The Detroit Lions set a new benchmark for NFL futility Sunday as they completed the first 0-16 winless season with a loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Detroit joined the 1976 Tampa Buccaneers, who went 0-14, as the only winless teams in the Super Bowl era. In 1978, the league expanded to a 16-game season, paving the way for Detroit's dubious achievement.
"I think the record speaks for itself," Lions coach Rod Marinelli said. "We tried hard all year. I felt they gave it their best. I felt I gave it my best, but sometimes your best isn't good enough and it wasn't good enough this year."
The result sparked chants of "Oh-and-16" from the Packers fans. "I don't care about the crowd chanting," Lions rookie running back Kevin Smith said. "Why do I care about the crowd? I am trying to win a ball game."
Lions kicker Jason Hanson said he felt bad for the team's fans.
"It is a bad deal," Hanson said. "Everyone here owns this. We just could not get it done. It is embarrassing. Back home, what everyone is saying about you? We all feel bad, but it is exactly what it is: 0-16."