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Posted on Sat, Dec 24, 2011 : 8:48 p.m.

Welcome to the postseason: Lions beat Chargers, reach playoffs for first time since 1999

By Staff


Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was 21-of-26 passing for 260 yards and three touchdowns in the first half Saturday against San Diego.

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Lions fans celebrated in Ford Field on Saturday.

Associated Press

The Detroit Lions are a playoff team for the first time since 1999 and a 10-victory team for the first time since 1995.

Impressive numbers, sure, but one big reason for them is Matthew Stafford, who played perhaps his finest game Saturday when the playoffs were on the line.

Stafford was 29-for-36 passing for 373 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions beat the San Diego Chargers, 38-10. He didn't throw an interception and finished with a passer rating of 137.6.

"I'm just happy to be a part of it," Stafford said. "I'm glad I got to share it with the guys. They're a great bunch of guys."

The Lions are in the playoffs, but their opponent is yet to be decided with one week left in the regular season. ESPN's "Playoff Machine" forecasts the Lions to go on the road to face the New York Giants.


David Briegel

Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 4:08 a.m.

I shook Bobby Layne's hand at Bobby Layne night at Tiger Stadium when the Steelers and Buddy Parker played an exhibition game the year Bobby retired. I have suffered just like you guys awaiting the resurgence. We suffered Russ Thomas and Matt Millen. Oh, did we ever! Since they got Schwartz, they never quit. Never! Stafford is only 23. My oh my, the upside potential is tremendous. They may not go far this year but their future is so bright I will have to find my shades. A coulple more good drafts and free agent signings and these guys could be right there at the top! I am so pleased to be a Detroit Lion fan!!


Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 4 a.m.

Yea Baby!!!!!!! GO LIONS. They looked awesome. Bring on the NY Giants.


Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 3:57 a.m.

When the blue and silver wave. Stand and cheer the brave.


Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 3:17 a.m.

It's been a long time coming... I've followed the Lions for 30 years and have experienced a lot of disappointments, but have always cheered for them. I still fondly remember Erik Kramer's career game vs. the Cowboys to give the Lions their one and only playoff victory during the Super Bowl era. Hopefully this great run for the Lions can continue longer than anybody can expect. Whatever the case may be, it's been a successful year for the team and a rewarding one for us die hard fans! Go Lions!!!


Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 2:25 a.m.

the last time the Lions won the championship they beat Cleveland. Tobin Rote was the QB. My gampa didn't have a tv so we listened on his radio. I think Van Patrick and Bob Reynolds were the broadcasters.