Detroit Lions
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Information
League NFL.gif NFL
Conference NFC.png NFC
Division NFC North
Established 1929 (joined NFL in 1930)
Home field Ford Field
City Detroit, Michigan
Uniforms
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Color White Alternate
Home Field
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Championships
League
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1935 • 1952
1953 • 1957
Super Bowls
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None
Conference
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1952 • 1953
1954 • 1957
Division
4
1935 • 1983
1991 • 1993

The Detroit Lions are an American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the National Football League (NFL) as part of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the NFC North division. Founded in 1929, the Lions have played their home games at Ford Field in downtown Detroit since 2002.

Originally based in Portsmouth, Ohio and called the Portsmouth Spartans, the team began play in 1929 as an independent professional team. For the 1930 season, the Spartans joined the NFL as other area independents folded because of the Great Depression. Despite success within the NFL, they could not survive in Portsmouth, and moved to Detroit in 1934 to become the Lions.

In its 80-year existence, the Lions have won four NFL Championships, the last in 1957. Despite success in the 1950's, the Lions have struggled since, holding the second-longest NFL championship drought behind the Arizona Cardinals, who last won in 1947. The Lions are one of four current NFL teams that have yet to qualify for the Super Bowl. Additionally, the Lions hold the second longest regular season losing streak in NFL history; losing 19 straight games from 2007 through the 2009 season. The 2008 team became the first team in NFL history to lose all 16 regular-season games.

The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions hold an 80-plus year rivalry against each other, dating back to November 2, 1930. After 164 regular-season and post-season games, Green Bay currently leads the all-time series, 93-65-7, as of the 2011 season. The Packers have defeated the Lions more than any other NFL team.

NFL.gif Team history[edit | edit source]

Founding[edit | edit source]

The Portsmouth Spartans formed in 1929, drawing players from defunct independent professional and semi-pro teams in the local Ohio-Kentucky-West Virginia tri-state area. They immediately made an impact by twice defeating the heralded Ironton Tanks, a nearby independent professional team who had regularly played National Football League (NFL) teams during the early 1920s with considerable success. The Spartans gained full NFL membership for the 1930 season, while other independent teams became casualties of the Great Depression.

Despite success on the field, poor revenues and the Great Depression threatened the Spartans' survival. In 1934, a group led by Detroit radio executive George Richards bought the Spartans and moved them to Detroit. Richards renamed the team the Detroit Lions, as a nod to baseball's Detroit Tigers. He also said that the lion was the monarch of the jungle, and he intended for his team to be the monarch of the NFL.

Membership[edit | edit source]

League affiliations
Football icon.png Independent (1929)
NFL.gif National Football League (1930-present)

Championships[edit | edit source]

The Detroit Lions have won four NFL league championships; 1935, 1952, 1953, and 1957. With their last championship in 1957, the Lions hold the second-longest NFL championship drought behind the Arizona Cardinals (who last won in 1947 as the Chicago Cardinals). The Lions are one of four current NFL teams that have yet to qualify for the Super Bowl, the only one with an unbroken NFL existence dating to before 1995, and the only one in the NFC.

The Lions also haven't won a NFC division title since 1993, a 28-year drought and longest among NFC teams.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Achievements
AP Most Valuable Player Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Super Bowl MVP
1997 Sanders1.png Barry Sanders 1994 Sanders1.png Barry Sanders
1997 Sanders1.png Barry Sanders

Packers.png Rivalry[edit | edit source]

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Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
Packers lead series 93–65–7
Season Date Winning team Score Stadium Series Box
1996 Nov. 3 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 28–18 Lambeau Field 71–63–7 Football icon.png
Dec. 15 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 31–3 Pontiac Silverdome 72–59–7 Football icon.png
1997 Sep. 28 Lions helmet.png Detroit Lions L 15–26 Pontiac Silverdome 72–60–7 Football icon.png
Nov. 2 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 20–10 Lambeau Field 73–60–7 Football icon.png
1998 Sep. 6 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 38–19 Lambeau Field 74–60–7 Football icon.png
Oct. 15 Lions helmet.png Detroit Lions L 20–27 Pontiac Silverdome 74–61–7 Football icon.png
1999 Sep. 19 Lions helmet.png Detroit Lions L 15–23 Pontiac Silverdome 74–62–7 Football icon.png
Dec. 10 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 26–17 Lambeau Field 75–62–7 Football icon.png
2000 Oct. 8 Lions helmet.png Detroit Lions L 24–31 Pontiac Silverdome 75–63–7 Football icon.png
Dec. 10 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 26–13 {OT) Lambeau Field 76–63–7 Football icon.png
2001 Sep. 9 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 28–6 Lambeau Field 77–63–7 Football icon.png
Nov. 22 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 29–27 Pontiac Silverdome 78–63–7 Football icon.png
2002 Sep. 22 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 37–31 Ford Field 77–63–7 Football icon.png
Nov. 1 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 40–14 Lambeau Field 78–63–7 Football icon.png
2003 Sep. 14 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 31–6 Lambeau Field 79–63–7 Football icon.png
Nov. 27 Lions helmet.png Detroit Lions L 14–22 Ford Field 79–63–7 Football icon.png
2004 Oct. 17 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 38–10 Ford Field 80–63–7 Football icon.png
Dec. 12 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 16–13 Lambeau Field 81–63–7 Football icon.png
2005 Sep. 11 Lions helmet.png Detroit Lions L 3–17 Ford Field 81–64–7 Football icon.png
Dec. 11 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 16–13 {OT) Lambeau Field 82–64–7 Football icon.png
2006 Sep. 24 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 31–24 Ford Field 83–64–7 Football icon.png
Dec. 17 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 17–9 Lambeau Field 84–64–7 Football icon.png
2007 Nov. 22 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 37–26 Ford Field 85–64–7 Football icon.png
Dec. 30 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 34–13 Lambeau Field 86–64–7 Football icon.png
2008 Sep. 14 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 48–25 Ford Field 87–64–7 Football icon.png
Dec. 28 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 31–21 Lambeau Field 88–64–7 Football icon.png
2009 Oct. 18 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 26–0 Lambeau Field 89–64–7 Football icon.png
Nov. 26 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 34–12 Ford Field 90–64–7 Football icon.png
2010 Oct. 3 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 28–26 Lambeau Field 91–64–7 Football icon.png
Dec. 12 Lions helmet.png Detroit Lions L 3–7 Ford Field 91–65–7 Football icon.png
2011 Nov. 24 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 27–15 Ford Field 92–65–7 Football icon.png
Jan 1 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 45–41 Lambeau Field 93–65–7 Football icon.png

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