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1956 Detroit Lions

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9-3-0, Finished 2nd in NFL West Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 8.7, Offense: 2.0, Defense: 6.7, SoS: -0.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 300 points (25.0/g), 2nd of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 188 points (15.7/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 112 points (9.3/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 9.0-3.0.

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 300 4206 815 5.2 34 11 14 247 160 301 2195 13 23 7.1 111 507 2011 21 4.0 122
Team Defense 188 3408 688 5.0 40 12 16 181 138 297 1905 11 28 6.0 84 373 1503 9 4.0 81
Lg Rank Offense 2 3 7 3 1 4 3 7 9 2 3 5 2 7
Lg Rank Defense 3 6 2 7 2 9 7 3 2 6 1 3 1 6

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 30 boxscore W 1-0 @ Green Bay Packers 20 16 23 375 200 175 2 10 160 88 72 2
2 Sat October 6 boxscore W 2-0 @ Baltimore Colts 31 14 25 465 247 218 2 10 206 138 68 4
3 Sun October 14 boxscore W 3-0 Los Angeles Rams 24 21 23 368 193 175 2 14 381 253 128 3
4 Sun October 21 boxscore W 4-0 San Francisco 49ers 20 17 25 393 149 244 1 15 257 67 190 2
5 Sun October 28 boxscore W 5-0 @ Los Angeles Rams 16 7 16 293 177 116 2 18 384 225 159 6
6 Sun November 4 boxscore W 6-0 @ San Francisco 49ers 17 13 19 283 89 194 3 15 246 153 93 3
6 Sun November 11 boxscore L 6-1 @ Washington Redskins 17 18 16 312 260 52 4 15 286 83 203 2
8 Sun November 18 boxscore W 7-1 Baltimore Colts 27 3 26 393 153 240 1 15 356 298 58 2
9 Thu November 22 boxscore L 7-2 Green Bay Packers 20 24 17 352 146 206 3 21 373 289 84 3
10 Sun December 2 boxscore W 8-2 Chicago Bears 42 10 25 468 254 214 6 15 184 70 114 5
11 Sun December 9 boxscore W 9-2 Pittsburgh Steelers 45 7 15 296 166 130 6 9 129 104 25 6
12 Sun December 16 boxscore L 9-3 @ Chicago Bears 21 38 17 208 161 47 2 24 446 137 309 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*+ 30 K/QB 12 12 9-3-0 129 244 52.9% 1909 9 3.7 17 7.0 70 7.8 5.4 14.8 159.1 62.0 0 0
12 Harry Gilmer 30 11 0 27 46 58.7% 303 4 8.7 3 6.5 41 6.6 5.4 11.2 27.5 80.3 0 0
15 Jerry Reichow 22 8 0 3 6 50.0% 19 0 0.0 1 16.7 14 3.2 -4.3 6.3 2.4 17.4 0 0
40 Howard Cassady 22 KR 12 0 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 50.0 0 0.0 -22.5 0.0 0.0 0 0
23 Jug Girard 29 10 0 1 1 100.0% 19 0 0.0 0 0.0 19 19.0 19.0 19.0 1.9 118.7 0 0
42 Don McIlhenny 22 9 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
20 Bill Stits 25 12 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0
Team Total 25.9 12 9-3-0 160 301 53.2% 2250 13 4.3 23 7.6 70 7.5 4.9 14.1 187.5 60.1 0 0
Opp Total 12 138 297 46.5% 2045 11 3.7 28 9.4 6.9 3.38 14.8 170.4 42.6 18 140 6.0 2.7 5.7

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
26 Gene Gedman 24 RH 12 0 135 479 7 33 3.5 39.9 11.3 15 142 9.5 1 43 1.3 11.8 621 8 3
40 Howard Cassady 22 KR 12 0 97 413 0 33 4.3 34.4 8.1 9 83 9.2 0 21 0.8 6.9 496 0 2
42 Don McIlhenny 22 9 0 87 372 3 30 4.3 41.3 9.7 8 70 8.8 2 21 0.9 7.8 442 5 0
82 Leon Hart 28 FB 11 0 76 348 5 46 4.6 31.6 6.9 14 116 8.3 1 29 1.3 10.5 464 6 3
22 Bobby Layne*+ 30 K/QB 12 12 46 169 5 20 3.7 14.1 3.8 169 5 3
33 Bill Bowman 25 6 0 20 84 1 13 4.2 14.0 3.3 5 34 6.8 1 18 0.8 5.7 118 2 0
23 Jug Girard 29 10 0 17 67 0 11 3.9 6.7 1.7 3 33 11.0 0 16 0.3 3.3 100 0 0
30 Tom Tracy 22 4 0 12 32 0 9 2.7 8.0 3.0 3 6 2.0 0 5 0.8 1.5 38 0 1
12 Harry Gilmer 30 11 0 8 19 0 6 2.4 1.7 0.7 19 0 1
84 Dave Middleton 23 RE 12 0 3 9 0 10 3.0 0.8 0.3 39 606 15.5 5 56 3.3 50.5 615 5 0
20 Bill Stits 25 12 0 3 0 0 6 0.0 0.0 0.3 3 52 17.3 0 27 0.3 4.3 52 0 0
87 Dorne Dibble 27 LE 12 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 0.7 0.1 32 597 18.7 2 56 2.7 49.8 605 2 0
15 Jerry Reichow 22 8 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 4 63 15.8 1 41 0.5 7.9 64 1 0
28 Yale Lary*+ 26 P/PR/RS 12 0 1 10 0 10 10.0 0.8 0.1 10 0 0
83 Jim Doran 29 LH 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 448 17.9 0 70 2.3 40.7 448 0 1
Team Total 25.9 12 507 2011 21 46 4.0 167.6 42.3 160 2250 14.1 13 70 13.3 187.5 4261 34 14
Opp Total 12 373 1503 9 4.0 125.3 31.1 138 1905 13.8 11 11.5 158.8 3408 20 16

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
40 Howard Cassady 22 KR 12 0 13 83 0 34 6.4 16 382 0 42 23.9 961
28 Yale Lary*+ 26 P/PR/RS 12 0 22 70 0 38 3.2 4 76 0 29 19.0 156
24 Jack Christiansen*+ 28 LS 12 0 6 73 1 66 12.2 6 116 0 22 19.3 189
20 Bill Stits 25 12 0 3 48 0 19 16.0 100
23 Jug Girard 29 10 0 2 7 0 5 3.5 107
50 Charlie Ane* 25 C 12 0 1 19 0 19 19.0 19
33 Bill Bowman 25 6 0 1 24 0 24 24.0 142
15 Jerry Reichow 22 8 0 1 9 0 9 9.0 73
60 Jim Salsbury 24 RG 11 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
Team Total 25.9 12 43 233 1 66 5.4 33 687 0 42 20.8 5181
Opp Total 12 32 1481 0 46.3 48 1041 1 21.7

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
22 Bobby Layne*+ 30 K/QB 12 12 15 12 80.0%% 33 33 100.0%%
28 Yale Lary*+ 26 P/PR/RS 12 0 42 1698 41 0 40.4
47 Jim Martin 32 RLB 12 0 10 4 40.0%% 3 3 100.0%%
23 Jug Girard 29 10 0 10 448 54 0 44.8
Team Total 25.9 12 25 16 64.0%% 36 36 100.0%% 52 2146 54 0 41.3
Opp Total 12 20 11 55.0%% 22 21 95.5%% 59 2329 39.5

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
28 Yale Lary*+ 26 P/PR/RS 12 0 8 182 1 73 0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Jack Christiansen*+ 28 LS 12 0 8 109 0 33 0
25 Jim David* 29 LDH 12 0 7 4 0 3 0
26 Gene Gedman 24 RH 12 0 0 3 2 0 0
86 Bob Long 22 12 0 2 47 0 40 0 0 0 2 0 0
40 Howard Cassady 22 KR 12 0 0 2 1 0 0
82 Leon Hart 28 FB 11 0 0 3 0 0 0
21 Carl Karilivacz 26 RDH 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
22 Bobby Layne*+ 30 K/QB 12 12 0 3 0 0 0
85 Sonny Gandee 27 LLB 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
70 Ray Krouse 29 LDT 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
20 Bill Stits 25 12 0 1 11 0 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
83 Jim Doran 29 LH 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
12 Harry Gilmer 30 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
72 Gil Mains 27 RDE 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Bob Miller 27 RDT 12 0 0 0 1 23 0
56 Joe Schmidt*+ 24 MLB 12 0 1 7 0 7 0
30 Tom Tracy 22 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.9 12 28 360 1 73 0 0 14 15 23 0
Opp Total 12 7 16 4 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
22 Bobby Layne*+ 30 K/QB 12 12 5 5 33 12 99
26 Gene Gedman 24 RH 12 0 7 1 8 48
82 Leon Hart 28 FB 11 0 5 1 6 36
42 Don McIlhenny 22 9 0 3 2 5 30
84 Dave Middleton 23 RE 12 0 5 5 30
47 Jim Martin 32 RLB 12 0 3 4 15
33 Bill Bowman 25 6 0 1 1 2 12
87 Dorne Dibble 27 LE 12 0 2 2 12
24 Jack Christiansen*+ 28 LS 12 0 1 1 6
28 Yale Lary*+ 26 P/PR/RS 12 0 1 1 6
15 Jerry Reichow 22 8 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.9 12 21 13 1 1 36 36 16 300
Opp Total 12 9 11 1 1 21 11 1 188

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-09-30 @ GNB W, 20-16 2 1 rush Don McIlhenny 1 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
2 1956-09-30 @ GNB W, 20-16 4 1 rush Bobby Layne 1 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
3 1956-10-06 @ BAL W, 31-14 1 11 pass Don McIlhenny 11 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
4 1956-10-06 @ BAL W, 31-14 1 56 pass Dorne Dibble 56 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
5 1956-10-06 @ BAL W, 31-14 2 7 rush Bobby Layne 7 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
6 1956-10-06 @ BAL W, 31-14 4 1 rush Gene Gedman 1 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
7 1956-10-14 RAM W, 24-21 1 1 rush Gene Gedman 1 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
8 1956-10-14 RAM W, 24-21 2 2 pass Don McIlhenny 2 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
9 1956-10-14 RAM W, 24-21 4 3 rush Don McIlhenny 3 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
10 1956-10-21 SFO W, 20-17 2 3 rush Don McIlhenny 3 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
11 1956-10-21 SFO W, 20-17 3 2 rush Bobby Layne 2 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
12 1956-10-28 @ RAM W, 16-7 3 2 rush Bobby Layne 2 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
13 1956-11-04 @ SFO W, 17-13 2 3 rush Leon Hart 3 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
14 1956-11-04 @ SFO W, 17-13 3 1 rush Leon Hart 1 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
15 1956-11-11 @ WAS L, 17-18 3 1 rush Gene Gedman 1 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
16 1956-11-11 @ WAS L, 17-18 4 10 pass Dave Middleton 10 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
17 1956-11-18 BAL W, 27-3 1 5 rush Leon Hart 5 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
18 1956-11-18 BAL W, 27-3 3 4 pass Dave Middleton 4 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
19 1956-11-18 BAL W, 27-3 3 5 rush Gene Gedman 5 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
20 1956-11-22 GNB L, 20-24 1 5 rush Leon Hart 5 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
21 1956-11-22 GNB L, 20-24 4 56 pass Dave Middleton 56 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
22 1956-12-02 CHI W, 42-10 2 1 rush Gene Gedman 1 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
23 1956-12-02 CHI W, 42-10 2 15 rush Bobby Layne 15 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
24 1956-12-02 CHI W, 42-10 3 48 pass Dave Middleton 48 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
25 1956-12-02 CHI W, 42-10 4 9 pass Gene Gedman 9 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
26 1956-12-02 CHI W, 42-10 4 3 rush Bill Bowman 3 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
27 1956-12-02 CHI W, 42-10 4 18 pass Dave Middleton 18 yard pass from Harry Gilmer (Bobby Layne kick)
28 1956-12-09 PIT W, 45-7 1 20 pass Leon Hart 20 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
29 1956-12-09 PIT W, 45-7 1 5 rush Gene Gedman 5 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
30 1956-12-09 PIT W, 45-7 2 73 interception Yale Lary 73 yard interception return (Bobby Layne kick)
31 1956-12-09 PIT W, 45-7 2 66 punt Jack Christiansen 66 yard punt return (Bobby Layne kick)
32 1956-12-09 PIT W, 45-7 2 2 rush Gene Gedman 2 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
33 1956-12-09 PIT W, 45-7 3 41 pass Jerry Reichow 41 yard pass from Harry Gilmer (Bobby Layne kick)
34 1956-12-16 @ CHI L, 21-38 2 18 pass Bill Bowman 18 yard pass from Harry Gilmer (Jim Martin kick)
35 1956-12-16 @ CHI L, 21-38 3 1 rush Leon Hart 1 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
36 1956-12-16 @ CHI L, 21-38 4 9 pass Dorne Dibble 9 yard pass from Harry Gilmer (Jim Martin kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-09-30 @ GNB L, 16-20 3 5 pass Gary Knafelc 5 yard pass from Tobin Rote
2 1956-09-30 @ GNB L, 16-20 4 8 pass Billy Howton 8 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
3 1956-10-06 @ BAL L, 14-31 1 3 rush L.G. Dupre 3 yard rush (Bert Rechichar kick)
4 1956-10-06 @ BAL L, 14-31 3 49 pass L.G. Dupre 49 yard pass from George Shaw (Bert Rechichar kick)
5 1956-10-14 RAM L, 21-24 3 60 pass Leon Clarke 60 yard pass from Billy Wade (Les Richter kick)
6 1956-10-14 RAM L, 21-24 4 29 pass Elroy Hirsch 29 yard pass from Billy Wade (Les Richter kick)
7 1956-10-14 RAM L, 21-24 4 76 pass Elroy Hirsch 76 yard pass from Billy Wade (Les Richter kick)
8 1956-10-21 SFO L, 17-20 1 2 rush John Henry Johnson 2 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
9 1956-10-21 SFO L, 17-20 3 1 rush John Henry Johnson 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
10 1956-10-28 @ RAM L, 7-16 4 37 pass Elroy Hirsch 37 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Les Richter kick)
11 1956-11-04 @ SFO L, 13-17 2 90 kickoff Joe Arenas 90 yard kickoff return (Gordie Soltau kick)
12 1956-11-11 @ WAS W, 18-17 2 41 rush Dick James 41 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
13 1956-11-22 GNB W, 24-20 4 2 rush Tobin Rote 2 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
14 1956-11-22 GNB W, 24-20 4 14 pass Fred Cone 14 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
15 1956-11-22 GNB W, 24-20 4 13 pass Billy Howton 13 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
16 1956-12-02 CHI L, 10-42 2 5 pass Rick Casares 5 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
17 1956-12-09 PIT L, 7-45 2 1 rush Sid Watson 1 yard rush (Sid Watson kick)
18 1956-12-16 @ CHI W, 38-21 2 68 rush Rick Casares 68 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
19 1956-12-16 @ CHI W, 38-21 2 9 rush J.C. Caroline 9 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
20 1956-12-16 @ CHI W, 38-21 3 44 pass Harlon Hill 44 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
21 1956-12-16 @ CHI W, 38-21 4 7 rush Bobby Watkins 7 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
22 1956-12-16 @ CHI W, 38-21 4 27 interception Joe Fortunato 27 yard interception return (George Blanda kick)