February 21, 2024
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The Detroit Lions won their first playoff game since the 1991 season on Sunday night when they narrowly defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 24-23.

It’s been 32 years since the team won in the postseason. Fans who flocked to Ford Field were seen to be a little teary-eyed as the celebration in Detroit began.

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Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta is greeted by tight end Brock Wright (89) after scoring on a 2-yard pass reception for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024, in Detroit.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

In a hard-fought game, Jared Goff and the Lions gave fans something to remember. Goff was 22-of-27 with 277 passing yards and a touchdown pass in the win. Lions running backs David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs each ran for touchdowns.

Goff found Sam LaPorta for his lone touchdown passes. The rookie tight end had three catches for 14 yards as he battled a knee injury. Amon-Ra St. Brown had seven catches for 110 yards to lead the Lions.

All of Detroit’s touchdowns came in the first half. Michael Badgley nailed a 54-yard field goal in the third quarter that helped Detroit maintain its lead. 

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua runs towards the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024, in Detroit.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Los Angeles gave it all they had.

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Matthew Stafford was 25-of-36 for 367 yards and two touchdown passes. He found rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua nine times for 181 yards and a score. Nacua set a rookie record for most receiving yards in a playoff game. But it wasn’t enough to get past the Lions.

Matthew Stafford passes

Detroit Lions linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin (42) pressures Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024, in Detroit.  (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Kyren Williams added 61 yards on the ground. Wide receiver Tutu Atwell had one catch for 38 yards – it was a touchdown.

The last time the Lions won a playoff game was on Jan. 5, 1992. The Lions topped the Dallas Cowboys 38-6. Erik Kramer had three touchdown passes and Barry Sanders ran for one more.

Jared Goff throws

Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff throws during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024, in Detroit.  (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

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The Lions will get at least one more home playoff game as they move to the divisional around. They will play the winner between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Philadelphia Eagles.

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