The Detroit Lions just did something that they haven’t done since 1971.
The Lions have a rich history in the National Football League (NFL). They were originally based in Portsmouth, Ohio and called the Portsmouth Spartans when they joined the NFL on July 12, 1930 and began to play in the 1930 season.
Even though they did have some success, they could not survive in Portsmouth because it was the NFL's smallest city. This led to the team being purchased and relocated to Detroit for the 1934 season.
During the history of the team, they have won four NFL championships, tied for 9th overall in total championships amongst all 32 NFL franchises.
Keep in mind that the last time that they won a world title was back in 1957. This marks the second-longest NFL championship drought behind the Arizona Cardinals. They are one of four current teams and the only NFC team to have not yet played in the Super Bowl.
The Lions picked up a 30-17 win over the Green Bay Packers on Monday night on ESPN and it was methodical. In fact, they broke a record that has been set since 1971, which was that they did not have to punt during the entire game. Here is a breakdown of their offensive possessions:
Marvin Jones Jr. 25 Yd pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater Kick)
Ameer Abdullah 4 Yd Run (Matt Prater Kick)
Matt Prater 44 Yd Field Goal
Matt Prater 19 Yd Field Goal
Marvin Jones Jr. 11 Yd pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater Kick)
Matt Prater 31 Yd Field Goal
"We went into this game just thinking this game needs to be a statement game," receiver Golden Tate said to ESPN. "We need to click collectively from all parameters and I think that's what we did for the most part, which was very important. So it felt good to just have things rolling, especially on the road in a very, very tough environment. We dealt with weather for the first time this year and I think we handled it well."
"He's had some really good ones," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said to reporters regarding Matthew Stafford. "It's hard to distinguish. He had a string of them there a couple years ago that were pretty strong and last year, too. But this one, well, you don't get a whole lot better than this."
"I was telling my coach it was the most important game because it was the next game but we really needed this win, you know -- kind of catapult us into the last half of the season," Marvin Jones Jr. said. "So it was a big win for us and obviously it was a division game so we needed to get it."
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