Detroit Lions Tickets
The Detroit Lions may currently be based in Detroit, Michigan, however this was not always the case. The history of the Lions dates back to 1929 when they played as Portland Spartans in Portland, Ohio. After a string of victories over more experienced teams such as the Ironton Tanks, the NFL offered the Spartans league membership in 1930. Due to the Great Depression, the Spartans struggled financially.
Sensing a business opportunity, radio executive George Richards bought the Spartans for a little less than eight thousand dollars in 1934 and moved them to Detroit. Changing the team’s name to the Detroit Lions, Richards was able to use his business connections to get the Lions to play a game on Thanksgiving Day in their first season. This tradition continues till today. The Detroit Lions is one of the oldest football franchises in the NFL. If you’re looking to catch an exciting game of football, get Detroit Lions tickets before they sell out.
History of the Lions
The Detroit Lions were named as an acknowledgment to the city’s baseball team the Detroit Tigers. The Lions first season in the NFL was successful, however they were unable to make it to the playoffs. The Detroit Lions finished with 10 wins and 3 losses. The 1935 season was the first time the Lions won the NFL championship. Their regular season tally was at 7 wins, 3 losses and 2 ties. In the NFL Finals, the Lions defeated the New York Giants 26-7 to win their first NFL title. The Detroit Lions would repeat the same feat in 1952, 1953 and 1957. This was an exceptionally successful period for the team. Even though the team, since 1957, has reached the playoffs many times, they have been unable to win a Super Bowl championship. In fact, the Lions are one of the four teams in the NFL to have never played in the Super Bowl and the only one in the NFC.
The Detroit Lions in the Playoffs
Member of the National Football Conference (NFC) North division, the Detroit Lions do not have a strong record as far as the playoffs are concerned. In their 87 year history, the Lions have reached the playoffs 18 times. They have won 4 Division Championship, 4 Conference Championships and 4 NFL titles. The last time the Lions won the Divisional playoffs was in 1991 against the Dallas Cowboys 38-6. That time they finished their regular season on top of the Central Division with 12 wins and 4 losses. The Lions lost the NFC Championship to the Washington Redskins 10-41. Since 1991, the Detroit Lions have reached the playoffs a total of eight times, but only as a Wild Card. They have not been able to win any of their playoff games since 1991. This puts them behind the Arizona Cardinals as the team with the second worst NFL Championship drought. Since 1957, the Detroit Lions have won only one playoff game.
The Lions Rivals
As the Detroit Lions have been part of many divisions, they have had to face many rivals over the years. The oldest rivals for the Detroit Lions have been the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. One of the reasons for these teams old rivalry is that they have been together in a division since 1933. In addition to the Bears and the Packers, in the NFL Western Division from 1933 till 1949, the Lions regularly played against the Chicago Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Reds. The National Conference in the early fifties brought in a new crop of rivals. From 1950-1952, the Lions went up against the Baltimore Colts, New York Yanks and San Francisco 49ers. In the Western Conference from 1953 to 1966 the Lions had to deal with the Minnesota Vikings. From 1970 till 2001, when the Lions were in the Central Division, it was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And recently from 2002 onwards in the NFC North, the Lions have had some competition from the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers.
The Latest on the Lions
Since 2010, the Detroit Lions have reached the playoffs as a wild card team three times. In 2011, they came second in their division with 10 wins and 6 losses in the regular season. The Lions lost the playoffs to the New Orleans Saints 28-45. Mathew Stafford was named Comeback Player of the Year. 2014 saw the Lions make it to the playoffs as a wild card team with 11 wins and 5 losses. They placed second in their division again. This time they lost to the Dallas Cowboys 20-24. And it was the same story however with a different team in 2016 when the Lions lost the playoffs, again as a wild card team to the Seattle Seahawks 6-26.
The Detroit Lions over the past few years have not been able to make it to the playoffs on their own. Some of the reasons may include coaching issues, the general environment at the franchise and the fans who have given up. However, 2017 may give the Lions fans hope in the form of Ezekiel Ansah. The Ghanaian born defensive end can make a critical difference when the 2017 season starts. Fans are hoping that Ansah along with the fairly talented Lions can get over their playoff drought they are facing for the past twenty five years.
If you’re a fan of the Lions, then 2017 is the year to be hopeful about. Get the Detroit Lions tickets before they sell out.