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Overview of the Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions are the hard luck story of the NFL. The Lions were successful in their early years winning the NFL Championship in 1935, 1952, 1953 and 1957. However, since that time they have had little success, qualifying for the playoffs on just ten occasions. The lowest point for the franchise came in 2008, when they didn't win a single game. They have improved since that time and made the playoffs for the first in the 21st century in 2011.

Statistics Overview of the Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions entered the NFL in 1930. The franchise is based in Downtown Detroit and plays its home matches at Ford Field. The Lions have never won or played in a Super Bowl. They have won the NFL five times all before the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. They have been division champions just four times and have not won the NFC North since the divisional realignment in 2002. They have appeared in the playoffs on fifteen occasions and have a record of 7-11. The franchise's regular season record is 517-620-32. The Minnesota Vikings are their biggest rivals.

Conference: NFC
Established: 1929
Stadium: Ford Field (2002- present)
Super Bowl Championships: 0
Conference Championships: 5 (1935, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957)
Division Championships: 4 (1935, 1983, 1991, 1993)
Playoff Appearances: 15 (1935, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1970, 1982, 1983, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2011)
Overall Record: 517-620-32
Playoff Record: 7-11
Biggest Rivals: Minnesota Vikings
Head Coach: Jim Caldwell
Legenday Players: Bobby Layne, Barry Sanders, Herman Moore

Detroit Lions: Star Players for 2014

Quarterback: Matt Stafford

Matt Stafford was the number one draft pick of the 2009 NFL draft. He was immediately made starter of the Lions team and the side generally struggled throughout the season. Stafford's breakout performance came against the Cleveland Browns, when he led the Lions to a dramatic 38-37 win over the Cleveland Browns, throwing five touchdown passes including the match winner, which he threw after separating his shoulder. Injury ended Stafford's 2009 season prematurely and did the same in 2010, playing just three games. Stafford was heavily praised for his comeback in 2011. He led the Detroit Lions to the playoffs, their first appearance since 1999, and NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. Three full seasons behind him, Stafford is set to entrench himself as an elite quarterback in the NFL.

Offensive Star: Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson was drafted with the second overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft. The wide receiver has delivered on his potential in the last three seasons and has become the best receiver in the NFL. Johnson is a four-time Pro Bowler, three-time All Pro Selection and led the NFL in receiving yards in 2011. Johnson was sensational in 2011 reaching a career high 1,681 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. Johnson is the most feared receiver in the NFL and faces double and triple team coverage on a weekly basis. He is the Lions most important player as his presence frees up other receivers and takes the pressure off Stafford. Johnson signed a $132 Million contract with the Lions in the 2011 off season, making him the highest paid receiver in the league.

Defensive Star: Stephen Tulloch

Stephen Tulloch is a linebacker for the Lions who was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He also played college football at North Carolina State. Tulloch signed a one-year deal with the Lions in 2011 after playing for the Titans for four seasons. During his first season he started all 16 games, recording 111 tackles, three sacks, and two interceptions. He re-signed to a five year contract in March 2012. He had a strong 2013 season, leading the defense's tackles with 93 along with 42 assists and 3.5 sacks.

Head Coach: Jim Caldwell

Jim Caldwell was announced as head coach of the Detroit Lions in January 2014. Before that he was head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-2011, though he'd been coaching the team in some capacity since 2002. He had one of the best debut seasons as a head coach in NFL history, finishing with a 14-2 record. Caldwell later became only the 5th rookie head coach to lead his team to the Super Bowl, but he ended up losing to New Orleans. Caldwell holds the NFL record for best start by a rookie head coach. He again reached the playoffs in his second season, but after QB Peyton Manning missed the entire 2011 season which resulted in a 2-14 record for the Colts, Caldwell was fired. He then became the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, and helped the team to a Super Bowl victory. With two Super Bowl appearances under his coaching belt, there are high expectations for Caldwell in his debut season with the Lions.

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