How The Detroit Lions Can Earn The Top Seed In The NFC Playoffs


It didn’t go quite as expected for the Detroit Lions in Chicago but a win is a win no matter how ugly it is. Most importantly, the 20-14 win over the Bears has put the Lions in control of their own destiny on Sunday when they face Green Bay on Lambeau Field.

If the playoffs started today the Detroit Lions would be the #2 seed behind the Seattle Seahawks based on the winning percentage among common opponents. Detroit’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals gives this tiebreaker to the Seahawks.

If The Lions Win This Sunday

The Detroit Lions will own the #2 seed and will get a first round bye if they win in Green Bay this weekend.

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That means they will host the highest remaining seed that survived the wild card round at Ford Field in round 2 of the playoffs.  Of course a win will also give them a NFC North division championship, their first division crown since 1993.

If The Lions Lose This Sunday:

The Detroit Lions are in the playoffs but if they lose to Green Bay they could drop from the #2 seed to #6.  Why the big drop? A Detroit loss will drop them into the wildcard round with Arizona .  Even if the Cardinal’s lose next week, they will still earn the higher wildcard seed based on head-to-head tie breakers.

That means Detroit will travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys in Jerry World in the wildcard round rather than travel to home of the NFC South Champ.

A Lions Win Coupled With Loses By Seattle And Arizona:

If this magical scenario happens then the Detroit Lions will grab the number one seed in the NFC playoffs, earn a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. For this to play out the St. Louis Rams must upset the Seahawks at home next Sunday. Arizona will probably lose to San Francisco with Ryan Lindley starting at QB for the Cardinals.

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