A cooperative ownership group including electrical products company executive D. Lyle Fife and Edwin Anderson, the owner of the local Goebel’s Brewery, took over the team for $165,000. The 1940s saw the Lions only win 35 games.  Lane made three Pro Bowls and four All Pro selections as a Lion. With the loss in Week 2, Matt Patricia's record as the head coach of the Lions dropped to 9-24-1.  In the following season, the Lions won 9 games in to capture the NFL Central division championship. , In the mid-1960s, the Lions served as the backdrop for the sports literature of George Plimpton, who spent time in the Lions training camp masquerading as a player. Anderson and Fife were sparring over power of the team amidst a gambling scandal that cost the team hefty fines and star DT Alex Karras to a year-long suspension. the official stats partner of the NFL. The Lions weren't done. Data Provided By  They signed ex-Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola to fill the hole left by Golden Tate and handed big contracts to ex-Patriots Justin Coleman and Trey Flowers.  Joe Schmidt later called it "one of the best trades that will ever be made in any sport".  As a result, the two teams faced each other in a playoff game in San Francisco. Go back in time to see the Detroit Lions Cheerleaders' progress through 2019 auditions, DLC training camp, making the team, and spending the 2019 season as member of the Detroit Lions Cheerleaders. , The Lions selected Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford with the first overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. To solve this, they traded fullback Camp Wilson to the New York Yanks in exchange for quarterback Bobby Layne. Pro-Football-Reference utilizes Official NFL data for current NFL seasons. , With the third overall draft pick in the 1989 NFL Draft, the Lions selected running back Barry Sanders.  The Lions went to the Playoff Bowl for the third year in a row, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 17–10. All-time Passing Leader: Matthew Stafford 3,686/5,900, 42,605 yds, 266 TD, All-time Rushing Leader: Barry Sanders 3,062 att, 15,269 yds, 99 TD, All-time Receiving Leader: Calvin Johnson 731 rec, 11,619 yds, 83 TD, All-time Scoring Leader: Jason Hanson 2,150 points, Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Monday, October 26, 6:42AM.
, On January 14, 2014, the Lions hired Jim Caldwell as their new head coach. The Detroit Tigers won the 1935 World Series, while the Detroit Red Wings captured the 1936 Stanley Cup.  In their inaugural season in Detroit several months later, the Lions started off with a 10-game win streak that included seven shutouts. However, Paul Edinger would kick a 54-yard field goal with two seconds left to give the Bears a stunning 23–20 win. , At the start of the 1950s, the Lions had a roster to compete for championships, but were still in need of a franchise quarterback. Logos were compiled by the amazing SportsLogos.net. , On December 31, 1983, the Lions faced the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Round. He is the first African American head coach in the franchise's history. the official stats partner of the NFL. Copyright © 2000-2020 Sports Reference LLC. The optimism was short-lived, however, as the team recorded only a single victory in the next eight games, for a final record of 7–9.  They would return home to beat the Vikings 20–13 to end the 2010 season 6–10. However, a series of devastating injuries and close losses broke the team, resulting in a 1–12 run the rest of the way, which included a stretch where they lost their last nine games to finish 3–12–1. This also was the first time the franchise had played in the city since 1974.  On the first play of the second half, 49ers running back Hugh McElhenny broke off a 71-yard run to the Detroit 9 yard line, but the Lions held the 49ers to a field goal, which was San Francisco's last points of the day.  Despite a 0–3 start in 1960, the Lions put together a 7–2 record to end the year at 7–5 overall. Ford bought out all the other minority owners for $4.5 million and assumed control as principal owner. 1957 Detroit Lions say team's jinxed", "Lions Get Help for Defense: Perry Sent Out For Dick Lane", "Where He Is Now: On the Track of "Night Train" Lane", "Fifty Years Ago: Roger Brown Brought Lions' Defensive Line to Life", "Yale Lary, Detroit Lions Hall of Fame safety, dead at 86", "Perseverance helped Dick LeBeau carve out Hall of Fame playing career and create coaching legacy", "For what it's worth, the Lions won the Playoff Bowl three times in the 1960s", "Stars of Detroit Lions' past see similarities to 1962 Thanksgiving showdown with Packers", "Super Bowl notes: Stat of the Year and Updated SRS Standings", "#6 "Thanksgiving Day Massacre" Lions Dominate Packers | Top 10 Thanksgiving Day Moments", "Lions Turns Back Pittsburgh in NFL Play-Off Bowl, 17-10", "The Fascinating Story of George Plimpton's Famous Book, "Paper Lion, "Freep Film Festival: Paper Lion, George Plimpton back on big screen", "Detroit Lions on Nov. 22, 1963: Ford's bid to buy team approved", "Automaker William Clay Ford Sr. couldn't make Lions hum", "Suspended Football Players, Reinstated by the NFL; Pro Football Ban on Hornung and Karras Lifted After 11 Months; Both Make Plans to Rejoin Teams; Hornung to Go to Green Bay for Workouts—Karras to Train with Lion Rookies", "A revealing look at the 1957 Detroit Lions in Joe Schmidt's basement", "Dick 'Night Train' Lane, 73; Set Record as Rookie on L.A. Rams", "Lem Barney's rise with Detroit Lions began 50 years ago today", "Lions mourn death of ex-guard Bob Kowalkowski", "Ed Flanagan: All Pro Center for the Detroit Lions", "Former Detroit Lions RB Mel Farr dead at 70", "Hall of Fame TE Charlie Sanders dies at age 68", "Charlie Sanders' legacy rooted in consistency, loyalty to Lions", "Sports of The Times; The Woman Who Aligned the N.F.C.
Matt Flynn failed to score any touchdowns, and the Lions won their first divisional game since 2007. After Barry Sanders retired, the 1999 season shockingly saw the Lions make the playoffs with a 8–8 record, before being dispatched by the Washington Redskins 27–13 in the Wild Card Round. At the end of a close game, Matthew Stafford drove the team downfield and threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson. We present them here for purely educational purposes. Join our linker program. For two teams that aren't in the same division, the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals seem to play one another quite often. Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine. He remained friends with a number of the players, particularly Mel Farr and Lem Barney, who appear as background vocalists on his 1971 classic single "What's Going On. Mrs. Ford now passes the team’s principal ownership to their second-oldest child, Sheila.  On November 19, the Lions hired Rod Wood as team president.  In Week 2, the Lions played their first home game against the Kansas City Chiefs.  In the Wild Card Round, the Saints defeated the Lions 45–28. HC/Passing Game) and Phil Snow (Linebackers).  The Lions never recovered as they finished 0–16, becoming the first team in NFL history to go winless in a 16-game season. The Lions defeated the Browns 17–16. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. As such, the NFC Central became the NFC North. First NFL franchise to have multiple seasons with 15 or more losses, going 1–31 over two seasons, with their only win in week 16 of the 2016 season. Or write about sports? 2 Overall By Detroit In 2003 NFL Draft", "Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears - September 12th, 2004", "Lions Sign Millen to a 5-Year Extension", "Harrington sent to Dolphins for draft pick", "Lions cut draft bust Rogers, No. , In 1958, the Lions traded Bobby Layne to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for Earl Morrall and two future draft picks.  The following season saw the Lions improve with a 7–4–1 record.  In front of a record setting crowd at Ford Field, the Lions defeated the Bears 24–13 to begin the season 5–0 for the first time since 1956. Join our linker program.  However, the Lions suffered a controversial 24–20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card Round. 2 pick in 2003", "Lions take another WR, Calvin Johnson, with 2nd pick", "2011 Detroit Lions are thankfully not 2007 Detroit Lions", "Lions finish preseason at 4-0 with victory over Bills", "Millen removed as Lions team president, CEO", "Loss to Packers completes Lions' 0-16 season", "Cleveland Browns finish 2017 season 0-16", "NFL's 100 worst teams of all time: Could Dolphins, Redskins join most hopeless in history?  On October 24, the Lions acquired defensive tackle Damon Harrison from the New York Giants.  George Wilson would take over as head coach. This game marked the Lions' first 3–0 start since 1980. All rights reserved. Richards spent just under $23,000 to purchase the team and cover some of the outstanding debts before relocating to Detroit.
Subscribe to our Free Newsletter, This Month in Sports ReferenceFind out when we add a feature or make a change.  Sanders won the first of his four NFL rushing titles that season with 1,304 yards, beating out Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas by seven yards. All rights reserved.  They were inspired late in the season by the loss of guard Mike Utley, who sustained a career ending paralysis injury against the Los Angeles Rams on November 17, 1991.
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