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Added December 28th, 2011 by James

Detroit Lions clinch first playoff berth since 1999

The Detroit Lions have finally been able to end the playoff drought after convincingly beating the San Diego Chargers (38-10) in Week 16 and clinching a playoff berth for the first time since 1999. With this win over the Chargers, the Lions have officially become relevant in the NFL once again and for the foreseeable future.

Not only were the Lions able to get a playoff berth for their long-time suffering fans in Detroit, but they did it in impressive fashion. Some people around the league have said that the Lions are a streaky football team and that might ultimately be their downfall this season, but they were on their game on Christmas Day by putting on a show at the expense of the Chargers.

Even though the San Diego Chargers had come back to life over the past three weeks with three straight wins and an impressive victory over one of the best teams in the league in the Baltimore Ravens (34-14), Philip Rivers and company were simply outmatched on Sunday as they had no answer for the Detroit Lions on either side of the football. Matthew Stafford and the Lions’ offense played about as good as they have all season with the up-and-coming quarterback throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns.

This performance by Stafford was impressive to say the least and hopefully for the Lions’ sake it is a sign of things to come in the playoffs. The Lions still have one of more game in the NFL regular season with a second showdown against the division rival Green Bay Packers, but the consensus is that both of these playoff bound team will most likely rest their starters.

With that being said, this game could be a matchup of second teams as Matthew Stafford and Aaron Rodgers get some much-needed rest for a potentially deep playoff run.

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