Detroit Lions defeat Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23; advance to NFC championship

Closeup of "Ford Field" Detroit Lions' football field stadium's exterior facade brand and logo signage on a sunny day.

The Detroit Lions Jahmyr Gibbs ran for 74 yards, and the Lions scored touchdowns on three straight possessions in the third and fourth quarters to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23 in their divisional playoff game Sunday at Ford Field, advancing them to the NFC championship game next weekend.

The Lions will play the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC title game at 6:30 p.m. next Sunday at Levi’s Stadium for the right to go to the Super Bowl. It’s the second time the Lions are one win from a Super Bowl, losing 41-10 to Washington in the 1991 season in the NFC title game.

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