Forget next year's draft. 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.''
Detroit 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 Lions will be on the road for the first round - and probably for as long as they're still playing. But Detroit did get to celebrate its playoff berth with a home win and a victory lap by Schwartz and some players.
''Unless something really strange happens, it's probably the last home game that we're going to play this year. So our crowd's made a big difference,'' Schwartz said. ''We've said a lot ...