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1961 Detroit Lions

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8-5-1, Finished 2nd in NFL West Division  · 1961 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.3, Offense: -1.8, Defense: 5.1, SoS: 2.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 270 points (19.3/g), 11th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 258 points (18.4/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 12 points (0.9/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 7.4-6.6.

Coach: George Wilson (8-5-1)

Stadium: Tiger Stadium
 Training Camp: Cranbrook Educational Community (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)

Team Info

General Manager Edwin Anderson
President/Chairman of the Board of Directors William Clay Ford Sr.
Defensive Alignment 4-3

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 270 4412 873 5.1 42 15 15 233 186 398 2544 14 27 5.9 122 439 1868 16 4.3 96
Team Defense 258 3938 838 4.7 41 12 12 222 203 385 2418 11 29 5.7 121 412 1520 14 3.7 89
Lg Rank Offense 11 9 9 7 12 6 7 12 10 9 7 8 5 9
Lg Rank Defense 3 3 7 12 4 8 6 1 2 6 4 2 9 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 17 boxscore W 1-0 @ Green Bay Packers 17 13 15 266 138 128 1 17 294 162 132 2
2 Sun September 24 boxscore W 2-0 @ Baltimore Colts 16 15 15 248 64 184 4 7 186 103 83 4
3 Sun October 1 boxscore L 2-1 San Francisco 49ers 0 49 16 291 236 55 6 23 317 139 178 2
4 Sun October 8 boxscore L 2-2 Chicago Bears 17 31 13 339 174 165 4 15 454 281 173 2
5 Sun October 15 boxscore W 3-2 Los Angeles Rams 14 13 14 311 159 152 4 11 244 164 80 3
6 Sun October 22 boxscore L 3-3 Baltimore Colts 14 17 11 208 132 76 1 18 313 225 88 4
7 Sun October 29 boxscore W 4-3 @ Los Angeles Rams 28 10 23 409 241 168 18 258 149 109 2
8 Sun November 5 boxscore T 4-3-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 20 20 22 402 265 137 3 14 326 213 113 2
9 Sun November 12 boxscore W 5-3-1 @ St. Louis Cardinals 45 14 16 372 171 201 1 21 214 179 35 4
10 Sun November 19 boxscore W 6-3-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 37 10 20 351 179 172 3 8 126 57 69 3
11 Thu November 23 boxscore L 6-4-1 Green Bay Packers 9 17 18 279 172 107 5 13 277 151 126 2
12 Sun December 3 boxscore W 7-4-1 @ Chicago Bears 16 15 17 245 172 73 4 12 193 66 127 3
13 Sun December 10 boxscore W 8-4-1 Minnesota Vikings 13 7 15 295 175 120 4 18 251 135 116 6
14 Sun December 17 boxscore L 8-5-1 Philadelphia Eagles 24 27 18 396 266 130 2 27 485 394 91 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
15 Jim Ninowski 25 QB 13 8 4-3-1 117 247 47.4% 1921 7 2.8 18 7.3 84 7.8 5.1 16.4 147.8 53.0 0 0
14 Earl Morrall 27 qb 13 6 4-2-0 69 150 46.0% 909 7 4.7 9 6.0 61 6.1 4.3 13.2 69.9 56.2 2 2
40 Howard Cassady 27 PR 14 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
Team Total 26.8 14 8-5-1 186 398 46.7% 2830 14 3.5 27 6.8 84 7.1 4.8 15.2 202.1 54.1 2 2
Opp Total 14 203 385 52.7% 2744 11 2.9 29 7.5 7.1 4.31 13.5 196.0 53.9 41 326 5.7 3.1 9.6

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
33 Nick Pietrosante* 24 FB 14 0 201 841 5 42 4.2 60.1 14.4 26 315 12.1 0 76 1.9 22.5 1156 5 7
45 Dan Lewis 25 LH 13 0 110 451 4 27 4.1 34.7 8.5 8 118 14.8 0 22 0.6 9.1 569 4 4
15 Jim Ninowski 25 QB 13 8 33 238 5 40 7.2 18.3 2.5 238 5 4
40 Howard Cassady 27 PR 14 0 31 131 1 14 4.2 9.4 2.2 5 45 9.0 1 26 0.4 3.2 176 2 2
0 Johnny Olszewski 31 14 0 30 109 0 15 3.6 7.8 2.1 1 14 14.0 0 14 0.1 1.0 123 0 0
14 Earl Morrall 27 qb 13 6 20 86 0 25 4.3 6.6 1.5 86 0 6
34 Ken Webb 26 11 0 7 6 1 3 0.9 0.5 0.6 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.1 0.6 13 1 1
41 Terry Barr 26 RH 14 0 6 -8 0 9 -1.3 -0.6 0.4 40 630 15.8 6 61 2.9 45.0 622 6 0
28 Yale Lary* 31 P/RS 14 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 1.0 0.1 14 0 0
89 Gail Cogdill 24 SE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 45 956 21.2 6 84 3.2 68.3 956 6 0
80 Jim Gibbons* 25 TE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 45 566 12.6 1 36 3.2 40.4 566 1 0
87 Glenn Davis 27 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 115 12.8 0 19 1.1 14.4 115 0 1
25 Pat Studstill 23 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 54 10.8 0 25 0.4 3.9 54 0 0
88 Sam Williams 30 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.1 0.8 10 0 0
Team Total 26.8 14 439 1868 16 42 4.3 133.4 31.4 186 2830 15.2 14 84 13.3 202.1 4698 30 25
Opp Total 14 412 1520 14 3.7 108.6 29.4 203 2418 11.9 11 14.5 172.7 3938 25 21

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
20 Jim Steffen 25 KR 8 0 11 95 0 45 8.6 19 435 0 43 22.9 530
40 Howard Cassady 27 PR 14 0 16 159 0 21 9.9 9 127 0 23 14.1 462
25 Pat Studstill 23 14 0 8 75 0 26 9.4 16 448 1 100 28.0 577
0 Johnny Olszewski 31 14 0 4 59 0 23 14.8 182
80 Jim Gibbons* 25 TE 14 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 580
81 Night Train Lane*+ 32 LCB 12 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 6
28 Yale Lary* 31 P/RS 14 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 22
21 Bruce Maher 24 RCB 12 0 1 19 0 19 19.0 19
88 Sam Williams 30 12 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 14
34 Ken Webb 26 11 0 0 5 0 5 18
Team Total 26.8 14 38 357 0 45 9.4 50 1097 1 100 21.9 6152
Opp Total 14 21 264 1 12.6 49 1184 2 24.2

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
47 Jim Martin* 37 K 13 0 30 15 50.0%% 26 25 96.2%%
28 Yale Lary* 31 P/RS 14 0 52 2519 71 0 48.4
55 Wayne Walker 25 RLB 14 0 3 0.0%% 6 6 100.0%%
14 Earl Morrall 27 qb 13 6 3 113 43 0 37.7
25 Pat Studstill 23 14 0 1 32 32 0 32.0
Team Total 26.8 14 33 15 45.5%% 32 31 96.9%% 56 2664 71 0 47.6
Opp Total 14 34 20 58.8%% 28 28 100.0%% 67 2881 43.0

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
14 Earl Morrall 27 qb 13 6 0 6 3 0 0
33 Nick Pietrosante* 24 FB 14 0 0 7 1 0 0
43 Gary Lowe 27 LS 14 0 5 16 0 11 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
81 Night Train Lane*+ 32 LCB 12 0 6 73 0 32 0
28 Yale Lary* 31 P/RS 14 0 6 95 0 42 0
76 Roger Brown 24 RDT 14 0 1 10 0 10 0 0 0 3 29 0
44 Dick LeBeau 24 14 0 3 45 0 33 0 0 0 1 0 0
45 Dan Lewis 25 LH 13 0 0 4 0 0 0
15 Jim Ninowski 25 QB 13 8 0 4 0 0 0
56 Joe Schmidt*+ 29 MLB 14 0 4 38 1 26 0
55 Wayne Walker 25 RLB 14 0 2 16 0 12 0 0 0 2 10 0
40 Howard Cassady 27 PR 14 0 0 2 1 0 0
87 Glenn Davis 27 8 0 0 1 1 0 0
80 Jim Gibbons* 25 TE 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
71 Alex Karras*+ 26 LDT 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
57 Carl Brettschneider 30 LLB 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 Bill Glass 26 RDE 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
21 Bruce Maher 24 RCB 12 0 1 8 0 8 0
78 Darris McCord 28 LDE 14 0 1 11 0 11 0
50 Bob Scholtz 24 C 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
66 Harley Sewell 30 LG 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
34 Ken Webb 26 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.8 14 29 312 1 42 0 0 25 22 39 0 1
Opp Total 14 36 21 9 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
47 Jim Martin* 37 K 13 0 25 15 70
41 Terry Barr 26 RH 14 0 6 6 36
89 Gail Cogdill 24 SE 14 0 6 6 36
15 Jim Ninowski 25 QB 13 8 5 5 30
33 Nick Pietrosante* 24 FB 14 0 5 5 30
45 Dan Lewis 25 LH 13 0 4 4 24
40 Howard Cassady 27 PR 14 0 1 1 2 12
80 Jim Gibbons* 25 TE 14 0 1 1 6
56 Joe Schmidt*+ 29 MLB 14 0 1 1 6
25 Pat Studstill 23 14 0 1 1 6
55 Wayne Walker 25 RLB 14 0 6 6
34 Ken Webb 26 11 0 1 1 6
43 Gary Lowe 27 LS 14 0 1 2
Team Total 26.8 14 16 14 1 1 32 31 15 1 270
Opp Total 14 14 11 1 2 28 20 1 258

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-17 @ GNB W, 17-13 1 1 rush Nick Pietrosante 1 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
2 1961-09-17 @ GNB W, 17-13 2 15 rush Nick Pietrosante 15 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
3 1961-09-24 @ BAL W, 16-15 3 28 pass Terry Barr 28 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim Martin kick)
4 1961-10-08 CHI L, 17-31 1 61 pass Terry Barr 61 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Wayne Walker kick)
5 1961-10-08 CHI L, 17-31 3 100 kickoff Pat Studstill 100 yard kickoff return (Wayne Walker kick)
6 1961-10-15 RAM W, 14-13 2 43 pass Gail Cogdill 43 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Wayne Walker kick)
7 1961-10-15 RAM W, 14-13 3 4 rush Nick Pietrosante 4 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
8 1961-10-22 BAL L, 14-17 3 45 pass Gail Cogdill 45 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Wayne Walker kick)
9 1961-10-22 BAL L, 14-17 3 35 pass Gail Cogdill 35 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Wayne Walker kick)
10 1961-10-29 @ RAM W, 28-10 1 6 rush Dan Lewis 6 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
11 1961-10-29 @ RAM W, 28-10 3 4 rush Jim Ninowski 4 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
12 1961-10-29 @ RAM W, 28-10 3 7 rush Dan Lewis 7 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
13 1961-10-29 @ RAM W, 28-10 4 1 rush Ken Webb 1 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
14 1961-11-05 @ SFO T, 20-20 2 40 rush Jim Ninowski 40 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
15 1961-11-05 @ SFO T, 20-20 2 12 rush Jim Ninowski 12 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
16 1961-11-12 @ STL W, 45-14 2 33 pass Gail Cogdill 33 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Jim Martin kick)
17 1961-11-12 @ STL W, 45-14 2 12 rush Dan Lewis 12 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
18 1961-11-12 @ STL W, 45-14 3 14 rush Dan Lewis 14 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
19 1961-11-12 @ STL W, 45-14 3 40 pass Terry Barr 40 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Jim Martin kick)
20 1961-11-12 @ STL W, 45-14 4 3 rush Howard Cassady 3 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
21 1961-11-12 @ STL W, 45-14 4 4 pass Howard Cassady 4 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim Martin kick)
22 1961-11-19 @ MIN W, 37-10 2 1 rush Nick Pietrosante 1 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
23 1961-11-19 @ MIN W, 37-10 2 18 pass Terry Barr 18 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim Martin kick)
24 1961-11-19 @ MIN W, 37-10 3 37 pass Gail Cogdill 37 yard pass from Earl Morrall
25 1961-11-19 @ MIN W, 37-10 4 9 pass Terry Barr 9 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim Martin kick)
26 1961-11-19 @ MIN W, 37-10 4 8 interception Joe Schmidt 8 yard interception return (Jim Martin kick)
27 1961-12-03 @ CHI W, 16-15 2 4 pass Jim Gibbons 4 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Jim Martin kick)
28 1961-12-03 @ CHI W, 16-15 4 5 pass Terry Barr 5 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim Martin kick)
29 1961-12-10 MIN W, 13-7 2 7 rush Jim Ninowski 7 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
30 1961-12-17 PHI L, 24-27 3 84 pass Gail Cogdill 84 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Jim Martin kick)
31 1961-12-17 PHI L, 24-27 4 14 rush Jim Ninowski 14 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
32 1961-12-17 PHI L, 24-27 4 1 rush Nick Pietrosante 1 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-17 @ GNB L, 13-17 1 1 rush Jim Taylor 1 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
2 1961-09-24 @ BAL L, 15-16 4 8 pass Lenny Moore 8 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
3 1961-10-01 SFO W, 49-0 1 5 rush J.D. Smith 5 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
4 1961-10-01 SFO W, 49-0 1 10 rush Bob Waters 10 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
5 1961-10-01 SFO W, 49-0 2 1 rush Billy Kilmer 1 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
6 1961-10-01 SFO W, 49-0 3 98 kickoff Abe Woodson 98 yard kickoff return (Tommy Davis kick)
7 1961-10-01 SFO W, 49-0 3 7 rush Billy Kilmer 7 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
8 1961-10-01 SFO W, 49-0 3 1 rush J.D. Smith 1 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
9 1961-10-01 SFO W, 49-0 4 1 rush Bill Cooper 1 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
10 1961-10-08 CHI W, 31-17 2 98 pass Bo Farrington 98 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
11 1961-10-08 CHI W, 31-17 4 37 pass Mike Ditka 37 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
12 1961-10-08 CHI W, 31-17 4 1 rush Billy Wade 1 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
13 1961-10-08 CHI W, 31-17 4 53 rush Willie Galimore 53 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
14 1961-10-15 RAM L, 13-14 3 69 pass Red Phillips 69 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Danny Villanueva kick)
15 1961-10-22 BAL W, 17-14 2 9 rush Lenny Moore 9 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
16 1961-10-22 BAL W, 17-14 4 1 rush Lenny Moore 1 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
17 1961-10-29 @ RAM L, 10-28 1 105 kickoff Jon Arnett 105 yard kickoff return (Danny Villanueva kick)
18 1961-11-05 @ SFO T, 20-20 3 80 punt Abe Woodson 80 yard punt return (Tommy Davis kick)
19 1961-11-05 @ SFO T, 20-20 4 2 rush Billy Kilmer 2 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
20 1961-11-12 @ STL L, 14-45 2 25 pass Sonny Randle 25 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
21 1961-11-12 @ STL L, 14-45 2 3 pass Prentice Gautt 3 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
22 1961-11-19 @ MIN L, 10-37 1 23 pass Jerry Reichow 23 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Mike Mercer kick)
23 1961-11-23 GNB W, 17-9 2 1 rush Jim Taylor 1 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
24 1961-11-23 GNB W, 17-9 4 1 rush Jim Taylor 1 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
25 1961-12-10 MIN L, 7-13 3 2 pass Hugh McElhenny 2 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Mike Mercer kick)
26 1961-12-17 PHI W, 27-24 2 1 pass Tommy McDonald 1 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
27 1961-12-17 PHI W, 27-24 3 11 pass Pete Retzlaff 11 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
28 1961-12-17 PHI W, 27-24 4 16 pass Dick Lucas 16 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)