Lions made the playoffs without beating a playoff team

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The Lions are in the playoffs, but they haven’t yet shown they can compete with a playoff team.

Detroit is 0-5 this season against other teams that made the playoffs, and none of those five losses was particularly close: Detroit lost two of those games by double digits (42-21 to the Cowboys and 17-6 to the Giants), and although the other three games were all decided by seven points, the games weren’t as close as the scores would suggest.

The Lions trailed the Texans by 10 before a field goal with less than three minutes remaining cut the lead to seven. The Lions trailed the Packers by 28 in the second quarter before attempting to rally and cutting the Packers’ lead to seven with less than four minutes left in the fourth quarter. And the Lions trailed the Packers by 14 in the rematch before a Hail Mary with 13 seconds left cut the deficit to seven.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is New England, which went 4-1 against other playoff teams this season. The records of all 12 playoff teams against other playoff teams is right here.

63 responses to “Lions made the playoffs without beating a playoff team

  1. …At the opposite end of the spectrum is New England, which went 4-1 against other playoff teams this season….

    That can’t be possible, New England always gets an easier schedule than everyone else in the NFL, the AFL, the USFL, the WFL, the NBA, the NHL, the AL, the NL, the SEC, the ACC, the WTA, the….

  2. Not only did they not beat a playoff team but they needed fourth quarter comebacks to beat average/bad teams. Stafford is 28 years old and has never won a playoff game let alone a division title and people were trying to throw him in the MVP race? At this point there is a large enough sample size on Stafford, and needing to rally to beat mediocre competition does not put you in the category of Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. And it never will.

  3. They might not have beaten a playoff team but they crushed the once 5-0 Vikings, not once, but twice this season. That’s why the hapless Vikings didn’t make the dance. Well, that, and because Minnesota’s regular QB is still learning to walk again…

  4. Yet they had the 6th best record in the NFC. Haters gonna hate.

    But seriously nobody expected the lions to be world beaters this year. In fact, if you look at the experts most had them pegged as finishing last in the NFC north. Quinn has a job to do —- give stafford a running game and a defense. Do that and this team will be a serious contender. They obviously aren’t there yet but Quinn had a good first draft and let’s hope it continues. Plenty of cap space thus year too.

  5. …and Jim Caldwell became an NFL head coach despite having a collegiate coaching record of 26-63.

    Sometimes things just happen.

  6. More clear cut evidence that I am not worthy of being considered in the elite class of QB’s or our fluke playoff appearance. We just lost the last three games of the season and almost missed the playoffs, prior to BARELY avoiding a sweep from the Bears. Spielman credits the special teams, obviously we in WAY over our heads.

    Cutler – Romo – Smith – Flacco are all in the same class as me.

    The Most Mediocre QB Class of the past decade.

  7. More clear cut evidence that I am not worthy of being considered in the elite class of QB’s or our fluke playoff appearance. We just lost the last three games of the season and almost missed the playoffs, prior to BARELY avoiding a sweep from the Bears. Spielman credits the special teams, obviously we in WAY over our heads.

    Cutler – Romo – Smith – Flacco are all in the same class as me.

    The Most Mediocre QB Class 0f the past decade.

  8. I find this puzzling. You mean to tell me that the Patriots, who are gifted the easiest schedule every single season because Goodell loves them, played 5 games against playoff teams? And basically every playoff team also played 5 games against playoff teams. This just doesn’t add up. There is going to be tears flowing when people realize the patriots schedule wasn’t easy…

  9. They can only play the teams they’re scheduled to play. At the end of the day, they’re in… and a whole lot of other teams aren’t.

    Go Lions! May the Pack see you again in the NFCGG, on the way to one of these teams bringing the Lombardi back to the North.

  10. Must be nice for the Patriots to get to play the likes of Buttfumble, EJ Manual,….Ur Fitzpatrick’s and overrated Tannehills of the world year in and year out…

    No way the Patriots win division titles 10 years in a row if they played in the same division as ur Manning’s or Rodgers or Wilson’s…

    Every Division can boast 2 QBs better than what the AFC East has produced outside of Brady during his tenure…

  11. …At the opposite end of the spectrum is New England, which went 4-1 against other playoff teams this season….

    ——–

    Not possible……#TheHaters claim otherwise….

  12. Don’t give New England props. Very soft schedule. The “4-1” record against playoff teams you reference is two wins against Miami, one win against Houston, and one win against Pittsburgh (with Landry Jones). Seattle beat them in New England. Wins against Miami, Houston, and a Ben-Less Steelers do not amount to an impressive resume.

  13. Both the Lions & Patriots’ records against playoff teams are meaningless this time of year. Weird things have happened in the past and if a lower seeded team gets hot at the right time, anything goes.

  14. If you only half your rent money for this month then put it on Seattle to cover 8 and then thank me.

  15. As a Lions fan, I don’t like their chances. But I think this game is the most likely this weekend to produce an upset.

  16. If there were ever a time to play Seattle, it’s right now. All-Pro S, Earl Thomas, out and their O-line is one of the worst in the NFL.

    Stafford has to play the game of his life. Unfortunately, that was suppose to happen last week for him, but it didn’t.

  17. Shhhh you’ll tell other Lions fans what I’ve been saying for the past two months: If they didn’t beat GB, NYG or Dallas, then they didn’t deserve to make the playoffs…

    Now we get to get smoked in the first round, and lose about 6 spots of draft position. 6 spots that Quinn may have been able to parlay into an extra contributor in later rounds.

    The team is still rebuilding on defense, so beating the teams you should beat is a good sign, but not competing with playoff teams shows there’s still work to be done.

  18. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    Jan 6, 2017 8:19 AM
    Must be nice for the Patriots to get to play the likes of Buttfumble, EJ Manual,….Ur Fitzpatrick’s and overrated Tannehills of the world year in and year out…

    No way the Patriots win division titles 10 years in a row if they played in the same division as ur Manning’s or Rodgers or Wilson’s…

    Every Division can boast 2 QBs better than what the AFC East has produced outside of Brady during his tenure…

    ———-

    Hey Einstein…..Tannehill’s team in the postseason….

  19. I know theres a negative chance they win the Super Bowl, but for the sake of the magical spirit, what if they did?? hahahah Id have no choice but to be happy for them guys. I still aint going to a game until goodell leaves tho.

  20. And in other groundbreaking news, birds fly.

    Seriously, Lions fans are beat senselessly over the head with their dubious records during broadcasts since FOREVER.

  21. Actually the other end of the spectrum are the Packers who went 5-2 against play off teams.

    Loses were 1 point to the Falcons in ATL and week 2 with the Cowboys.

    Wins over the Lions, Giants, Texans and Seattle.

    Not a murder’s row but you play who they schedule.

    44% of the Packers games this year were against playoff bound teams.

  22. teal379:
    Actually the other end of the spectrum are the Packers who went 5-2 against play off teams.

    Loses were 1 point to the Falcons in ATL and week 2 with the Cowboys.
    ==================
    What glue are you sniffing? Dallas played Washington in week 2.

    When Dallas played green bay it was week 5, and it was in GB. And Dallas torched GB by 2TDs

  23. coachkilla6 says:
    Jan 6, 2017 7:22 AM
    They might not have beaten a playoff team but they crushed the once 5-0 Vikings, not once, but twice this season. That’s why the hapless Vikings didn’t make the dance. Well, that, and because Minnesota’s regular QB is still learning to walk again…
    ——————————————————–
    22-16 in OT
    16-13 on last second field goal

    That’s “crushing” someone in Packerland. Least Football-educated fan base in the league. By a lot.

  24. “No way the Patriots win division titles 10 years in a row if they played in the same division as ur Manning’s or Rodgers or Wilson’s…”

    Its hilarious to see people quote the same old Pats hater myths that have long been debunked.

    This is myth #1 – The Pats only get to the playoffs because the AFCE is weak.

    Fact #1 – The Pats have within a couple percentage points the exact same winning % against the rest of the league, .750. They have an over .800 % against the AFCN, and I forget the one division they only have a .650 or so win rate gains that counterbalances that.

    Fact #2 – The AFCE has among the highest winning % in the league last 10 years. The actual numbers have been repeatedly posted by other people so I won’t bother looking them up.

    You want to hate the Pats fine. We all hate other teams. But do it from an informed position instead of lazily posted the same tired falsehoods. SMH

  25. At the beginning of the season did anyone pick the Lions as an NFC playoff team? Anyone?
    Since no one expected them to make the playoffs…I would say they have exceeded expectations. No reason they can’t continue.

  26. Grulks says:
    Jan 6, 2017 10:13 AM
    teal379:
    Actually the other end of the spectrum are the Packers who went 5-2 against play off teams.

    Loses were 1 point to the Falcons in ATL and week 2 with the Cowboys.
    ==================
    What glue are you sniffing? Dallas played Washington in week 2.

    When Dallas played green bay it was week 5, and it was in GB. And Dallas torched GB by 2TDs

    I apologize – “week” should have been “team”

    Does not change the fact that Packers played 7 playoff bound teams this year – more than anyone else.

  27. I expect the NFC North will be one-and-done in the playoffs this year.

    Detroit will lose comfortably to Seattle, and the Packers will lose to the Giants, just as they did earlier this year.

    The Packers have a horrible match-up against the Giants with their decimated secondary, and Ben McAdoo seems to know Rodgers well enough to keep him from having a good game.

  28. The Lions don’t have a Pro Bowl player this year. There’s not a lot of talent on the team. They’ve done well to get as far as they have with what they have.

  29. Detroit will lose comfortably to Seattle, and the Packers will lose to the Giants, just as they did earlier this year.

    The Packers beat the Giants earlier this year.

    Viking fans are as knowledgeable as their team is successful.

  30. They had no business winning more than 5/6 games with that roster even *before* they lost their top two RBs…the fact they won nine and got in is pretty awesome, actually!

  31. Norseman says:
    Jan 6, 2017 11:05 AM

    I expect the NFC North will be one-and-done in the playoffs this year.

    Detroit will lose comfortably to Seattle, and the Packers will lose to the Giants, just as they did earlier this year.
    —————————————————–

    Typical Viking fan…..Don’t let facts get in the way of your posts!!!

  32. No worries, the Redskins made the playoffs last season without beating a team with a winning record. This season the Redskins had a winning record, and the Lions beat them, so the Lions deserve to be there.

  33. So what?

    They made the playoffs.

    STOP TRYING TO MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING ALL THE TIME.

  34. Listen well Lions’ fans. As a fan of a team who’s QB is 7-0 as a playoff underdog, I know when upsets are coming. It’s coming for you this weekend. I’m 8-0 in my upset specials this year most recently calling the Browns over SD.

    Tuck’s Upset Special:

    Detroit 24
    Seattle 19

  35. Jets, Bills and Dolphins have combined for 11 playoff victories in 20 years. That is less than 1 every 5 years per team, and yet Pats fans will tell you how successful their ACFE competition is!

  36. I remember the 1985 Patriots. I think the only playoff team they beat was Miami in New England, 17-13. They lost in the Orange Bowl for like the 18th time in 18 years, and they lost to the Jets, Browns, Raiders, and Bears.

    Then when the playoffs started and they entered as the lowest seed, they beat the Jets in New Yor 26-14, beat top seeded Oakland 27-20, and then won in the Orange Bowl 31-14. Unfortunately they were trounced by the Bears, but …

  37. yeah, they really crushed the vikings by a gifted field goal in one game and a late TD in the other.

    both NFC road teams win this weekend!

  38. just checked some stats: Stafford was 2-21 against teams with winning records on the road going into this season…went 0-5 this year against teams with winning records on the road…yep, bet the rent money on an upset…

  39. Comparing the AFC ….

    With NFCE.
    Miami is stronger than the GIANTS.
    Buffalo (before Ryan was fired) was on par with Washington (I think better)
    Eagles are better than Jets this year

  40. ^ lol Miami stronger than NYG.

    If Brady was in the NFC, that team wouldn’t win 2 playoff games. As it stands, they have a bye, a second bye against either Houston or the Raiders and then one decent game before they get to the SB.

    Crap division + one solid playoff win per year (usually at home) = being in the SB every other year.

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