Sunday brings a new era for the Detroit Lions, as quarterback Jared Goff, acquired from the Los Angeles Rams in the offseason trade of Matthew Stafford, will throw his first regular-season pass in Honolulu Blue.
Sunday will also bring reminders of an old era, as the Lions open their 30th season since the franchise’s last playoff victory, a 38-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys at the Pontiac Silverdome on Jan. 5, 1992, in the NFC divisional round.
Goff is doing his best to focus on the future, rather than that ignoble playoff drought (the second-longest active streak behind the Cincinnati Bengals, whose last playoff win came Jan. 6, 1991).
“Just like every other team in this league, there’s expectations, and I don’t know what the stat is, but every year there’s new teams in the playoff,” the QB said in August. “Every year there’s teams that were in the playoffs last year that…