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Detroit Lions will celebrate 25th anniversary of last playoff win


NFL teams routinely celebrate anniversaries of significant moments in franchise history with tributes and events, typically at some point during a given season. For the Detroit Lions, the 2016 NFL season marks the 25th anniversary of a benchmark moment for the organization, although it lacks the luster and prestige common with these kind of remembrances.

In other words, for a team like the Lions with a lack of a championship pedigree — at least in the Super Bowl era — the team has to dig deep to find moments worth celebrating.

In 1991, the Lions were a 12-4 NFL Central division champ. Riding high on that success, the team enjoyed a playoff victory, courtesy of a 38-6 rout of the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round.

And that momentous event 25 years ago marks the last time the Lions won a playoff game.

The Lions went on to lose to the Washington Redskins in the team’s only appearance in the NFC Championship Game. Since then, the Lions have endured a woeful 0-7 record in the postseason.

Via the Detroit Free-Press.

The festivities originally were set for the Oct. 23 game against Washington — the team that beat the Lions in the NFC championship game — but several 1991 team members had scheduling conflicts that weekend. So the celebration now will take place at the Oct. 16 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Details are still being finalized surrounding the celebration, but Barry Sanders, along with fellow stars from the 1991 team — including Erik Kramer, Brett Perriman, Mel Gray, Lomas Brown, Ray Crockett, Chris Spielman and Jerry Ball — are hopeful attendees at the Oct. 16 game.

Unfortunately, due to plans changing, Sanders is featured on the ticket for the Oct. 23 game against the Redskins at Ford Field, not the Oct. 16 game against the Rams when the 25th anniversary of the Lions’ last playoff win — and only postseason victory of the Super Bowl era — will actually be celebrated.

The case can be made that the unavoidable ticket gaffe is a perfectly fitting way for the Lions to kick off the celebration of a great team. Alternatively, though, instead of a celebration for the 1991 team, the event conceivably could be touted as an unfortunate testament to 25 years of postseason ineptitude.

But that doesn’t have as nice a ring to it, obviously.