The New York Giants (2-5) head out to the Motown to face the Detroit Lions (2-3-1) this Sunday in game between two franchises that could find themselves on the outside looking in come the postseason.
Here are six things for you to know courtesy of the Giants and Lions media guides.
The Detroit Lions’ franchise began in Portsmouth, Ohio and were known as the Spartans. They were sold and moved to Detroit in 1934 and renamed the Lions. They have won the NFL Championship four times (1935, ’52, ’53, ’57) and are the only pre-merger NFL team to never appear in the Super Bowl.
Since the 1970 merger, the Lions have qualified for 12 postseason berths and have compiled a sorry 1-12 record. They have played in just one NFC Championship Game, a 41-10 drubbing at the hands of the Washington Redskins.
The Lions have had only five Hall of Famers plays for them since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger: running back Barry Sanders (1989-98), tight end Charlie Sanders (1968-77), defensive back Dick Lebeau (1959-72), defensive back Lem Barney (1967-77) and defensive lineman Curley Culp (1980-81).
Sunday will be the 45th regular-season meeting between the two teams. The Giants’ all-time record against the Lions is 21-22-1 with a road record of 9-13-1. That does not include the only postseason meeting, which was the 1935 NFL Championship, won by the Lions at the University of Detroit Stadium.
Their jerseys are often mistaken as “powder blue.” The team actually lists them as “Honolulu blue.” The Lions have called Ford Field home since 2002 and the Ford family has owned the club since 1963.
Fun fact….legendary R&B singer Marvin Gaye tried out for the Lions in 1970 and was cut early on in camp. Lions’ legends Mel Farr and Lem Barney sing background on Gaye’s seminal No. hit, “What’s Going On.”