By: Will Burchfield
The Lions had a lot to celebrate on Monday night -- a win over the Giants, a 2-0 start to the season and owner Martha Ford's birthday.
Ford turned 92 on Saturday.
After Jim Caldwell commended his team in the locker room in his post-game speech, he asked, "Is Mrs. Ford in here?"
"It's a nice birthday present for her," Caldwell said of the Lions' convincing 24-10 victory.
Ford strolled in moments later, along with a few family members, and was serenaded with a boisterous rendition of 'Happy Birthday.'
Asked on Tuesday about recognizing Ford, Caldwell said, "I think it's cordial. She runs this organization. She means a lot to the players in our organization. And it's something that we've done before, so it's a little bit of a tradition.
"Even though it was a belated one, because her birthday was a couple days ago, our players enjoyed it. They enjoyed seeing her. She does a tremendous job for our organization."
Ford assumed full ownership of the Lions in 2014 after the passing of her husband, William Ford. Since then, the team owns a record of 29-21.
Detroit is 2-0 for the first time since 2011.
The Lions welcome in the NFC Champion Falcons in Week 3, one of the two other 2-0 teams in the NFC.
"Now, next phase. We move on," Caldwell told his team. "We can celebrate on the airplane, have a good time, that kind of thing. But we have to get focused on this next opponent. It's going to be a pretty tough one at home."
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