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1963 Detroit Lions

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5-8-1, Finished 4th in NFL West Division  · 1963 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.7, Offense: 1.6, Defense: 2.1, SoS: -0.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 326 points (23.3/g), 5th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 265 points (18.9/g), 4th.
 Differential of 61 points (4.4/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 8.7-5.3.

Coach: George Wilson (5-8-1)

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

Team Info

Principal Owner/Chairman William Clay Ford Sr.
General Manager Edwin Anderson
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 326 4324 854 5.1 40 14 15 230 202 406 2723 26 26 6.2 124 415 1601 11 3.9 91
Team Defense 265 3761 828 4.5 35 11 11 194 183 378 2197 17 24 5.2 109 405 1564 12 3.9 74
Lg Rank Offense 5 8 11 5 10 5 6 4 12 8 9 10 10 8
Lg Rank Defense 4 4 8 11 2 6 5 5 5 4 1 2 4 3

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sat September 14 boxscore W 1-0 @ Los Angeles Rams 23 2 13 210 111 99 3 9 228 138 90 4
2 Sun September 22 boxscore L 1-1 @ Green Bay Packers 10 31 7 147 80 67 4 15 316 112 204 4
3 Sun September 29 boxscore L 1-2 Chicago Bears 21 37 10 278 238 40 4 22 307 203 104 2
4 Sun October 6 boxscore W 2-2 San Francisco 49ers 26 3 10 231 119 112 3 7 61 -10 71 1
5 Sun October 13 boxscore L 2-3 @ Dallas Cowboys 14 17 16 359 254 105 3 10 236 63 173 3
6 Sun October 20 boxscore L 2-4 Baltimore Colts 21 25 12 161 70 91 2 14 256 113 143 1
7 Sun October 27 boxscore W 3-4 Minnesota Vikings 28 10 21 419 203 216 3 10 166 80 86
8 Sun November 3 boxscore W 4-4 @ San Francisco 49ers 45 7 27 509 308 201 3 9 133 66 67 4
9 Sun November 10 boxscore L 4-5 @ Baltimore Colts 21 24 21 330 257 73 24 474 351 123 3
10 Sun November 17 boxscore L 4-6 Los Angeles Rams 21 28 19 375 288 87 4 14 343 269 74 1
11 Sun November 24 boxscore L 4-7 @ Minnesota Vikings 31 34 19 361 242 119 6 17 351 214 137 5
12 Thu November 28 boxscore T 4-7-1 Green Bay Packers 13 13 16 276 188 88 15 294 263 31
13 Sun December 8 boxscore W 5-7-1 Cleveland Browns 38 10 23 447 271 176 2 12 275 115 160 5
14 Sun December 15 boxscore L 5-8-1 @ Chicago Bears 14 24 16 221 94 127 3 16 321 220 101 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
14 Earl Morrall 29 QB 14 10 4-5-1 174 328 53.0% 2621 24 7.3 14 4.3 75 8.0 7.5 15.1 187.2 86.2 1 0
16 Milt Plum 28 qb 10 4 1-3-0 27 77 35.1% 339 2 2.6 12 15.6 39 4.4 -2.1 12.6 33.9 18.7
33 Nick Pietrosante 26 12 0 1 1 100.0% 37 0 0.0 0 0.0 37 37.0 37.0 37.0 3.1 118.7
Team Total 26.7 14 5-8-1 202 406 49.8% 2997 26 6.4 26 6.4 75 7.4 5.8 14.8 214.1 69.0 1 0
Opp Total 14 183 378 48.4% 2597 17 4.5 24 6.3 6.9 4.91 14.2 185.5 59.6 45 400 5.2 3.4 10.6

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
45 Dan Lewis 27 FB 14 0 133 528 2 27 4.0 37.7 9.5 15 115 7.7 0 30 1.1 8.2 643 2 2
33 Nick Pietrosante 26 12 0 112 418 5 22 3.7 34.8 9.3 16 173 10.8 0 24 1.3 14.4 591 5 4
23 Tom Watkins 26 KR/LH/PR 13 0 97 423 2 32 4.4 32.5 7.5 16 168 10.5 1 32 1.2 12.9 591 3 4
14 Earl Morrall 29 QB 14 10 26 105 1 18 4.0 7.5 1.9 105 1 5
46 Larry Ferguson 23 7 0 13 23 0 5 1.8 3.3 1.9 2 8 4.0 0 7 0.3 1.1 31 0 2
30 Ollie Matson 33 8 0 13 20 0 9 1.5 2.5 1.6 2 20 10.0 0 17 0.3 2.5 40 0 0
34 Nick Ryder 22 10 0 10 23 1 12 2.3 2.3 1.0 23 1 1
16 Milt Plum 28 qb 10 4 9 26 0 13 2.9 2.6 0.9 26 0 0
41 Terry Barr* 28 RH 14 0 1 9 0 9 9.0 0.6 0.1 66 1086 16.5 13 75 4.7 77.6 1095 13 4
28 Yale Lary 33 P/RS 10 0 1 26 0 26 26.0 2.6 0.1 26 0 0
89 Gail Cogdill* 26 SE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 48 945 19.7 10 70 3.4 67.5 945 10 1
80 Jim Gibbons 27 TE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 32 412 12.9 1 32 2.3 29.4 412 1 0
86 Tom Hall 23 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 29 9.7 1 23 0.2 2.1 29 1 2
20 Dick Compton 23 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 41 20.5 0 22 0.2 3.2 41 0 1
Team Total 26.7 14 415 1601 11 32 3.9 114.4 29.6 202 2997 14.8 26 75 14.4 214.1 4598 37 26
Opp Total 14 405 1564 12 3.9 111.7 28.9 183 2197 12.0 17 13.1 156.9 3761 29 24

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
23 Tom Watkins 26 KR/LH/PR 13 0 32 399 1 90 12.5 21 447 0 33 21.3 1437
46 Larry Ferguson 23 7 0 11 108 0 25 9.8 9 231 0 49 25.7 370
86 Tom Hall 23 14 0 10 107 0 32 10.7 6 143 0 29 23.8 279
20 Dick Compton 23 13 0 2 11 0 8 5.5 1 13 0 13 13.0 65
30 Ollie Matson 33 8 0 3 61 0 30 20.3 101
34 Nick Ryder 22 10 0 3 33 0 21 11.0 56
40 Howard Cassady 29 2 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 7
59 Ernie Clark 26 14 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
21 Bruce Maher 26 LS 14 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
85 Larry Vargo 24 14 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
Team Total 26.7 14 57 635 1 90 11.1 45 949 0 49 21.1 6182
Opp Total 14 29 319 0 11.0 56 1206 0 21.5

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
55 Wayne Walker* 27 K/RLB 14 0 22 9 40.9%% 29 29 100.0%%
28 Yale Lary 33 P/RS 10 0 35 1713 73 0 48.9
14 Earl Morrall 29 QB 14 10 29 1143 55 0 39.4
16 Milt Plum 28 qb 10 4 4 1 25.0%% 13 13 100.0%%
20 Dick Compton 23 13 0 2 85 44 0 42.5
Team Total 26.7 14 26 10 38.5%% 42 42 100.0%% 66 2941 73 0 44.6
Opp Total 14 24 13 54.2%% 32 30 93.8%% 83 3776 45.5

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
81 Night Train Lane 34 LCB 14 0 5 70 0 33 0 0 0 2 0 0
86 Tom Hall 23 14 0 3 45 0 36 0 0 2 1 0 0
41 Terry Barr* 28 RH 14 0 0 4 1 0 0
44 Dick LeBeau 26 RCB 14 0 5 158 1 70 0
14 Earl Morrall 29 QB 14 10 0 5 0 0 0
23 Tom Watkins 26 KR/LH/PR 13 0 0 4 1 0 0
33 Nick Pietrosante 26 12 0 0 4 0 0 0
59 Ernie Clark 26 14 0 0 0 3 0 0
80 Jim Gibbons 27 TE 14 0 0 0 3 3 0
28 Yale Lary 33 P/RS 10 0 2 21 1 21 0 0 0 1 0 0
20 Dick Compton 23 13 0 1 23 0 23 0 0 1 0 0 0
46 Larry Ferguson 23 7 0 0 2 0 0 0
53 Dennis Gaubatz 23 MLB 14 0 1 55 0 55 0 0 0 1 0 0
45 Dan Lewis 27 FB 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
43 Gary Lowe 29 3 0 2 14 0 14 0
21 Bruce Maher 26 LS 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
78 Darris McCord 30 LDE 13 0 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 1
61 Lucien Reeberg 21 RT 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
88 Sam Williams 32 RDE 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
76 Roger Brown*+ 26 RDT 14 0 1 20 0 20 0
74 Mike Bundra 24 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
89 Gail Cogdill* 26 SE 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
75 John Gordy* 28 RG 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
34 Nick Ryder 22 10 0 0 1 0 0 0
56 Joe Schmidt* 31 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
50 Bob Scholtz 26 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
85 Larry Vargo 24 14 0 1 42 1 42 0
55 Wayne Walker* 27 K/RLB 14 0 1 17 0 17 0
Team Total 26.7 14 24 470 3 70 0 0 26 23 3 1 1
Opp Total 14 33 24 13 2

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
41 Terry Barr* 28 RH 14 0 13 13 78
89 Gail Cogdill* 26 SE 14 0 10 10 60
55 Wayne Walker* 27 K/RLB 14 0 29 9 56
33 Nick Pietrosante 26 12 0 5 5 30
23 Tom Watkins 26 KR/LH/PR 13 0 2 1 1 4 24
16 Milt Plum 28 qb 10 4 13 1 16
45 Dan Lewis 27 FB 14 0 2 2 12
80 Jim Gibbons 27 TE 14 0 1 1 6
86 Tom Hall 23 14 0 1 1 6
28 Yale Lary 33 P/RS 10 0 1 1 6
44 Dick LeBeau 26 RCB 14 0 1 1 6
78 Darris McCord 30 LDE 13 0 1 1 6
14 Earl Morrall 29 QB 14 10 1 1 6
34 Nick Ryder 22 10 0 1 1 6
85 Larry Vargo 24 14 0 1 1 6
21 Bruce Maher 26 LS 14 0 1 2
Team Total 26.7 14 11 26 1 1 3 42 42 10 1 326
Opp Total 14 12 17 3 30 13 2 265

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1963-09-14 @ RAM W, 23-2 1 2 rush Dan Lewis 2 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
2 1963-09-14 @ RAM W, 23-2 2 70 interception Dick LeBeau 70 yard interception return (Wayne Walker kick)
3 1963-09-22 @ GNB L, 10-31 4 23 pass Tom Hall 23 yard pass from Milt Plum (Wayne Walker kick)
4 1963-09-29 CHI L, 21-37 3 60 pass Terry Barr 60 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Wayne Walker kick)
5 1963-09-29 CHI L, 21-37 3 67 pass Gail Cogdill 67 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Wayne Walker kick)
6 1963-09-29 CHI L, 21-37 4 38 pass Gail Cogdill 38 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Wayne Walker kick)
7 1963-10-06 SFO W, 26-3 1 2 pass Terry Barr 2 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Wayne Walker kick)
8 1963-10-06 SFO W, 26-3 1 90 punt Tom Watkins 90 yard punt return (Wayne Walker kick)
9 1963-10-06 SFO W, 26-3 4 30 pass Gail Cogdill 30 yard pass from Milt Plum (Wayne Walker kick)
10 1963-10-13 @ DAL L, 14-17 4 30 pass Gail Cogdill 30 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Wayne Walker kick)
11 1963-10-13 @ DAL L, 14-17 4 70 pass Gail Cogdill 70 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Wayne Walker kick)
12 1963-10-20 BAL L, 21-25 1 40 pass Gail Cogdill 40 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Wayne Walker kick)
13 1963-10-20 BAL L, 21-25 2 7 rush Nick Pietrosante 7 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
14 1963-10-20 BAL L, 21-25 2 21 interception Yale Lary 21 yard interception return (Wayne Walker kick)
15 1963-10-27 MIN W, 28-10 1 35 pass Terry Barr 35 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Milt Plum kick)
16 1963-10-27 MIN W, 28-10 2 3 rush Nick Pietrosante 3 yard rush (Milt Plum kick)
17 1963-10-27 MIN W, 28-10 3 37 pass Terry Barr 37 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Milt Plum kick)
18 1963-10-27 MIN W, 28-10 4 8 pass Gail Cogdill 8 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Milt Plum kick)
19 1963-11-03 @ SFO W, 45-7 2 10 pass Terry Barr 10 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Milt Plum kick)
20 1963-11-03 @ SFO W, 45-7 3 10 pass Tom Watkins 10 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Milt Plum kick)
21 1963-11-03 @ SFO W, 45-7 3 22 pass Terry Barr 22 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Milt Plum kick)
22 1963-11-03 @ SFO W, 45-7 4 6 pass Terry Barr 6 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Milt Plum kick)
23 1963-11-03 @ SFO W, 45-7 4 5 rush Tom Watkins 5 yard rush (Milt Plum kick)
24 1963-11-03 @ SFO W, 45-7 4 2 rush Nick Ryder 2 yard rush (Milt Plum kick)
25 1963-11-10 @ BAL L, 21-24 2 20 pass Gail Cogdill 20 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Milt Plum kick)
26 1963-11-10 @ BAL L, 21-24 2 1 rush Tom Watkins 1 yard rush (Milt Plum kick)
27 1963-11-10 @ BAL L, 21-24 3 10 pass Terry Barr 10 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Milt Plum kick)
28 1963-11-17 RAM L, 21-28 2 18 pass Terry Barr 18 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Wayne Walker kick)
29 1963-11-17 RAM L, 21-28 3 32 pass Jim Gibbons 32 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Wayne Walker kick)
30 1963-11-17 RAM L, 21-28 4 20 pass Terry Barr 20 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Wayne Walker kick)
31 1963-11-24 @ MIN L, 31-34 2 10 pass Terry Barr 10 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Wayne Walker kick)
32 1963-11-24 @ MIN L, 31-34 2 4 rush Nick Pietrosante 4 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
33 1963-11-24 @ MIN L, 31-34 2 22 pass Gail Cogdill 22 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Wayne Walker kick)
34 1963-11-24 @ MIN L, 31-34 3 4 rush Earl Morrall 4 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
35 1963-11-28 GNB T, 13-13 4 1 rush Nick Pietrosante 1 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
36 1963-12-08 CLE W, 38-10 1 75 pass Terry Barr 75 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Wayne Walker kick)
37 1963-12-08 CLE W, 38-10 2 5 rush Dan Lewis 5 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
38 1963-12-08 CLE W, 38-10 3 29 pass Gail Cogdill 29 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Wayne Walker kick)
39 1963-12-08 CLE W, 38-10 3 0 fumble Darris McCord 0 yard fumble return (Wayne Walker kick)
40 1963-12-08 CLE W, 38-10 4 2 rush Nick Pietrosante 2 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
41 1963-12-15 @ CHI L, 14-24 2 42 interception Larry Vargo 42 yard interception return (Wayne Walker kick)
42 1963-12-15 @ CHI L, 14-24 4 4 pass Terry Barr 4 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Wayne Walker kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1963-09-22 @ GNB W, 31-10 2 1 rush Jim Taylor 1 yard rush (Jerry Kramer kick)
2 1963-09-22 @ GNB W, 31-10 3 15 rush Tom Moore 15 yard rush (Jerry Kramer kick)
3 1963-09-22 @ GNB W, 31-10 4 77 rush Tom Moore 77 yard rush (Jerry Kramer kick)
4 1963-09-22 @ GNB W, 31-10 4 39 pass Max McGee 39 yard pass from Bart Starr (Jerry Kramer kick)
5 1963-09-29 CHI W, 37-21 1 18 pass Angelo Coia 18 yard pass from Billy Wade (Bob Jencks kick)
6 1963-09-29 CHI W, 37-21 2 16 pass Johnny Morris 16 yard pass from Billy Wade (Bob Jencks kick)
7 1963-09-29 CHI W, 37-21 2 13 pass Mike Ditka 13 yard pass from Billy Wade (Bob Jencks kick)
8 1963-09-29 CHI W, 37-21 2 66 interception Richie Petitbon 66 yard interception return (Bob Jencks kick)
9 1963-09-29 CHI W, 37-21 2 1 rush Billy Wade 1 yard rush (Bob Jencks kick)
10 1963-10-13 @ DAL W, 17-14 2 11 pass Frank Clarke 11 yard pass from Don Meredith (Sam Baker kick)
11 1963-10-13 @ DAL W, 17-14 4 41 rush Amos Marsh 41 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
12 1963-10-20 BAL W, 25-21 2 11 pass J.W. Lockett 11 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Jim Martin kick)
13 1963-10-20 BAL W, 25-21 4 26 interception Andy Nelson 26 yard interception return
14 1963-10-27 MIN L, 10-28 3 14 rush Bill Brown 14 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
15 1963-11-03 @ SFO L, 7-45 1 19 pass Bernie Casey 19 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Tommy Davis kick)
16 1963-11-10 @ BAL W, 24-21 1 64 pass Raymond Berry 64 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Jim Martin kick)
17 1963-11-10 @ BAL W, 24-21 1 42 pass John Mackey 42 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Jim Martin kick)
18 1963-11-10 @ BAL W, 24-21 2 4 rush Lenny Moore 4 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
19 1963-11-17 RAM W, 28-21 1 9 rush Dick Bass 9 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
20 1963-11-17 RAM W, 28-21 2 66 pass Carroll Dale 66 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Danny Villanueva kick)
21 1963-11-17 RAM W, 28-21 4 42 pass Carroll Dale 42 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Danny Villanueva kick)
22 1963-11-17 RAM W, 28-21 4 51 pass Carroll Dale 51 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Danny Villanueva kick)
23 1963-11-24 @ MIN W, 34-31 1 1 rush Tommy Wilson 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
24 1963-11-24 @ MIN W, 34-31 2 9 rush Tommy Mason 9 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
25 1963-11-24 @ MIN W, 34-31 3 54 pass Gordie Smith 54 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
26 1963-11-24 @ MIN W, 34-31 4 2 rush Tommy Mason 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
27 1963-11-28 GNB T, 13-13 2 3 rush Elijah Pitts 3 yard rush
28 1963-11-28 GNB T, 13-13 4 7 pass Ron Kramer 7 yard pass from Bart Starr (Jerry Kramer kick)
29 1963-12-08 CLE L, 10-38 2 49 pass Gary Collins 49 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
30 1963-12-15 @ CHI W, 24-14 3 51 pass Johnny Morris 51 yard pass from Billy Wade (Bob Jencks kick)
31 1963-12-15 @ CHI W, 24-14 3 22 pass Mike Ditka 22 yard pass from Billy Wade (Bob Jencks kick)
32 1963-12-15 @ CHI W, 24-14 4 39 interception Dave Whitsell 39 yard interception return (Bob Jencks kick)