Recapping 2012: After a 1-3 start, the Lions won three of their next four games to get back into the playoff picture. But then the wheels fell off. The Lions, who ranked 17th in scoring offense and 27th in points allowed, lost their final eight games, six of which were against eventual playoff teams, to finish last in the NFC North. If they are looking for silver linings, Stafford threw for 4,967 yards and Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice's NFL single-season yardage mark. But 2012 was a major disappointment for a franchise that had been on the rise.