Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 1/5/12
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After more than a decade of "rebuilding" -- jumpstarted by the work done by Jim Schwartz and Martin Mayhew after the disastrous Matt Millen era -- the Lions are finally back in the playoffs. Don't expect this pugnacious team to celebrate right away, though. These Lions are hungry for a win.

We talked to Al Beaton of The Wayne Fontes Experience, our Detroit Lions blog on the Bloguin NFL network, to get the fan's perspective on this team's long road back to the playoffs.

TGS: How gratifying is it to finally see your team in the playoffs again?

I'll put it this way.

If you were a life-long fan of a team run deep into the ground with the force of a 10 mile wide meteor hitting the earth by the worst general manager/team president/personnel man in the history of, well, everything, you would have reached a point where you believed the playoffs were nothing more than some fantastic rumor, a wonderful, imaginary place where unicorns dance on double rainbows with Cleatus the FOX robot. A place that we, as Lions fans, were to never to see again in our lifetime.

The Matt Millen era in Detroit was soul, hope and life crushing.

So for the Lions to have progressed from an irrelevant 0-16 laughingstock to a legit 10-6 playoff team in a 3 year span is extremely gratifying for Lions fans. I'm still trying to wrap my head around it.

The drugged up kid in the "David After Dentist" video put the mindset of Lions fans best: "Is this real life?" Why yes it is, Lions fans. Yes, it is.

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