The Detroit Lions are one of only four teams to never reach the Super Bowl. In fact, they are the only NFC team left without a Super Bowl appearance. The AFC has three teams that have never made it to the Super Bowl: the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans.
Given the Lions' lack of success over time and especially in recent memory, it can be tough to be optimistic about the future. Coming off a 4-12 season, the Lions are right back to where they were before going to the playoffs in 2011 with the offseason and NFL Draft feeling more like the Super Bowl for fans than the actual game. Lions fans have never had a chance to experience a Super Bowl appearance, but there is reason to believe that could change in the immediate future.
Say what you want about the current coaching staff or players on the team, but the NFC has provided plenty of reason to believe that the Lions' time could be coming at some point. Just look at how much parity there has been in the last 12 seasons. As pointed out by ESPN Stats & Info, 11 different NFC teams have appeared in the last 12 Super Bowls.
Super Bowl 2013: Parity alive and well in NFC
Pride Of Detroit | Jan 28