Lomas Brown Guaranteed That His Lions Would Beat the Eagles in the Playoffs in 1995. The Game Did Not Turn Out that Way.
In his first season with the Eagles in 1995, Ray Rhodes had the 10–6 Eagles in the NFC Playoffs where they hosted the Detroit Lions. The game at The Vet was just weeks after the iconic 4th & 1 play that will live in Eagles infamy forever against the Dallas Cowboys.
The Lions had reason to feel confident before the game. The league’s #1 offense in yardage gained was not only complete with All-Pro running back Barry Sanders and a host of dangerous receivers, but also with quarterback Scott Mitchell who was playing at a high level for Wayne Fontes’ Lions.
Before the game, Lions offense tackle Lomas Brown guaranteed a Detroit victory against the Eagles. It turned out to be a big mistake.
After a 7–7 tie after one quarter, the Jon Gruden’s Eagles exploded with 31 second quarter points. A 24-yard Barry Wilburn return of an interception for a touchdown was proceeded by a 22-yard touchdown reception by Fred Barnett. Ricky Watters added a one-yard touchdown plunge.
During the third quarter, nearly 66,000 Eagles fans at the frozen Vet broke out into the chant, “Lomas, Lomas.” On the Detroit sideline, Scott Mitchell launched into a tantrum when he was told that he had been benched.
In some respects, the Eagles Playoff Rout of 1995 was bittersweet for the Eagles. In a blowout loss the following week in Dallas, Randall Cunningham would enter the game in relief of Peete. It was the last time that Randall ever wore Kelly Green for the Eagles.
Eight years later, Offensive Coordinator Jon Gruden and Lomas Brown would return for the Vet’s last game and defeat the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game in 2003.
Whatever the future held, nothing could take away from the Eagles domination on the Veteran’s Stadium turf in January of 1995 against the Detroit Lions.
A game that all started with a guarantee.