This Day In Sports History (December 28th) – Detroit Lions
It was on this day in 2008 that the Detroit Lions lost to the Green Bay Packers 31-21 in a game played at Lambeau Field. The loss meant that the Lions became the first team in NFL history to finish the regular season at 0-16.
The Lions surprisingly played well in the pre-season as they went 4-0. However, that success did not carry over into the regular season. With a roster made up mostly of younger players, the Lions were beaten rather easily week in and week out with 10 of their losses coming by double-digits. The closest Detroit came to victory was in week six when they traveled to Minnesota and lost a nail-biter to the Vikings by a score of 12-10. The Lions joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the only teams to go winless throughout the entire regular season, with the expansion Bucs going 0-14 in 1976.
Although the Lions suffered another losing season in 2010 for the 10th straight year, they were able to turn things around int 2011, as the likes of quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh helped them reach the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
Here is a “tribute” to the 2008 Detroit Lions.
Ray Bourque, NHL – Born December 28th 1960 (age 52) in Saint-Laurent, Quebec
Adam Vinatieri, NFL – Born December 28th 1972 (age 40) in Yankton, South Dakota
Bobby Taylor, NFL – Born December 28th 1973 (age 39) in Houston, Texas