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Detroit Lions win the NFC North

The Detroit Lions beat the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16 and thus have won the NFC North for the first time in 30 years.

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The Detroit Lions are NFC North Champions!

After beating the Minnesota Vikings 30-24 in Week 16 of the 2023 season, the Lions record expanded to 11-4 and they have clinched their division for the first time in 30 years. It’s been an unbelievable run for the Lions who are now 19-6 over their past 25 games, dating back to last season.

It’s been a remarkable season for the Lions. They opened with a win over the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs on banner night and have gone 3-1 each of the last four months since. They are 4-0 in primetime games, the fans have traveled into opposing stadiums in waves, and their rookies have been massive contributors for the Lions this year, setting multiple records each week as the regular season comes to a close.

At this time, the Lions sit in the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs, but with two games remaining this season—including a game against the current No. 3 seed Dallas Cowboys—the Lions have a chance to improve their placement in the postseason.

Because Ford Field was built in 2002, this will be the first time in the stadium’s history that the Lions will have hosted a playoff game in the building. This is also the first time the Lions have clinched a berth in the playoffs since the 2016-17 season.

The future is bright in Detroit. Not only do they have one of the top 5 youngest rosters in the NFL, but they are also set to lose the third-fewest key players/snaps in free agency, and possess the ninth-most salary cap space entering 2024.

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