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Monday open thread: What is your favorite Detroit Lions season?

What is your favorite Detroit Lions season in franchise history?

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The Detroit Lions’ 2016 season is just weeks away, but before we buckle in for that roller coaster ride, let’s take a trip back down memory lane. Though the Lions don’t exactly have a storied history, they haven’t really been a boring franchise either. Even when they lose, they tend to do so in the most entertaining (see: stressful) ways.

That being said, they’ve also had a moderate amount of success in their history. Sure, only the older tier of fans can remember a Lions championship, but the team remained quite competitive throughout the nineties and have even worked their way from the bottom of the league just eight years ago to a franchise that has played around .500 ball over the past five seasons.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

What is your favorite Detroit Lions season in history?

My answer: 2011. The Lions put an end to their decade-long drought with no playoff appearances, and they managed to do so in extremely exciting fashion. Take a pick from any game on that schedule, and you’ll find an enthralling game. They started the season 5-0 after two unforgettable games against the Cowboys and their Monday Night Football contest against the Bears. Later in the season, they’d orchestrate an unbelievable comeback in Oakland and clinch their playoff berth the next week in a dominant performance over the Chargers on Christmas Eve. Though the season ended in disappointment, first losing their chance at a division title in Lambeau, then a frustrating playoff loss to the Saints, the season was easily the most entertainment the team had provided in over a 10 years.

Your turn.

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