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1949 Detroit Lions

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4-8-0, Finished 4th in NFL West Division  · 1949 NFL Season Summary

Scored 237 points (19.8/g), 7th of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 259 points (21.6/g), 5th.
 Differential of -22 points (-1.8/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 5.4-6.6.

Coach: Bo McMillin (4-8-0)

Stadium: Briggs Stadium
 Training Camp: Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, Michigan)

Team Info

Partial Owner/VP Edwin Anderson
Partial Owner/President Lyle Fife
Head Coach/General Manager Bo McMillin

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 237 3335 838 4.0 49 21 21 206 178 399 1954 18 28 4.4 104 397 1381 9 3.5 81
Team Defense 259 3435 829 4.1 49 17 16 204 149 312 1608 14 32 4.8 85 491 1827 15 3.7 103
Lg Rank Offense 7 7 10 9 6 1 4 5 7 8 9 9 9 8
Lg Rank Defense 5 3 2 4 3 4 2 3 2 2 8 5 4 5

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Fri September 23 boxscore L 0-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 24 27 18 298 233 65 3 20 331 163 168 3
2 Mon October 3 boxscore L 0-2 Philadelphia Eagles 14 22 13 135 33 102 3 25 327 91 236 4
3 Sat October 8 boxscore L 0-3 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 7 14 17 262 210 52 3 18 272 66 206 4
4 Sun October 16 boxscore L 0-4 Los Angeles Rams 10 21 17 294 180 114 5 15 294 208 86 5
5 Sun October 23 boxscore W 1-4 @ Chicago Cardinals 24 7 16 336 210 126 5 10 276 117 159 8
6 Sun October 30 boxscore L 1-5 @ Green Bay Packers 14 16 23 412 197 215 2 16 312 61 251 2
7 Sun November 6 boxscore L 1-6 Chicago Cardinals 19 42 20 361 172 189 5 16 317 162 155 4
8 Sun November 13 boxscore L 1-7 @ Chicago Bears 24 27 15 307 243 64 6 24 429 216 213 8
9 Sun November 20 boxscore W 2-7 @ New York Giants 45 21 22 402 261 141 6 11 239 194 45 6
10 Thu November 24 boxscore L 2-8 Chicago Bears 7 28 9 110 70 40 5 18 346 202 144 2
11 Sun December 4 boxscore W 3-8 New York Bulldogs 28 27 17 326 145 181 2 20 278 223 55 2
12 Sun December 11 boxscore W 4-8 Green Bay Packers 21 7 19 393 301 92 4 11 189 80 109 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
Frank Tripucka 22 qb 6 4 62 145 42.8% 833 9 6.2 14 9.7 64 5.7 2.6 13.4 138.8 42.8 0 0
Fred Enke 25 QB 12 7 63 142 44.4% 793 6 4.2 5 3.5 58 5.6 4.8 12.6 66.1 61.7 0 0
Clyde LeForce 26 qb 11 1 53 112 47.3% 665 3 2.7 9 8.0 40 5.9 2.9 12.5 60.5 41.7 0 0
Team Total 26.2 12 178 399 44.6% 2291 18 4.5 28 7.0 64 5.7 3.5 12.9 190.9 49.0 0 0
Opp Total 12 149 312 47.8% 1814 14 4.5 32 10.3 5.8 2.10 12.2 151.2 41.5 26 206 4.8 1.3 7.7

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
Bill Dudley 30 K/LH/P 12 11 125 402 3 26 3.2 33.5 10.4 27 190 7.0 2 18 2.3 15.8 592 5 8
Camp Wilson 27 FB 12 6 68 222 1 24 3.3 18.5 5.7 6 31 5.2 0 19 0.5 2.6 253 1 3
Wally Triplett 23 PR/RH 11 5 53 221 1 80 4.2 20.1 4.8 8 90 11.3 0 32 0.7 8.2 311 1 3
Fred Enke 25 QB 12 7 36 134 1 33 3.7 11.2 3.0 1 14 14.0 0 14 0.1 1.2 148 1 6
Bob Smith 24 db 12 2 33 162 0 20 4.9 13.5 2.8 2 16 8.0 0 12 0.2 1.3 178 0 4
Cloyce Box 26 rh 10 5 30 62 0 11 2.1 6.2 3.0 15 276 18.4 4 43 1.5 27.6 338 4 2
Clyde LeForce 26 qb 11 1 13 58 1 27 4.5 5.3 1.2 58 1 1
Frank Tripucka 22 qb 6 4 12 36 1 18 3.0 6.0 2.0 36 1 1
John Panelli 23 lb 11 1 10 37 0 9 3.7 3.4 0.9 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.1 1.2 50 0 1
Don Doll 23 KR 12 1 8 25 1 10 3.1 2.1 0.7 1 -5 -5.0 0 -5 0.1 -0.4 20 1 2
John Hollar 27 fb 6 5 8 21 0 12 2.6 3.5 1.3 21 0 0
Mel Groomes 22 3 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.3 0.3 3 33 11.0 1 20 1.0 11.0 34 1 0
Bob Mann 25 LE 12 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 66 1014 15.4 4 64 5.5 84.5 1014 4 0
John Greene 29 RE 12 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 42 542 12.9 7 28 3.5 45.2 542 7 1
Kelley Mote 26 e 12 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 58 14.5 0 22 0.3 4.8 58 0 0
Barney Hafen 28 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.1 0.8 10 0 0
Chick Maggioli 27 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.1 0.8 9 0 0
Team Total 26.2 12 397 1381 9 80 3.5 115.1 33.1 178 2291 12.9 18 64 14.8 190.9 3672 27 34
Opp Total 12 491 1827 15 3.7 152.3 40.9 149 1608 10.8 14 12.4 134.0 3435 29 31

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
Don Doll 23 KR 12 1 5 52 0 21 10.4 21 536 0 56 25.5 608
Bill Dudley 30 K/LH/P 12 11 11 199 1 67 18.1 13 246 0 31 18.9 1037
Wally Triplett 23 PR/RH 11 5 21 281 1 62 13.4 592
Bob Smith 24 db 12 2 2 25 0 33 12.5 7 172 0 38 24.6 375
Cloyce Box 26 rh 10 5 3 50 0 22 16.7 388
Jim Mello 29 10 0 3 37 0 20 12.3 37
John Panelli 23 lb 11 1 1 16 0 16 16.0 66
Cecil Souders 28 lt 12 5 1 7 0 7 7.0 7
Team Total 26.2 12 39 557 2 67 14.3 49 1064 0 56 21.7 5293
Opp Total 12 38 1444 1 38.0 38 712 0 18.7

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
Bill Dudley 30 K/LH/P 12 11 14 5 35.7%% 32 30 93.8%% 34 1278 55 1 37.6
Frank Tripucka 22 qb 6 4 28 1074 50 1 38.4
Team Total 26.2 12 14 5 35.7%% 32 30 93.8%% 62 2352 55 2 37.9
Opp Total 12 15 5 33.3%% 35 32 91.4%% 59 2554 43.3

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
Bob Smith 24 db 12 2 9 218 1 102 0 0 4 3 0 0
Don Doll 23 KR 12 1 11 301 1 95 0 0 2 0 0 0
Fred Enke 25 QB 12 7 0 6 5 -3 0
Bill Dudley 30 K/LH/P 12 11 0 8 1 -2 0
Chick Maggioli 27 12 0 3 46 0 23 0 0 0 4 8 1
Jim Mello 29 10 0 3 61 0 28 0 0 0 3 25 0
Bob Pifferini 27 c 12 1 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 13 0
Wally Triplett 23 PR/RH 11 5 0 3 1 4 0
Cloyce Box 26 rh 10 5 0 2 1 0 0
Camp Wilson 27 FB 12 6 0 3 0 0 0
Clyde LeForce 26 qb 11 1 0 1 1 0 0
John Panelli 23 lb 11 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
John Treadaway 32 7 0 0 1 1 0 0
Les Bingaman 23 dg 12 1 0 0 1 0 0
Howie Brown 27 RT 12 10 0 0 1 0 0
Chuck DeShane 31 b 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
Sam Goldman 33 e 8 1 0 0 1 1 0
John Greene 29 RE 12 11 0 1 0 0 0
Mel Groomes 22 3 0 1 25 0 25 0
George Hekkers 26 LT 12 6 0 1 0 0 0
Kelley Mote 26 e 12 1 0 0 1 0 0
John Prchlik 24 dt 12 2 0 0 1 0 0
Jack Simmons 25 C 12 11 0 0 1 0 0
Frank Tripucka 22 qb 6 4 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.2 12 32 656 2 102 0 0 34 27 46 1
Opp Total 12 42 31 14 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
Bill Dudley 30 K/LH/P 12 11 3 2 1 6 30 5 81
John Greene 29 RE 12 11 7 7 42
Cloyce Box 26 rh 10 5 4 4 24
Bob Mann 25 LE 12 11 4 4 24
Don Doll 23 KR 12 1 1 1 2 12
Wally Triplett 23 PR/RH 11 5 1 1 2 12
Fred Enke 25 QB 12 7 1 1 6
Mel Groomes 22 3 0 1 1 6
Clyde LeForce 26 qb 11 1 1 1 6
Chick Maggioli 27 12 0 1 1 6
Bob Smith 24 db 12 2 1 1 6
Frank Tripucka 22 qb 6 4 1 1 6
Camp Wilson 27 FB 12 6 1 1 6
Team Total 26.2 12 9 18 2 1 2 32 30 5 237
Opp Total 12 15 14 1 2 4 32 5 1 259

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1949-09-23 @ RAM L, 24-27 1 1 rush Bill Dudley 1 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
2 1949-09-23 @ RAM L, 24-27 2 7 pass Mel Groomes 7 yard pass from Fred Enke (Bill Dudley kick)
3 1949-09-23 @ RAM L, 24-27 4 38 pass Cloyce Box 38 yard pass from Fred Enke (Bill Dudley kick)
4 1949-10-03 PHI L, 14-22 1 23 pass John Greene 23 yard pass from Fred Enke (Bill Dudley kick)
5 1949-10-03 PHI L, 14-22 2 8 pass John Greene 8 yard pass from Fred Enke (Bill Dudley kick)
6 1949-10-08 @ PIT L, 7-14 4 95 interception Don Doll 95 yard interception return (Bill Dudley kick)
7 1949-10-16 RAM L, 10-21 2 7 pass John Greene 7 yard pass from Clyde LeForce (Bill Dudley kick)
8 1949-10-23 @ CRD W, 24-7 1 18 pass Bill Dudley 18 yard pass from Clyde LeForce (Bill Dudley kick)
9 1949-10-23 @ CRD W, 24-7 4 1 rush Fred Enke 1 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
10 1949-10-23 @ CRD W, 24-7 4 31 pass John Greene 31 yard pass from Clyde LeForce (Bill Dudley kick)
11 1949-10-30 @ GNB L, 14-16 1 6 rush Bill Dudley 6 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
12 1949-10-30 @ GNB L, 14-16 4 80 rush Wally Triplett 80 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
13 1949-11-06 CRD L, 19-42 2 35 pass Bob Mann 35 yard pass from Fred Enke
14 1949-11-06 CRD L, 19-42 3 10 rush Don Doll 10 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
15 1949-11-06 CRD L, 19-42 4 1 rush Clyde LeForce 1 yard rush
16 1949-11-13 @ CHI L, 24-27 1 4 pass Bill Dudley 4 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Bill Dudley kick)
17 1949-11-13 @ CHI L, 24-27 4 35 pass Cloyce Box 35 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Bill Dudley kick)
18 1949-11-13 @ CHI L, 24-27 4 35 pass Cloyce Box 35 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Bill Dudley kick)
19 1949-11-20 @ NYG W, 45-21 1 17 pass Cloyce Box 17 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Bill Dudley kick)
20 1949-11-20 @ NYG W, 45-21 2 41 pass Bob Mann 41 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Bill Dudley kick)
21 1949-11-20 @ NYG W, 45-21 3 8 rush Camp Wilson 8 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
22 1949-11-20 @ NYG W, 45-21 3 1 rush Bill Dudley 1 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
23 1949-11-20 @ NYG W, 45-21 4 7 fumble Chick Maggioli 7 yard fumble return (Bill Dudley kick)
24 1949-11-20 @ NYG W, 45-21 4 6 pass John Greene 6 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Bill Dudley kick)
25 1949-11-24 CHI L, 7-28 4 102 interception Bob Smith 102 yard interception return (Bill Dudley kick)
26 1949-12-04 NYY W, 28-27 1 62 punt Wally Triplett 62 yard punt return (Bill Dudley kick)
27 1949-12-04 NYY W, 28-27 2 1 rush Frank Tripucka 1 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
28 1949-12-04 NYY W, 28-27 2 58 pass John Greene 58 yard pass from Fred Enke (Bill Dudley kick)
29 1949-12-04 NYY W, 28-27 4 8 pass John Greene 8 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Bill Dudley kick)
30 1949-12-11 GNB W, 21-7 1 64 pass Bob Mann 64 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Bill Dudley kick)
31 1949-12-11 GNB W, 21-7 4 41 pass Bob Mann 41 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Bill Dudley kick)
32 1949-12-11 GNB W, 21-7 4 67 punt Bill Dudley 67 yard punt return (Bill Dudley kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1949-09-23 @ RAM W, 27-24 1 16 pass Tom Fears 16 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
2 1949-09-23 @ RAM W, 27-24 2 4 rush Elroy Hirsch 4 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
3 1949-09-23 @ RAM W, 27-24 4 19 pass Elroy Hirsch 19 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bob Waterfield kick)
4 1949-10-03 PHI W, 22-14 4 3 rush Steve Van Buren 3 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
5 1949-10-03 PHI W, 22-14 4 6 rush Steve Van Buren 6 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
6 1949-10-08 @ PIT W, 14-7 2 1 rush Jerry Shipkey 1 yard rush (Joe Glamp kick)
7 1949-10-08 @ PIT W, 14-7 3 2 rush Jerry Shipkey 2 yard rush (Joe Glamp kick)
8 1949-10-16 RAM W, 21-10 2 48 pass Elroy Hirsch 48 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
9 1949-10-16 RAM W, 21-10 3 25 lateral Fred Gehrke 25 yard lateral return (Bob Waterfield kick)
10 1949-10-16 RAM W, 21-10 4 25 interception Jerry Williams 25 yard interception return (Bob Waterfield kick)
11 1949-10-23 @ CRD L, 7-24 1 82 rush Elmer Angsman 82 yard rush (Pat Harder kick)
12 1949-10-30 @ GNB W, 16-14 3 9 rush Tony Canadeo 9 yard rush
13 1949-10-30 @ GNB W, 16-14 4 25 pass Ted Cook 25 yard pass from Jug Girard (Ted Fritsch kick)
14 1949-11-06 CRD W, 42-19 2 5 rush Pat Harder 5 yard rush (Pat Harder kick)
15 1949-11-06 CRD W, 42-19 2 44 pass Charlie Trippi 44 yard pass from Jim Hardy (Pat Harder kick)
16 1949-11-06 CRD W, 42-19 3 4 rush Charlie Trippi 4 yard rush (Pat Harder kick)
17 1949-11-06 CRD W, 42-19 3 38 fumble Jerry Davis 38 yard fumble return (Pat Harder kick)
18 1949-11-06 CRD W, 42-19 4 50 punt Red Cochran 50 yard punt return (Pat Harder kick)
19 1949-11-06 CRD W, 42-19 4 44 pass Pat Harder 44 yard pass from Jim Hardy (Pat Harder kick)
20 1949-11-13 @ CHI W, 27-24 1 11 rush George McAfee 11 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
21 1949-11-13 @ CHI W, 27-24 2 16 pass Jim Keane 16 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick)
22 1949-11-13 @ CHI W, 27-24 3 59 pass Ken Kavanaugh 59 yard pass from Johnny Lujack
23 1949-11-13 @ CHI W, 27-24 4 30 interception Ed Cody 30 yard interception return (Johnny Lujack kick)
24 1949-11-20 @ NYG L, 21-45 2 1 rush Gene Roberts 1 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
25 1949-11-20 @ NYG L, 21-45 3 12 pass Ray Coates 12 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
26 1949-11-20 @ NYG L, 21-45 3 55 interception Emlen Tunnell 55 yard interception return (Ben Agajanian kick)
27 1949-11-24 CHI W, 28-7 1 4 rush George Gulyanics 4 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
28 1949-11-24 CHI W, 28-7 2 2 rush George Gulyanics 2 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
29 1949-11-24 CHI W, 28-7 3 34 pass Ken Kavanaugh 34 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick)
30 1949-11-24 CHI W, 28-7 4 30 pass Jim Keane 30 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick)
31 1949-12-04 NYY L, 27-28 2 9 pass Bill Chipley 9 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Nick Scollard kick)
32 1949-12-04 NYY L, 27-28 3 65 interception Joe Golding 65 yard interception return (Nick Scollard kick)
33 1949-12-04 NYY L, 27-28 4 3 pass Ralph Heywood 3 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Nick Scollard kick)
34 1949-12-04 NYY L, 27-28 4 16 pass Ralph Heywood 16 yard pass from Bobby Layne
35 1949-12-11 GNB L, 7-21 2 fumble Glenn Johnson yard fumble return (Ted Fritsch kick)