When Was the Last Time the Detroit Lions Made the Playoffs?

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Detroit Lions defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson holds his helmet during warmups before an NFL football NFC wild card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
(AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Jun 26, 2023, 7:26 PM

The Detroit Lions haven’t been to the playoffs since 2016 when they lost in the first round to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Lions haven’t won a playoff game since the 1991 season, the longest active drought in the NFL. Entering 2023, the Lions’ division title drought is 29 years, though the Lions’ playoff odds are the best in the NFC North entering the 2023 season.

Have the Lions Ever Won a Super Bowl?

The Lions are one of 12 NFL teams that have never won a Super Bowl. And they’re one of four NFL teams that never appeared in a Super Bowl.

Among those 12 teams without a Super Bowl win, Detroit has been around the second longest and were formed in 1929 (then known as the Portsmouth Spartans).

1991 Conference Championships vs. Redskins

The Lions have won their division three times in the Super Bowl era, with their most recent title being in 1991. I

n the playoffs, they defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional round with a convincing 38-6 win. Unfortunately, they got dominated in the Conference Championship, losing 41-10 to the eventual Super Bowl-winning Washington Redskins.

1983 Divisional Round vs. 49ers

Eight years prior, Detroit won their second division of the Super Bowl era and received a bye into the Divisional Round.

This time they lost to a game-winning drive by none other than Joe Montana’s San Francisco 49ers. The final score at the Pontiac Silverdome was 24-23.

1970 Divisional Round vs. Cowboys

The franchise’s first division title in the Super Bowl era came in 1970, giving them a bye past the first round.

Detroit went on to lose in the Divisional Round to the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 5-0. This game is the lowest-scoring playoff game in NFL history.

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