1999 Detroit Lions
Lost in wild-card round
The Lions had big plans for the 2009 season. It was supposed to be the year Barry Sanders broke Walter Payton's all-time rushing record. It was supposed to be the year Herman Moore, Johnnie Morton and Germane Crowell became one of the NFL's best receiving trios. And above all, it was supposed to be the year that Detroit made a legitimate Super Bowl run. But Sanders' shocking retirement on training camp eve and Moore's inexplicable drop-off instantly doomed a season with early promise. That isn't to say Detroit didn't scratch and claw its way to respectability; but in the end, a five-game losing skid -- including a wild-card meltdown to the Redskins -- best represents a club that ran out of gas by December.