
{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |Quarter=3 |Time= |Team=GB |Event=Chester Marcol 49 yard field goal |Score= Packers 10–9}}
 
{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |Quarter=3 |Time= |Team=DET |Event=[[Larry Walton]] 39 yard pass from Bill Munson (Errol Mann kick) |Score= Lions 16–10}}
 
{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |Quarter=4 |Time= |Team= GB|Event= [[Jack Concannon]] 1 yard run (Chester Marcol kick) |Score= Packers 17–16}}
 
{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |Quarter=4 |Time= |Team= DET|Event=Errol Mann 41 yard field goal |Score=Lions 19–16 |LastEntry=yes}}
 
{{AFB game box end}}
 
   
<ref>[https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/197410270det.htm Pro-Football-Reference.com]</ref>
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'''Wide Receivers'''
   
{{-}}
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'''Tight Ends'''
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| style="width: 25px;" |
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| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Offensive Linemen'''
   
====Week 8====
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'''Defensive Linemen'''
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| style="width: 25px;" |
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| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Linebackers'''
   
{{AFB game box start
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'''Defensive Backs'''
|Title=
 
|Visitor=Saints
 
|V1= 0|V2=14 |V3=0 |V4=0
 
|Host=Lions
 
|H1= 10|H2= 6|H3=0 |H4=3
 
|Date=November 3
 
|Location=[[Tiger Stadium (Detroit)|Tiger Stadium]], [[Detroit]], [[Michigan]]
 
|StartTime=1:00 p.m.
 
|TimeZone=
 
|ElapsedTime=
 
|Attendance=
 
|Weather=56°F, wind 10
 
|Referee=
 
|TVAnnouncers=
 
|TVStation=
 
}}
 
{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |FirstEntry=yes |Quarter=1 |Time= |Team=DET |Event=[[Errol Mann]] 37 yard field goal |Score= Lions 3–0}}
 
{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |Quarter=1 |Time= |Team=DET |Event=[[Ron Jessie]] 5 yard pass from [[Bill Munson]] (Errol Mann kick) |Score= Lions 10–0}}
 
{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |Quarter= 2|Time= |Team=DET |Event=[[Levi Johnson]] 78 yard blocked field goal return (kick failed) |Score= Lions 16–0}}
 
{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |Quarter= 2|Time= |Team= NO|Event= [[Joel Parker (American football)|Joel Parker]] 30 yard pass from [[Archie Manning]] ([[Bill McClard]] kick) |Score= Lions 16–7}}
 
{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |Quarter= 2|Time= |Team=NO |Event= [[Howard Stevens]] 5 yard run (Bill McClard kick) |Score= Lions 16–14}}
 
{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |Quarter= 4|Time= |Team=DET |Event=Errol Mann 35 yard field goal |Score= Lions 19–14|LastEntry=yes}}
 
{{AFB game box end}}
 
   
<ref>[https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/197411030det.htm Pro-Football-Reference.com]</ref>
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'''Special Teams'''
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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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===Standings===
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|}
{{1974 NFC Central standings}}
 
   
 
==Awards and records==
 
==Awards and records==
 
{{Empty section|date=July 2010}}
 
{{Empty section|date=July 2010}}
 
==See also==
 
* [[1974 in Michigan]]
 
 
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
{{Reflist}}
*[https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/1974.htm?redir Detroit Lions on Pro Football Reference]
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*[http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/1974.htm?redir Detroit Lions on Pro Football Reference]
 
*[http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/results.nsf/Teams/1974-det Detroit Lions on jt-sw.com]
 
*[http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/results.nsf/Teams/1974-det Detroit Lions on jt-sw.com]
 
*[http://www.footballdb.com/teams/detroit-lions/results/1974 Detroit Lions on The Football Database]
 
*[http://www.footballdb.com/teams/detroit-lions/results/1974 Detroit Lions on The Football Database]
 
 
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{{Detroit Lions}}
 
{{Detroit Lions seasons}}
 
{{Detroit Lions seasons}}
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{{Detroit}}
 
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[[Category:1974 National Football League season by team|Detroit Lions]]
 
[[Category:1974 National Football League season by team|Detroit Lions]]
 
[[Category:Detroit Lions seasons]]
 
[[Category:Detroit Lions seasons]]
[[Category:1974 in sports in Michigan|Detroit Lions]]
 
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