Packers vs. Lions: 10 Rivalry Fun Facts

The Detroit Lions are set to come into Green Bay to face the Packers in primetime on Monday Night Football. The divisional rivals have a storied history, dating back decades. Here are some fun facts about the Packers-Lions history!

#1: The Packers first played the team before they were the Lions.

Green Bay played the Lions for the first time in 1930 when the Lions were known as the Portsmouth Spartans. The team was based in Portsmouth, Ohio. In 1934, they moved to Detroit. 

#2: Green Bay holds a significant advantage in the series.

The Packers lead the all-time series 104-72-7. Monday night’s matchup will be the 184th game in the rivalry. 

#3: The teams have faced off only twice in the postseason.

Green Bay holds a 2-0 advantage over Detroit in their postseason matchups. On January 8, 1994, the Packers traveled to Detroit to meet for the first time in the playoffs. The Packers won the game 28-24, handing the Lions their first ever home playoff loss. Fun fact within a fun fact: this game was the last time Detroit hosted a playoff game. 

The second playoff matchup between the two franchises occurred on December 31, 1994. Green Bay emerged victorious for the second consecutive season, winning 16-12. The Packers held Barry Sanders to -1 rushing yards. 

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre (4) attempts a pass against the Detroit Lions (Tom Pidgeon / Getty Images)

#4: The Packers set (and still hold) an NFL record against the Lions in 1945.

On October 7, 1945, the Packers scored 41 points in one quarter against the Lions, which still stands as the most points ever scored in a single quarter of an NFL game. The Packers scored six consecutive touchdowns, with Don Hutson hauling in four TD catches. Hutson made five of his six extra point attempts in the quarter to give him 29 total points in the single quarter, which is an NFL record that also still stands today.  

#5: Green Bay won the most lopsided game in the rivalry’s history.

On November 24, 1940, the Packers beat the Lions 50-7, after racing out to a 43-0 lead. The 43-point margin of victory is the largest ever by either team in the series.

#6: The Packers sealed the deal on the worst record in NFL history.

In 2008, the Lions became the first team in NFL history to go 0-16 in a 16-game season. The Packers hosted the then 0-15 Lions in week 17, winning 31-21, ending Detroit’s nightmare winless season. 

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A Detroit Lions fan at Lambeau Field in week 17 of the 2008 season; Green Bay handed Detroit their record-setting 16th loss of the season, making them the first team in NFL history to go 0-16 in a single season (Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images)

#7: The Lions own the longest winning streak.

Detroit won 11 consecutive games against the Packers from 1949-1954, giving them the longest winning streak in series history. Green Bay’s largest winning streak against the Lions occurred from 1940-1945 when they won 10 games in a row. 

#8: Green Bay dominates home games.

From 1992–2014, the Lions lost 24 consecutive road games in the state of Wisconsin. 

#9: The Packers won the largest comeback in series history on a “Miracle in Motown”.

On December 3, 2015, Green Bay overcame a 20-point deficit in Detroit to avoid their first series sweep by the Lions since 1991. How? In the most dramatic way possible. Aaron Rodgers completed a 61-yard Hail Mary pass to TE Richard Rodgers on the final play of the game, giving the Packers a 27-23 advantage. How could any Packers fan forget?!

December 3, 2015: Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers catches a Hail Mary pass from QB Aaron Rodgers at Ford Field dubbed the “Miracle in Motown” (Tim Fuller / USA Today Sports)

#10: Green Bay currently holds a four game winning streak.

The Packers will look to extend their winning streak to five games against the Lions on Monday night. Entering his third season with the Packers, head coach Matt LaFleur has never lost to Detroit. 

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