Lions clinch second playoff berth since 1999 after Eagles' loss
With two games remaining, the Lions (10-4) have clinched one of two NFC wild card spots, securing their second playoff berth since 1999. Detroit went 10-6 in 2011, and lost the wild-card game to the New Orleans Saints. In 1999, the Lions finished 8-8 and lost the wild-card game to the Washington Redskins.
This season, the Lions have remained steady, losing no more than two games in a row. Detroit brings a three-game winning streak into Sunday's game at the Chicago Bears, who have decided to bench quarterback Jay Cutler for Jimmy Clausen.
The Lions will end the regular season with a road game vs. the Green Bay Packers. Both teams are currently tied atop the NFC North at 10-4.
Detroit hasn't won more than 10 games in a season since 1991, when it went 12-4 before losing in the NFC Championship Game to the Redskins, the eventual Super Bowl XXVI champions.
- Mike Fiammetta