By Brian Kalchik @BrianKalchik on May 20, 2014
Before the 1995 NFC Wild Card game, Lions left tackle Lomas Brown guaranteed a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Detroit was the favorite to win the game and continue their impressive winning streak.
Instead, Brown and the Lions would be embarrassed by the Eagles, trailing 51-7 at one point in the third quarter before losing 58-37.
Here are five reasons why Brown can't be blamed for the embarrassing loss and the failed guarantee.
As part of Detroit's potent passing game in 1995 under Tom Moore, wide receivers Brett Perriman and Herman Moore became the first pair of teammates to have 100 receptions in a season.
Perriman would be injured in the first quarter of the game and finished with just three catches for 26 yards. Perriman would be replaced by Aubrey Matthews, and he only caught four passes the entire regular season. QB Scott Mitchell struggled without Perriman.
Already a middle of the pack defense in 1995 (14th), the Lions were dominated by a mediocre Eagles offense that was 21st in scoring and 29th in passing.
Detroit allowed the Eagles to rush for 189 yards on 43 attempts and allowed five offensive touchdowns in three quarters. The Lions would also give up a Hail Mary touchdown to Rob Carpenter (pictured) to end the first half. No one would have expected that type of performance from the Eagles.
Before becoming a first-time OC in Philadelphia in 1995, Jon Gruden was an assistant for the Green Bay Packers from 1992-94.
In two of those three seasons, Gruden and the Packers twice defeated the Lions in the postseason. While the Lions can be blamed for a poor performance, Gruden knew how to attack Detroit. Despite being a poor offense for most of 1995, Gruden and the Eagles scored 44 points and had 452 total yards against the Lions.
Former Detroit Lions QB Rodney Peete had the game of his life against his former team.
Peete completed 17-of-25 passes for 270 yards and had three touchdown passes. Peete would never throw for 2,000 yards in any of his five seasons in Detroit. The win against Detroit would be Peete's only postseason win of his career. A week later, Peete was hurt against the Dallas Cowboys and the Eagles would lose to the eventual Super Bowl Champions 30-11.
The only person to blame here instead of Brown is Lions quarterback Scott Mitchell.
After throwing for 32 touchdowns in the regular season, Mitchell melted against the Eagles. Mitchell was benched halfway through the game after completing just 13-of-29 passes for 155 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions, including a pick-six.
Note: Brown was let go after the 1995 season as was defensive coordinator Herb Paterra.
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