Lions headed to playoff
The Detroit Lions have something different to look forward to this December. The Lions are headed to the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season.
"This is an accomplishment," coach Jim Schwartz said. "It's a big step for our team and our organization."
clinched a postseason berth with a resounding 38-10 win over San Diego on Saturday, and now the Lions can sit back and contemplate any number of possible first-round match-ups. There's one more regular-season game, at Green Bay next weekend, but Detroit will be a wild card win or lose.
The last time the Detroit Lions made the NFL
playoffs, Barry Sanders was their star.
They’re back, for the first time in 12 years, earning an NFC wild-card berth by beating San Diego Charger
38-10, knocking the Chargers from contention Saturday.
“This is an accomplishment,” coach Jim Schwartz said. “It’s a big step for our team and our organization.”
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford dropped back 39 times in the game, resulting in 36 pass attempts and three sacks allowed by the offensive line. None of those sacks were on Backus.
The performance by Backus marks the second week in a row he's shut out a quality AFC pass rusher. Against Kamerion Wimbley (seven sacks) the week before, Backus again pitched a shutout, allowing just a single quarterback pressure.