December 21, 2011
In this Nov. 7, 2010, file photo, Detroit Lions offensive tackle Jeff Backus runs out to the field before the start an NFL football game against the New York Jets at Ford Field in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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Offensive tackle provided stability for 12 seasons for struggling Lions
Jeff Backus and Dominic Raiola have spent more than a decade together on Detroit's offensive line. They've never had an opportunity quite like this. If the Lions beat San Diego at home Saturday, they will make the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season.