Lions who need to dominate on Sunday against the Packers
Jan 02 2017 by Lorena Waters
After such a wild regular season that took to the last minute to decide, this should be a fantastic postseason throughout.
While the two will battle for the division title, each could have a playoff spot secured before the two kickoff the final National Football League regular-season game of the season. The AFC, meanwhile, has all six of its playoff qualifiers determined heading into the final day of the regular season, with only seeding and matchups to be determined. Detroit Lions - 9-6 7.
Stafford has had some substandard weeks recently, but this week he gets a home game against a division rival. Well, a wild-card at least. The Patriots must finish with a better record than Oakland to secure the No. 1 seed as Oakland has the tiebreaker edge.
The Raiders can end anywhere from top seed to wildcard depending on results this weekend.
As the playoff picture takes shape on Sunday, check back for the most up-to-date look at the 2017 playoff field below, as long as the remaining scenarios that would lock in the final seeds and standings. Yet he did make a couple big throws when the Giants needed them, including finding Tavares King late in the fourth quarter to set up the game-winning field goal.
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As for who will be playing, when and where during the playoffs, well, that's another story. It's about a 50/50 shot Green Bay will have to play at Dallas anyway - not that the Cowboys are the end-all, be-all of the NFC. NY coach Todd Bowles, the guy who succeeded Ryan in 2015 and went 10-6, could be on the hot seat because his team has seemed to lack effort in several recent losses. And no matter what happens in Washington, the victor of this game is the NFC North champion, and will host a playoff game next week.
ATLANTA (10-5) VS. NEW ORLEANS (7-8) - Atlanta clinches a first-round bye with: 1.
Cleveland (1-14) at Pittsburgh (10-5), 11 a.m. He moved and weaved and threaded footballs easily on the Lions' defense, leading to a 31-24 Green Bay win over Detroit with 300 yards, four touchdown passes and complete command over Detroit's defense. With a chance to lead the Lions to a signature win, however, Stafford came up short to add to his legacy that he beats bad teams and loses against winning teams.
The Packers might not have the litany of fourth-quarter comebacks that the Lions do, but they've been battle-tested after having to shake off a 4-6 start to put themselves in position to capture their fifth division title in six years. Green Bay win or tie.
That means ticket resellers like Ticket King in Green Bay have been busy this week. Washington loss OR 2. The Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are out. They gave up too many yards on the ground, and there were big breakdowns in coverage at times. It has been the wrong kind of turnaround for 2015 NFC champion Carolina, which will miss the postseason.
The Chiefs need a win at San Diego and Oakland loss to clinch the division title and a first-round bye. Win-loss records are not. Patriots and Brady find a way to win in Miami and ensure the AFC playoffs go through Foxboro.
New England still hasn't locked up the AFC's No. 1 seed. If Detroit, Seattle, and Atlanta all win on Sunday, then the Lions settle in as the No. 4 seed in the NFC.