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The Lions win their first playoff game in 32 years

For the first time in 32 years, the Detroit Lions won a playoff game, defeating Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams 24-23 on Sunday night at Matthew Stafford's old home Ford Field.

In the final seconds before taking the final snap, Goff lifted his arms in the air to encourage Ford Field fans to get louder. The crowd responded, approaching the decibel level of a siren. The Lions ended a nine-game postseason losing streak the longest in NFL history that began with a victory over Dallas on Jan. 5, 1992.


They lost a game in the playoffs two years later and haven't hosted one since. When asked about the win Goff said, "It means a whole lot to this city," "We knew what it meant when this season started to make it into the playoffs and then to get this win. And, you know, it’s just the beginning for us. We’ve got some runs left.”


In addition to the 277 yards, Goff threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Sam LaPorta. Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs each ran for a touchdown, and St. Brown caught seven passes for 110 yards for the Lions. Stafford completed 25 out of 36 passes for a total of 367 yards and two touchdowns. It was a record-breaking day for Rams rookie Puka Nacua with nine receptions for 181 yards and a touchdown.


Detroit will have two home playoff games for the first time in franchise history. It will host either Tampa Bay or Philadelphia in the divisional round next Sunday.

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