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The 2008 Detroit Lions season was the 79th season for the franchise in the National Football League. Although the Lions had a flawless preseason with a 4-0 record, the Lions soon became the first team in NFL history to compile an 0-16 record in regular season play. They were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention after Week 11. Team president and CEO Matt Millen was fired on September 24, while head coach Rod Marinelli and most of his assistants were fired the day after the season ended.

To celebrate their 75th year playing as the Lions (they had been known as the Portsmouth Spartans their first four seasons), the Lions wore special throwback uniforms for two home games, a replica of the ones used in 1934, the first year as the Lions. The uniforms had blue jerseys with silver lettering, solid silver pants, blue socks, and solid silver helmets. This replaced their black alternate jersey used in the 2005-2007 seasons.

Offseason

Notable roster losses and trades



2008 Draft









  • Seventh Round:
    • DT Landon Cohen from Ohio Universitymarker
    • S Caleb Campbell from Army (pick acquired from trade with New Orleans) (Due to new rules implemented this year regarding Military athletes by the U.S. Military Academy, he was later ruled ineligible to play professionally until 2010, and instead must serve in The Army until then).


Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site TV NFL Recap
Final score Team record
1 August 7, 2008 7:00 PM EDT New York Giants W 13-10 1-0 Ford Fieldmarker Detroit Lions Television Network Recap
2 August 17, 2008 7:30 PM EDT at Cincinnati Bengals W 27-10 2-0 Paul Brown Stadiummarker Detroit Lions Television Network Recap
3 August 23, 2008 4:00 PM Cleveland Browns W 26-6 3-0 Ford Field NFL Network / Detroit Lions Television Network Recap
4 August 28, 2008 6:30 PM EDT at Buffalo Bills W 14-6 4-0 Ralph Wilson Stadiummarker Detroit Lions Television Network Recap


Because the Lions went undefeated in exhibition games, they were dubbed by the media as "The Pre-season Champions". T-shirts were made to reflect this.

Regular season

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site TV NFL Recap
Final score Team record
1 September 7, 2008 1:00 PM EDT at Atlanta Falcons L 34-21 0-1 Georgia Domemarker FOX Recap
2 September 14, 2008 1:00 PM EDT Green Bay Packers L 48-25 0-2 Ford Fieldmarker FOX Recap
3 September 21, 2008 4:05 PM EDT at San Francisco 49ers L 31-13 0-3 Candlestick Parkmarker FOX Recap
4 Bye
5 October 5, 2008 1:00 PM EDT Chicago Bears L 34-7 0-4 Ford Field FOX Recap
6 October 12, 2008 1:00 PM EDT at Minnesota Vikings L 12-10 0-5 The Metrodomemarker FOX Recap
7 October 19, 2008 4:05 PM EDT at Houston Texans L 28-21 0-6 Reliant Stadiummarker FOX Recap
8 October 26, 2008 1:00 PM EDT Washington Redskins L 25-17 0-7 Ford Field FOX Recap
9 November 2, 2008 1:00 PM EST at Chicago Bears L 27-23 0-8 Soldier Fieldmarker FOX Recap
10 November 9, 2008 1:00 PM EST Jacksonville Jaguars L 38-14 0-9 Ford Field CBS Recap
11 November 16, 2008 1:00 PM EST at Carolina Panthers L 31-22 0-10 Bank of America Stadiummarker FOX Recap
12 November 23, 2008 1:00 PM EST Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 38-20 0-11 Ford Field FOX Recap
13 November 27, 2008 12:30 PM EST Tennessee Titans L 47-10 0-12 Ford Field CBS Recap
14 December 7, 2008 1:00 PM EST Minnesota Vikings L 20-16 0-13 Ford Field FOX Recap
15 December 14, 2008 1:00 PM EST at Indianapolis Colts L 31-21 0-14 Lucas Oil Stadiummarker FOX Recap
16 December 21, 2008 1:00 PM EST New Orleans Saints L 42-7 0-15 Ford Field FOX Recap
17 December 28, 2008 1:00 PM EST at Green Bay Packers L 31-21 0-16 Lambeau Fieldmarker FOX Recap


Standings

Game recaps

Week 1: at Atlanta Falcons



The Lions began their 2008 season down south at the Georgia Domemarker against the Atlanta Falcons. A pre-season poll on thespread.com said the Falcons (who finished 11-5 before losing in the Wilcard playoffs), were less likely (dead last for that matter) to make the Super Bowl than the Lions. In the first quarter, Detroit trailed early as QB Matt Ryan completed a 62-yard TD pass to WR Michael Jenkins, while RB Michael Turner scored twice a 66-yard TD run and then on a 5-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Lions would respond when rookie RB Kevin Smith scored on a 3-yard TD run, while QB Jon Kitna completed a 21-yard TD pass to WR Roy Williams. However, in the third quarter, Atlanta continued its dominant start when kicker Jason Elam completed a 50-yard field goal, while RB Jerious Norwood scored on a 10-yard TD run. Detroit would reply when Kitna hooked up with TE Casey FitzSimmons on a 1-yard TD pass. However, the Falcons sealed the win in the fourth quarter when Elam nailed a 25-yard field goal.

Week 2: vs. Green Bay Packers



Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Falcons, the Lions played their Week 2 home opener against their NFC North foe, the Green Bay Packers. In the first quarter, Detroit trailed as Packers QB Aaron Rodgers completed a 9-yard TD pass to WR James Jones. In the second quarter, the Lions continued to trail as Rodgers completed a 2-yard TD pass to WR Donald Driver and a 29-yard TD pass to WR Jordy Nelson. Detroit would close out the first half when kicker Jason Hanson completed a 38-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Lions continued to hack away at Green Bay's lead with Hanson kicking a 49-yard and a 53-yard field goal. The Packers responded when kicker Mason Crosby completed a 25-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Detroit clawed away at the Pack's lead when QB Jon Kitna completed a 38-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson. The Lions closed in as the snap to Packers punter Derrick Frost was high, causing it to go through the back of his end zone, giving Detroit a safety. The Lions would take the lead on Kitna's 47-yard TD pass to Calvin Johnson. However, Green Bay rebounded with Crosby's 39-yard field goal, RB Brandon Jackson's 19-yard TD run, CB Charles Woodson's 41-yard interception return for a touchdown, and safety Nick Collins' 42-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Week 3: at San Francisco 49ers



Trying to snap a two-game skid, the Lions flew out west to Candlestick Parkmarker for a Week 3 duel with the San Francisco 49ers. In the first quarter, Detroit trailed early as 49ers (and former Lions) QB J.T. O'Sullivan completed a 6-yard TD pass to WR Isaac Bruce. In the second quarter, San Francisco increased its lead when RB Frank Gore scored on a 4-yard TD run. The Lions would get on the board when kicker Jason Hanson completed a 44-yard field goal. The 49ers closed out the half when O'Sullivan completed a 24-yard TD pass to TE Delanie Walker.

In the third quarter, Detroit tried to rally as Hanson kicked a 51-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, San Francisco increased its lead with CB Allen Rossum scored on a 1-yard TD run. The Lions tried to comeback as QB Jon Kitna completed a 34-yard TD pass to RB Rudi Johnson, yet the 49ers pulled away when kicker Joe Nedney nailed a 25-yard field goal.

Week 4: Bye week - Millen fired

In the bye week, team president and CEO Matt Millen was fired after eight years of management in which the team accumulated a league-worst record of 31 wins and 84 losses.

Week 5: vs. Chicago Bears



Coming off their bye week, the Lions played a Week 5 Black and Blue Division duel at home with the Chicago Bears. In the first quarter, Detroit trailed early as Bears kicker Robbie Gould got a 37-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Lions continued to trail as QB Kyle Orton completed a 9-yard TD pass to RB Matt Forté and a 12-yard TD pass to WR/KR Devin Hester. In the third quarter, Chicago continued its domination as Forté got a 1-yard TD run, and CB Charles Tillman returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown. Afterwards, Detroit got its only score of the game as rookie RB Kevin Smith scored on a 12-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, the Bears sealed the win when Gould nailed a 45-yard field goal.

Week 6: at Minnesota Vikings



The Lions flew across Lake Michiganmarker to Minneapolismarker in week 6 to take on the Minnesota Vikings. In the first quarter, Detroit's misery continued as Orlovsky unintentionally ran out of the back of his endzone, giving the Vikings a safety. In the second quarter, the Lions got the lead as kicker Jason Hanson got a 40-yard field goal. In the third quarter, Detroit increased its lead as Orlovsky completed a 12-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson. However, Minnesota answered when QB Gus Frerotte completed an 86-yard TD pass to WR Bernard Berrian. In the fourth quarter, the Vikings sealed the win when kicker Ryan Longwell nailed the game-winning 26-yard field goal.

Dan Orlovsky's run out of the end zone for a safety topped the list of ESPN's Not Top 10 of 2008.

Roster moves

On October 14, The Lions traded wide receiver Roy Williams to the Dallas Cowboys for three picks in the 2009 NFL Draft. The same day, quarterback Jon Kitna was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season, due to chronic back pain. Dan Orlovsky took over his place.

Week 7: at Houston Texans



In week 7, the Lions flew down to Reliant Stadiummarker for an interconference duel in the Lone Star State with the Houston Texans. In the first quarter, Detroit's slow starts continued as Texans QB Matt Schaub completed a 2-yard TD pass to TE Owen Daniels, along with RB Ahman Green getting a 1-yard TD run. In the second quarter, Houston increased their lead as RB Steve Slaton got a 1-yard TD run. The Lions responded when kicker Jason Hanson completed a 54-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, Detroit began to catch up as rookie RB Kevin Smith got a 26-yard TD run, yet the Texans answered with Schaub completing a 1-yard TD pass to Daniels. In the fourth quarter, the Lions tried to comeback as QB Dan Orlovsky completed a 96-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson, along with Hanson nailing a 54-yard field goal. However, Houston's defense prevented any comeback from happening.

Week 8: vs. Washington Redskins



The Lions went home for a Week 8 duel with the Washington Redskins. In the first quarter, Detroit trailed early as Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham got a 25-yard field goal. In what would be the first time in the season the Lions scored during the first quarter, RB Rudi Johnson got an 11-yard TD run. In the second quarter, Detroit increased its lead as kicker Jason Hanson got a 43-yard field goal. Washington closed out the half with Suisham getting a 47-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Redskins regained the lead as Suisham made a 45-yard field goal, along with QB Jason Campbell completing a 50-yard TD pass to WR Santana Moss. In the fourth quarter, the Lions' struggles continued as Moss returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown. Detroit tried to rally as QB Dan Orlovsky completed a 17-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson. However, Washington closed out the game with Suisham nailing a 42-yard field goal.

Signing of Daunte Culpepper

On October 28, the Lions discussed a contract with veteran quarterback Daunte Culpepper. He signed with the Lions on November 3 and played 4 games before suffering a shoulder injury.

Week 9: at Chicago Bears



Still trying to get their first win of the season, the Lions flew to Soldier Fieldmarker for a Week 9 NFC North rematch with the Chicago Bears. In the first quarter, Detroit trailed early as Bears kicker Robbie Gould got a 36-yard field goal, along with QB Kyle Orton getting a 5-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Lions greatly responded with rookie RB Kevin Smith getting a 1-yard TD run (with a blocked PAT), along with QB Dan Orlovsky completing a 17-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson and a 14-yard TD pass to WR Shaun McDonald. Chicago would respond with Gould getting a 41-yard field goal, yet Detroit answered with kicker Jason Hanson getting a 52-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Bears began to rally as QB Rex Grossman (who took over for Orton after he left the game in the second quarter with a right foot sprain) completed a 6-yard TD pass to WR Rashied Davis. In the fourth quarter, Chicago completed their rally as Grossman got a 1-yard TD run. The Lions tried to rally, but the Bears' defense prevented any possible comeback from happening.

Week 10: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Game site: Ford Fieldmarker, Detroit, Michiganmarker
  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather: None (Domed Stadium)
  • Game attendance: 52,631
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Kevin Harlan & Rich Gannon*
    * blacked out locally [http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081106/SPORTS0101/811060469/1004/SPORTS Detroit News 11/6/08 Blackout II: Lions / Jags not on local TV] In week 10 the Lions went home, donned their throwback uniforms, and played an interconference game against the [[2008 Jacksonville Jaguars season|Jacksonville Jaguars]]. In the first quarter, Detroit trailed early as Jaguars kicker [[Josh Scobee]] got a 34-yard field goal. The Lions would respond as QB [[Drew Stanton]] made his NFL debut and completed a 1-yard TD pass to TE [[John Owens (American football)|John Owens]] on his first NFL pass. In the second quarter, Jacksonville took a huge lead as RB [[Maurice Jones-Drew]] got a 6-yard, a 1-yard, and an 8-yard TD run. In the third quarter, Detroit's misery continued as Jaguars QB [[David Garrard]] completed a 7-yard TD pass to WR [[Jerry Porter (American football)|Jerry Porter]]. In the fourth quarter, Jacksonville pulled away as Garrard completed a 10-yard TD pass to WR [[Troy Williamson]]. The Lions would end the game when rookie RB [[Kevin Smith (running back)|Kevin Smith]] scored on a 1-yard TD run. ===Week 11: at Carolina Panthers=== {{Linescore Amfootball| |Road=Lions |R1=7 |R2=9 |R3=0 |R4=6 |RT=22 |Home='''Panthers''' |H1=0 |H2=21 |H3=3 |H4=7 |HT=31 }} * '''Game site:''' [[Bank of America Stadium]], [[Charlotte, North Carolina]] * '''Game time:''' 1:00 PM [[North American Eastern Time Zone|EDT]] * '''Game weather:''' 54[[Fahrenheit|°F]] (Sunny) * '''Game attendance:''' 73,349 * '''Referee:''' [[Bill Leavy]] * '''TV announcers:''' ([[NFL on Fox|FOX]]): [[Ron Pitts]], [[Tony Boselli]], & [[Charissa Thompson]] The still winless next Lions flew south to [[Bank of America Stadium]] for a Week 11 duel with the [[2008 Carolina Panthers season|Carolina Panthers]]. In the first quarter, Detroit struck first as QB [[Daunte Culpepper]] completed a 29-yard TD pass to WR [[Calvin Johnson (American football)|Calvin Johnson]]. In the second quarter, the Lions increased their lead when kicker [[Jason Hanson]] got a 40-yard field goal. The Panthers responded when QB [[Jake Delhomme]] completed a 15-yard TD pass to TE [[Jeff King (American football)|Jeff King]]. Detroit answered when Hanson completed a 56-yard field goal, yet Carolina took the lead as RB [[DeAngelo Williams]] scored a long 56-yard TD run. Later, Carolina RB [[Jonathan Stewart]] scored on a 22-yard TD run. The Lions closed out the half as Hanson completed a 27-yard field goal. In the third quarter, the Panthers increased their lead when kicker [[John Kasay]] nailed a 29-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Detroit tried to comeback as Culpepper got a 1-yard TD run (with a failed 2-point conversion due to a missed facemask call against Carolina), but Carolina pulled away as Williams scored on a 4-yard TD run. ===Week 12: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers=== {{Linescore Amfootball| |Road='''Buccaneers''' |R1=0 |R2=21 |R3=14 |R4=3 |RT=38 |Home=Lions |H1=17 |H2=0 |H3=3 |H4=0 |HT=20 }} * '''Game site:''' [[Ford Field]], [[Detroit, Michigan]] * '''Game time:''' 1:00 PM [[North American Eastern Time Zone|EDT]] * '''Game weather:''' None (Domed Stadium) * '''Game attendance:''' 49,096 * '''Referee:''' [[Bill Carollo]] * '''TV announcers:''' ([[NFL on Fox|FOX]]): [[Ron Pitts]], [[Tony Boselli]], & [[Charissa Thompson]]* *blacked out locally [http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081120/SPORTS0101/811200447/1004/SPORTS Detroit News November 20, 2008 Lions game blacked out] In week 11, the Lions went home for a Week 12 duel with another [[NFC South]] team, the [[2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season|Tampa Bay Buccaneers]]. In the first quarter, Detroit struck first as QB [[Daunte Culpepper]] completed a 15-yard TD pass to WR [[Calvin Johnson (American football)|Calvin Johnson]]. The Lions continued their early success as safety [[Daniel Bullocks]] returned a fumble 44 yards for a touchdown, while kicker [[Jason Hanson]] got a 38-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Buccaneers took the lead as RB [[Warrick Dunn]] got a 13-yard TD run, while QB [[Jeff Garcia]] completed a 36-yard TD pass to WR [[Ike Hilliard]] and a 24-yard TD pass to TE [[Jerramy Stevens]]. In the third quarter, Tampa Bay added onto their lead as RB [[Clifton Smith (running back)|Clifton Smith]] returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown, along with CB [[Ronde Barber]] returning an interception 65 yards for a touchdown. Detroit scored when Hanson got a 40-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, only the Buccaneers scored when kicker [[Matt Bryant]] nailed a 48-yard field goal. ===Week 13: vs. Tennessee Titans ([[Thanksgiving Classic]])=== {{Linescore Amfootball| |Road='''Titans''' |R1=21 |R2=14 |R3=6 |R4=6 |RT=47 |Home=Lions |H1=3 |H2=7 |H3=0 |H4=0 |HT=10 }} * '''Game site:''' [[Ford Field]], [[Detroit, Michigan]] * '''Game time:''' 12:30 PM [[North American Eastern Time Zone|EDT]] * '''Game weather:''' None (Domed Stadium) * '''Game attendance:''' 60,112 * '''Referee:''' [[Jeff Triplette]] * '''TV announcers:''' ([[NFL on CBS|CBS]]) (nationwide): [[Jim Nantz]] & [[Phil Simms]] Later that week, the Lions stayed at home, donned their throwback uniforms again, and played their 69th Annual Thanksgiving Day game against the then 10-1 [[2008 Tennessee Titans season|Tennessee Titans]]. It was the only nationally televised game of the regular season and the only one of the final six home games that wasn't blacked out, although the Lions needed a 24-hour extension to sell out Ford Field. In the first quarter, Detroit trailed early as Titans RB [[Chris Johnson (running back)|Chris Johnson]] got a 6-yard TD run. The Lions would respond with kicker [[Jason Hanson]] getting a 53-yard field goal. Tennessee would answer with Johnson getting a 58-yard TD run, along with DE [[Dave Ball (defensive end)|Dave Ball]] returning an interception 15 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter, Detroit's misery continued as RB [[LenDale White]] got a 6-yard TD run and a 2-yard TD run. Detroit would end the half with QB [[Daunte Culpepper]] completing a 2-yard TD pass to TE [[Michael Gaines]]. In the third quarter, the Titans continued to pull away as kicker [[Rob Bironas]] got a 49-yard and a 41-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Tennessee scored two more times when Bironas nailed a 45-yard and a 43-yard field goal. Singer [[Jesse McCartney]] performed during halftime. The 47 points were most points that Detroit had ever given up on Thanksgiving Day. ===Week 14: vs. Minnesota Vikings=== {{Linescore Amfootball| |Road='''Vikings''' |R1=0 |R2=3 |R3=7 |R4=10 |RT=20 |Home=Lions |H1=3 |H2=3 |H3=7 |H4=3 |HT=16 }} * '''Game Site:''' [[Ford Field]], [[Detroit, Michigan]] * '''Game time:''' 1:00 PM [[North American Eastern Time Zone|EDT]] / 12:00 PM [[North American Central Time Zone|CDT]] * '''Game weather:''' None (Domed Stadium) * '''Game attendance:''' 50,444 * '''Referee:''' [[Jerome Boger]] * '''TV announcers:''' ([[NFL on Fox|FOX]]): [[Sam Rosen (sportscaster)|Sam Rosen]], [[Tim Ryan (sportscaster)|Tim Ryan]], & [[Chris Myers]]* *blacked out locally [http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081204/SPORTS0101/812040471/1004/SPORTS Detroit News 12/4/08 Lions Vikings won't be on local TV] Next, the Lions stayed at home for a Week 15 NFC North rematch with newly signed veteran quarterback [[Daunte Culpepper]]'s former team the [[2008 Minnesota Vikings season|Minnesota Vikings]]. In the first quarter, Detroit was on the board first as kicker [[Jason Hanson]] got a 25-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Lions increased their lead as Hanson got a 23-yard field goal. The Vikings would close out the half as kicker [[Ryan Longwell]] got a 35-yard field goal. During the first half, [[Moran Norris]] was ejected by referee [[Jerome Boger]] for throwing a punch at Minnesota's [[Napolean Harris]]. In the third quarter, Minnesota took the lead as RB [[Chester Taylor]] got a 17-yard TD run. Detroit would reply with former Vikings QB [[Daunte Culpepper]] completing a 70-yard TD pass to WR [[Calvin Johnson (American football)|Calvin Johnson]]. However, Minnesota got the lead again as QB [[Tarvaris Jackson]] completed an 11-yard TD pass to TE [[Visanthe Shiancoe]]. In the fourth quarter, the Lions tried to rally as Hanson made a 39-yard field goal. However, the Vikings pulled away as Longwell nailed a 50-yard field goal. ===Week 15: at Indianapolis Colts=== {{Linescore Amfootball| |Road=Lions |R1=3 |R2=7 |R3=3 |R4=8 |RT='''21''' |Home='''Colts''' |H1=7 |H2=14 |H3=0 |H4=10 |HT='''31''' }} * '''Game site:''' [[Lucas Oil Stadium]], [[Indianapolis, Indiana]] * '''Game time:''' 1:00 PM [[North American Eastern Time Zone|EDT]] * '''Game weather:''' None (Roof closed) * '''Game attendance:''' 66,281 * '''Referee:''' [[Pete Morelli]] * '''TV announcers:''' ([[NFL on Fox|FOX]]): [[Thom Brennaman]] & [[Brian Billick]] In the last interconference duel of the season, the Lions traveled to their neighbors in [[Indianapolis, Indiana]] to take on the [[2008 Indianapolis Colts season|Indianapolis Colts]]. The Colts struck first when [[Dominic Rhodes]] ran in a TD from 1 yard out midway through the first quarter. The Lions would respond a few minutes later with a 51 yard field goal by Jason Hanson. With just under 6 minutes left in the half, [[Chad Simpson]] of the Colts ran in a TD from 2 yards out. Calvin Johnson of the Lions responded a few minutes later by catching a 33 yard TD pass. The Colts struck back with just under a minute in the half, when [[Dallas Clark]] caught a 3 yard TD pass. The only points for either team in the 3rd quarter was a Jason Hanson 30 yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Kevin Smith ran in a TD from 1 yard out. The Lions decided to go for the 2 point conversion to tie it up and were successful when Casey Fitzsimmons caught a pass and ran it in. The Colts responded with another Dominic Rhodes 1 yard TD run. They put it away with a 31 yard Adam Vinatieri field goal. With the loss to the Colts, the Lions became the third team (after the [[1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season|1976 Buccaneers]] and the [[1980 New Orleans Saints season|1980 Saints]]) to lose the first 14 games of the regular season. ===Week 16: vs New Orleans Saints=== {{Linescore Amfootball| |Road='''Saints''' |R1=14 |R2=14 |R3=14 |R4=0 |RT=42 |Home=Lions |H1=0 |H2=7 |H3=0 |H4=0 |HT=7 }} * '''Game site:''' [[Ford Field]], [[Detroit, Michigan]] * '''Game time:''' 1:00 PM [[North American Eastern Time Zone|EDT]] * '''Game weather:''' None (Domed Stadium) * '''Game attendance:''' 49,309 * '''Referee:''' [[Alberto Riveron]] * '''TV announcers:''' ([[NFL on Fox|FOX]]): [[Ron Pitts]], [[Tony Boselli]], and [[Charissa Thompson]]* *blacked out locally


For their last home game of the season, the Lions took on the New Orleans Saints. Detroit trailed early in the first quarter as Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem got a 20-yard touchdown run, along with running back Deuce McAllister getting a 2-yard touchdown run. The Lions would respond in the second quarter with rookie running back Kevin Smith getting a 1-yard touchdown run. However, New Orleans answered with running back Mike Bell getting a 1-yard touchdown run, along with running back Pierre Thomas getting a 2-yard touchdown run. The Saints would then close out the game's scoring in the third quarter quarterback Drew Brees completing a 6-yard and a 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marques Colston.

With the loss, the Lions would fall to 0-15 for the first time in NFL history. They also became the first team to lose 15 straight in a single season since the 2001 Carolina Panthers, who won their first game, then lost the remaining 15 to go 1-15.

Week 17: at Green Bay Packers



For their last shot at avoiding becoming the first team in NFL history to go 0-16, the Lions traveled to Green Bay, Wisconsinmarker to take on division rivals the Green Bay Packers (who Detroit had not beaten on the road since 1991). The Packers struck first midway through the first quarter when Deshawn Wynn ran in a career long 73 yard TD. They made it 14-0 when Jermichael Finley caught a 3 yard TD pass near the end of the first quarter. The Lions got on the board in the second quarter when Calvin Johnson caught a 9 yard TD pass. At the end of the half, Will Blackmon called a fair catch as time expired, allowing Mason Crosby to attempt a rare 69 yard free-kick. Crosby kicked it accurately but it fell just a yard short with the wind blowing against him. Before the game, Crosby also attempted a 64 yard field goal. Calvin Johnson scored another TD to tie it up in the 3rd quarter when he caught a 14 yard pass. The Packers responded just after the start of the 4th quarter with a 36 yard Mason Crosby field goal, and later with a John Kuhn 5 yard TD catch. The Lions responded less than a minute later with a Kevin Smith 9 yard TD run. The Packers sealed the Lions' fate though with a 71 yard TD pass caught by Donald Driver.

With the loss, the Lions became only the second NFL team of the post-merger era to go winless without a tie in the regular season, and the first to go 0-16. (The 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers also went winless, but that was when the regular season only had 14 games.) The Lions have lost 23 of their last 24 regular-season games, going back to the previous season. The Lions have also lost 17 consecutive regular season games (the NFL record is 26 by the Buccaneers, who lost the next twelve games after their winless season).

After allowing 31 points to the Packers, it brought their season total points allowed to 517. This is the second highest point total allowed in a single season in NFL history, trailing only the 533 allowed by the 1981 Baltimore Colts.

Notable reactions

After the final game of the season, Lions' radio play-by-play announcer Dan Miller summed up the whole year in a few sentences:

On the NFL Network's "Top 10 Worst Teams Of All Time", the 2008 Lions were recently placed at #1, with the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers falling to #2.

Coaching staff

Detroit Lions 2008 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches
  Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning


Roster

Detroit Lions 2008 final roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends
Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen
Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams
Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Unsigned Draft Picks

Rookies in italics



Notes and references

  1. NFL rookie Caleb Campbell Must Serve The Army Before Realizing Football Dreams
  2. Glazer, Jay. Millen out as Lions president, GM. Fox Sports. 24 September 2008.
  3. http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081016/SPORTS0101/810160388/1126 Lions emptied of promise
  4. Detroit News October 29, 2008 - Culpepper, Lions discuss contract
  5. Lions game to be blacked out
  6. An 0-16 season -- that's even painful to write
  7. NFL Network - State of the Lions


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