The 2008 Detroit Lions season was the 79th season for the franchise in the National Football League. Although the Lions had a flawless preseason with a 4–0 record, the Lions became the first team in NFL history to compile an 0–16 record in regular season play. They were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention after Week 11. Team president and CEO Matt Millen was fired on September 24, while head coach Rod Marinelli and most of his assistants were fired the day after the season ended. The season was also famous because only one game was decided in the final play (Week 6). This season has been framed as the Detroit Lions' worst season ever, and statistically the worst season ever in football.
To celebrate their 75th year playing as the Lions (they had been known as the Portsmouth Spartans their first four seasons), the Lions wore special throwback uniforms for two home games, a replica of the ones used in 1934, the first year as the Lions. The uniforms had blue jerseys with silver lettering, solid silver pants, blue socks, and solid silver helmets (as helmets were leather back then). This replaced their black alternate jersey used in the 2005–2007 seasons.
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