Three scenarios could lead to fifth seed for Lions
After the Packers beat the Bears on Sunday night, it appears there are three possibilities left for the Lions to get a fifth seed instead of a sixth as a wild-card playoff team. It’s down to the Lions and Falcons for the fifth and sixth seeds. All games are Sunday, Jan. 1, unless noted.
1. If the Falcons beat the Saints (tonight) AND Lions beat Packers AND Bucs beat Falcons.
2. If the Saints beat Falcons (tonight) AND Lions beat Packers.
3. If the Saints beat Falcons (tonight) AND Packers beat Lions AND Bucs beat Falcons.
It’s to the Lions advantage to be the fifth seed where they would likely face the winner of the Giants and Cowboys Sunday night. The Lions came back to win 34-30 at Dallas on Oct. 2. They didn’t play the Giants this season.
As the sixth seed they’d likely face the Saints. The Lions lost 31-17 at New Orleans on Dec. 4.
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