1934 : Detroit Lions Win First Game

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Photograph of 1934 Detroit Lions Football Game.

The Detroit Lions, previously known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans, played their first National Football League game, beating the New York Giants 9-0 at the University of Detroit stadium before a crowd of 12,000. During that season, the Lions won their first 10 games and hosted the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Day, beginning a holiday home-game tradition that continues to this day.

Sources :

Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.

Detroit Historical Society

A History of the Detroit Lions via wikipedia

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