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1999 Detroit Lions season
Head Coach Bobby Ross
Home Field Pontiac Silverdome
Results
Record 8–8
Place 3rd NFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost Wild Card
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The 1999 Detroit Lions season was their 70th in the league. The team improved upon their previous season's output of 5–11 and qualified for the playoffs, where they lost to the Redskins in the Wild Card round.[1] This was their last playoff appearance until the 2011 season.

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1999 Detroit Lions staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Sylvester Croom
  • Quarterbacks – Jim Zorn
  • Running Backs – Frank Falks
  • Wide Receivers – Jerry Sullivan
  • Tight Ends – Danny Smith
  • Offensive Line – Jack Henry
  • Offensive Assistant – Stan Kwan
  • Quality Control/Offense – John Misciagna
 

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Larry Peccatiello
  • Defensive Line – Brian Baker
  • Linebackers – Gary Moeller
  • Defensive Backs – Richard Selcer
  • Defensive Assistant – Don Clemons
  • Quality Control/Defense – Dennis Murphy

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams – Chuck Priefer
  • Special Teams Assistant – Stan Kwan

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Bert Hill
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Rob Graf

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Regular seasonEdit

The season had an inauspicious beginning as future Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders suddenly retired on the eve of training camp. Undaunted, Coach Bobby Ross led the Lions to a fast start, highlighted by a Week 9 win over the then 6-1 St. Louis. The following week, Coach Ross made a questionable decision to go for a failed two-point conversion after a touchdown against Arizona. The game ended with Detroit in the red zone trying to score a game-winning touchdown. After defeating the Redskins in Week 13, the Lions had an 8-4 record and were the top seed in the NFC. Subsequently, the Lions lost their last four regular season games and backed into the 6th playoff seed.

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1999 at Seattle Seahawks W 28-20
66,238
2 September 19, 1999 Green Bay Packers W 23-15
76,202
3 September 26, 1999 at Kansas City Chiefs L 31-21
78,384
4 Bye week
5 October 10, 1999 San Diego Chargers L 20-10
61,481
6 October 17, 1999 Minnesota Vikings W 25-23
76,516
7 October 24, 1999 at Carolina Panthers W 24-9
64,322
8 October 31, 1999 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 20-3
63,135
9 November 7, 1999 St. Louis Rams W 31-27
73,224
10 November 14, 1999 at Arizona Cardinals L 23-19
49,600
11 November 21, 1999 at Green Bay Packers L 26-17
59,869
12 November 25, 1999 Chicago Bears W 21-17
77,905
13 December 5, 1999 Washington Redskins W 33-17
77,693
14 December 12, 1999 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 23-16
65,536
15 December 19, 1999 at Chicago Bears L 28-10
50,256
16 December 25, 1999 Denver Broncos L 17-7
73,158
17 January 2, 2000 at Minnesota Vikings L 24-17
64,103

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11 5 0 .688 270 235 W-2
Minnesota Vikings 10 6 0 .625 399 335 W-3
Detroit Lions 8 8 0 .500 322 323 L-4
Green Bay Packers 8 8 0 .500 357 341 W-1
Chicago Bears 6 10 0 .375 272 341 L-2

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result
Wild Card January 8, 2000 at Washington Redskins L 27-13

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1999 Detroit Lions
  2. All-Time Coaches. DetroitLions.com. Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved on 2010-04-09.

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