NFL wildcard Sunday: Lions upset Rams, win first playoff game in decades.

In their wild-card showdown at Ford Field on Sunday night, the Lions prevailed over the Los Angeles Rams 24-23. Fans in Detroit finally got their wish when the Lions won their first playoff game since the 1991 season.

In the first half, both teams unleashed barrages of attacking plays. In his return to the game, quarterback Matthew Stafford was booed by many in the Ford Field crowd.

 Jared Goff completed 16 of 18 passes for 194 yards, while Stafford passed for 196 yards. At halftime, the Lions led 21-17, with Rams receiver Puka Nacua having accumulated over 100 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown reception in the first half.

In the second half, after going to the red zone twice without scoring, the Rams kicked two field goals. Midway through the fourth quarter, the Lions maintained a lead thanks to their own field goal.

With 7 minutes and 18 seconds remaining in the game, the Rams were able to regain possession of the ball following their second field goal, which gave them a one-point lead. They wasted no time forcing a three-and-out. 

The Rams advanced over midfield and were in a prime position to score, but the Lions made a crucial stop to force a punt, allowing them to run out the clock and secure their first playoff victory in decades.

Stafford threw for 367 yards and two touchdowns on 25 of 36 attempts in the defeat. After 13 carries for 61 yards, Kyren Williams broke the rookie receiving record with 181 yards, and Nacua added 181 more on nine receptions.

Lions quarterback Jared Goff completed 22 of 27 passes for 277 yards and a score. On 14 carries, David Montgomery gained 57 yards, while Amon-Ra St. Brown caught seven passes for 110 yards.The following round will see the Lions face either the Eagles of Philadelphia or the Buccaneers of Tampa Bay.

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