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Friday, September 18, 2009

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.

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League/conference affiliations
National Football League (1930–present)

  • Western Division (1930-1949)

  • National Conference (1950-1952)

  • Western Conference (1953-1969)

    • Central Division (1967-1969)



  • National Football Conference (1970-present)

    • NFC Central (1970-2001)

    • NFC North (2002-present)




Current uniform
NFCN-Uniform-DET.PNG
Team colorsHonolulu Blue, Silver, Black, White                   
Fight songGridiron Heroes
MascotRoary
Team history


  • Portsmouth Spartans (1929-1933)

  • Detroit Lions (1934–present)


Championships
League championships (4)

  • NFL Championships (4)
    1935, 1952, 1953, 1957


Conference championships (6)

  • NFL National: 1952

  • NFL Western: 1953, 1954, 1957


Division championships (7)

  • NFL West: 1935

  • NFC Central: 1983, 1991, 1993


Playoff appearances (14)


  • NFL: 1935, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1970, 1982, 1983, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999


Home fields


  • Universal Stadium (1930-1933)

  • University of Detroit Stadium (1934-1937, 1940)

  • Tiger Stadium (1938-1939, 1941-1974)

    • a.k.a. Briggs Stadium (1938-1960)



  • Pontiac Silverdome (1975-2001)

  • Ford Field (2002-present)