When the season began, many doubted that the Detroit Lions would finish in the playoffs. After an unexpected 10-6 finish that resulted in the first playoff appearance in 12 years, the Lions are indeed in the playoffs. According to SB Nation NFL writer Joel Thorman, the Lions were also a top-10 team in the final power rankings of the season:
9. Detroit Lions (10-6, LW: 7): The Lions are in the playoffs for the first time since 1999. But they got a tough draw -- at New Orleans. Now's not a good time to be playing the Saints.
The Lions did drop two spots this week after allowing Matt Flynn to have a career day on them, preventing their first win at Green Bay in 20 years. The draw with the Saints is also not a favorable one after Detroit lost by 14 at the Saints earlier this season.
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