Team Facts

Firsts, Records, Odds & Ends

Franchise Granted:
July 12, 1930 as the Portsmouth Spartans

First Season:
1930

Moved to Detroit:
June 30, 1934

Stadium:
Ford Field

NFL Championships:
1935, 1952, 1953, 1957

NFL Western Division Championships:
1935, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957

NFC Central Division Championships:
1983, 1991, 1993

All-Time Record:
(At Start of 2017 Season)
551-654-32

Retired Uniform Numbers:
#7 Dutch Clark
#22 Bobby Layne
#37 Doak Walker
#56 Joe Schmidt
#85 Chuck Hughes
 

 

  • First Draft Choice: Sid Wagner, G, Michigan State, 1936.
  • First Regular-Season Game as the Portsmouth Spartans: A 13-6 win over the Newark Tornadoes, 9/14/30.
  • First Regular-Season Game as the Detroit Lions: A 9-0 victory over the New York Giants, 9/23/34.
  • First Thanksgiving Day Game: A 19-16 loss to the Chicago Bears, 11/29/34.
  • First NFL Title: The Lions defeated the New York Giants 26-7 in the 1935 NFL Championship game, 12/15/35.
  • First All-League Selections: George Christensen and Dutch Clark, 1934.
  • First Player Elected to the Hall of Fame: QB Dutch Clark, charter member, 1963.
  • First to Rush 200 Yards in a Game: Barry Sanders, 220 yards vs. the Minnesota Vikings, 11/24/91.
  • First 2,000-Yard Rusher: Barry Sanders, 2,053 yards (1997).
  • First 1,000-Yard Rusher: Steve Owens, 1,035 yards (1971).
  • Longest Run From Scrimmage: 96 yards by Bob Hoernschemeyer vs. the New York Yanks, 11/23/50.
  • First 3,000-Yard Passer: Gary Danielson, 3,223 yards (1980).
  • Longest Passing Play: A 99-yard pass from Karl Sweetan to Pat Studstill vs. the Baltimore Colts, 10/16/66.
  • Most Career Rushing Yards: Barry Sanders, 15,269 yards (1989-1998).
  • Most Career Passing Yards: Matthew Stafford, 21,714 yards (2009-2014).
  • Most Career Receptions: Herman Moore, 670 receptions (1991-2001).
  • All-Time Leading Scorer: Jason Hanson, 2,150 points (1992-2012).
  • Fewest Yards Allowed An Opponent: 14 yards vs. the Chicago Cardinals, 9/15/40.



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