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Remembering When the Detroit Lions Won It All In Corktown

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The Lions won't be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday, but that doesn't mean we can't reminisce about the good ol' days of Detroit football. Most Lions fans know their team won some big games at some point in the distant past, but that's about it. In fact, the Lions won their last NFL championship in 1957, and they did so by clobbering the Cleveland Browns in front of 55,263 fans. The venue: Tiger Stadium.

It was still known as Briggs Stadium back then, a decade before the Super Bowl era. The Corner was barely large enough for a football field and is rarely remembered for its role in Lions greatness, but 1957 was actually the second NFL championship the Lions won in Corktown.
The Lions and Browns were two football dynasties at the time, dominating much of the 1950s. The Lions were considered the underdog in this one (their starting quarterback was out with an injury) but Detroit went on to dominate, winning 59-14. The Lions continued playing in Corktown until 1975, when the Pontiac Silverdome made its debut.

Tiger Stadium

2121 Trumbull St, Detroit, MI 48216