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Lions Breakout Season Comes To A Close

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The Motor City will have to wait another year for the opportunity to capture its first Vince Lombardi trophy, after the Detroit Lions loss to the New Orleans Saints Saturday in the NFC Wild Card round, 45-28.

It was the Lions first appearance in the playoffs since 1999. During their 11 year playoff drought, Detroit went 46-128, including the NFL's first 0-16 campaign in 2008. This season, the Lions went 10-6, the first time they won ten games since 1995.

“It was a learning experience for are whole team,” Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said. “Not many of those guys in a Lions uniform have been in the playoffs. It was a learning experience, we’ll learn from it and we’ll get better. We’ll be back.”

Stafford had a breakout season in 2011, tossing for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns against only 16 interceptions.

The Lions have only won one playoff game since winning the NFL championship back in 1957.

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