Leonard Thompson led the offensive charge with seven catches for yards. San Francisco 49ers 24, Detroit Lions 23 The Lions returned to the playoffs the following season and took their first lead with a yard Eddie Murray field goal in the first quarter.
The lead didn't last long as the 49ers answered with a touchdown in the first and another in the second quarter to take a lead. Detroit answered with a pair of field goal drives, including a yarder from Murray.
San Francisco led at the start of the fourth quarter, but Billy Simms scored from 11 yards and 3 yards to put the Lions on top, Unfortunately for the Lions, Freddie Solomon caught a yard touchdown pass from Joe Montana last in the fourth quarter to tie the game, and Ray Wersching's extra point gave the 49ers a thrilling victory.
Gary Danielson threw five interceptions in the game, crippling the Lions' chance to pull away. Sims rushed for yards and two scores on just 20 carries. Defensively, the Lions held Montana to 18 of 31 passing for yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Detroit Lions 38, Dallas Cowboys 6 Conference championship result: Washington Redskins 41, Detroit Lions 10 Detroit picked up its only playoff win in the Super Bowl era during the divisional round of the postseason.
Willie Green caught a yard touchdown pass from Erik Kramer in the first quarter to give the Lions the lead from the word go. Herman Moore caught a touchdown pass in the third quarter and Barry Sanders scored his first playoff touchdown in the fourth quarter when he scampered into the end zone from 47 yards out. In the end, the Cowboys managed to score only a pair of yard field goals from Ken Willis. Kramer finished the game with passing yards and three touchdowns.
Sanders rushed only 12 times for 69 yards, 47 of which came on the touchdown run. Green caught eight passes for yards and two scores, while Moore made six catches for 87 yards and a touchdown.
Troy Aikman had a forgettable day for the Cowboys, completing 11 of 16 passes but doing so for only yards and an interception. Emmitt Smith rushed 15 times for 80 yards. Detroit gained yards and Dallas turned the ball over four times in the blowout. But Green Bay got its revenge in the wild-card round, scoring a fourth-quarter touchdown to erase a late Lions lead in front of over 68, fans in the Silverdome.
Jason Hanson made his playoff debut with a yard field goal in the first quarter, and the Lions scored touchdowns in the second and third quarters to take a lead.
But after pulling within three points, the Packers got a yard pick-six from George Teague to turn what could have been a point Lions lead into a four-point Packers lead. Despite a Derrick Moore touchdown run to regain the lead in the fourth quarter, the Packers had one more answer. Brett Favre erased the deficit by connecting with Sterling Sharpe for a yard touchdown pass that ultimately ended the Lions' season.
It was a heartbreaking finish for fans who had watched the Lions dominate for most of the evening. Favre completed 15 of 26 passes for yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Sherpe caught five passes for yards and three touchdowns.
Kramer threw for yards and a touchdown, but his two interceptions were costly. Sanders was excellent for the Lions, rushing 27 times for yards. Brett Perriman caught 10 passes for yards and a touchdown. Hanson made a yard field goal to put the Lions on the board in the third quarter, but it wasn't until Perriman caught a 3-yard touchdown from Dave Krieg in the fourth quarter that Detroit really got within striking range.
But Green Bay held on, eventually winning The Lions finished the game with just yards and nine first downs. Sanders had 13 carries for negative one yard. The Lions earned a wild-card round matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, who had an identical record after finishing second in the NFC East Division. The teams traded touchdowns in the first quarter, and everything went downhill from there for the Lions. In one of the worst quarters in Detroit Lions franchise history, they allowed 31 unanswered points in the second quarter, giving up a field goal, a yard touchdown pass, a yard pick-six, a 1-yard rushing touchdown and a yard passing touchdown.
The Eagles didn't stop there, opening the third quarter with another touchdown pass and two field goals to take a lead. Despite four late touchdowns and two two-point conversions for the Lions, the Eagles won in a blowout. Sanders was held in check again, carrying the ball 10 times for 40 yards and no scores. Moore caught seven passes for yards and a touchdown. David Sloan caught a pair of touchdown passes in the loss. Rodney Peete was the hero for Philadelphia, throwing for yards and three touchdowns in the blowout.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20, Detroit Lions 10 Detroit's playoff streak ended in , but it returned to the wildcard round after winning nine games and finishing in third place in the Central in under Bobby Ross.
The Lions were out of the game by halftime, as the Buccaneers scored 13 unanswered points before the break and iced the game with a Mike Alstott touchdown run to make it in the third. Tommy Vardell scored the Lions' only touchdown with a 1-yard rush in the fourth quarter. The Lions had more first downs than the Buccaneers, only 9 fewer yards and one fewer turnover, but still couldn't get back within a score.
Mitchell completed just 10 of 25 passes for 78 yards and an interception. Frank Reich came in to throw for yards on of passing. The Eagles finished 10 for 16 on third.
The last was a perfect pass by Foles to Corey Clement over double coverage, and the rookie's reception was upheld by review, putting the Eagles up Brady shrugged and, getting steadfast protection, connected with Chris Hogan from the 26 for another touchdown. The weird image of Brady ambling downfield on a pass pattern came three plays after New England lost receiver Brandin Cooks to a concussion on a vicious but clean hit by Malcolm Jenkins in the second quarter. Amendola's pass required an over-the-shoulder grab and the ball fell off Brady's outstretched hands.
Brady got back to passing after a wild interception. Alshon Jeffery nearly made a spectacular catch near the Patriots' goal line, only to juggle the ball into the air. Duron Harmon picked it off at the Moments later, Brady was connecting with Chris Hogan for 42 yards. James White broke several tackles with a brilliant yard run and it was That gave White seven touchdowns in his past three postseason games, including the overtime winner in last year's Super Bowl.
A short third-down throw Clement turned into a yard gain to the Patriots 8. Philly got to the 1 and on fourth down, and it was Foles' turn to morph into a receiver.
He did better than Brady. The Eagles were up at halftime, the most points New England has allowed in the opening half of a Super Bowl under Belichick.
Each kicker had issues, with Elliott missing an extra point, his fifth miss this season. Then Gostkowski hit the left upright with a yard field goal after holder Ryan Allen mishandled the snap. Gostkowski also missed an extra point. When LeGarrette Blount, who won the title last season with the Patriots, scored on a yard burst, Pederson went for 2, but the pass failed, making it The Eagles and Pederson brushed it off and stayed with their usual aggressive approach.
Breathtakingly, it eventually paid off. Fans jump on a trampoline outside U. City officials hope the hydraulic fluid will keep fans from climbing the poles after the Super Bowl.
Sports stars shake their leg. Browns tie score on yard TD, miss go-ahead extra point. The Cleveland Browns throw up a prayer late in the fourth quarter and score on a yard touchdown, but fail to take the lead with a missed extra point. What to watch next. Cowboys too good for Giants. Vikings, Packers battle to tie. Philadelphia fans react while watching the game. Field of dreams Philadelphia's Patrick Robinson celebrates after the Eagles' victory.
Party time Philadelphia players celebrate after defeating New England. Not a super feeling New England fans are dejected during the game. Last chance Philadelphia and New England players go up to make a play on a Hail Mary pass from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on the final play of the game. The pass fell to the ground for an incompletion, allowing the Eagles to triumph. Rolling celebration Philadelphia's Corey Clement 30 celebrates scoring a touchdown with teammates against New England in Minneaplolis on Feb.
Taking a break Philadelphia's Zach Ertz kneels on the field during the third quarter in Minneapolis on Feb. Charging ahead James White of the Patriots runs the ball for a yard touchdown pass against the Eagles on Feb.
High flyers LeGarrette Blount of the Eagles is congratulated by his teammate Nelson Agholor after his yard touchdown reception against the Patriots on Feb. Touchdown reception The Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery celebrates after making a touchdown reception against the Patriots on Feb.
The Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery 17 , falls to the end zone as he makes a touchdown catch against the Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe on Feb. A splendid catch Eagles receiver Torrey Smith makes a catch against Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe during the first half. First on the board Jake Elliott of the Eagles kicks a yard field goal against the Patriots during the first quarter. Pink and patriotic Pink sings the National Anthem before the start of the game.
Brady arrives Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up prior to the game. A packed stadium A general view of U. Bank Stadium prior to kickoff of the game on Feb. Bank Stadium on Feb.