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Some Detroit Lions Fans Receive Playoff Tickets

12:28 PM, Dec 24, 2013   |    comments
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By Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press Sports Writer

DETROIT-- A day after the Detroit Lions were eliminated from playoff contention, some fans received postseason tickets in the mail.

The Lions mailed playoff invoices to season-ticket holders last month, when they were 6-5 and tied for first place in the NFC North.

In the month since, they've lost three of four games and were bounced from the play off race Sunday, when they lost the New York Giants in overtime, 23-20.

The Lions sold playoff tickets in standard two-game blocks - teams can host, at most, two home games during the postseason - and it's common practice for organizations chasing a playoff berth to take ticket requests late in the season.

The Lions say all money paid for playoff tickets will be credited toward 2014 season-ticket renewals.

The Lions (7-8) finish the regular season against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday with a chance to go 5-1 in the NFC North. But because of their recent slide - they've lost five of their last six games overall - the winner of this weekend's Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers game will win the division and go to the playoffs.

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