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We know, we know. Everyone knows.

The Lions have yet to play in a Super Bowl.

But, they have beaten eventual Super Bowl champions — including Sunday night's winner, the New England Patriots, who beat the Los Angeles Rams, 13-3.

Way back in Week 3 of the regular season, the Lions stunned the Patriots in a prime-time game at Ford Field, 26-10. It was the Lions' first win of the season, and the loss had Patriots fans wondering if the window was, indeed, closing.

Yeah, not so much.

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This was the fourth time in 53 years of the Super Bowl era that the Lions beat the eventual champion during the regular season.

The other three times:

►In the 1981 season opener, the Lions beat the San Francisco 49ers, 24-17. The 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 26–21, in the Super Bowl.

►In 1999, the Lions beat the St. Louis Rams, 31-27. The Rams went on to beat the Tennessee Titans, 23–16, in the Super Bowl.

►And in 2010, the Lions beat the Green Bay Packers, 7-3, to improve to a whopping 3-10. The Packers, meanwhile, won the Super Bowl, 31-25, over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @tonypaul1984

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