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Allen Park — Anyone hoping Jim Caldwell would start talking about the playoffs this week will have to keep waiting.

The Lions could clinch a postseason berth Saturday if the Eagles lose in Washington, but Caldwell said he won't even be watching the late afternoon game.

"We have more important things going on for us at that particular point in time, and that's to win," the coach said.

Regardless of what happens Saturday, Caldwell said the Lions won't consider resting any players Sunday against the Bears, but with a first-round bye still available, that wouldn't make much sense.

If the Lions do win in Chicago, they would have 11 wins for the second time since the Super Bowl era — they finished 12-4 in 1991. Caldwell isn't thinking about that achievement either.

"I think it's first things first," he said. "It's tough for me to kind of describe it to you, but it's almost like someone who begins to spend money before they have it. And we haven't gotten there yet."

So, then, which milestones will Caldwell celebrate?

"We'll talk about them when we get there," he said.

Even though Caldwell won't discuss the postseason, the excitement around Detroit is palpable and was no more evident than last Sunday's win over the Vikings in which the raucous Ford Field crowd was as loud as it's been all year. The Lions can clinch their first playoff berth since 2011 this weekend and could host their first playoff game since 1993.

"Obviously, we can certainly feel the electricity in the stadium," Caldwell said. "We can get a sense of that. For the most part, coaches are kind of sequestered in the building, but I've been out a few times different places and I certainly can tell. There's no question about it.

"The fans have always been great to us, but I can certainly sense the heightened sense of awareness in terms of them being proud of their team, they like where we are at this time, but they are much like us. They know the most important thing is the next game and to find a way to win it against a tough team."

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