The Detroit Lions have been struggling of late, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t had many high-scoring games throughout their existence.
With that, let’s rank the top ten highest-scoring Lions games:
1. Detroit Lions 55, Chicago Bears 20
Date: November 27, 1997
The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears go way back with one of the longest-tenured rivalries in the league. In 1997, the Lions scored the most point they’ve ever scored in their victory over the Bears, tallying 55 and blowing out Chicago by 35 points.
2. Detroit Lions 52, Green Bay Packers 17
Date: October 26, 1952
Checking in after their blowout of the Bears is another NFC North foe in the Green Bay Packers, who saw their quarterbacks get picked off five times in their loss to the Bears. Bobby Layne threw three touchdown passes in the victory to lead the charge for Detroit’s offense.
3. Detroit Lions 52, Green Bay Packers 35
Date: November 22, 1951
For the second consecutive game on this list, the Lions throttled the Green Bay Packers and put up 52 points of offense. Bobby Layne once again had a banner day at quarterback, chucking four touchdowns in the victory, while Bob Hoernschemeyer rushed for 99 yards and a score on the ground.
4. Detroit Lions 49, Carolina Panthers 35
Date: November 20, 2011
Matthew Stafford had plenty of good seasons for the Detroit Lions, even if he could never lead them anywhere in big games. With that, he still threw five touchdown passes and compiled 335 yards through the air in the Lions ‘ 14-point victory over the Carolina Panthers.
5. Detroit Lions 49, New York Yanks 14
Date: November 23, 1950
The rushing attack came out in full force in this game for the Lions in their thrashing of the New York Yanks. Bob Hoernschemeyer ran 17 times and totaled 198 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while the team finished with four rushing scores and just shy of 400 yards from their running backs in the win.
6. Detroit Lions 48, Kansas City Chiefs 3
Date: September 18, 2011
In what felt like a close game after the first quarter, which saw the Lions lead the Kansas City Chiefs 7-3, things quickly escalated through the next three quarters, where Detroit outscored KC 41-0. Matthew Stafford was once again efficient and threw four touchdowns in the win.
7. Detroit Lions 48, Chicago Bears 17
Date: October 19, 1981
Lions quarterback Eric Hipple was the star in this game for the Lions on the ground and at quarterback, throwing for 336 yards through the air and four touchdowns while also scampering into the endzone for a pair of scores on his own.
8. Detroit Lions 48, San Francisco 49ers 7
Date: November 14, 1954
The Detroit Lions improved to 6-1 on the 1954 campaign after blowing out the San Francisco 49ers by 41 points. The rushing attack factored into the equation early and often, finishing with 172 yards on the ground and a pair of touchdowns.
9. Detroit Lions 48, Chicago Bears 23
Date: September 26, 1954
The Lions entered the fourth quarter with a slight one-point edge over the Chicago Bears in Week 1 of the 1954 season before exploding for 24 unanswered points in the final frame to seal a statement win over their famous rival.
10. Detroit Lions 48, Green Bay Packers 24
Date: November 27, 1952
To conclude this list, the Lions took the Green Bay Packers to school and doubled them in November of 1952. Bobby Layne threw for three touchdowns and 249 yards while rushing for 63 yards on the ground in their substantial win.
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