Here are recaps of several games over the years between the Bengals and Lions.
September 27, 1970 – DETROIT 38, Cincinnati 3
Lem Barney returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown to highlight a 24-point second quarter rampage by the Lions. Cincinnati kicker Horst Muhlmann converted a 35-yard field goal with 19 seconds to play as the Bengals avoided being shut out for the second straight week.
December 8, 1974 – Detroit 23, CINCINNATI 19
The Bengals were knocked out of playoff contention when Lions quarterback Greg Landry hooked up with tight end Charlie Sanders on an 8-yard TD pass play with 29 secons to play. Horst Huhlmann kicked four field goals for Cincinnati.
November 2, 1986 – Cincinnati 24, DETROIT 17
Running back James Brooks ran for 120 yards as the Bengals out rushed the Lions 222 to 97. Cincinnati orchestrated a nine-play, 77-yard game-winning drive capped by a one-yard touchdown run by fullback Larry Kinnebrew with 40 seconds to play for the win.
November 19, 1989 – CINCINNATI 42, Detroit 7
The Bengals scored 28 points in the second quarter to open this game wide open. Quarterback Boomer Esiason led the charge and finished by completing 30 of 39 passes for 399 yards and 3 TDs. Tim McGee had 11 catches for a career high 194 yards and 1 TD.
November 22, 1992 – Detroit 19, CINCINNATI 13
Barry Sanders supplanted Billy Sims as the team’s all-time leading rusher as he gained 151 yards on 29 carries. His fourth quarter TD proved to be the winning margin. Kicker Jason Hanson kicked four field goals. The Bengals were led by linebacker James Francis had a pair of sacks and scored on a 66-yard interception return.
September 13, 1998 – Cincinnati 34, DETROIT 28 (OT)
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This back-and-forth battle was settled when Corey Sawyer intercepted a pass and returned it 53 yards for the game-winning TD. The Bengals were led by quarterback Neil O’Donnell who passed for 303 yards and threw two touchdowns. Barry Sanders led the Lions attack as he carried 26 times for 185 yards and scored three touchdowns.