Lions Fans Receive Playoff Tickets Day After Team Is Eliminated from Contention

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2013

via @EFQZ

When the Detroit Lions fell to the New York Giants, 23-20, in overtime Sunday, they were officially eliminated from playoff contention. Well, that led to some awkward moments Monday, when Lions fans received playoff tickets in the mail.

A few weeks ago, the Lions controlled the NFC North at 6-3. Losing five out of their next six games knocked Detroit out of the playoff race, but playoff tickets had already been sent out.

Take a look at what went on at Ford Field after the team's latest loss, via the Associated Press' Larry Lage:

Erasing the Lions logo that won't be needed until next season after Detroit dropped out of playoff picture

— Larry Lage (@LarryLage) December 23, 2013

It was a tough loss to swallow for Lions fans, as both the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears lost as well.

Thanks to @EFQZ for making this public, and hat tip as well to ESPN's Darren Rovell.