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It's Rare To Score 27 In A Quarter And Lose. But Detroit Did

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The Lions did something not many teams in NFL history did on Sunday in a loss to Pittsburgh. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images.
The Lions did something not many teams in NFL history did on Sunday in a loss to Pittsburgh. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images.

Through games of Week 11, teams that have scored 27 or more points in the NFL in 2013 have won 79.5% of their games. So you'd figure that when the Detroit Lions put 27 points on the scoreboard in the second quarter alone in last weekend's contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers, that victory was a cinch.

Unfortunately for the Lions, the 27 points they scored in the second quarter were the only points they scored in the game. The Steelers shut out the Lions 17-0 in the second half and went on to defeat them 37-27.

By scoring 27 or more points in a quarter and losing the game, the Lions became only the ninth team in NFL history to "accomplish" this rare feat. In fact, teams that scored 27-plus points in a quarter are now 170-8 (a winning percentage of 95.5) in those games. The last team to lose a game after scoring 27-plus points in a quarter were the Houston Texans on October 21, 2007. They scored 29 in the fourth quarter of a game against the Tennessee Titans although they eventually lost the contest, 38-36. The last team to lose a game after scoring 27-plus points in the second quarter (prior to the Lions) was Baltimore on December 21, 1980; they scored 28 points in the second quarter of a 38-28 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Here's a look at the record of teams that have scored 27-plus points in a quarter.

First Quarter: 19-0 (last team were the Chicago Bears on 11/4/2012)
Second Quarter: 94-3 (last team were the Detroit Lions on 11/17/2013)
Third Quarter: 12-0 (last team were the Carolina Panthers on 9/10/1995)
Fourth Quarter: 45-5 (last team were the New England Patriots on 11/3/2013)

The Lions also became only the seventh team in league history to score 27 or more points in a quarter and have those points be the only points they scored in a game. The seven teams:

Detroit, 11/17/2013: Scored 27 points in the second quarter for their only points in the game
Green Bay, 12/20/1992: Scored 28 points in the second quarter for their only points in the game
Minnesota, 12/1/1985: Scored 28 points in the fourth quarter for their only points in the game
Atlanta, 9/13/1981: Scored 31 points in the fourth quarter for their only points in the game
Baltimore, 12/21/1980: Scored 28 points in the second quarter for their only points in the game
Houston, 11/23/1980: Scored 28 points in the fourth quarter for their only points in the game
San Diego, 11/15/1964: Scored 28 points in the second quarter for their only points in the game