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If you're under 67 years old, you were not alive the last time the Detroit Lions won two playoff games in the same season, which happened in 1957. It's been a while since Lions fans have seen this kind of success, and now they are one win away from the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance.

For starters, when it last happened Bill Belichick was only 5 years old and The Beatles were three years away from forming, with Paul McCartney just 15 years old. Super glue, diet soda and power steering had all just been invented a few years earlier, McDonald's was still new and the Barbie doll would not come around for two more years. 

To break this very long streak, the Lions defeated the Los Angeles Rams 24-23 in the divisional round and then beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23 to advance to the NFC Championship Game, where they will face the NFC's top-seeded San Francisco 49ers. The Niners are coming off a 24-21 win over the No. 7 Green Bay Packers in the divisional round.

Now flash back to 1957, when the Lions defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-27 in the conference playoff and beat the Cleveland Browns 59-14 in the NFL Championship Game. 

Life was a little different back then, so we are taking a time machine to see how things were the last time Lions fans got to witness such success. Here's a look at what things were like in 1957.

Lions' 1957 season

Detroit went 8-4 that season and were first in the NFL Western Conference. The 49ers also ended 8-4, meaning there would be a playoff tiebreaker.

In the Western Conference championship, the Lions were down 24-7 against the Niners at halftime. Detroit had to rely on backup quarterback Tobin Rote, since starter Bobby Layne was out. Rote helped lead the comeback, as the team scored 24 unanswered points in the second half. It marks the last time the Lions won a road playoff game.

In the championship, the Browns were favored by three points and sat at 9-2-1 heading into the game. It marked the fourth time these teams met in the championship game.

The Lions general manager was Edwin J. Anderson, the head coach was George Wilson, who won AP Coach of the Year, and the team was owned by the Detroit Football Company. They played their home games at Briggs Stadium.

The team had seven Pro Bowlers:

  • MLB Joe Schmidt
  • SS Jack Christiansen
  • FS Yale Lary
  • LT Lou Creekmur
  • LG Harley Sewell
  • DB Jim David
  • DE Darris McCord

The Lions had five AP All-Pros:

  • LT Lou Creekmur (1st team)
  • LG Harley Sewell (2nd team)
  • MLB Joe Schmidt (1st team)
  • SS Jack Christiansen (1st team)
  • FS Yale Lary (2nd team)

NFL news

  • 1957 NFL Draft: Green Bay Packers select halfback Paul Hornung from the University of Notre Dame at No. 1 overall
  • Rule changes: The home teams now wear dark jerseys and road teams wear white; previously teams wore whatever color they wanted
  • The league was broken down into two conferences, Western and Eastern, with six teams in each
  • AP Most Valuable Player: Jim Brown, Browns

Sports news

  • World Series: Milwaukee Braves defeat the New York Yankees
  • NBA Finals: Boston Celtics defeat the St. Louis Hawks
  • Stanley Cup Final: Montreal Canadiens defeat the Boston Bruins
  • MLB: Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley agrees to move the team to Los Angeles
  • MLB: Baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the first Black MLB player, retires 
  • MLB: Horace Stoneham announces the Giants are moving from New York to San Francisco
  • Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year: Ted Williams, MLB
  • Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year: Althea Gibson, Tennis


  • Bubble wrap 
  • Sweet N' Low sweetener
  • The Whopper


  • Dwight D. Eisenhower was the U.S. president; Richard Nixon was the vice president
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1957 was enacted, creating the United States Commission on Civil Rights

Pop culture moments

  • "West Side Story" opened on Broadway
  • The television show "I Love Lucy" ends
  • "Divorce Court" debuts
  • "Leave it to Beaver" debuts

Celebrities born

  • NFL player and 49ers star Dwight Clark
  • TV host Steve Harvey
  • TV personality Vanna White
  • Director Spike Lee
  • Actor Denis Leary
  • Civil rights activist Martin Luther King III

Top movies

  • "Jailhouse Rock" featuring Elvis Presley, who was continuing to rise to fame
  • "The Bridge on the River Kwai"
  • "Old Yeller"

Top songs

  • "All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley 
  • "Love Letters in the Sand" by Pat Boone
  • "Little Darlin'" by the Diamonds
  • "Young Love" by Tab Hunter

Cost of living 

  • Eggs: $0.55 per dozen
  • Newspaper: $0.05
  • Candy bar: $0.05
  • Movie ticket: $0.62
  • House: between $10,000 to $20,000
  • White bread (1 pound): $0.19 
  • Delivered milk (1/2 gallon): $0.50