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Detroit Lions Fall to 0-16 With Loss to Packers, Worst Record in NFL History

Dec 28, 2008 – 4:16 PM
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Michael David Smith

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The Detroit Lions lost to the Green Bay Packers today, earning a place in history as the first 0-16 team ever.

For Detroit, it was both an embarrassing conclusion to the season and a fitting end of an era; in the eight years since Matt Millen took over the Lions' front office, they've been the worst team in the NFL. Millen is gone, but not forgotten.

For the most part, the loss to the Packers was typical of these Lions: Wide receiver Calvin Johnson played well, and the team had its chances, but at the end of the day Detroit just wasn't good enough to win.

Lions coach Rod Marinelli will probably be fired in the coming days, joining Millen in the NFL unemployment line. But Lions owner William Clay Ford has said he doesn't believe the team needs to make big changes in its front office. So while the Lions will probably win a game -- maybe even two! -- next season, Detroit can expect more futility in 2009.

Even if they do turn things around, though, 2008 will live in infamy.
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