clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

The Detroit Lions proved they belong with the NFL’s big boys

Don’t call it a Cinderella story. Don’t call it a work in progress. It’s here, right now.

NFC Divisional Playoffs - Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Detroit Lions Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions are one of four teams remaining in the NFL playoffs. Nothing will change that, nothing will diminish their victories. Attempting to bleat about circumstances or whatever ignores that no amount of fluke gets you this far. There’s only the short menu of sports up in this air: wins and losses.

Detroit has changed their fortunes and their reputation in a single season, but it wasn’t just that season. It was all the work that led to this moment, all the buy-in and a whole lot of dreams. It takes a whole team who doesn’t seem to, in the words of Dan Campbell, know exactly what they’re doing. They’re hanging with the best, and not many can say that.

On this episode of the Pride of Detroit PODcast, we’re breaking down the Tampa Bay victory. We are in our emotions, and it’s impossible to not place this victory into a rarefied air. But it’s no Cinderella story and the Lions have a chance on Sunday to play for a Super Bowl appearance. We break down the best players from the divisional round, what makes Frank Ragnow so special and so tough and how patience has paid off with some of the key members of the Lions defense. We also talk a little about Zach Ertz and San Francisco.

Subscribe to the PODcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or iHeartRadio. Follow Pride Of Detroit on Twitch to get notified when we record the PODcast live and chat with us. Video replays are available on Twitch and YouTube.

Subscribe to PODD

After winning their first NFC North title in 30 years, the Lions have unfinished business this offseason. Stay updated with Jeremy Reisman through Pride of Detroit Direct, our newsletter offering up exclusive analysis. Sign up with NFCNORTH30 to get 30% off after your free trial.