By Eric Schmidt

The Detroit Lions took one step closer to reaching the NFL playoffs yesterday after coming away with a 28-27 win against the Oakland Raiders. The Detroit Lions required blocked field goal from DT Ndamukong Suh late in the game in order to seal the win. Suh was able to get his right thumb on a 65-yard Sebastian Janikowski attempt.

The Detroit Lions scored the final 14 points of the contest, rallying from a 13 point deficit in the final four minutes and the last score coming on a 98-yard touchdown drive orchestrated by QB Matthew Stafford, culminating with a six-yard touchdown pass to WR Calvin Johnson. Johnson posted a career high 9 receptions for 212 yards and two touchdowns.

The win couldn’t come at a better time for the Detroit Lions. Detroit holds a two game advantage over the rest of the NFC for the number six seed in the NFC currently with just two games remaining. Had the Lions dropped this game, Seattle and Arizona could have gotten back in the mix for the final playoff spot.

Seattle and Arizona have been surging late in the season and the two game advantage the Lions will be useful with the suddenly red hot San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers on the schedule next for the Detroit Lions.

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