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Detroit Lions

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The Detroit Lions are an American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL), and play their home games at Ford Field in downtown Detroit. Originally based in Portsmouth, Ohio and called the Portsmouth Spartans, the team began play in 1929 as an independent professional team, one of many such teams in the Ohio and Scioto River valleys. For the 1930 season, the Spartans formally joined the National Football League (NFL) as the other area independents folded because of the Great Depression. Despite success within the NFL, they could not survive in Portsmouth, then the NFL's smallest city. The team was purchased and moved to Detroit for the 1934 season.

The Detroit Lions are the only team in NFL history to lose all 16 regular-season games, going 0-16 in the 2008 season; they had won all four pre-season games. They are only the second team to go winless without a tie, next to the 0-14 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers since the NFL-AFL merger in 1966.

The Lions have won four NFL Championships, the last in 1957, giving the club the second-longest NFL championship drought behind the Arizona Cardinals, who last won in 1947 (as the Chicago Cardinals). The Lions have yet to qualify for the Super Bowl. The team has qualified for the playoffs only nine times in the 50-plus years since winning the 1957 championship and has won only one playoff game in that span.

The Detroit Lions began play as the Portsmouth Spartans for the 1929 season, 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 NFL member teams since the early 1920s with considerable success. The successful 1929 season behind them, the Spartans gained full NFL membership for the 1930 season, managing a respectable 5-6-3 in league contests, while the rival Tanks became yet another casualty of the Great Depression.

Early highlights as the Portsmouth Spartans include the "iron man" game against Green Bay in 1932. In that game, Spartan coach Potsy Clark refused to make even a single substitution against the defending NFL champion Packers. Portsmouth won 19-0 and used only 11 players all game.

Also as the Portsmouth Spartans, the franchise played in an unscheduled NFL championship game against the Chicago Bears in 1932. The Spartans-Bears game was played because both teams ended the regular season with the same number of victories (the Spartans finished at 6-1-4 while the Bears were 6-1-6; ties were not recognized as part of the percentage in the NFL until 1972). Because of blizzard conditions in Chicago, the game was moved from Wrigley Field indoors to Chicago Stadium, which allowed for only an 80-yard field; some have called the contest the first arena football game. The Bears won, 9–0, and the resulting interest led to the establishment of Eastern and Western conferences and a regular championship game beginning in 1933.

Despite great 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 (owner of Detroit's powerful WJR) bought the Spartans and moved them to Detroit. Richards renamed the team the Lions, as a nod to the 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.

Through Richards' radio connections, the Lions were able to play a Thanksgiving Day game in their first season in Detroit, a tradition continued to this day.

Under quarterback Dutch Clark, Detroit won its first NFL championship in 1935.

Detroit enjoyed its greatest success in the 1950s. Led by quarterback Bobby Layne, they won the league championship in 1952, 1953, and 1957. They defeated the Cleveland Browns in each of those NFL Championship Games, but also lost to the Browns in the 1954 Championship Game.

Notably, the Lions succeeded in one of the greatest comeback victories in NFL postseason history. Trailing the San Francisco 49ers 27-7 in the 3rd quarter of the 1957 Western Conference Playoff game, Lions quarterback Tobin Rote rallied the team back with 24 unanswered points to beat the 49ers 31-27 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. The following week, Rote led the Lions to a decisive win over the Browns for the 1957 title. The Lions have only one playoff win since then, against the Dallas Cowboys in the 1991 season.

Minority owner Ralph Wilson split off from the team in 1959 to take an American Football League franchise; initially planning to place it in Miami, he instead placed it in Buffalo, New York, where it would become the Buffalo Bills. For the first three years of its existence, the AFL's Bills and NFL's Lions had identical blue and silver colors, possibly second-hand from old Lions equipment.

On January 7, 1961, the Lions defeated the Browns 17-16 in the first-ever Playoff Bowl matching the runners-up from the two conferences into which the NFL was divided at the time (the Lions also appeared in the game in both of the next two years pursuant to their having finished second to the Green Bay Packers in the Western Conference in all three seasons; the Playoff Bowl was abolished in 1970 when the merger of the NFL and AFL went into full effect).

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. This was the basic material for his book Paper Lion, later made into a movie.

On November 22, 1963 William Clay Ford, Sr. purchased a controlling interest in the team for $4.5 million. This began a 43-year period that continues today, during which the Lions have won just one playoff game.

On Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1974, after over 35 years, the Lions played their final game in Tiger Stadium, where they lost to the Denver Broncos 31–27 in front of 51,157, amidst snow flurries and a 21 point Broncos 3rd quarter. The Lions moved to the newly constructed Silverdome and have played their home games indoors ever since.

The Lions made the playoffs only once in the '70s, losing a defensive struggle to the Dallas Cowboys, 5–0, in 1970. The team went through a string of average seasons, finishing 2nd or 3rd in the division in every season from 1970 through 1978. Finally, in 1979, the team finished with a 2–14 record, and thus earned the first pick in the following draft.

In 1980, the Lions drafted running back Billy Sims with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. The Lions made the playoffs in 1982 and 1983, winning the division in the latter season. However, Sims suffered a career-ending knee injury in 1984, and the team would not finish with a record above .500 for the rest of the decade.

In 1991, the Lions started the season by being shut out on national television, 45–0, by the Washington Redskins. The Lions then rebounded, winning their next 4 games. They went 12–4 for the season, They won their first division title in eight years, capping the regular season with a win over the then-defending AFC Champion Buffalo Bills. 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. As Utley was carted off the field in that game he flashed a "thumbs up" to his teammates and the Silverdome crowd. It became a rallying symbol for the remainder of the season.

In the playoffs, the Lions got their only postseason victory since 1957, when they defeated the Dallas Cowboys 38–6 at the Silverdome. They lost to the Redskins in the NFC Championship Game, 41–10. This was the first time a team that had been shut out in its opener had reached the conference title round. Two teams have since matched this feat: The Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots did it in 2003.

The Lions also made the playoffs in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1999, making the 1990s one of the most successful decades in team history. In 1993, they went 10–6, first in the NFC Central Division, but lost to the Green Bay Packers. In 1994, they lost to the Packers in the playoffs again. In 1995, they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, in an embarrassing fashion, 58–37 (entering the fourth quarter, they were down 51–21). In 1997, Detroit lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round. In 1999, The Lions closed out the decade reaching the playoffs for the sixth time in a ten-year span, which is a franchise record for playoff appearances during a decade. However, they lost yet again in the first round, this time to the Washington Redskins. Detroit's 1999 playoff berth also marked the second time in Bobby Ross's first three years as head coach that he led the Lions into the postseason. The last Lions head coach to accomplish that feat was Buddy Parker, in 1952–53 during his second and third seasons at the helm.

In 1997, Barry Sanders ran for 2,053 rushing yards. At the time, his career total rushing 15,269 yards was second only to Walter Payton's 16,726 yards and he joined Jim Brown as the only players among the NFL's 50 all-time rushing leaders to average 5 yards a carry, but he retired abruptly after the 1998 season.

After finishing the 2000-2001 season at 9-7, and missing the playoffs by a field goal in the season's last game, Lions owner William Clay Ford, Sr. hired Matt Millen, a former player and broadcaster, as president and CEO of football operations. Millen at the time had no experience running a football operation.

The Lions went the entire 2001 (their last season at the Silverdome), 2002 (their first season at Ford Field), and 2003 seasons without a road victory, thus becoming the only team in NFL history not to win on the road for three consecutive seasons. The streak, encompassing 24 games (also an NFL record) came to an end on September 12, 2004, when the Lions defeated the Bears 20–16 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Millen also received tremendous criticism for his draft failures. Three in particular stand out: quarterback Joey Harrington, chosen third overall in the 2002 draft, was traded to the Miami Dolphins for a conditional late-round draft pick after four unremarkable seasons in Detroit; wide receiver Charles Rogers, a caution on many pre-draft reports for his fragile physique, was nonetheless chosen second overall in the 2003 draft, and played sparingly in his three injury-plagued seasons before being cut before the first game of the 2006 season; Millen's sixth first-round draft pick, Mike Williams (10th overall - 2005 draft), caught just 8 passes in eight games with the team before being traded along with Josh McCown for a 4th round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.

Over seven seasons under Millen's leadership as team CEO, the Detroit Lions owned the NFL's worst winning percentage (31–81, .277), have never had a winning season, have never finished higher than third place in the NFC North, and have not played in any post-season games. Despite this record of total and complete failure, Millen received a five-year contract extension at the start of the 2005 season.

On December 9, 2005, one group of Lions fans, known as "The Lions Fanatics," organized an "orange out" event, which encouraged Lions fans to show up at Detroit's Ford Field clad in orange, the color of their opponent that week, the Cincinnati Bengals. That same day, Detroit sports talk radio station WDFN organized a "Millen Man March" in protest of Millen's contract extension.

On December 24, 2006 another group of fans planned a walkout protest towards the end of the first half in the game against Chicago, to express their disgust with Millen. However, only around 100 fans participated in this protest, as the Lions fell to the Bears 26-21.

Throughout much of the 2006-2007 timeframe, Detroit fans had grown tired of Millen's time in office, and in an effort to express their desires for his exit, would chant "Fire Millen" at Lions games. There is a firemillen.com website that was started late in 2005. The real beginning was after a fan was ejected for having a "Fire Millen" sign in a December home game. The chanting originated in Ford Field, but would eventually spread throughout the city's venues. Detroit Pistons games would at times hear the chant. The chant was often heard at Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers games as well. College games in the area also helped to spread the chanting. The chanting got to the point where during a Red Wings game at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C., the chant got started even though Red Wings fans made up the minority of people in the stands.

In 2007, the Lions began the season with a promising 6–2 record. 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.

Millen got a job as a studio analyist for NBC's Football Night in America on January 3, 2009. On his first appearance he said he’s responsible for its historic encounter with failure. Millen said he would have fired himself after the 2008 season. He said that being sacked after the third week cost the Lions and coach Rod Marinelli some needed stability and consistency. Millen says the Lions have more talent than they’re given credit for, and he thinks they could improve quickly. He cites two playoff teams, the Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins, who had four wins and one win, respectively, in 2007.

The beginning of the 2008 season was a continuation of the '07 losing slump, as the Lions were soundly defeated in their first three games. On Monday, Sept. 22, it was reported that Bill Ford Jr., when asked about Matt Millen, stated that he "wanted him out", but that it was not his decision.. Only days later, on September 24, 2008, Millen was removed from his position as team president and chief executive officer. It was unclear whether Millen was fired or whether he resigned. During the 2008 regular season, the Lions were winless (0-16), becoming the first team in NFL history to lose 16 games in a single season, and thereby winning the right to the first overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Aside from a brief change to maroon in 1948 instituted by then head coach Bo McMillin (influenced by his years as coach at Indiana), the Lions uniforms have basically remained the same since the team debuted in 1930. The design consists of silver helmets, silver pants, and either blue or white jerseys.

The blue Leaping Lion logo debuted in 1960 and is often affectionately referred to as "Bubbles" by Lions fans. There have also been minor changes to the uniform design throughout the years, such as changing the silver stripe patterns on the jersey sleeves, and changing the colors of the jersey numbers. White trim was added to the logo in 1970. In 1998, the team wore blue pants with their white jerseys along with grey socks but dumped that combination after the season. In 1999, the 'TV numbers' on the sleeves were moved to the shoulders.

In 1994, every NFL team wore 'throwback' jerseys, and the Lions' were similar to the jerseys used during their 1935 championship season. The helmets and pants were solid silver, the jerseys Honolulu blue with silver numbers and the jersey did not have 'TV numbers' on the sleeves. The team wore solid blue socks along with black shoes. The helmets also did not have a logo as helmets were simple leather back then.

The Lions also wore '50s-style jerseys during their traditional Thanksgiving Day games from 2001 to 2004 as the NFL encouraged teams to wear throwback jerseys on Thanksgiving Day. In 2003, the team added black trim to their logo and the jerseys. The face masks on the helmet changed from blue to black with the introduction of the new color. Additionally, an alternate home field jersey which makes black the dominant color (in place of Honolulu Blue) was introduced in 2005.

For 2008, the team dropped the black alternate jerseys in favor of throwback jerseys to commemorate the franchise's 75th anniversary.On February 9, 2009, Team President Tom Lewand announced that the black jereseys have been officially discontinued and the throwbacks used in 2008 are now the Lions' official third uniform.

The Lions' flagship radio stations are WXYT-FM, 97.1 FM, and WXYT-AM, 1270 AM. Dan Miller does play-by-play, Jim Brandsatter does color commentary, and Tony Ortiz provides sideline reports. If a conflict with Detroit Tigers or Detroit Red Wings coverage arises, only WXYT-FM serves as the Lions' flagship.

Since 2008, WWJ-TV has been the flagship television station for Lions pre-season games. The announcers are Gus Johnson on play-by-play and Desmond Howard with color commentary. Matt Shepard and Lions Hall of Famer Charlie Sanders host the pre-game show and halftime show and provide sideline reports.

Regular season games are broadcasted regionally on FOX, except when the Lions play an AFC team in Detroit, in which case the game airs regionally on CBS. The Thanksgiving Classic game in Detroit is always televised nationally on either FOX or CBS, depending on who the visiting team is. The Lions have not appeared on Monday Night Football since 2001, when they lost to the St. Louis Rams at the Pontiac Silverdome, 35-0; although some teams play on Mondays twice a season. Also, NFL Network has never covered a Lions regular season game.

The Lions' abysmal performance in 2008 led to several local broadcast blackouts, as local fans did not purchase enough tickets by the 72 hour blackout deadline. In 2008, five of the Lions' final six home games of the season did not sell out, with the Thanksgiving game being the exception.The first blackout in the 6 year history of Ford Field was the October 26, 2008 game vs the Washington Redskins. The previous 50 regular season home games had been sellouts.

Michigan raised actor / comedian Tim Allen is a huge Lions fan. On several occasions, Allen has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and defended the Lions, who Leno often makes fun of. In one appearance, Allen wore a full Lions uniform, including pads and helmet.

An entire season 7 episode of Allen's 1990's ABC TV series Home Improvement, which took place in Detroit, centered around the family attending the Lions' Thanksgiving Classic game in a luxury suite at their then home the Pontiac Silverdome. In the episode, Tim gets a V.I.P. tour, in which he causes a power outage in the stadium. Tim was also often seen wearing Lions shirts throughout the series and watching Lions games on television.

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2007 Detroit Lions season

The 2007 Detroit Lions season was the 78th season for the team in the National Football League. After starting the 2007 season with a 6-2 record, the Lions lost 7 of their last 8 games. They finished with a 7-9 record for their seventh consecutive losing season. The Lions improved upon their 3-13 record in 2006 but failed to make the playoffs once again, extending their postseason drought to eight years.

The Lions began their 2007 campaign on the road in an interconference game against the Oakland Raiders. After a scoreless first quarter, Detroit got off to a fast start in the second quarter. QB Jon Kitna completed a 13-yard TD pass to WR Roy Williams and kicker Jason Hanson connected on a 46-yard field goal. In the third quarter, the Lions increased its lead with Kitna completing a 16-yard TD pass to rookie WR Calvin Johnson. The Raiders, however, started to catch up with QB Josh McCown completing a 4-yard TD pass to WR Ronald Curry along with RB LaMont Jordan getting a 12-yard TD run. In a wild fourth quarter, Hanson gave Detroit a 46-yard field goal, yet the Raiders took the lead with McCown's 7-yard TD pass to FB Justin Griffith. Fortunately, the Lions hung on to take the lead with Kitna's 32-yard TD pass to WR/PR Shaun McDonald, Hanson kicking a 23-yard field goal, and wrapping it up with RB Tatum Bell getting a 14-yard TD run!

With the win, Detroit began its season at 1-0.

Following their road win over the Raiders, the Lions played their Week 2 home opener against their NFC North rival, the Minnesota Vikings for the lead in the division. After a scoreless first quarter, Detroit pounced first with QB Jon Kitna completing a 9-yard TD pass to WR Roy Williams. The Vikings would tie the game with QB Tarvaris Jackson getting a 1-yard TD run. The Lions would take the lead prior to halftime with kicker Jason Hanson's 30-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, when Kitna was temporarily out with a concussion, QB J. T. O'Sullivan came in a completed a 7-yard TD pass to Calvin Johnson to increase Detroit's lead. Minnesota, however, tied the game up with kicker Ryan Longwell getting a 32-yard field goal and DE Ray Edwards returning a fumble 9 yards for a touchdown. After both teams failed to score in the fourth quarter, the Vikings would get the ball to begin overtime. The Lions would force a fumble 9 plays into their drive and would eventually get the win with Hanson's 37-yard field goal.

With the win, Detroit improved its record to 2-0.

Following their impressive divisional home win over the Vikings, the Lions flew to Lincoln Financial Field for an intraconference fight with the throwback-clad Philadelphia Eagles.

In the first quarter, Detroit trailed early as Eagles RB Brian Westbrook got a 25-yard TD run. The Lions tied the game as RB Kevin Jones got a 2-yard TD run, but Philadelphia managed to regain the lead with Westbrook's 5-yard TD run, along with QB Donovan McNabb's 68-yard TD pass to WR Kevin Curtis. In the second quarter, the points bonanza continued as McNabb and Curtis hooked up with each other again on a 12-yard TD pass and a 43-yard TD pass to increase the Eagles' lead. Detroit would respond with QB Jon Kitna completing an 11-yard TD pass to WR Shaun McDonald and a 91-yard TD pass to WR Roy Williams. Philadelphia, however, capped off the half with McNabb completing a 43-yard TD pass to Westbrook.

In the second half, the Eagles took control as RB Correll Buckhalter got a 1-yard TD run in the third quater and RB Tony Hunt got a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

With the loss, the Lions fell to 2-1.

Trying to rebound from their road loss to the Eagles, the Lions went home for an NFC North duel with the defending NFC champion Chicago Bears. In the first quarter, Detroit drew first blood with kicker Jason Hanson nailing a 49-yard field goal for the only score of the period. However, in the second quarter, the Bears took the lead with QB Brian Griese (Rex Grossman was benched prior to the game) completing a 15-yard TD pass to WR Muhsin Muhammad for the only score of the period. In the third quarter, Chicago increased its lead with kicker Robbie Gould getting a 49-yard and a 41-yard field goal.

Afterwards, a high-flying fourth quarter began with QB Jon Kitna completing a 4-yard TD pass to WR Shaun McDonald, along with DB Keith Smith returning an interception 64 yards for a touchdown, giving the Lions the lead. However, the Bears regained the lead with WR/KR/PR Devin Hester returning a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. Fortunately, Detroit retook the lead with Kitna completing a 15-yard TD pass to WR Troy Edwards, along with RB Kevin Jones getting a 5-yard TD pass. Chicago would get close with Griese completing a 1-yard TD pass to WR Bernard Berrian. Afterwards, the Lions sealed their impressive victory with TE Casey Fitzsimmons returning an onside kick 41 yards for a touchdown.

The Lions' 34 points would be the most 4th Quarter points in NFL history. There was a combined total of 48 points in the fourth quarter, also an NFL record.

With their wild win, the Lions improved to 3-1.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Lions trailed as in the second quarter, Redskins QB Jason Campbell completed a 7-yard TD pass to TE Chris Cooley, along with FB Mike Sellers getting a 1-yard TD run. In the third quarter, Detroit managed to get on the board with kicker Jason Hanson getting a 39-yard field goal. However, Washington came right back with DE Andre Carter sacking Lions QB Jon Kitna in the endzone for a safety. In the fourth quarter, the Redskins sealed Detroit's fate with Campbell completing an 8-yard TD pass to Sellers, kicker Shaun Suisham nailing a 28-yard field goal, and CB Carlos Rogers returing an interception 61 yards for a touchdown.

With the loss, not only did the Lions fall to 3-2 heading into their bye week, but they are now 0-21 against the Redskins in Washington, D.C.

Coming off their bye week, the Lions were at home and wearing their alternate uniforms for a Week 7 duel with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the first quarter, Detroit attacked first with kicker Jason Hanson getting a 34-yard field goal, along with RB Kevin Jones getting a 1-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Buccaneers got on the board with QB Jeff Garcia completing a 5-yard TD pass to WR Ike Hilliard. Afterwards, the Lions ended the half with Hanson kicking a 42-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, Detroit increased its lead with Hanson nailing a 32-yard field goal for the only score of the period. In the fourth quarter, the Lions increased its lead with WR Calvin Johnson getting a 32-yard TD run. Afterwards, Tampa Bay worked on a comeback as Garcia completed a 4-yard TD pass to WR Maurice Stovall. Later, the Buccaneers would recover their onside kick and eventually turn it into kicker Matt Bryant's 48-yard field goal. Fortunately, Detroit erased the Buccaneers' hopes of recovering another onside kick.

With the win, the Lions improved to 4-2, and also surpassed their 2006 win total.

Coming off an impressive home win over the Buccaneers, the Lions flew to Soldier Field for Round 2 of their NFC North duel with the Chicago Bears. After a scoreless first quarter, Detroit jumped into the lead with kicker Jason Hanson getting a 26-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Lions increased its lead with RB Kevin Jones getting a 4-yard TD run, while Hanson nailed a 52-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Bears threatened Detroit's lead as QB Brian Griese completed a 20-yard TD pass to TE Greg Olsen for the only score of the period. Fortuntaely, in the fourth quarter, the Lions held on to win as Hanson got a 20-yard field goal.

Detroit's defense was a huge part of this victory, as they intercepted Griese 4 times, including 3 times in the endzone.

With their first season-sweep over Chicago since 2004, the Lions improved to 5-2.

Coming off their season-sweeping road win over the Bears, the Lions went home for a Week 9 interconference duel with the Denver Broncos. In the first quarter, Detroit attacked first with kicker Jason Hanson getting a 43-yard field goal for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Lions increased their lead with Hanson kicking a 53-yard field goal and QB Jon Kitna completing a 15-yard TD pass to WR Mike Furrey. Detroit would end the half with Hanson kicking a 38-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Lions continued their domination as DE Dewayne White returned a fumble 3 yards for a touchdown and Kitna completed a 49-yard TD pass to WR Shaun McDonald. In the fourth quarter, Detroit sealed Denver's doom with NT Shaun Rogers returning an interception 66 yards for a touchdown and RB T. J. Duckett scoring on a 3 yard TD run. The Broncos would avoid getting shutout as QB Patrick Ramsey completed a 2-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Stokley.

With the win, the Lions improved to 6-2 for the first time since 1999.

The defense continued to shine as they continued to lead the league in takeaways (24) and points off turnovers (90).

Coming off their blowout home win over the Broncos, the Lions flew to the University of Phoenix Stadium for a Week 10 duel with the Arizona Cardinals. In the first quarter, Detroit struck first with RB Kevin Jones getting a 4-yard TD run. The Cardinals would respond with kicker Neil Rackers nailing a 23-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Lions trailed as Arizona QB Kurt Warner completed a 1-yard TD pass to WR Larry Fitzgerald, while back-up QB Tim Rattay completed a 2-yard TD pass to TE Leonard Pope.

In the third quarter, the Cardinals increased their lead with Warner completing a 16-yard TD pass to Pope. Detroit would respond with QB Jon Kitna completing a 7-yard TD pass to WR Roy Williams. In the fourth quarter, Arizona sealed the win with Warner hooking up with Fitzgerald again on a 20-yard TD pass. The Lions' last score for the game would be another 7-yard TD pass from Kitna to Williams.

With the loss, Detroit fell to 6-3.

Along with committing 5 out the game's 9 turnovers, the Lions' rushing attack was held to an embarrassing -18 yards (the fewest in one game since 1946).

Hoping to rebound from their tough road loss to the Cardinals, the Lions went home for a Week 11 intraconference duel with the New York Giants. In the first quarter, Detroit trailed early as Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes managed to get a 28-yard field goal for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Lions continued to trail as QB Eli Manning completed a 10-yard TD pass to RB Brandon Jacobs for the only score of the period.

In the third quarter, Detroit managed to get on the board with kicker Jason Hanson getting a 42-yard field goal, yet New York responded with Tynes kicking a 46-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Giants increased their lead with Tynes nailing a 20-yard field goal. The Lions tried to mount a comeback as QB Jon Kitna completed a 35-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson. However, New York managed to hold on for the win.

With the loss, Detroit fell to 6-4.

Trying to snap a two-game skid, the Lions stayed at home for a Week 12 Thanksgiving divisional duel with the Green Bay Packers. In the first quarter, Detroit took the early lead as kicker Jason Hanson managed to get a 47-yard and a 41-yard field goal. However, in the second quarter, the Packers took the lead as QB Brett Favre completed an 11-yard TD pass to WR Greg Jennings, along with RB Ryan Grant getting a 5-yard TD run. The Lions tried to respond as Hanson kicked a 45-yard field goal, yet Green Bay answered with kicker Mason Crosby getting a 20-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Packers increased their lead with Favre completing a 4-yard TD pass to Jennings. Detroit continued to try and comeback as Hanson kicked a 52-yard, yet Green Bay was one step ahead as Favre completed a 3-yard TD pass to WR Ruvell Martin. In the fourth quarter, the Packers added on to their lead with Crosby kicking a 20-yard TD field goal. The Lions tried to mount a comeback as QB Jon Kitna completed a 6-yard TD pass to rookie WR Calvin Johnson, along with RB Kevin Jones getting a 1-yard TD run. However, Green Bay sealed the win with Crosby nailing a 26-yard field goal.

With the their third-straight loss (along with their fourth-straight Thanksgiving loss), Detroit fell to 6-5.

Trying to snap a three-game losing skid, the Lions flew to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for a Week 13 NFC North rematch with the Minnesota Vikings. In the first quarter, Detroit trailed early as Vikings RB Chester Taylor managed to get a 2-yard TD run. The Lions would get on the board with kicker Jason Hanson nailing a 37-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Minnesota replied with RB Adrian Peterson. Detroit would respond with QB Jon Kitna completing a 1-yard TD pass to TE/FB Casey Fitzsimmons. However, the Vikings immediately began its pounding with WR Aundrae Allison returning a kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown, while QB Tarvaris Jackson completed a 6-yard TD pass to WR Bobby Wade, along with 2-yard TD pass to WR Sidney Rice. In the third quarter, Minnesota ended its day with Peterson getting a 13-yard TD run for the only score of the half.

With their fourth-straight loss, the Lions fell to 6-6.

Trying to end a four-game skid, the Lions went home for a Week 14 intraconference duel with the Dallas Cowboys. In the first quarter, Detroit struck first with RB T.J. Duckett getting a 32-yard TD run, while kicker Jason Hanson getting a 19-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Cowboys got on the board with RB Marion Barber getting a 20-yard TD run. The Lions would respond with Hanson nailing a 36-yard field goal, while RB Kevin Jones getting a 2-yard TD run. Dallas would end the half with QB Tony Romo completing an 8-yard TD pass to Barber.

In the third quarter, Detroit replied with Jones getting a 3-yard TD run for the only score of the period. However, in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys came back and won with Barber getting a 1-yard, along with Romo's 16-yard TD pass to TE Jason Witten.

With a heartbreaking fifth-straight loss, the Lions fell to 6-7.

Trying to snap a five-game slide, the Lions flew to Qualcomm Stadium for a Week 15 interconference duel with the San Diego Chargers. In the first quarter, Detroit trailed early as Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson managed to get a 6-yard TD run, kicker Nate Kaeding getting a 22-yard field goal, and Tomlinson getting a 2-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Lions' struggles continued as Kaeding kicked a 22-yard field goal and LB Shaun Phillips returning an interception 18 yards for a touchdown. The Lions would get on the board with QB Jon Kitna completing a 9-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Middleton. San Diego would end the half with QB Philip Rivers completing a 1-yard TD to TE Brandon Manumaleuna.

In the third quarter, the Chargers continued their domination as RB Darren Sproles managed to get a 1-yard TD run, while Kaeding nailed a 45-yard field goal. Detroit would reply as Kitna completed a 17-yard TD pass to WR Shaun McDonald. In the fourth quarter, San Diego sealed the win with Sproles getting an 11-yard TD run.

With their sixth-straight loss, the Lions fell to 6-8.

Trying to halt a six-game losing streak, the Lions returned home to Ford Field for an interconference matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs. Detroit got on the board early with a T.J. Duckett 11 yard TD run and a safety off a blocked Dustin Colquitt punt. In the second quarter, the Lions opened up a 19-0 lead with a Jason Hanson field goal and a Paris Lenon interception return for a touchdown. Kansas City fought back with a Jackie Battle 3 yard run and a 1-yard pass from Damon Huard to Jared Allen to make it 19-14, but the Lions' Jason Hanson added two more field goals in the second half and the Chiefs could not convert a two-point conversion to Tony Gonzalez in the 3rd after a Dwayne Bowe receiving TD. Detroit held KC off, 25-20, ending their long skid.

With the win, the Lions improved to 7-8, 5-3 at home. Given the Lions' winless 2008 season, this is the Lions last regular-season victory until 2009 at the earliest.

Looking for their first win in the state of Wisconsin since 1991, the Lions headed to Lambeau Field for their 2nd game of the year against Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers. In the first quarter, after a Jason Hanson FG, Ryan Grant and Koren Robinson both scored touchdowns to make it 14-3 Green Bay. In the second quarter, Bubba Franks caught a 4-yard pass from Brett Favre to make it 21-3, but Shaun McDonald scored on a 30-yard pass from Jon Kitna to make it 21-10 at halftime. The teams exchanged field goals to start the third quarter, but on 4th and 2, Craig Nall found Ruvell Martin for a 32-yard score, putting the Packers up 31-13, icing the game. Rookie Mason Crosby added another FG in the fourth to seal up a 34-13 win for the Packers.

With the loss, Detroit fell to 7-9 and were edged out of the playoff race.

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2008 Detroit Lions season

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The 2008 Detroit Lions season was the 79th season for the franchise in the National Football League. The Lions became the first team in NFL history to compile an 0-16 record. They were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention after week 11.

To celebrate their 75th year playing as the Lions (they had been known as the Portsmouth Spartans their first four seasons), the Lions wore special throwback uniforms for two home games, a replica of the ones used in 1934, the first year as the Lions. The uniforms had blue jerseys with silver lettering, solid silver pants, blue socks, and solid silver helmets. This replaced their unpopular black alternate jersey used in the 2005-2007 seasons.

The Lions began their 2008 season at the Georgia Dome against the Atlanta Falcons. In the first quarter, Detroit trailed early as QB Matt Ryan completed a 62-yard TD pass to WR Michael Jenkins, while RB Michael Turner scored twice a 66-yard TD run and then on a 5-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Lions would respond when rookie RB Kevin Smith scored on a 3-yard TD run, while QB Jon Kitna completed a 21-yard TD pass to WR Roy Williams. However, in the third quarter, Atlanta continued its dominant start when kicker Jason Elam completed a 50-yard field goal, while RB Jerious Norwood scored on a 10-yard TD run. Detroit would reply when Kitna hooked up with TE Casey FitzSimmons on a 1-yard TD pass. However, the Falcons sealed the win in the fourth quarter when Elam nailed a 25-yard field goal.

Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Falcons, the Lions played their Week 2 home opener against their NFC North foe, the Green Bay Packers. In the first quarter, Detroit trailed as Packers QB Aaron Rodgers completed a 9-yard TD pass to WR James Jones. In the second quarter, the Lions continued to trail as Rodgers completed a 2-yard TD pass to WR Donald Driver and a 29-yard TD pass to WR Jordy Nelson. Detroit would close out the first half when kicker Jason Hanson completed a 38-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Lions continued to hack away at Green Bay's lead with Hanson kicking a 49-yard and a 53-yard field goal. The Packers responded when kicker Mason Crosby completed a 25-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Detroit clawed away at the Pack's lead when QB Jon Kitna completed a 38-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson. The Lions closed in as Packers punter Derrick Frost's punt was high, causing it to go through the back of his end zone, giving Detroit a safety. The Lions would take the lead on Kitna's 47-yard TD pass to Calvin Johnson. However, Green Bay rebounded with Crosby's 39-yard field goal, RB Brandon Jackson's 19-yard TD run, CB Charles Woodson's 41-yard interception return for a touchdown, and safety Nick Collins' 42-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Trying to snap a two-game skid, the Lions flew to Candlestick Park for a Week 3 duel with the San Francisco 49ers. In the first quarter, Detroit trailed early as 49ers QB J.T. O'Sullivan completed a 6-yard TD pass to WR Isaac Bruce. In the second quarter, San Francisco increased its lead when RB Frank Gore scored on a 4-yard TD run. The Lions would get on the board when kicker Jason Hanson completed a 44-yard field goal. The 49ers closed out the half when O'Sullivan completed a 24-yard TD pass to TE Delanie Walker.

In the third quarter, Detroit tried to rally as Hanson kicked a 51-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, San Francisco increased its lead with CB Allen Rossum scored on a 1-yard TD run. The Lions tried to comeback as QB Jon Kitna completed a 34-yard TD pass to RB Rudi Johnson, yet the 49ers pulled away when kicker Joe Nedney nailed a 25-yard field goal.

In the bye week, team president and general manager Matt Millen, was fired after eight years of management in which the team accumulated a league-worst record of 31 wins and 84 losses.

Coming off their bye week, the Lions played a Week 5 NFC North duel at home with the Chicago Bears. In the first quarter, Detroit trailed early as Bears kicker Robbie Gould got a 37-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Lions continued to trail as QB Kyle Orton completed a 9-yard TD pass to RB Matt Forté and a 12-yard TD pass to WR/KR Devin Hester. In the third quarter, Chicago continued its domination as Forté got a 1-yard TD run, and CB Charles Tillman returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown. Afterwards, Detroit got its only score of the game as rookie RB Kevin Smith scored on a 12-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, the Bears sealed the win when Gould nailed a 45-yard field goal.

In the first quarter, Detroit's misery continued as Orlovsky unintentionally ran out of the back of his endzone, giving the Vikings a safety. In the second quarter, the Lions got the lead as kicker Jason Hanson got a 40-yard field goal. In the third quarter, Detroit increased its lead as Orlovsky completed a 12-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson. However, Minnesota answered when QB Gus Frerotte completed an 86-yard TD pass to WR Bernard Berrian. In the fourth quarter, the Vikings sealed the win when kicker Ryan Longwell nailed the game-winning 26-yard field goal.

On October 14, The Lions traded wide receiver Roy Williams to the Dallas Cowboys for three picks in the 2009 NFL Draft. The next day, The Lions signed John Standerford, who played for the Lions in the 2008 Pre-season, to replace him for the remainder of the season. . The same day, quarterback Jon Kitna was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season, due to chronic back pain. Dan Orlovsky took over his place.

Still searching for their first win, the Lions flew to Reliant Stadium for a Week 7 interconference duel with the Houston Texans. In the first quarter, Detroit's slow starts continued as Texans QB Matt Schaub completed a 2-yard TD pass to TE Owen Daniels, along with RB Ahman Green getting a 1-yard TD run. In the second quarter, Houston increased their lead as RB Steve Slaton got a 1-yard TD run. The Lions responded when kicker Jason Hanson completed a 54-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, Detroit began to catch up as rookie RB Kevin Smith got a 26-yard TD run, yet the Texans answered with Schaub completing a 1-yard TD pass to Daniels. In the fourth quarter, the Lions tried to comeback as QB Dan Orlovsky completed a 96-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson, along with Hanson nailing a 54-yard field goal. However, Houston's defense prevented any comeback from happening.

Still trying to acquire their first win of the year, the Lions went home for a Week 8 duel with the Washington Redskins. In the first quarter, Detroit trailed early as Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham got a 25-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Lions finally got their first-ever first quarter points of the season as RB Rudi Johnson got an 11-yard TD run. In the second quarter, Detroit increased its lead as kicker Jason Hanson got a 43-yard field goal. Washington closed out the half with Suisham getting a 47-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Redskins regained the lead as Suisham made a 45-yard field goal, along with QB Jason Campbell completing a 50-yard TD pass to WR Santana Moss. In the fourth quarter, the Lions' struggles continued as Moss returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown. Detroit tried to rally as QB Dan Orlovsky completed a 17-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson. However, Washington closed out the game with Suisham nailing a 42-yard field goal.

On October 28, the Lions discussed a contract with veteran QB Daunte Culpepper. . He signed with the Lions on November 3 and played 4 games before suffering a shoulder injury.

Also on October 28, the Lions signed fullback Darian Barnes, a seven-year NFL veteran who was released by the Buffalo Bills in late September. He was brought in to fill in for Jerome Felton, who is out with an ankle injury.

To make room for Barnes, the Lions released Langston Moore, a backup defensive tackle who had played in all seven games this season.

Still trying to get their first win of the season, the Lions flew to Soldier Field for a Week 9 NFC North rematch with the Chicago Bears. In the first quarter, Detroit trailed early as Bears kicker Robbie Gould got a 36-yard field goal, along with QB Kyle Orton getting a 5-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Lions greatly responded with rookie RB Kevin Smith getting a 1-yard TD run (with a blocked PAT), along with QB Dan Orlovsky completing a 17-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson and a 14-yard TD pass to WR Shaun McDonald. Chicago would respond with Gould getting a 41-yard field goal, yet Detroit answered with kicker Jason Hanson getting a 52-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Bears began to rally as QB Rex Grossman (who took over for Orton after he left the game in the second quarter with a right foot sprain) completed a 6-yard TD pass to WR Rashied Davis. In the fourth quarter, Chicago completed their rally as Grossman got a 1-yard TD run. The Lions tried to rally, but the Bears' defense prevented any possible comeback from happening.

Still trying to get their first win of the season, the Lions went home, donned their throwback uniforms, and played a Week 10 interconference duel with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the first quarter, Detroit trailed early as Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee got a 34-yard field goal. The Lions would respond as QB Drew Stanton completed a 1-yard TD pass to TE John Owens. In the second quarter, Jacksonville took a huge lead as RB Maurice Jones-Drew got a 6-yard, a 1-yard, and an 8-yard TD run.

In the third quarter, Detroit's misery continued as Jaguars QB David Garrard completed a 7-yard TD pass to WR Jerry Porter. In the fourth quarter, Jacksonville pulled away as Garrard completed a 10-yard TD pass to WR Troy Williamson. The Lions would end the game when rookie RB Kevin Smith scored on a 1-yard TD run.

Still looking for their first win of the season, the Lions flew to Bank of America Stadium for a Week 11 duel with the Carolina Panthers. In the first quarter, Detroit struck first as QB Daunte Culpepper completed a 29-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson. In the second quarter, the Lions increased their lead when kicker Jason Hanson got a 40-yard field goal. The Panthers responded when QB Jake Delhomme completed a 15-yard TD pass to TE Jeff King. Detroit answered when Hanson completed a 56-yard field goal, yet Carolina took the lead as RB DeAngelo Williams scored a long 56-yard TD run. Later, Carolina RB Jonathan Stewart scored on a 22-yard TD run. The Lions closed out the half as Hanson completed a 27-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Panthers increased their lead when kicker John Kasay nailed a 29-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Detroit tried to comeback as Culpepper got a 1-yard TD run (with a failed 2-point conversion due to a missed facemask call against Carolina), but Carolina pulled away as Williams scored on a 4-yard TD run.

Still trying to get their first win of the season, the Lions went home for a Week 12 duel with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the first quarter, Detroit struck first as QB Daunte Culpepper completed a 15-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson. The Lions continued their early success as safety Daniel Bullocks returned a fumble 44 yards for a touchdown, while kicker Jason Hanson got a 38-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Buccaneers took the lead as RB Warrick Dunn got a 13-yard TD run, while QB Jeff Garcia completed a 36-yard TD pass to WR Ike Hilliard and a 24-yard TD pass to TE Jerramy Stevens.

In the third quarter, Tampa Bay added onto their lead as RB Clifton Smith returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown, along with CB Ronde Barber returning an interception 65 yards for a touchdown. Detroit tried to rally as Hanson got a 40-yard field goal. However, the Buccaneers pulled away in the fourth quarter as kicker Matt Bryant nailed a 48-yard field goal.

Still looking for their first win of the season, the Lions stayed at home, donned their throwback uniforms again, and played their 69th Annual Thanksgiving Day game against the Tennessee Titans. In the first quarter, Detroit trailed early as Titans RB Chris Johnson got a 6-yard TD run. The Lions would respond with kicker Jason Hanson getting a 53-yard field goal. Tennessee would answer with Johnson getting a 58-yard TD run, along with DE Dave Ball returning an interception 15 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter, Detroit's misery continued as RB LenDale White got a 6-yard TD run and a 2-yard TD run. Detroit would end the half with QB Daunte Culpepper completing a 2-yard TD pass to TE Michael Gaines.

In the third quarter, the Titans began to pull away as kicker Rob Bironas got a 49-yard and a 41-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Tennessee sealed the win as Bironas nailed a 45-yard and a 43-yard field goal.

Singer Jesse McCartney performed during halftime.

The 47 points were most points that Detroit had ever given up on Thanksgiving Day.

Still trying to acquire their first win of the season, the Lions stayed at home for a Week 15 NFC North rematch with the Minnesota Vikings. In the first quarter, Detroit was on the board first as kicker Jason Hanson got a 25-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Lions increased their lead as Hanson got a 23-yard field goal. The Vikings would close out the half as kicker Ryan Longwell got a 35-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, Minnesota took the lead as RB Chester Taylor got a 17-yard TD run. Detroit would reply with former Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper completing a 70-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson. However, Minnesota got the lead again as QB Tarvaris Jackson completed an 11-yard TD pass to TE Visanthe Shiancoe. In the fourth quarter, the Lions tried to rally as Hanson made a 39-yard field goal. However, the Vikings pulled away as Longwell nailed a 50-yard field goal.

Still looking for their first win, the Lions travelled to Indianapolis, Indiana to take on the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts struck first when Dominic Rhodes ran in a TD from 1 yard out midway through the first quarter. The Lions would respond a few minutes later with a 51 yard field goal by Jason Hanson. With just under 6 minutes left in the half, Chad Simpson of the Colts ran in a TD from 2 yards out. Calvin Johnson of the Lions responded a few minutes later by catching a 33 yard TD pass. The Colts struck back with just under a minute in the half, when Dallas Clark caught a 3 yard TD pass. The only points for either team in the 3rd quarter was a Jason Hanson 30 yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Kevin Smith ran in a TD from 1 yard out. The Lions decided to go for the 2 point conversion to tie it up and were successful when Casey Fitzsimmons caught a pass and ran it in. The Colts responded with another Dominic Rhodes 1 yard TD run. They put it away with a 31 yard Adam Vinatieri field goal. With the loss to the Colts, the Lions became the third team (after the 1976 Buccaneers and the 1980 Saints) to lose the first 14 games of the regular season.

Still trying to get their first win of the season, the Lions went home for a Week 16 duel with the New Orleans Saints. Detroit trailed early in the first quarter as Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem got a 20-yard touchdown run, along with running back Deuce McAllister getting a 2-yard touchdown run. The Lions would respond in the second quarter with rookie running back Kevin Smith getting a 1-yard touchdown run. However, New Orleans answered with running back Mike Bell getting a 1-yard touchdown run, along with running back Pierre Thomas getting a 2-yard touchdown run. The Saints would then close out the game's scoring in the third quarter quarterback Drew Brees completing a 6-yard and a 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marques Colston.

With the loss, the Lions would fall to 0-15 for the first time in NFL history. They also became the first team to lose 15 straight in a single season since the 2001 Carolina Panthers, who won their first game, then lost the remaining 15 to go 1-15.

For their last shot at avoiding becoming the first team in NFL history to go 0-16, the Lions traveled to Green Bay, Wisconsin to take on division rivals the Green Bay Packers (who Detroit had not beaten on the road since 1991). The Packers struck first midway through the first quarter when Deshawn Wynn ran in a career long 73 yard TD. They made it 14-0 when Jermichael Finley caught a 3 yard TD pass near the end of the first quarter. The Lions got on the board in the second quarter when Calvin Johnson caught a 9 yard TD pass. Calvin Johnson scored another TD to tie it up in the 3rd quarter when he caught a 14 yard pass. The Packers responded just after the start of the 4th quarter with a 36 yard Mason Crosby field goal, and later with a John Kuhn 5 yard TD catch. The Lions responded less than a minute later with a Kevin Smith 9 yard TD run. The Packers sealed the Lions' fate though with a 71 yard TD pass caught by Donald Driver, a career long for him.

With the loss, the Lions became only the second NFL team of the post-merger era to go winless without a tie in the regular season, and the first to go 0-16. (The 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers also went winless, but that was when the regular season only had 14 games.) The Lions have lost 23 of their last 24 regular-season games, going back to the previous season. The Lions have also lost 17 consecutive regular season games (the NFL record is 26).

After allowing 31 points to the Packers, it brought their season total points allowed to 517. This is the second highest point total allowed in a single season in NFL history, trailing only the 533 allowed by the 1981 Baltimore Colts.

On December 29, 2008, Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford, Sr. announced head coach Rod Marinelli had been fired. His record with the Lions was 10-38 in 3 seasons.

In addition, as the season's worst team in the NFL, the Lions earned the right to the first overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Note: On December 29, 2008, several coaches were fired or re-assigned, and some front office staff members were promoted. See Repercussions section above for further details.

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1988 Detroit Lions season

The 1988 Detroit Lions season was the 59th season in franchise history. Darryl Rogers was released after 11 games and was replaced by Wayne Fontes.

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1959 Detroit Lions season

The 1959 Detroit Lions season was their 30th in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous season's output of 4-7-1, winning only three games. They missed the playoffs for the second straight season.

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1969 Detroit Lions season

The 1969 Detroit Lions season was the 40th season in franchise history.

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