The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit. The Lions compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the National Football Conference (NFC) North Division. The team plays its home games at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit.
The team, formerly known as the Portsmouth Spartans and established in Portsmouth, Ohio, became a member of the National Football League on July 12, 1930. In 1934, in the midst of ongoing financial difficulties, the franchise was moved to Detroit.
In honor of the Major League Baseball (MLB) team that calls the city home, the team was also given the new moniker of the Lions.
Between 1935 and 1957, the Lions were victorious in four different NFL Championship Games. These victories took place before the advent of the Super Bowl.
The franchise has not been successful in the postseason since winning the championship in 1957, and they now hold the record for the longest winless streak in postseason play in the league.
They are the only organization that has been in business during the course of the Super Bowl era that has never participated in the championship game.
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In front of 12,000 spectators, the Lions won their first NFL championship in the University of Detroit Stadium. After a 36-yard Glenn Presnell pass to Frank Christensen put the Lions up early in the game, they never looked back.
Detroit was dubbed the City of Champions in 1935, which was a huge boost for the city during the Great Depression.
While the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cups, Joe Louis was the heavyweight boxing champion, and early unlimited hydroplane racing pioneer Gar Wood became the first man to reach speeds of 100 miles per hour on water, all of these events took place in the Motor City.