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Detroit Lions' shutouts have been historically rare over past 50 seasons

Sunday’s shutout against the Carolina Panthers was the Detroit Lions' first blanking since 2009, its 15th since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 — tied for 16th in the NFL in that span — and 35th since 1940. Here’s a quick look at the times the Lions have been shut out since the merger:

Sunday: 20-0, by the Panthers in Carolina.

Oct. 18, 2009: 26-0, by the Packers in Green Bay.

Dec. 30, 2001: 24-0, by the Bears at Ford Field in Detroit.

Oct. 8, 2001: 35-0, by the Rams at Ford Field in Detroit.