The Detroit Lions start the season out with a bang.
This segment is another "what if" and I'm sure all of the Lions fans are sick of the "what ifs", but I'm going out on a limb for the 2011 season. I'm getting the Lions to the Superbowl in 2012, their first one ever in the history.
They are 6-2 through 8 games of the season.
They are in first place for most of the season.
The Lions prove to everybody that they have the #1 defensive line by leading the league in sacks and tackles for a loss by a defensive line. The newly acquired free agents corners and linebackers prove to be a smart choice by Martin Mayhew.
The Lions are leading the league in a lot of major offensive categories, including most yards through the air and most rushing touchdowns. Stafford is starting to show the world exactly why they drafted him #1 overall with his touchdown passes and league leading passing yards.
The Lions finish the season 10-6 behind the Packers for their first playoff berth since 1999. They play the Saints in the first round of the playoffs, the team that gave them their worst loss of the entire 2011 season with a 31-13 win. The Lions do the unthinkable and beat the Saints in New Orleans by a Jason Hanson field goal in overtime.
The Lions travel to Philly to play against the white hot Eagles. Mike Vick get sacked 5 times as the Lions roll over the Eagles to reach the NFC Championship.
They face the Packers in the NFC Championship. The Packers dominate the first half by taking a 2 touchdown lead and shutting them out in the first half. Matthew Stafford enters the 2nd half throwing all over the field and leading them to a 21-17 win and getting the Lions to their first ever Superbowl appearance.
The 2012 Superbowl: Detroit Lions -vs- Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens control the tempo early by not allowing the Lions to run the ball or pass to Calvin Johnson. It's apparent early the Lions will have to beat the Ravens in a different way than usual. So Jim Schwartz starts getting creative.
The Lions use a lot of three tight end sets and run Le Shoure ragged until they tire the Ravens D out. Jahvid Best soon starts lining up everywhere from the slot to the backfield. The Ravens have no answer for him and soon start forgetting about Titus Young, leaving him single covered late in the game.
On 3rd and 9 with 1:10 to go in the 4th quarter, the Lions are trailing 23-20 and play action to Mikel Le Shoure , Young motions to throw him the ball and Stafford decides to do just that by letting a 65 yard bomb fly past the corner right into Young's hands to win the Superbowl 27-23. Jim Schwartz beats his hometown team with his family present. Stafford wins Superbowl MVP and is soon known as the quarterback that finally replaced Bobby Layne....
What would you do if this really happened?