DETROIT — The Detroit Lions and Detroit Pistons each won by double digits on the same day Sunday, the first time since October 1973.
It is also the first time since December 2010 that the Lions and Pistons have beaten teams over .500 on the same day, and the first time they have won on the same day – time period – since November 2017. Bally Sports Detroit tweeted this Facts from the folks at Sportradar.
The Lions prevailed 30-12 against the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals in Week 15, their second win in three weeks. The Pistons beat the Miami Heat 100-90, ending a brutal 14-game losing streak.
Lions coach Dan Campbell perhaps put it best after his team’s win:
“Hey man. Welcome to Detroit. Welcome to Detroit.”
On October 28, 1973, the Pistons defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 115-93 while the Lions defeated the Green Bay Packers 34-0. The Pistons, led by Davie Bing and Bob Lanier, went into the playoffs this season 52-30, losing in the first round to the Chicago Bulls in seven games. Those Lions finished 6-7-1 and missed the postseason, with Bill Munson and Greg Landry sharing quarterback duties.
There’s no question it’s been a rough time for fans of the Detroit-based teams, so take this as a little gift heading into the holiday season. The Pistons (5-24) take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, while the Lions (2-11-1) travel to Seattle in Week 16.
Watch an ecstatic Dan Campbell celebrate the Lions’ upset win over the Cardinals: ‘Welcome to Detroit’
Lions Notes: Detroit’s defense chokes the Arizona Cardinals at every turn in a 30-12 win
Saddiq Bey, Pistons sinks shots in time to stave off Heat
Pistons snap 14-game skid, heat 100-90 down
Don’t worry about the draft pick. The Lions needed a culture change, and they’re getting it under Dan Campbell. (Pillar)