Dave Levy, a former Lions assistant coach whose game plan launched an offensive assault in the Lions’ 38-6 playoff victory over the Cowboys in the 1991 season, is being inducted into the University of Southern California Sports Hall of Fame.
Levy, 82 and living in California, was a Lions assistant under Wayne Fontes from 1989-96. Levy had numerous roles on the offense, including two stints as offensive coordinator. Induction ceremonies are in May of 2015.
Levy was offensive coordinator in 1991 when the Lions finished first in the old NFC Central with a 12-4 record. They hosted the Cowboys at the Pontiac Silverdome in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.
The Lions already had beaten the Cowboys, 34-10, in the regular season at the Silverdome. In the playoff rematch, the Cowboys set up their defense to stop Barry Sanders in the running game – a strategy that was effective in the regular season when Sanders was held to 55 yards on 21 carries. In the playoff game, the Lions came out passing – and continued to throw the ball when the Cowboys failed to adjust.
Eric Kramer completed 29 of 38 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns. Kramer passed for 191 yards in the first half alone. The Cowboys held Sanders to 69 yards on 12 carries, but one of Sanders’ carries was a prototype highlight-reel dash that went 47 yards for a touchdown.
Levy had a long career as an offensive assistant at Southern Cal and the San Diego Chargers before coming to the Lions.