The Lions defeated the Rams and won their first playoff game in decades

Finally, the Detroit Lions won a postseason game. (Ray Del Rio/Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions have finally done it.

The Lions defeated the Los Angeles Rams 24-23 in the wild-card game at Ford Field on Sunday night. The win marked the Lions' first playoff win since the 1991 season and finally ended a drought that had been a long stretch for fans in Detroit.

The first half was aggressive from both sides. Matthew Stafford, who drew plenty of boos from the Ford Field crowd on his return, threw for 196 yards, while Jared Goff compiled 194 passing yards after going 16-for-18. The Lions took a 21-17 lead in the first half when Rams receiver Buka Nagua racked up more than 100 yards on a 50-yard touchdown catch.

After failing to score a touchdown on two red zone drives, the Rams scored two field goals in the second half. The Lions struck one of their own, leading at one point midway through the final quarter.

After the Rams' second field goal, they got a point back, and they promptly forced a three-and-out and got the ball back with 7:18 left in the game. When the Rams got a real shot past midfield, the Lions came up with a stop and forced a punt — which allowed them to run out the remaining clock and win their first playoff game in decades.

Stafford finished 25-of-36 for 367 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Kyron Williams had 61 yards on 13 carries, and Nagua set a new record with 181 receiving yards on nine catches.

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Goff went 22-of-27 for 277 yards and a touchdown for the Lions. David Montgomery had 57 yards on 14 carries and Amon-Ra St. Brown had 110 yards on seven receptions. The Lions now face either the Philadelphia Eagles or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the next round.

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