The Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs haven't played each other since December 2007, but they have been involved in a battle off the field. This battle revolved around tampering allegations filed by the Chiefs against the Lions, and after being found guilty of the charges, the Lions were punished by having to swap fifth-round selections with Kansas City in 2011. The Lions also will have to give up a sixth- or seventh-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Although the tampering charges could theoretically serve as added motivation for the Lions to play extra hard for a win on Sunday, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz doesn't see the value in using this issue as bulletin board material.
"You think that means anything to Matt Stafford or Calvin Johnson or Ndamukong Suh?" he said. "It's foolish. Nobody's going to go out and win one for the Gipper -- that kind of thing."
Added motivation or not, the whole tampering issue will make a win on Sunday even sweeter for the Lions if they are victorious, especially for Gunther Cunningham.