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Lions Fans Prepare for NFC Championship Game

ALPENA, MI – It’s been over 30 years since the Lions have appeared in the NFC Championship game. Emotions are running high as local Detroit fans get ready to watch their team fight for a spot in the Super Bowl.

Lions fans are loyal through the good times and the bad. If there’s a word to describe this rare breed, it would be patient. This year’s team is nothing short of magic, and fans are finally being rewarded for their dedication. “This is such a wonderful thing to happen to the state of Michigan and showing the NFL what it’s all about,” said avid fan Mitchell Cousineau. “We are tough, we are Detroit.”

Alpena is home to Tin Pan Alley which is owned by Neal Roland. He hosts watch parties for every Lions game. Roland used to only welcome in a few fans per game in the past, but this year has brought a flock of people to the Alley. “I would say everybody’s got the fever,” said Roland. “Everybody’s talking about the Lions.”

About 10 years ago, Wayne Kendziorski wrote and produced a song titled “The Curse Is Over.” The songwriter rewrote and changed the title of the song to “Detroit Lions Champions.” All because he felt so inspired by this new Detroit team. “What Campbell said to the players every week,” said Kendziorski. “He almost burst into tears last week because he was so proud.”

The Lions play the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game on January 28 at 6:30 p.m.

You can listen to Kendziorski’s “Detroit Lions Champions” by clicking on the video below.