2011 was a historic year in Detroit—the Lions were no longer a joke. That's right, everyone. Those Lions. The Motor City Kitties had become the Comeback Cats. Pro Bowl quarterback Matthew Stafford led the Lions to a 10-6 record and the Lions' first playoff appearance in a dozen years.
Despite all that the young Lions accomplished, it's not all roses in Allen Park. The Lions didn't quite live up to the expectations of their 5-0 start in 2011-2012. The Lions managed to go 10-6 in what ended up being one of the most up-and-down years of any team in recent memory.
When it's all said and done, fans will look back on this past season as the turning point for the Lions franchise. Here are five things the team must do this season to bring the long-suffering Lions fans their first Super Bowl championship.