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Marvin Jones # 11 of the Detroit Lions celebrates his touchdown against the New York Giants during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, November 5, 2016 in Detroit.
Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah (11) of the Detroit Lions runs during the first quarter against the Washington Redskins football team on Sunday, November 5, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. WashingtonRunning Back of the football team runs during the second quarter of an NFL football game between Washington and Detroit in Washington, DC, Monday, October 31, 2015. Detroit Lions RunningBack Ezekiel Ansah (10) and Marvin Jones (11) run the ball against the New York Giants Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (18) during a game at Michigan State University in Detroit on Thursday, September 29, 2017.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones (11) dives and meets Detroit Lions safety Jayon Kearse (18), who went to the ground during the second quarter of an NFL football game between Detroit and Washington, Monday, October 31, 2015 in Washington, DC.
Detroit Lions pick Amani Oruwariye (26) intercepts a pass that is intended for Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) during the fourth quarter at Ford Field. Detroit Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis, 40, runs with the ball after recovering a fumble in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 26, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones (11) tries to break Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (18)'s pass from the 1-yard line. Harris, 25, of the Detroit Lions reacts after making a defensive play against the Chicago Bears during an NFL football game in Detroit on Sunday, December 3, 2014.
The Lions walk off the field after an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, December 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Washington football team plays against Detroit Lions during the first half at FedEx Field.
Detroit Lions quarterback Chase Daniel throws a pass during the first half against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, December 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
Jesse James (83) of the Detroit Lions scores his first goal in the first half against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, December 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Minnesota Vikings won 37-35, while the Detroit Lions solidified a loss. Matt Prater (5) and The Michigan Lions celebrate a field goal by Matt Cassel (28) during their game against the New York Giants on Monday, November 14, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Detroit joined that run during the 1950 season, beating the Cleveland Browns in the NFL championship games of 1952 and 1953. The following year, the Lions became one of the better teams in the league and played again against the Browns, who defeated Cleveland and won their first playoff game, a 31-20 victory at Detroit's home stadium. They only managed their second playoff win in a row against the New York Giants in overtime. After the 1954 championship, in which they were defeated by the Brownes, these two teams faced each other for the first time in playoff games in 1957.
This early success established professional football in Detroit, and the sport has been an integral part of Michigan's sporting landscape for over 60 years.
In addition to professional football in the Detroit area, the Detroit Lions play a visible and active role in community relations. In its 10 years of existence, the club has donated more than $1.5 million to the Lions Hearing Center, and Lions Clubs in Michigan have contributed more than $500,000 of their own money to the project.
Henry Ford is the Lions' official health care provider, dating back to the 1950s, as part of a long-standing collaboration between the two organizations. Henry Ford Health System is a partnership that embodies the partnership and the community they serve. In addition to his commitment to the Detroit Lions and the Lions Club, Henry Ford is a strong advocate for people of all ages, including newborns.
The Detroit Lions reached the NFL playoffs for the first time since 2014, when they finished with an 11-5 record. The team responded to the new leadership by winning 11 games in 2015 before returning to the playoffs, where Detroit lost its opening game. In 2016, the Lions won their first playoff game in 12 years and entered an NFC championship game for only the second time in franchise history.
In 1995, the Lions began discussing a possible move to Detroit when the Silverdome became economically obsolete. On August 20, 1996, the Lions - owner William Clay Ford - announced plans to build a new domed stadium in downtown Detroit.
In 1934, the franchise was sold and moved to Detroit, where it took the name "Lions" to complement the Detroit Tigers baseball team. The team was renamed Lions and in 1934 they moved from University of Detroit Stadium to Briggs Field, home of the Detroit Lions. In 1938, they moved to the University of Detroit, where they stayed for 37 years, along with the home-grown baseball Tigers, until the end of World War II.