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Associated Press Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) is tackled by San Diego Chargers strong safety Steve Gregory (28) after making a first down catch in the second quarter Saturday in Detroit.

NFL Week 16: Lions reach playoffs for first time since '99

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DETROIT (AP) -- Forget next year's draft. The Detroit Lions have something different to look forward to this December.

The Lions are headed to the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season.

"This is an accomplishment," coach Jim Schwartz said. "It's a big step for our team and our organization."

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