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NFL Previews: Lions need 1 win to make playoffs

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By Barry Wilner

AP Football Writer

The last time the Detroit Lions were this close to the playoffs, Barry Sanders was in their backfield.

Sanders now is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a place few if any of the recent Lions will end up. His former team has been rebuilt by GM Martin Mayhew and coach Jim Schwartz, and a win over San Diego on Saturday at home will secure Detroit, a 2½-point favorite, an NFC wild-card slot.

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