Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Detroit Lions 2015 Schedule

The Detroit Lions announced their full 2015 season schedule today, which includes a franchise-record six nationally televised games and four games in prime time. Detroit will open the season on the road against the San Diego Chargers in Week 1 (Sunday, September 13) and begin the team’s slate of home games with a Week 3 matchup vs. the Denver Broncos (Sunday, September 27) on NBC’s Sunday Night Football - Detroit Lions

Friday, January 23, 2015

Detroit Lions to play KC Chiefs in London, England



The NFL has confirmed that the International Series game between the Detroit
Lions and Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, November 1 at London’s Wembley Stadium
will kick off at 9:30 a.m. ET (2:30 p.m. UK time).

The league had
previously announced that the games in London on Sunday, October 4 between the
New York Jets and Miami Dolphins and Sunday, October 25 between the Buffalo
Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars would kick off at 9:30 a.m. ET.

The 2015
International Series schedule:

Date Time Visiting Team Home Team
October 4, 2015 9:30 a.m. ET, 2:30 p.m. UK New York Jets Miami Dolphins
October 25, 2015 9:30 a.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. UK* Buffalo Bills Jacksonville Jaguars
November 1, 2015 9:30 a.m. ET, 2:30 p.m. UK Detroit Lions Kansas City Chiefs
*Daylight savings time ends in the UK on Sunday,
October 25

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Sunday, January 18, 2015


Allen Park, Mich. – The National Football League announced
today that Lions WR Golden Tate has been added to the 2015 Pro
Bowl and will replace Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin due to personal reasons. Tate’s
nomination marks the first time in Lions history that two wide receivers (WR
Calvin Johnson) have been named to the game, and the first time since 1966 (DT
Roger Brown, DT Alex Karras) that two players at the same position were

This year’s game also marks the first season that four Lions were
named to the Pro Bowl since 2000 when LB Stephen Boyd, DT Luther Elliss, K Jason
Hanson, DE Robert Porcher and TE David Sloan all played in the game. Earlier
this season, WR Calvin Johnson, S Glover Quin
and DT Ndamukong Suh were selected to the Pro

Perhaps the most impactful free-agent signing of the 2014 season,
Tate finished seventh in the NFL in receiving yards this season with 1,331 and
sixth in receptions with 99, both of which are career-highs. This season marks
the first time in Tate’s career he eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards. With 1,331
receiving yards, he became the sixth Lions receiver (9th time) in team history
to surpass 1,300 yards in a single season, and his 99 receptions rank sixth on
the Lions’ all-time list for single-season receptions. Tate and Johnson (1,077)
were one of only five NFL duos with at least 1,000 yards this season.

the team’s Wild Card game at Dallas (1/4), the eighth postseason game of his
career, Tate caught six passes for 89 yards, which included a career
postseason-long 51-yard touchdown reception. Tate’s six receptions tied a career
postseason high, matching the six receptions he registered at Atlanta (1/13/13)
while with Seattle. His 89 yards receiving was the second-highest postseason
single-game total of his career, behind only his career high of 103 yards at
Atlanta (1/13/2013).

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Monday, December 16, 2013

MNF Week 15. Lions vs Ravens


The Detroit Lions control their own playoff destiny. Here's what's at stake with tonight's Lions-Ravens game on Monday Night Football. 

If the Lions win they move back into a tie with Chicago for first place in the NFC North and own the tie-break against the Bears.

If the Lions lose tonight they are going to fall all the way back to third place behind Chicago and Green Bay with only two games left. As we've been saying, Lions must win all remaining games. A Wild Card berth is not an option with several other divisional teams having better records than the Lions..

The Ravens are in desperation mode as well. They must win all their remaining games just to have a hope of winning their division and making the playoffs.

The Lions are more productive than the Ravens with 346 points while the Ravens defense is slightly better allowing fewer points (261).

The Lions are asking everybody attending tonight's game to wear their Honolulu Blue for a "Blue Out" for Monday Night Football!

Ravens are (1-5) away from their bird cage, Lions should win this comfortably by 10!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


The Detroit Lions encourage fans throughout Michigan to wear blue apparel on Monday, Dec. 16 to celebrate Monday Night Football at Ford Field.

in celebration of Monday Night Football at Ford Field, the Detroit Lions have announced a “One Pride Blue Out” for Monday, December 16, 2013. 

In conjunction with their broadcast partners WXYZ Channel 7 and 97.1 “The Ticket”, the Lions ask fans throughout the state of Michigan to participate in the “Blue Out” by wearing blue apparel all day on Monday. Companies and schools are asked to encourage their employees and student to participate.

Fans attending the Monday Night Football game at Ford Field are also asked to wear blue.

Monday, November 18, 2013


Career Franchise Passing Record
QB Matthew Stafford threw for 362 yards at Pittsburgh and set the franchise record for career passing yards previous set by Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne (15,710). With 362 yards against the Steelers, he now has 16,005 in 55 career games. He broke the record on his 79-yard touchdown pass to WR Calvin Johnson in the second quarter.

Stafford is now the first player in team history to throw for 16,000 career passing yards.

Stafford broke Layne’s record, which has stood for 55 seasons (1958), in only his 55th career game. Layne reached 15,710 yards in 97 career games.  

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lions Fast Facts - Week 10

At Chicago (11/10), Calvin Johnson played in his 100th career game and qualified (minimum 100 games) as the NFL’s all-time leader in receiving yards per game with an average of 87.4 (8,740 yards). He broke the previous mark of 81.5 held by Texans WR Andre Johnson. 

Johnson’s 83 yards at Chicago increases his career receiving yards to total to 8,740. He has now accumulated the second-most receiving yards in NFL history by a player in his first 100 games. 
With 83 yards, he moved past WR Randy Moss (8,680) for second on that list. The all-time record is held by Hall of Fame WR Lance Alworth with 9,019. 

With six receptions at Chicago, Johnson has now caught one pass in each of his first 100 games. He is the sixth player in NFL history to catch a pass in their first 100 games (Marshall Faulk, Marvin Harrison, Keyshawn Johnson, Randy Moss and Jeremy Shockey). 

Johnson extended his franchise record of career games with 2+ touchdown receptions at Chicago (11/10) by recording the 12th of his career. This marks his third game of the 2013 season with 2+ touchdown receptions. 
With three games with 2+ receiving touchdowns, this marks the second time in his career he has at least three games with 2+ receiving touchdowns. In 2011, en route to a team-record 16 receiving touchdowns, Johnson had two receiving touchdowns in five different games. 

The Detroit Lions visit the Pittsburgh Steelers in a Week 11 road matchup this Sunday with kickoff set for 1 p.m. ET.

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Monday, October 28, 2013


In the Detroit Lions’ 31-30 comeback win vs. the Dallas Cowboys, WR Calvin Johnson recorded the second-most single-game receiving yards in NFL history with 329 on 14 receptions (23.5 avg). His 329 yards set a franchise record for most yards in a single game as he broke the previous best set by E Cloyce Box (302) vs. Baltimore October 27, 1950. He finished just seven yards shy of the all-time record set by Los Angeles Rams WR Flipper Anderson vs. New Orleans November 26, 1989. Johnson’s 329 yards are the most by a player in NFL history during a regulation game. In Anderson’s NFL record 336-yard game, 40 yards occurred in overtime. Anderson finished regulation with 296 receiving yards. Johnson is the fifth player in NFL history to record 300 yards in a game and the second in Lions history (302, E Cloyce Box vs. Baltimore 12/3/50). Among his 14 receptions, Johnson recorded catches of (order of longest) 87, 54, 29, 26, 22 and 21. He now holds five of the Lions Top-7 single game best in terms of receiving yards. NFL RECORD TWO-GAME TOTALS With 155 yards last week vs. Cincinnati and 329 yards this week vs. Dallas, Johnson set a new NFL record for the most receiving yards in a two-game span with 484 yards (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau). Johnson’s 484 yards the past two games broke the previous record set by Houston WR Andre Johnson in 2012. MEGATRON 200 With 329 yards today in the Lions’ win, Johnson registered his fifth career 200-yard receiving game and tied Hall of Fame WR Lance Alworth for the most in NFL history. He has registered a 200-yard game in each of the past three seasons, including two in 2011 and two in 2012. All five of Johnson’s career 200-yard games have occurred in the past 26 games he has played, dating back to a 214-yard outing at Oakland December 18, 2011. JOHNSON’S 150-YARD GAMES With 329 receiving yards vs. Dallas, Johnson registered his 11th career game of 150+ receiving yards. Johnson is the fifth player (tied for fourth-most) in NFL history to record 150 yards 11 times in the player’s first 100 games. His 329-yard game marked the first time in Johnson’s career he has registered 150+ yards in back-to-back games. He joins Lions E Cloyce Box (172 vs. Chicago Bears 12/7/52; 202 vs. Dallas 12/13/52) as the only players in franchise history with back-to-back 150+-yard games. JOHNSON’S 100-YARD GAMES By reaching 100 yards today vs. the Dallas Cowboys, Johnson (329) recorded his 36thcareer 100-yard game and become the third player in NFL history to collect 36 100-yard receiving games in his first 100 games. Today’s game marks Johnson’s 99th career game. He trails only WR Lance Alworth (40) and WR Randy Moss (39) for the most in a player’s first 100 career games. So far in 2013, Johnson has four 100-yard games this season. TALE OF BOTH HALVES Johnson recorded 150+ yards in both the first and second half of today’s game, with 156 in the first half and 173 yards in the second half. Johnson’s 156 yards are the most he has accumulated in the first half of game during his career. It surpasses the 119 yards he gained in the first half at Chicago October 4, 2009. His 156 yards in the first half are the most by a Lions receiver since WR Roy Williams had 167 yards at Philadelphia September 23, 2007. His second-half total of 173 registers as a career high in the second half, breaking the previous high of 171 accomplished twice (at Green Bay 1/1/12 and at Minnesota 11/11/12). SINGLE-GAME RECEPTIONS RECORD Not only did Johnson break the franchise record for receiving yards in a game, he also tied the team record for receptions in a game with 14. He tied the single-game record set by WR Herman Moore vs. Chicago December 4, 1995. Johnson now holds three of the team’s nine games with 12+ receptions, which also surpassed Moore and WR Brett Perriman (2) for the most in team history. TALLY OF 10 With 14 receptions today, it marks Johnson’s 10th career game with 10+ receptions, setting a new record for the most games with 10+ receptions in team history (WR Herman Moore, 9; 1991-2001). JOHNSON’S LONG CATCH In Johnson’s 329-yard record breaking performance, he registered an 87-yard reception on his first catch of the game. The 87-yard reception led to his two-yard touchdown catch four plays later to give the Lions a 7-0 lead. The 87-yard reception is tied for the second-longest of his career and was his third reception of 85+yards. It was the longest of his career that did not result in a touchdown and the longest in team history that did not result in touchdown. Now with four career receptions of 75+ yards, Johnson tied WR Leonard Thompson (4) for the most in franchise history. He now has two 70+-yard receptions on the season (72t at Arizona 9/15). Today was the second time in Johnson’s career he recorded two catches of 50+ yards in a single game. At Houston (10/19/08). Johnson had a 96-yard touchdown and a 58-yard receptions LEADERS THROUGH 100 Johnson’s 329-yard effort vs. Dallas moved him up the list of receiving yards by players in their first 100 career games. After 99 games, he has netted 8,657 yards, the third-most in NFL history. Today, he passed WR Torry Holt (8,598) for third place and Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice (8,488) for the fourth-most receiving yards in NFL history among players in the their first 100 games. TOTAL CAREER TOUCHDOWNS Johnson’s two-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter vs. Dallas (10/27) was the 62nd touchdown (receiving and rushing) of his career. He tied WR Herman Moore (62) for the second most total touchdowns in team history. In 99 career games, Johnson has 62 total touchdowns, including 61 touchdown receptions. His only rushing touchdown occurred on a 32-yard rush vs. Tampa Bay October 21, 2007. STAFFORD’S CAREER COMEBACKS QB Matthew Stafford led the Lions to a last-minute 31-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys today as he completed 33-of-48 passes (68.8 pct) for 488 yards and one touchdown. He also scored on a one-yard dive with 12 seconds left to play in regulation after he led the team on a six-play, 80-yard drive in 50 seconds (took possession with 1:02 left). Stafford has now tallied 12 career game-winning drives when trailing or tied in the fourth quarter or in overtime. He has now engineered eight game-winning drives after the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter or in overtime, with five of those drives completed with game-winning touchdown passes. Game-Winning Drives (Trailing/Tied) with 2:00 left in 4th Qtr or OT FASTEST TO 15,000 Stafford’s 488 passing yards vs. Dallas moved him past 15,000 career yards as he did so in his 53rd career game. He reached 15,000 career yards faster than any player in NFL history, surpassing the previous high of 56 games set by Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino, QB Kurt Warner and QB Marc Bulger (Courtesy Elias Sports Bureau). Stafford is now the second player in Lions history to pass for 15,000 yards, joining Hall of Fame QB Bobby Layne (15,710) as the only Lions passers in team history with 15,000 yards. He went over 15,000 career yards on his 87-yard connection in the first quarter to WR Calvin Johnson. STAFFORD’S 488 PASSING YARDS In the Lions’ 31-30 win over Dallas, Stafford passed for 488 yards, including 79 on the game-winning drive with less than one-minute to playw. It was as the second-highest single-game total in team history and the most in a Lions’ win. Today’s tally trails only Stafford’s 520 yards at Green Bay January 1, 2012. His 488 yards are also the most at home by a Lions quarterback in team history. Stafford now has six career games with 400+ passing yards in his first five NFL seasons, trailing only Hall of Famer Dan Marino (7) for the most such games in the first five seasons of a career in NFL history (courtesy NFL and Elias Sports Bureau). Today’s 488 passing yards by Stafford was his sixth 400-yard game and 21st 300-yard game of his career. Stafford holds six of the team’s nine 400+-yard games in franchise history. Since the beginning of the 2011 season, Stafford has now registered 300 yards in 20 of his 40 starts. He also accumulated his 14th career 350-yard game. 33 PASS COMPLETIONS In the Lions’ 31-30 win, Stafford completed 33 passes against Dallas, which ties for the sixth-highest single-game tally in Lions history. Of the 11 games in Lions history where a passer completed 33+ passes, Stafford now owns six of those games. TEAM OFFENSIVE OUTPUT In Detroit’s 31-30 comeback win over Dallas, the Lions set a franchise single-game record by accumulatin 638 total offensive yards (143 rushing, 480 passing). They broke the previous record of 583 yards set last year at Tennessee (9/23/12) in an overtime game. Today’s game marked the first time in team history that the Lions offense accumulated over 600 total yards in a game. NET TOTAL YARDS DIFFERENTIAL Detroit garnered 623 total yards vs. Dallas and allowed 268 total offensive yards by the Cowboys. The net yards differential equates to 355 yards, which represents the most tallied by the Lions since they netted a 376-yard difference (509 yards; 133 yards allowed) at San Francisco November 3, 1963 120 TOTAL YARDS RB Reggie Bush rushed for 92 yards and registered 30 receiving yards to tally 122 total yards from scrimmage. In seven games played this year, he has totaled 120+ yards four times. Detroit running backs have now tallied 120+ total yards in five of the team’s eight games, including RB Joique Bell’s 132-yard game at Washington (9/22). GREAT TIMING WR Kris Durham, who finished the game with four catches for 54 yards, picked a great time to record his career long reception. With 40-seconds left to play and trailing 30-24, the Lions faced a 2nd-and-10 at the Detroit 37-yard line. Durham streaked down the sideline and registered a career long 40-yard reception that moved the ball down to the Dallas 23-yard line. LIONS LONGEVITY C Dominic Raiola played in his 196th career game today against the Dallas Cowboys. In Week 4 vs. Chicago (10/29), Raiola moved past T Jeff Backus for the third-most career games played in team history. He also set a new franchise record for the most games played by a Lions offensive player and the most games played by a Lions interior (offensive or defensive) lineman. LB Stephen Tulloch played in his 120th consecutive game today vs. Dallas. Tulloch now has the second-most consecutive games played among active defensive players in the NFL. Washington LB London Fletcher has the most with 246.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Detroit Lions to Play in London England in 2014

2014 INTERNATIONAL SERIES GAMES CONFIRMED JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS vs. DALLAS COWBOYS, ATLANTA FALCONS vs. DETROIT LIONS, OAKLAND RAIDERS vs. MIAMI DOLPHINS AT LONDON’S WEMBLEY STADIUM The 2014 International Series games are set and an unprecedented six teams will play a regular-season game in London next season. The JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS will host the DALLAS COWBOYS, the ATLANTA FALCONS will host the DETROIT LIONS and the OAKLAND RAIDERS will host the MIAMI DOLPHINS at London’s Wembley Stadium next season. NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL confirmed the match-ups today at a luncheon with sports journalists in London. The dates and times of the games will be announced at a later date. “Our fans in the UK continue to demonstrate their passion for more football,” Goodell said. “Next year for the first time we will play three regular-season games in London. We have scheduled three attractive games with four teams playing in their first International Series game. The growing enthusiasm for the NFL internationally is exciting and we look forward to continuing to respond to this interest in our game.” The Jaguars, who face the San Francisco 49ers in London on Sunday, committed to playing a home game in the UK in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, all at Wembley. Miami will make its second visit to London for a regular-season game after hosting the New York Giants in the inaugural International Series contest in 2007. Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, and Oakland will all play their first international regular-season game next season. The International Series has increased NFL fan interest in the UK, with a current fan base of more than 12 million, including 2.5 million avid fans, a 30 percent increase in avid fans in the past two years. The Minnesota Vikings’ thrilling 34-27 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in London on September 29 drew a crowd of 83,518 to Wembley. The day before, more than 520,000 people attended a football festival on London’s famed Regent Street, enjoying football-themed games and attractions, including visits from Vikings’ and Steelers’ players and coaches. Television ratings have shown substantial growth in the UK since 2006 – with Sunday viewership of NFL games almost doubling and the Super Bowl audience having increased 75 percent. The league also has developed new and stronger business partnerships. Participation in amateur football in the UK has risen since the start of the International Series, growing by approximately 15 percent per year since 2007.