Lions to Appear on Monday Night Football for the First Time Since 2001

The Detroit Lions will host their first-ever Monday Night Football game at Ford Field this season in a division match-up with the Chicago Bears on October 10.

It will be the Lions’ first appearance on prime time since 2005 when they played a Sunday night game at Green Bay.

“Obviously we’re excited about it,” said Team President Tom Lewand. “First and foremost it’s a great testament to our team, to our players and what they accomplished at the end of the season and to our coaching staff.

“I think it’s also a testament to our fans in Detroit: the excitement and the enthusiasm that they showed for our team down the stretch last year and also for the hospitality they showed for the Giants and Vikings game that we hosted last year.”

The Lions last appeared on Monday Night Football in 2001 when they hosted St. Louis at the Silverdome.

This year’s game will have a Black and Blue feel with the Bears coming to town.

“Monday Night is special no matter who you’re playing and it always has been,” said Lewand.

“The Packers are the Super Bowl Champions, but the Bears still hold the crown for the division champion and the opportunity to get the chance to take them on for the first time next season at home on Monday Night football is certainly a special thing.”

The Lions’ other nationally televised game will also be a division match-up when they play host to the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving Day (November 24).

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