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1952 Detroit Lions

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9-3-0, Finished 1st in NFL National Division  · 1952 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 11.3, Offense: 4.3, Defense: 6.9, SoS: -1.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 344 points (28.7/g), 2nd of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 192 points (16.0/g), 1st.
 Differential of 152 points (12.7/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 9.6-2.4.

Coach: Buddy Parker (9-3-0)

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


Team Info

Partial Owner/President Edwin Anderson
Partial Owner Lyle Fife
General Manager Nick Kerbawy

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 344 3988 840 4.7 38 10 12 219 171 362 2208 24 28 5.5 115 442 1780 14 4.0 92
Team Defense 192 3245 775 4.2 57 25 16 195 182 382 2100 15 32 5.0 105 353 1145 8 3.2 74
Lg Rank Offense 2 3 5 1 2 3 4 2 10 4 3 4 3 4
Lg Rank Defense 1 4 1 2 7 12 10 2 2 6 1 1 1 2

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 28 boxscore L 0-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 3 17 13 247 149 98 5 19 324 164 160 1
2 Fri October 3 boxscore W 1-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 17 14 22 361 195 166 4 12 196 157 39 4
3 Sun October 12 boxscore L 1-2 San Francisco 49ers 0 28 4 65 25 40 4 21 265 86 179 1
4 Sun October 19 boxscore W 2-2 Los Angeles Rams 24 16 14 273 193 80 5 16 285 194 91 4
5 Sun October 26 boxscore W 3-2 @ Green Bay Packers 52 17 21 378 216 162 2 21 405 352 53 9
6 Sun November 2 boxscore W 4-2 Cleveland Browns 17 6 20 303 161 142 3 15 214 107 107 4
7 Sun November 9 boxscore W 5-2 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 31 6 25 391 70 321 15 192 195 -3 3
8 Sun November 16 boxscore W 6-2 Dallas Texans 43 13 15 372 214 158 4 11 166 98 68 7
9 Sun November 23 boxscore L 6-3 @ Chicago Bears 23 24 17 259 110 149 4 18 395 216 179 5
10 Thu November 27 boxscore W 7-3 Green Bay Packers 48 24 23 394 262 132 3 17 299 196 103 8
11 Sun December 7 boxscore W 8-3 Chicago Bears 45 21 25 428 312 116 2 18 208 171 37 7
12 Sat December 13 boxscore W 9-3 Dallas Texans 41 6 20 517 301 216 2 12 296 164 132 4
Playoffs
Division Sun December 21 boxscore W 10-3 Los Angeles Rams 31 21 18 360 187 173 4 15 276 148 128 3
Championship Sun December 28 boxscore W 11-3 @ Cleveland Browns 17 7 10 258 59 199 22 384 157 227 2

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
22 Bobby Layne*+ 26 QB 12 11 9-2-0 139 287 48.4% 1999 19 6.6 20 7.0 77 7.0 5.2 14.4 166.6 64.5
1 Jim Hardy 29 qb 9 1 0-1-0 28 59 47.5% 434 3 5.1 5 8.5 49 7.4 4.6 15.5 48.2 53.9 0 0
19 Tom Dublinski 22 6 0 1 6 16.7% 39 0 0.0 1 16.7 39 6.5 -1.0 39.0 6.5 14.6 0 0
23 Jug Girard 25 LH 11 0 0 4 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer* 27 RH 10 0 2 4 50.0% 14 2 50.0 1 25.0 10 3.5 2.3 7.0 1.4 58.3
37 Doak Walker 25 7 0 1 2 50.0% 9 0 0.0 1 50.0 9 4.5 -18.0 9.0 1.3 22.9
Team Total 25.3 12 9-3-0 171 362 47.2% 2495 24 6.6 28 7.7 77 6.9 4.7 14.6 207.9 60.0 0 0
Opp Total 12 182 382 47.6% 2421 15 3.9 32 8.4 6.3 3.35 13.3 201.8 46.4 40 321 5.0 2.3 9.5

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
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer* 27 RH 10 0 106 457 4 41 4.3 45.7 10.6 17 139 8.2 0 28 1.7 13.9 596 4 3
22 Bobby Layne*+ 26 QB 12 11 94 411 1 29 4.4 34.3 7.8 411 1 5
34 Pat Harder* 30 FB/K 11 0 81 244 2 22 3.0 22.2 7.4 14 142 10.1 1 22 1.3 12.9 386 3 0
23 Jug Girard 25 LH 11 0 61 222 2 36 3.6 20.2 5.5 17 316 18.6 2 39 1.5 28.7 538 4 3
37 Doak Walker 25 7 0 26 106 0 20 4.1 15.1 3.7 11 90 8.2 0 18 1.6 12.9 196 0 1
24 Jack Christiansen+ 24 KR/RS 11 0 19 148 2 65 7.8 13.5 1.7 3 32 10.7 0 11 0.3 2.9 180 2 2
45 Byron Bailey 22 8 0 19 74 2 11 3.9 9.3 2.4 2 28 14.0 0 24 0.3 3.5 102 2 0
33 Ollie Cline 27 8 0 13 36 1 8 2.8 4.5 1.6 2 45 22.5 0 30 0.3 5.6 81 1 0
39 Pete D'Alonzo 23 4 0 5 7 0 3 1.4 1.8 1.3 2 4 2.0 0 10 0.5 1.0 11 0 0
1 Jim Hardy 29 qb 9 1 5 16 0 9 3.2 1.8 0.6 16 0 0
82 Leon Hart 24 RE 11 0 3 10 0 11 3.3 0.9 0.3 32 376 11.8 4 24 2.9 34.2 386 4 0
40 Bob Smith* 27 P 12 0 3 12 0 10 4.0 1.0 0.3 1 18 18.0 0 18 0.1 1.5 30 0 1
42 Lindy Pearson 23 hb 3 1 3 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0 0 1
20 Clyde Scott 28 5 0 2 -2 0 4 -1.0 -0.4 0.4 1 21 21.0 0 21 0.2 4.2 19 0 0
83 Jim Doran 25 11 0 1 36 0 36 36.0 3.3 0.1 10 147 14.7 1 31 0.9 13.4 183 1 0
19 Tom Dublinski 22 6 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.5 0.2 3 0 0
80 Cloyce Box*+ 29 LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 42 924 22.0 15 77 3.5 77.0 924 15 0
81 Bill Swiacki 30 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 213 12.5 1 26 1.5 19.4 213 1 1
Team Total 25.3 12 442 1780 14 65 4.0 148.3 36.8 171 2495 14.6 24 77 14.3 207.9 4275 38 17
Opp Total 12 353 1145 8 3.2 95.4 29.4 182 2100 11.5 15 15.2 175.0 3245 23 34

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
24 Jack Christiansen+ 24 KR/RS 11 0 15 322 2 79 21.5 16 409 0 46 25.6 911
28 Yale Lary 22 PR/RDH 12 0 16 182 1 58 11.4 12 303 0 41 25.3 485
20 Clyde Scott 28 5 0 3 14 0 14 4.7 3 68 0 27 22.7 101
86 Blaine Earon 25 RDE 12 0 3 25 0 14 8.3 25
23 Jug Girard 25 LH 11 0 2 31 0 17 15.5 569
45 Byron Bailey 22 8 0 1 23 0 23 23.0 125
48 Jim Hill 23 9 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 2
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer* 27 RH 10 0 1 23 0 23 23.0 619
74 Bob Miller 23 11 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.3 12 35 520 3 79 14.9 39 882 0 46 22.6 5677
Opp Total 12 41 2007 0 49.0 63 1338 0 21.2

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
40 Bob Smith* 27 P 12 0 61 2729 66 0 44.7
34 Pat Harder* 30 FB/K 11 0 23 11 47.8%% 35 34 97.1%%
37 Doak Walker 25 7 0 5 3 60.0%% 5 5 100.0%%
28 Yale Lary 22 PR/RDH 12 0 5 181 43 0 36.2
22 Bobby Layne*+ 26 QB 12 11 2 2 100.0%%
1 Jim Hardy 29 qb 9 1 1 1 100.0%%
Team Total 25.3 12 28 14 50.0%% 43 42 97.7%% 66 2910 66 0 44.1
Opp Total 12 15 7 46.7%% 25 21 84.0%% 73 2968 40.7

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
40 Bob Smith* 27 P 12 0 9 184 1 90 0 0 1 1 0 0
25 Jim David 25 LDH 12 0 7 48 0 15 0
44 Don Doll* 26 LS 12 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 0
22 Bobby Layne*+ 26 QB 12 11 0 5 1 0 0
24 Jack Christiansen+ 24 KR/RS 11 0 2 47 0 32 0 0 2 1 0 0
86 Blaine Earon 25 RDE 12 0 0 0 5 10 0
60 Dick Flanagan 26 LLB 12 0 1 14 0 14 0 0 0 4 8 0
28 Yale Lary 22 PR/RDH 12 0 4 61 0 53 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 LaVern Torgeson 23 RLB 12 0 5 100 1 34 0
23 Jug Girard 25 LH 11 0 0 3 1 0 0
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer* 27 RH 10 0 0 3 1 0 0
73 Thurman McGraw+ 25 LDT 12 0 0 0 4 0 0
65 Les Bingaman 26 MG 12 0 1 8 0 8 0 0 0 2 0 0
85 Sonny Gandee 23 LDE 8 0 0 0 3 13 0 1
83 Jim Doran 25 11 0 0 0 2 0 0
51 Vince Banonis 31 C 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
76 Lou Creekmur*+ 25 LT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
48 Jim Hill 23 9 0 1 15 0 15 0
62 Jim Martin 28 LG 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
42 Lindy Pearson 23 hb 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
81 Bill Swiacki 30 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
37 Doak Walker 25 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.3 12 32 477 2 90 0 0 17 33 38 0 1
Opp Total 12 36 34 9

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
80 Cloyce Box*+ 29 LE 12 0 15 15 90
34 Pat Harder* 30 FB/K 11 0 2 1 3 34 11 85
24 Jack Christiansen+ 24 KR/RS 11 0 2 2 4 24
23 Jug Girard 25 LH 11 0 2 2 4 24
82 Leon Hart 24 RE 11 0 4 4 24
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer* 27 RH 10 0 4 4 24
37 Doak Walker 25 7 0 5 3 14
45 Byron Bailey 22 8 0 2 2 12
22 Bobby Layne*+ 26 QB 12 11 1 1 2 8
33 Ollie Cline 27 8 0 1 1 6
83 Jim Doran 25 11 0 1 1 6
28 Yale Lary 22 PR/RDH 12 0 1 1 6
40 Bob Smith* 27 P 12 0 1 1 6
81 Bill Swiacki 30 11 0 1 1 6
53 LaVern Torgeson 23 RLB 12 0 1 1 6
85 Sonny Gandee 23 LDE 8 0 1 2
1 Jim Hardy 29 qb 9 1 1 1
Team Total 25.3 12 14 24 3 2 43 42 14 1 344
Opp Total 12 8 15 1 21 7 192

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1952-10-03 @ RAM W, 17-14 2 6 pass Cloyce Box 6 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
2 1952-10-03 @ RAM W, 17-14 2 18 pass Cloyce Box 18 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
3 1952-10-19 RAM W, 24-16 2 64 pass Cloyce Box 64 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Pat Harder kick)
4 1952-10-19 RAM W, 24-16 3 29 interception LaVern Torgeson 29 yard interception return (Pat Harder kick)
5 1952-10-19 RAM W, 24-16 3 10 pass Cloyce Box 10 yard pass from Bob Hoernschemeyer (Pat Harder kick)
6 1952-10-26 @ GNB W, 52-17 1 15 pass Jug Girard 15 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Pat Harder kick)
7 1952-10-26 @ GNB W, 52-17 1 6 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 6 yard rush (Pat Harder kick)
8 1952-10-26 @ GNB W, 52-17 2 15 pass Bill Swiacki 15 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Pat Harder kick)
9 1952-10-26 @ GNB W, 52-17 2 6 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 6 yard rush (Pat Harder kick)
10 1952-10-26 @ GNB W, 52-17 3 46 interception Bob Smith 46 yard interception return (Pat Harder kick)
11 1952-10-26 @ GNB W, 52-17 3 39 pass Jug Girard 39 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Pat Harder kick)
12 1952-10-26 @ GNB W, 52-17 4 65 punt Jack Christiansen 65 yard punt return (Bobby Layne kick)
13 1952-11-02 CLE W, 17-6 2 7 pass Leon Hart 7 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Pat Harder kick)
14 1952-11-02 CLE W, 17-6 4 10 pass Leon Hart 10 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Pat Harder kick)
15 1952-11-09 @ PIT W, 31-6 2 1 rush Jug Girard 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
16 1952-11-09 @ PIT W, 31-6 3 46 pass Cloyce Box 46 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
17 1952-11-09 @ PIT W, 31-6 4 31 rush Jug Girard 31 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
18 1952-11-09 @ PIT W, 31-6 4 9 rush Byron Bailey 9 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
19 1952-11-16 DTX W, 43-13 1 58 punt Yale Lary 58 yard punt return (Pat Harder kick)
20 1952-11-16 DTX W, 43-13 2 8 rush Bobby Layne 8 yard rush (Pat Harder kick)
21 1952-11-16 DTX W, 43-13 2 65 pass Cloyce Box 65 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Pat Harder kick)
22 1952-11-16 DTX W, 43-13 4 1 rush Pat Harder 1 yard rush (Pat Harder kick)
23 1952-11-16 DTX W, 43-13 4 2 rush Ollie Cline 2 yard rush (Pat Harder kick)
24 1952-11-23 @ CHI L, 23-24 2 3 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 3 yard rush
25 1952-11-23 @ CHI L, 23-24 2 4 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 4 yard rush (Pat Harder kick)
26 1952-11-23 @ CHI L, 23-24 4 79 punt Jack Christiansen 79 yard punt return (Pat Harder kick)
27 1952-11-27 GNB W, 48-24 2 5 pass Cloyce Box 5 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Pat Harder kick)
28 1952-11-27 GNB W, 48-24 2 9 pass Leon Hart 9 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Pat Harder kick)
29 1952-11-27 GNB W, 48-24 2 33 pass Cloyce Box 33 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Pat Harder kick)
30 1952-11-27 GNB W, 48-24 3 4 pass Cloyce Box 4 yard pass from Bob Hoernschemeyer (Pat Harder kick)
31 1952-11-27 GNB W, 48-24 4 1 rush Pat Harder 1 yard rush (Pat Harder kick)
32 1952-11-27 GNB W, 48-24 4 6 pass Leon Hart 6 yard pass from Jim Hardy (Jim Hardy kick)
33 1952-12-07 CHI W, 45-21 1 29 pass Cloyce Box 29 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Pat Harder kick)
34 1952-12-07 CHI W, 45-21 1 28 pass Cloyce Box 28 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Pat Harder kick)
35 1952-12-07 CHI W, 45-21 2 25 pass Cloyce Box 25 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Pat Harder kick)
36 1952-12-07 CHI W, 45-21 3 11 pass Jim Doran 11 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Pat Harder kick)
37 1952-12-07 CHI W, 45-21 4 6 rush Byron Bailey 6 yard rush (Pat Harder kick)
38 1952-12-07 CHI W, 45-21 4 18 rush Jack Christiansen 18 yard rush (Pat Harder kick)
39 1952-12-13 DTX W, 41-6 2 18 pass Pat Harder 18 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Pat Harder kick)
40 1952-12-13 DTX W, 41-6 2 77 pass Cloyce Box 77 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Pat Harder kick)
41 1952-12-13 DTX W, 41-6 3 40 pass Cloyce Box 40 yard pass from Jim Hardy (Pat Harder kick)
42 1952-12-13 DTX W, 41-6 4 41 pass Cloyce Box 41 yard pass from Jim Hardy (Pat Harder kick)
43 1952-12-13 DTX W, 41-6 4 65 rush Jack Christiansen 65 yard rush (Pat Harder kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1952-09-28 @ SFO W, 17-3 1 1 rush Joe Perry 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
2 1952-09-28 @ SFO W, 17-3 3 47 pass J.R. Boone 47 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Gordie Soltau kick)
3 1952-10-03 @ RAM L, 14-17 2 20 rush Tank Younger 20 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
4 1952-10-03 @ RAM L, 14-17 3 80 pass Skeets Quinlan 80 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bob Waterfield kick)
5 1952-10-12 SFO W, 28-0 2 3 pass Billy Wilson 3 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
6 1952-10-12 SFO W, 28-0 2 6 rush Hugh McElhenny 6 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
7 1952-10-12 SFO W, 28-0 3 1 rush Frankie Albert 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
8 1952-10-12 SFO W, 28-0 4 35 interception Don Burke 35 yard interception return (Gordie Soltau kick)
9 1952-10-19 RAM L, 16-24 1 13 rush Dan Towler 13 yard rush
10 1952-10-19 RAM L, 16-24 2 19 pass Tom Fears 19 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bob Waterfield kick)
11 1952-10-26 @ GNB L, 17-52 1 78 pass Billy Howton 78 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
12 1952-10-26 @ GNB L, 17-52 3 29 pass Jim Keane 29 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Fred Cone kick)
13 1952-11-09 @ PIT L, 6-31 3 3 rush Fran Rogel 3 yard rush
14 1952-11-16 DTX L, 13-43 3 13 pass Ray Pelfrey 13 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Keith Flowers kick)
15 1952-11-16 DTX L, 13-43 3 4 rush Zollie Toth 4 yard rush
16 1952-11-23 @ CHI W, 24-23 1 38 pass Billy Stone 38 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
17 1952-11-23 @ CHI W, 24-23 3 59 pass Billy Stone 59 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
18 1952-11-23 @ CHI W, 24-23 4 2 pass Ed Sprinkle 2 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
19 1952-11-27 GNB L, 24-48 2 6 pass Billy Howton 6 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
20 1952-11-27 GNB L, 24-48 2 4 pass Billy Howton 4 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
21 1952-11-27 GNB L, 24-48 3 54 pass Billy Howton 54 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
22 1952-12-07 CHI L, 21-45 1 1 rush Billy Stone 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
23 1952-12-07 CHI L, 21-45 2 8 pass Bill McColl 8 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
24 1952-12-07 CHI L, 21-45 4 1 rush Fred Morrison 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
25 1952-12-13 DTX L, 6-41 4 7 pass Ray Pelfrey 7 yard pass from Frank Tripucka