C.J. Gardner-Johnson sets high expectations for Lions before playoffs begin

C.J. Gardner-Johnson didn't mince words about two big goals he has set for Detroit Lions as the playoff get going.

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The Detroit Lions will play a home playoff game, and have already claimed the NFC North. Some would call that a good season regardless of what happens against the Los Angeles Rams.

C.J. Gardner-Johnson is not one of those people. After missing most of the season with a pectoral injury, he is excited to be back and ready for the playoffs. He isn't shying away from saying exactly what he expects to happen next.

"We got a couple more banners to hang, two more banners and I'm not falling short. We're not falling short, and I'll be damned if that happens.

"We work too hard. Like coach Dan (Campbell) said, we're seasoned for this. We're perfectly scarred for this, so I'm just appreciative to be a part of a great organization. Shout-out to Sheila (Ford), shout-out to Brad (Holmes), Aaron (Glenn) and Dan for just bringing me here. Ain't nothing more than just thanking God for this moment."

C.J. Gardner-Johnson plans to bring all his energy to Detroit Lions defense

Getting back on the field in Week 18 was significant to Gardner-Johnson, as he was able to knock off some rust with four tackles and an interception in the 30-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

To the surprise of no one, Gardner-Johnson said he's just getting started.

"It's going to get started. It's going to be a good party every time I step on that field. I'm just going to bring it the intensity, just be a ball hawk (and do) what I'm brought here for. Intensity and energy, making plays. I think out there (Sunday), just being there for my team, you can see the difference. We were always energized, but just being out there and doing what we needed to do, that energized my team. Forget the crowd. I appreciate the fans, but my team needed me more than anything. I appreciate them for letting me come back out there."

Now that he's back in action, Gardner-Johnson expects a lot from the himself and his teammates as the they enter the postseason.

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