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1984 Detroit Lions season
Head Coach Monte Clark
Home Field Pontiac Silverdome
Results
Record 4–11–1
Place 4th NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1983 1985

The 1984 Detroit Lions season was their 55th in the National Football League. The team failed to improve upon their previous season's output of 9–7, winning only four games.[1] The team missed the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. In a Lions season littered with numerous key injuries, the most painful was star running back Billy Sims suffering a career-ending knee injury in a game against the Minnesota Vikings during the season. In just five seasons in the NFL since joining Detroit in 1980, Sims had set the Lions career rushing mark at 5,106.[2]

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School
1 20 David Lewis TE California
2 47 Pete Mandley WR Northern Arizona
3 62 Eric Williams DT Washington State
3 74 Ernest Anderson RB Oklahoma State
3 75 Steve Baack DE Oregon
4 106 Dave D'Addio RB Maryland
6 160 John Witkowski QB Columbia
7 178 Jimmie Carter LB New Mexico
7 187 Renwick Atkins OT Kansas
8 214 David Jones C Texas
9 246 Rich Hollins WR West Virginia
10 259 William Frizzell CB North Carolina Central
10 273 James Thaxton S Louisiana Tech
11 300 Mike Saxon P San Diego State
12 327 Glenn Streno C Tennessee

RosterEdit

1984 Detroit Lions roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1984 San Francisco 49ers L 30–27
56,782
2 September 9, 1984 at Atlanta Falcons W 27–24 OT
49,878
3 September 16, 1984 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 21–17
44,560
4 September 23, 1984 Minnesota Vikings L 29–28
57,511
5 September 30, 1984 at San Diego Chargers L 27–24
53,509
6 October 7, 1984 Denver Broncos L 28–7
55,836
7 October 14, 1984 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 13–7 OT
44,308
8 October 21, 1984 at Minnesota Vikings W 16–14
57,953
9 October 28, 1984 at Green Bay Packers L 41–9
54,289
10 November 4, 1984 Philadelphia Eagles T 23–23 OT
59,141
11 November 11, 1984 at Washington Redskins L 28–14
50,212
12 November 18, 1984 at Chicago Bears L 16–14
54,911
13 November 22, 1984 Green Bay Packers W 31–28
63,698
14 December 2, 1984 at Seattle Seahawks L 38–17
62,441
15 December 10, 1984 Los Angeles Raiders L 24–3
66,710
16 December 16, 1984 Chicago Bears L 30–13
53,252

Game summariesEdit

Week 2: at Atlanta FalconsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 10 7 7 0

27

Falcons 0 10 7 7

24

at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Week 14: at Seattle SeahawksEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 3 14 0 0

17

Seahawks 7 14 0 17

38

at Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • DET – Ken Jenkins 25-yard run (Eddie Murray kick), 1:59 (DET 10–7)
  • SEA – Steve Largent 13-yard pass from Dave Krieg (Norm Johnson kick), 5:24 (SEA 14–10)
  • DET – James Jones 15-yard pass from Gary Danielson (Eddie Murray kick), 11:51 (DET 17–14)
  • SEA – Daryl Turner 4-yard pass from Dave Krieg (Norm Johnson kick), 14:24 (SEA 21–17)

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays

Fourth quarter

  • SEA – Daryl Turner 51-yard pass from Dave Krieg (Norm Johnson kick), 1:43 (SEA 28–17)
  • SEA – Norm Johnson 36-yard field goal, 5:06 (SEA 31–17)
  • SEA – Mike Tice 5-yard pass from Dave Krieg (Norm Johnson kick), 8:03 (SEA 38–17)

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Teampassrushtotalto

  • DET – 139 – 108 – 247 – 2
  • SEA – 275 – 113 – 388 – 2

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
view · talk · edit W L T PCT PF PA STK
Chicago Bears 10 6 0 .625 325 248 W1
Green Bay Packers 8 8 0 .500 390 309 W3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 10 0 .375 335 380 W2
Detroit Lions 4 11 1 .281 283 408 L3
Minnesota Vikings 3 13 0 .188 276 484 L6
[3]

ReferencesEdit

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Buffalo Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Indianapolis Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit LA Rams
Miami Houston LA Raiders Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
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