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The Detroit Lions proved they had the right stuff after all, so kudos to them for their destruction of San Diego on Saturday that clinched a wild-card spot in the playoffs.

When Jim Schwartz first arrived in Detroit in early 2009, on the heels of 0-16 and infamy in 2008, the team’s rookie head coach talked early and often about changing the culture of losing that had existed for so long there, and making the Lions a legitimate NFL team, instead of the league’s favorite punchline.

The 11-year run, including the entire first decade of this century, finally came to an end in Detroit in a sweet, convincing victory over San Diego on Sunday. But here’s hoping that the Lions don’t lose focus over the final week of the season because they have a tremendous opportunity to help themselves with a win over Green Bay.

First impressions of Ford Field?

“It’s nice. It’s very nice,” cornerback Josh Johnson said Sunday after Purdue’s two-hour workout in the home of the Detroit Lions.

The Boilermakers and Tuesday’s Little Caesars Pizza Bowl opponent — Western Michigan — both had practice sessions Sunday. The teams have hourlong practices scheduled this morning.

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