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Lions in Super Bowl's 'Failed Four'

January 28, 2013 - Burt Angeli
Detroit Lions fans are well aware of never playing in the Super Bowl. There’s three other teams in the same boat — Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns — although they haven’t had 47 chances like the Lions.

Tommy Tomlinson of analyzes the “Failed Four” and their hopes for the future.

Odds of a Super Bowl soon? “Decent, if all those talented players peak at the same time,” Tomlinson wrote.

The Lions did threaten in 1991, but lost to Washington (41-10) in the NFC Championship.

“In some ways, the Lions qualify as the worst of the worst,” Tomlinson wrote. “They have just that one conference championship game, and they haven't made it past the wild card round since. They've played just 11 playoff games in the Super Bowl era — that's the same as the Jaguars, and Detroit had a 29-year head start.

“The Lions have been around since 1930 and were one of the dominant teams in the '50s —they won the NFL championship in the pre-Super Bowl years of 1952, '53 and '57. But since then, most of the highlights have been lowlights. They lost a 1970 playoff game to Dallas 5-0. (Three-run homer by Craig Morton in the eighth.) They went 0-16 in 2008.

“Things are looking up … sort of.

“The Lions went 10-6 two years ago behind QB Matthew Stafford, DT Ndamukong Suh and all-galactic WR Calvin Johnson.

“But this season Detroit backslid to 4-12. They have that San Diego Chargers vibe — lots of talent that's rarely pointed in the same direction. Although Chargers fans are probably insulted to be compared to the Lions.”



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