#5 Erik Kramer – 1991 to 1993
Although he played in Detroit for just three seasons, Erik Kramer makes the list as the last Detroit Lions quarterback to lead his team to a playoff victory.
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Kramer came to Detroit in 1991 to serve as the back-up to future franchise quarterback Rodney Pete. He wound up starting in relief of Pete in week 9 of 1991 and although he lost his first two games led the Lions on a 6 game win streak to end the season earning the Lions their only home playoff game in the Superbowl era.
Erik Kramer rose to the occasion in the postseason, passing for 341 yards and three touchdowns in the Lions 38-6 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
The win over Dallas would be the last playoff win for the Lions in the modern era.
The Lions would go on to get blown out in the 1991 NFC championship game in a poor defensive performance that allowed 41 points on the road.
Despite the playoff success, the rest of Erik Kramer’s career in Detroit was spent as a veteran backing up the next future Detroit Lions quarterback. Kramer’s tenure was a blip on the radar in Lions history. However considering the dubious history of the quarterback position in Detroit his playoff contributions are enough to include him on the top five all time list.
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