All the historical narratives are well known at this point. The Detroit Lions won their division for the first time since 1993 this year, and thus they'll have their first home playoff game since then on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams.
The Lions have not made the playoffs at all since 2016, and with the roster rebuild of the last three years came a natural turn toward younger players. So many will be playing in the first playoff game of their careers on Sunday night, though Dan Campbell's coaching staff played in plenty of playoff games when they were players and that will surely be beneficial.
Some names will be obvious, but which Lions players already have playoff experience before this year?
Which Detroit Lions players already have playoff experience?
QB Jared Goff
The easiest and most obvious one of them all. Goff played in six playoff games with the Rams, starting five and including a Super Bowl.
OT Taylor Decker
Decker was a first-round rookie left tackle on the Lions' last playoff team in 2016, starting all 16 games and the playoff game protecting Matthew Stafford's blind side.
OG Graham Glasgow
Glasgow was also a rookie (a third-round pick) on the Lions' last playoff squad, starting 11 regular season games and the playoff loss to the Seahawks at left guard.
WR Josh Reynolds
Reynolds played in the same six playoff games with the Rams that Goff did, totaling 11 catches for 186 yards along with 25 rushing yards.
WR Kalif Raymond
Raymond suited up in three playoff games for the Tennessee Titans in 2019 and 2020, though he barely played (13 offensive snaps) and had one reception (it was a touchdown though).
WR Donovan Peoples-Jones
Peoples-Jones played in two playoff games with the Cleveland Browns after the 2020 season, with two catches for 31 yards. Goff has thrown for four touchdown passes, two interceptions and a 57 percent completion rate in his playoff career.
QB Teddy Bridgewater
Has been on teams who have played in seven playoff games, but his lone appearance (and start, obviously) came for the Minnesota Vikings after the 2015 season in a famously cold game that featured Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missing a short potential game-winning field goal.
RB David Montgomery
Montgomery played in one playoff game with the Chicago Bears, with 12 carries for 31 yards in a loss to the New Orleans Saints.
LB Alex Anzalone
Anzalone played in four playoff games for the Saints, starting three of them. If not for being on IR during two playoff runs for New Orleans, he would bypass Goff with seven games of playoff experience.
K Michael Badgley
Badgley kicked in two playoff games for the Chargers, after the 2018 season, including going 5-for-6 on field goals in a win over the Baltimore Ravens.
CB Cameron Sutton
Sutton played in three playoff with the Pittsburgh Steelers, starting the last two after the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
DE Romeo Okwara
Okwara started one postseason game with the New York Giants, with a sack of Aaron Rodgers in a loss to the Green Bay Packers after the 2017 season.
LS Jake McQuaide
McQuaide was a teammmate of Goff and Reynolds for the same aforementioned six playoff games, and he played in another with the Dallas Cowboys after the 2021 season.
CB Kindle Vildor
Vildor started one playoff game for the Bears, the same one Montgomery did, after his rookie season in 2020.