Lions Vs Cardinals History


The Lions and Cardinals have a long and storied history, starting in 1930 when the Detroit Lions played the Portsmouth Spartans. That game was attended by 6,500 people, but it didn’t end in a win for the Lions. This marked the start of a long rivalry between the two franchises. Today, the Detroit team leads the all-time series 31-26-5, but the Cardinals have won 10 of the last 13 meetings.

In fact, the Lions and Cardinals have never met in the postseason, and their last meeting in Detroit ended in a 35-23 win for the Lions. During that game, the Lions were down 17-9 early in the third quarter. However, they rallied to score 26 points in less than three minutes, thanks to two touchdowns by Kenny Golladay, a pick six by Miles Killebrew and a touchdown by Theo Riddick.

In the following game, the Cardinals led the Lions by a score of 31-16 and were in control throughout. The Cardinals’ defense held their own and forced the Lions to settle for field goals in the fourth quarter. While it wasn’t enough to take down the Cardinals, it still proved to be a defining moment in the Lions’ recent history. They have won four of the last five meetings between the two teams.