History and League Success
The team entered the NFL in 1928 as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans, before relocating to Detroit in 1934.
In 2008, the Lions became the first ever to go 0–16 and the second team in the post-merger era to go winless in a season (a feat later matched by the Cleveland Browns; the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the first to not win a game in a season in the post-merger era, during its inaugural season when there were only 14 games in a season).
The Detroit Lions have won four NFL championships (1935, 1952, 1953, and 1957) all prior to the advent of the Super Bowl. The team has never appeared in the Super Bowl, one of two NFL teams existing at the time of the AFL-NFL merger never to appear (the Browns are the other) and the oldest existing franchise not to have done so (along with being the only team in the NFC - including expansion franchises - to have not appeared).
NFC North Rivals