How to watch the Detroit Lions in the NFL Playoffs

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It's been 30 years since the Detroit Lions hosted a playoff game. Yet, when the game kicks off, there will be an extremely familiar face on the opposing sideline.

That's because Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams are coming to town.

Stafford, of course, spent more than a decade as the quarterback for Detroit before being traded to LA for Jared Goff and winning a Super Bowl.

But things are different in the Motor City. Revitalized by head coach Dan Campbell the Lions are the no. 3 seed in the NFC and a 3.5-point favorite.

So don't miss out on the playoffs. Make sure you've got the right gear and the right streaming service. If you don't, there's no need to worry. We've got your back.

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Detroit Lions Jerseys

Obviously a jersey is a must-have for a playoff game. Whether you're watching from the couch or the stadium it's a perfect look.

Amon-Ra St. Brown, Jared Goff, Aidan Hutchinson, Jahmyr Gibbs... the stars are all available.

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Detroit Lions Shirts

Player name and number tees are a great option in lieu of a jersey, but you could also rock the new NFC North champs shirts from Nike.

Or, you could pick up a retro shirt from Mitchell & Ness.

The point is, you've got options.

Jared Goff
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How To Watch The Detroit Lions In The NFL Playoffs

For our money - well, for your money - the best bet is probably fuboTV.

fuboTV has all the local channels in the Detroit area (ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX). It also has ESPN. So regardless of where the Lions are playing, you'll be able to watch them.

This Sunday's game will air on NBC.

There are three fuboTV plans to choose from, which vary in price from $75 to $95.

fuboTV Pro gives you 182 channels and 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR for $75 per month. Up to 10 devices can be watching on your home network, and two devices can stream while you're roaming.

fuboTV Elite keeps the DVR space the same, as well as the device limit, but gives you 247 channels - including more than 100 events in 4K. The price is $85.

fuboTV Premier is 256 channels (plus all the 4K events), the DVR space, the 10 device steaming. The price is $95.

A weeklong free trial is available as well.

Jim Caldwell
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Detroit Lions NFL Playoff History

The Lions are 7-13 all-time in the playoffs, with just four playoff appearances since 2000. Here's a breakdown.

2011 Season:

  • The Lions, coached by Jim Schwartz, secured a Wild Card spot.
  • Lost in the Wild Card Round to the New Orleans Saints.

2014 Season:

  • The Lions, now coached by Jim Caldwell, made the playoffs as a Wild Card.
  • Lost in the Wild Card Round to the Dallas Cowboys.

2016 Season:

  • The Lions, still under Jim Caldwell, secured a Wild Card spot.
  • Lost in the Wild Card Round to the Seattle Seahawks.
Matthew Stafford
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It's Not You, It's Me: A QB Swap That Was Successful For Both Sides

The 2021 trade that the Rams and Lions agreed to has been successful for both sides. Los Angeles won a Super Bowl with Stafford at the helm and Goff has turned things around for Detroit.

Goff finished second in the NFL with 4,575 yards and 30 touchdowns. He led the Lions to 12 wins (a feat only accomplished one other time in franchise history).

Not to mention some of those additional draft picks turned into Jahmyr Gibbs and Sam LaPorta who were huge parts of the offense this season.

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