Lions vow they will be back in postseason

There is a confidence among the Detroit Lions that they will be back.

The franchise made the playoffs for the first time in 12 years and had a rude experience, getting throttled 45-28 by the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night at the Superdome. The Saints kneeled down at the goalline to end the game or it could have been worse.

Clearly, the Lions need a major shakeup in the secondary. They need to get some running backs healthy. They need to consider some options on the offensive line. But they’ve got the key piece and that is 24-year-old quarterback Matthew Stafford, who threw for 5,000 yards this season.

We have a great team with a lot of young guys, and we'll be back," Stafford said, according to Detroit News columnist bob Wojnowski. “I'm sure we'll make regular appearances in the playoffs from this point forward. We learned a whole lot. We learned we need to win our division, so the next time we can have a home game and benefit from our crowd like the Saints did. It hurts, that's for sure, but I like the direction our team is going.”

Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch said it will be no surprise when the Lions begin to make the playoffs on an annual basis.

"This wasn't a playoff taste," coach Jim Schwartz said. "We had an opportunity, same as everybody else, and we didn't take advantage of it."

It was a substantial first step for the Lions. Now the work of an offseason is before them.

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