1989 Detroit Lions schedule

Season statistics

Offense Defense
Record Playoff record Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs
7-9-0 0-0 4992 2939 2053 48 274 5537 3916 1621 32 314
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The Detroit Lions' sixtieth season was in 1989, playing their home games at Pontiac Silverdome. During the offseason they promoted Wayne Fontes to lead the team. Fontes previously was the defensive coordinator/secondary coach of the Detroit Lions and had thirteen years of coaching experience in the NFL. They finished the season 7-9-0, 4-4-0 at home and 3-5-0 on the road. At the end of the season, Barry Sanders was awarded with the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award.


Week Opponent Score Notes
Week 1 Phoenix Cardinals 13-16
Week 2 @ New York Giants 14-24
Week 3 Chicago Bears 27-47
Week 4 Pittsburgh Steelers 3-23
Week 5 @ Minnesota Vikings 17-24
Week 6 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-16
Week 7 Minnesota Vikings 7-20
Week 8 @ Green Bay Packers 20-23
Week 9 @ Houston Oilers 31-35
Week 10 Green Bay Packers 31-22
Week 11 @ Cincinnati Bengals 7-42
Week 12 Cleveland Browns 13-10
Week 13 New Orleans Saints 21-14
Week 14 @ Chicago Bears 27-17
Week 15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33-7
Week 16 @ Atlanta Falcons 31-24

1989 Detroit Lions Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Wayne Fontes Defensive Coordinator: Woody Widenhofer Quarterbacks Coach: June Jones, Mouse Davis Wide Receivers Coach: June Jones, Mouse Davis Offensive Line Coach: Jerry Wampfler Running Backs Coach: Dave Levy Tight Ends Coach: Charlie Sanders Defensive Line Coach: Dick Modzelewski Linebackers Coach: Mike Murphy Inside Linebackers Coach: Herb Paterra Defensive Backs Coach: Billie Matthews Defensive Assistant Coach: Don Clemons Special Teams Coach: Frank Gansz General Manager: Russ Thomas