1970 : Detroit Lions Become First NFL Wild Card Team

December 20, 2018 all-day

December 20, 1970 – Detroit Lions 20, Green Bay Packers 0

The 1970 Packers were nothing special but they did have a chance to ruin Detroit’s playoff chances the last game of the season. They were also looking for revenge for the 40-0 lambasting they took in front of the home crowd at Lambeau Field.

The Packers played them tough and at the end of the third quarter, they were down 6-0 on two Errol Mann field goals. But in the fourth quarter, the Lions exploded for 14 points, first on a Greg Landry 13 yard touchdown to Charlie Sanders and Lem Barney’s 49 yard interception return.

The Lions became the first NFL Wild Card team, only to lose to the Dallas Cowboys 5-0 in what became the lowest scoring playoff game in NFL history.

Source : Detroit Lions Football: The 7 Greatest Games in Franchise History, February 5, 2011.

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