The Detroit Lions have been through a lot in recent years, and while the rough times are certainly something that has connected us as a city and as a fanbase, it’s that collective pain that makes this year’s success that much more special! From being one of the worst teams in the league, even being one of the only teams in recent history to have a winless season back in 2008, to the new Detroit Lions who just this week have officially earned the title of the 2024 champion of the NFC North.
How long has it been since the Lions won their last division title?
In the 94th-ever season of the Detroit Lions’ history, the team has managed to claim the divisional title for only the 4th time in franchise history, their last one coming in 1993! By clinching the divisional title the Lions have secured a home playoff game this year, making it their first playoff appearance since 2016 and their first home playoff game since 1993, and only the third home playoff game since winning the Super Bowl back in 1957. This means that this playoff game is also going to be the first-ever post-season game hosted by the Lions at Ford Field.
Birth of The New Detroit Lions
There’s a lot that’s gone into this season, but in our opinion, the one driving force behind this team that has redefined what the Detroit Lions franchise means by creating what we call “The New Lions”, is the Lions’ relatively new head coach, Dan Campbell, otherwise known as Motor City Dan Campbell or “MCDC”. Not only was he a Lions player back in his playing days, but MCDC has poured his heart and soul into the city of Detroit and its NFL franchise to ensure that it reaches its full potential, going from a losing 3-13 season his first year to divisional champs by his third year as the coach.
He started his career as the Lions’ head coach iconically stating that we’d “bite a kneecap off” of anyone we play against, and while people laughed at the time, he never faltered!
Now, the new Detroit Lions are a serious Super Bowl contender the likes of which Detroiters have not experienced in a long, long time.