Detroit Lions

2nd NFC North (9-7-0)

Founded: 1930

Stadium: Ford Field

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  • Stafford mum on new deal: 'It's not up to me'

    Matthew Stafford has one year remaining on his contract. The Detroit Lions quarterback isn't concerning himself with a new deal that could potentially make him the highest-paid player in the NFL
  • Rawls powers Seahawks past Lions

    Thomas Rawls' record night has propelled Seattle into a matchup with the Falcons. The running back broke a franchise playoff rushing record during the Seahawks' 26-6 win over the Lions.
  • Caldwell defends Lions' brazen fourth-down pass in loss

    When coaches try unconventional plays in big situations and the call works out, they are praised. For Lions coach Jim Caldwell, this was not one of those times.
  • Zenner fine with Bennett's white RB take

    Lions running back Zach Zenner says he is fine with Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett saying he has to be the best white running back in the NFL right now.
  • Jim Caldwell to return as Lions coach in 2017

    Lions coach Jim Caldwell will return next season, regardless of what happens to Detroit in the playoffs. The Lions face the Seahawks on the road on Saturday.
  • Packers clinch NFC North as Rodgers dominates Lions

    The Pack is back atop the North. Aaron Rodgers put on a show as Green Bay (10-6) clinched a playoff home game with a 31-24 win over the Detroit Lions (9-7) in Week 17.
  • 'Skins eliminated from playoff contention with loss

    Washington's loss is the NFC North's gain. The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions both secured playoff berths, thanks to the Redskins' loss to the Giants on Sunday.
  • Caldwell: Job questions come no matter what

    Only in the NFL can a coach go from being asked about the top award in his profession to potentially losing his job. Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell understands the bizarre dynamic.
  • Why did Lions abandon Zenner in second half of loss to 'Boys?

    Zach Zenner had two touchdowns and a 6.4 yards per carry average in the first half of the Lions' loss to the Cowboys, which Detroit headed to halftime tied 21-21. Why did they get away from him in the second half?
  • What we learned; Cowboys' stars shine

    A trio of Cowboys stars accounted for a season-high six touchdowns in a 42-21 victory over the Lions on Monday night. Chris Wesseling breaks down what we learned from the game.
  • What to watch for in Cowboys vs. Lions on 'MNF'

    Detroit heads to Arlington to take on the Cowboys in a Week 15 Monday night affair just a day after Christmas. Will the Lions receive the gift of the playoffs, or will Dallas have coal for them?
  • Lions-Packers game flexed to 'SNF' in Week 17

    With the NFC North title on the line next week, the Lions-Packers game in Detroit has been flexed to the final Sunday Night Football of the regular season.
  • Week 16 Cheat Sheet

    Can Tom Savage propel the Texans into the playoffs? Will the return of A.J. Green be the difference maker for Andy Dalton? Here's what you need to know heading into Week 16.
  • Giants spur playoff hopes with win over Lions

    In a fantastic low-scoring, cold-weather affair, the New York Giants clinched their first 10-win season since 2010 with a 17-6 victory over the Detroit Lions.
Draft 2016 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 16 (16) Decker, Taylor OT 
Rd 2, Pick 15 (46) Robinson, A'Shawn DT 
Rd 3, Pick 33 (95) Glasgow, Graham C 
Rd 4, Pick 13 (111) Killebrew, Miles SS 
Rd 5, Pick 12 (151) Dahl, Joe OG 
Rd 5, Pick 32 (169) Williams, Antwione LB 
Rd 6, Pick 16 (191) Rudock, Jake QB 
Rd 6, Pick 27 (202) Zettel, Anthony DT 
Rd 6, Pick 35 (210) Landes, Jimmy LS 
Rd 7, Pick 15 (236) Washington, Dwayne RB 
Scoreboard more
CenturyLink Field - Wk 18 1 2 3 4 T
Detroit Lions 0 3 3 0 6
Seattle Seahawks 0 10 0 16 26
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
13 Sun, Dec 04 @ New Orleans 28-13   W
14 Sun, Dec 11 Chicago 20-17   W
15 Sun, Dec 18 @ New York Giants 6-17   L
16 Mon, Dec 26 @ Dallas 21-42   L
17 Sun, Jan 01 Green Bay 24-31   L
WC Sat, Jan 07 @ Seattle 6-26   L
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
No Injuries Reported
Postseason Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Matthew Stafford 32 18 205 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Zach Zenner 11 34 3.1 0
Matthew Stafford 3 15 5 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Marvin Jones 4 81 20.3 0
Zach Zenner 6 54 9 0
Golden Tate 3 25 8.3 0
Anquan Boldin 2 24 12 0
Transactions more
Date Transaction
1/9 Andrew Turzilli (WR) Reserve/Future (reserve/future).
1/9 Kennard Backman (TE) Reserve/Future (reserve/future).
1/9 Khari Lee (TE) Reserve/Future (reserve/future).
1/9 Charles Washington (DB) Reserve/Future (reserve/future).
NFC North more
Team W L T Win %
Green Bay 10 6 0 .625
Detroit 9 7 0 .563
Minnesota 8 8 0 .500
Chicago 3 13 0 .188

Head Coach more

Jim Caldwell

Regular Season: 53-43

Postseason: 2-4

Experience: 5

Career record: 55-47

The Detroit Lions hired Jim Caldwell to replace the fired Jim Schwartz as head coach.

Caldwell was previously head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-11, taking that team to Super Bowl XLIV after the 2009 season. Most recently he was the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator, a post he assumed late in the 2012 season, replacing the fired Cam Cameron. The Ravens went on to win the Super Bowl, with Caldwell -- who was Baltimore's QB coach before becoming OC --receiving a lot of credit for the outstanding play of quarterback Joe Flacco.

Caldwell became the Colts coach following the retirement of Tony Dungy on January 12, 2009. Caldwell had served with Indianapolis since 2002. He spent the first three seasons as quarterbacks coach before earning the expanded title of assistant head coach prior to the 2005 season.


Caldwell joined Indianapolis from Tampa Bay, where he served in the same capacity during the 2001 season. Caldwell has more than 20 years of collegiate experience. Caldwell spent 1993-2000 as head coach at Wake Forest. In 1999, Caldwell led the school to its first winning season and bowl game since 1992. Wake Forest defeated Arizona State, 23-3, in the Aloha Bowl. During Caldwell's tenure, Wake Forest ranked among the nation's Top 25 teams in passing offense on four different occasions, including 10th in the NCAA in 1995. That season, quarterback Rusty LaRue established seven NCAA passing records.


Caldwell served as an assistant coach at Southern Illinois (1978-80), Northwestern (1981), Colorado (1982-84), Louisville (1985) and Penn State (1986-92). Caldwell joined Penn State as wide receivers coach. He then coached quarterbacks the following season and added passing game coordinator responsibilities in 1988. At Penn State, Caldwell tutored quarterback Kerry Collins, who went on to win the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top college quarterback and the Maxwell Award as the nation's most outstanding player. Caldwell has coached in six bowl games and won a national championship with Penn State in 1986. In addition to serving on Joe Paterno's staff that won a national championship, Caldwell tutored under three other coaches who won collegiate titles (Rey Dempsey, Southern Illinois; Bill McCartney, Colorado; Howard Schnellenberger, Louisville).


 Caldwell was a four-year starter as a defensive back at Iowa and worked as a graduate assistant for the Hawkeyes in 1977.


 Caldwell was born on January 16, 1955 in Beloit, Wis. He and his wife, Cheryl, have four children: Jimmy, Jermaine, Jared and Natalie.

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