List of Detroit Lions seasons

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The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the NFC 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 1928 as an independent professional team.[1] The 2013 season will be their 85th in the NFL.

The Lions have won four NFL Championships, tied for 9th overall in total championships amongst all 32 NFL franchises; although the last was in 1957, which gives the club the second-longest NFL championship drought behind the Arizona Cardinals. The Lions are the only franchise to have gone winless since the move to sixteen season games in 1978, going 0–16 during the 2008 NFL season. They are also one of four current teams to have never played in the Super Bowl.


Seasons[edit]

  • Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. Italicized numbers mean that the records are subject to change each week due to regular season or postseason games being played.
NFL champions (1950–1969) Super Bowl Champions (1970–present) Conference Champions Division Champions Wild Card Berth One-Game Playoff Berth
NFL season Team's season League Conference Division Regular Season Post Season Results Awards
Finish Wins Losses Ties
Portsmouth Spartans
1930 1930 NFL 8th 5 6 3 The NFL did not hold playoff games until 1932
1931 1931 NFL 2nd 11 3 0
1932 1932 NFL 3rd 6 2 4 Lost Playoff Game1 (Bears) (9–0)
1933 1933 NFL Western 2nd 6 5 0
Detroit Lions
1934 1934 NFL Western 2nd 10 3 0
1935 1935 NFL Western 1st 7 3 2 Won NFL Championship (Giants) 26–7
1936 1936 NFL Western 3rd 8 4 0
1937 1937 NFL Western 2nd (T) 7 4 0
1938 1938 NFL Western 2nd 7 4 0
1939 1939 NFL Western 3rd 6 5 0
1940 1940 NFL Western 3rd 5 5 1
1941 1941 NFL Western 3rd 4 6 1
1942 1942 NFL Western 5th 0 11 0
1943 1943 NFL Western 3rd 3 6 1
1944 1944 NFL Western 2nd (T) 6 3 1 Frank Sinkwich (MVP)
1945 1945 NFL Western 2nd 7 3 0
1946 1946 NFL Western 5th 1 10 0
1947 1947 NFL Western 5th 3 9 0
1948 1948 NFL Western 5th 2 10 0
1949 1949 NFL Western 4th 4 8 0
1950 1950 NFL National 4th 6 6 0
1951 1951 NFL National 2nd (T) 7 4 1
1952 1952 NFL National 1st (T) 9 3 0 Won National Conference Playoff (Rams) 31–21
Won NFL Championship (Browns) 17–7
1953 1953 NFL Western 1st 10 2 0 Won NFL Championship (Browns) 17–16
1954 1954 NFL Western 1st 9 2 1 Lost NFL Championship (Browns) 56–10
1955 1955 NFL Western 6th 3 9 0
1956 1956 NFL Western 2nd 9 3 0
1957 1957 NFL Western 1st 8 4 0 Won Western Conference Playoff (49ers) 31–27
Won NFL Championship (Browns) 59–14
George Wilson (COY)
1958 1958 NFL Western 5th 4 7 1
1959 1959 NFL Western 5th 3 8 1
1960 1960 NFL Western 2nd (T) 7 5 0
1961 1961 NFL Western 2nd 8 5 1
1962 1962 NFL Western 2nd 11 3 0
1963 1963 NFL Western 4th (T) 5 8 1
1964 1964 NFL Western 4th 7 5 2
1965 1965 NFL Western 6th 6 7 1
1966 1966 NFL Western 6th (T) 4 9 1
1967 1967 NFL Western Central 3rd 5 7 2 Mel Farr (OROY)
Lem Barney (DROY)
1968 1968 NFL Western Central 4th 4 8 2 Earl McCullouch (OROY)
1969 1969 NFL Western Central 2nd 9 4 1
1970 1970 NFL NFC Central 2nd 10 4 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys) 5–0
1971 1971 NFL NFC Central 2nd 7 6 1
1972 1972 NFL NFC Central 2nd 8 5 1
1973 1973 NFL NFC Central 2nd 6 7 1
1974 1974 NFL NFC Central 2nd 7 7 0
1975 1975 NFL NFC Central 2nd 7 7 0
1976 1976 NFL NFC Central 3rd 6 8 0 Greg Landry (CBPOY)
1977 1977 NFL NFC Central 3rd 6 8 0
1978 1978 NFL NFC Central 3rd 7 9 0 Al Baker (DROY)
1979 1979 NFL NFC Central 5th 2 14 0
1980 1980 NFL NFC Central 2nd 9 7 0 Billy Sims (OROY)
1981 1981 NFL NFC Central 2nd 8 8 0
1982 1982 NFL NFC ---- 8th 2 4 5 0 Lost First Round (Redskins) 31–7
1983 1983 NFL NFC Central 1st 9 7 0 Lost Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 24–23
1984 1984 NFL NFC Central 4th 4 11 1
1985 1985 NFL NFC Central 4th 7 9 0
1986 1986 NFL NFC Central 3rd 5 11 0
1987 1987 NFL NFC Central 5th 4 11 0
1988 1988 NFL NFC Central 4th 4 12 0
1989 1989 NFL NFC Central 3rd 7 9 0 Barry Sanders (OROY)
1990 1990 NFL NFC Central 3rd 6 10 0
1991 1991 NFL NFC Central 1st 12 4 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys) 38–6
Lost Conference Championship (Redskins) 41–10
Wayne Fontes (COY)
1992 1992 NFL NFC Central 5th 5 11 0
1993 1993 NFL NFC Central 1st 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Packers) 28–24
1994 1994 NFL NFC Central 3rd 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Packers) 16–12 Barry Sanders
(OPOY)
1995 1995 NFL NFC Central 2nd 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Eagles) 58–37
1996 1996 NFL NFC Central 5th 5 11 0
1997 1997 NFL NFC Central 3rd 9 7 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Buccaneers) 20–10 Barry Sanders (MVP)
1998 1998 NFL NFC Central 4th 5 11 0
1999 1999 NFL NFC Central 3rd 8 8 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Redskins) 27–13
2000 2000 NFL NFC Central 4th 9 7 0
2001 2001 NFL NFC Central 5th 2 14 0
2002 2002 NFL NFC North 4th 3 13 0
2003 2003 NFL NFC North 4th 5 11 0
2004 2004 NFL NFC North 3rd 6 10 0
2005 2005 NFL NFC North 3rd 5 11 0
2006 2006 NFL NFC North 4th 3 13 0
2007 2007 NFL NFC North 3rd 7 9 0
2008 2008 NFL NFC North 4th 0 16 0
2009 2009 NFL NFC North 4th 2 14 0
2010 2010 NFL NFC North 3rd 6 10 0

Ndamukong Suh (DROY)

2011 2011 NFL NFC North 2nd 10 6 0 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Saints) 45–28 Matthew Stafford (CBPOY)
2012 2012 NFL NFC North 4th 4 12 0
2013 2013 NFL NFC North 3rd 7 9 0
2014 2014 NFL NFC North 1st 10 4 0
Totals
4 Division Titles
4 Conference Titles
4 NFL Titles
517 620 32 (1930–2013, regular season)
7 11 0 (1930–2013, playoffs)
524 631 32 (1930–2013, regular season and playoffs)

1 The result of the 1932 NFL Playoff Game to determine the NFL champion between the Chicago Bears and the Portsmouth Spartans counted in the standings.
2 Due to a strike-shortened season in 1982, all teams were ranked by conference instead of division.

See also[edit]

History of the Detroit Lions

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Portsmouth Spartans". Retrieved September 28, 2013.