Barry Sanders' 47 Yard TD Run
Barry Sanders' 47 Yard TD Run
January 5, 1992

Barry Sanders' 47 Yard TD Run

"It was one of the greatest runs I've seen in the history of the NFL." - Keegan-Michael Key
Keegan-Michael Key
by Keegan-Michael Key

In the past 50 years, it was arguably the high point of Detroit Lions football. On January 5, 1992, in a rare Divisional Playoff game against the Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin-led Cowboys at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, Barry Sanders delivered one of his customary jaw-dropping runs. The game had been effectively over: the Lions were ahead 31-6 with the ball in the fourth quarter, their fans in near-ecstasy over an imminent playoff victory – the franchise’s first since 1957. Sanders took a handoff from Lions QB Erik Kramer at the Cowboys 47. After a nice burst of several yards, Sanders appeared to hit a wall of Cowboys; somehow, he escaped out of a tackle Houdini-like, juked several defenders and then sprinted into the open field for another Lions TD. The play, however – despite Sanders’ continued brilliance – would have no bearing on future events: the Lions got torched 41-10 the following weekend by the Redskins, who’d win Super Bowl 26. The Cowboys’ 1990s dynasty of three Super Bowl titles in four years began the following season, while Detroit hasn’t won a playoff game in the over-quarter century since.

Keegan-Michael Key
Keegan Michael Key is an actor, writer, and comedian who was the co-creator and co-star of "Key & Peele", the Emmy Award winning series on Comedy Central. He grew up in Detroit, and has been a die-hard Lions fan since he was about 10. And while the Lions have brought him years of torment, he refuses to quit on them.
Place of Birth:
Southfield, MI
Preferred Team:
Detroit Lions