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1989 Detroit Lions season
Head Coach Wayne Fontes
General Manager Russ Thomas
Home Field Pontiac Silverdome
Results
Record 7–9
Place 3rd NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 1989 Detroit Lions season was the franchise’s 60th season in the National Football League, their 56th as the Detroit Lions, and is best known as the beginning of the Barry Sanders era. Sanders, the previous year’s Heisman Trophy winner, was drafted 3rd overall by the Lions in the 1989 NFL Draft and was named to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season.

After starting the season with five straight losses and bottoming out at 2–9, the Lions won five in a row and six out of seven to finish the season with a 7–9 record. Nonetheless, it was their sixth consecutive losing season and their seventh of the decade.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

1989 Detroit Lions draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 3 Barry Sanders *   Running back Oklahoma State
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1989 Detroit Lions staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches


RosterEdit

1989 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
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 10, 1989 Phoenix Cardinals L 16–13
36,735
2 September 17, 1989 at New York Giants L 24–14
76,021
3 September 24, 1989 Chicago Bears L 47–27
71,418
4 October 1, 1989 Pittsburgh Steelers L 23–3
43,804
5 October 8, 1989 at Minnesota Vikings L 24–17
55,380
6 October 15, 1989 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–16
46,225
7 October 22, 1989 Minnesota Vikings L 20–7
51,579
8 October 29, 1989 at Green Bay Packers L 23–20 OT
53,731
9 November 5, 1989 at Houston Oilers L 35–31
48,056
10 November 12, 1989 Green Bay Packers W 31–22
44,324
11 November 19, 1989 at Cincinnati Bengals L 42–7
55,720
12 November 23, 1989 Cleveland Browns W 13–10
65,624
13 December 3, 1989 New Orleans Saints W 21–14
38,550
14 December 10, 1989 at Chicago Bears W 27–17
52,650
15 December 17, 1989 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 33–7
40,362
16 December 24, 1989 at Atlanta Falcons W 31–24
7,792

StandingsEdit

Template:1989 NFC Central standings

Player statsEdit

RushingEdit

Player Attempts Yards Average Long Touchdowns
Barry Sanders 280 1470 5.3 34 14

ReceivingEdit

Player Receptions Yards Average Long Touchdowns
Barry Sanders 24 282 11.8 46 0

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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