Lions clinch playoff spot ahead of SNF

The Detroit Lions are in the playoffs, but obviously have their sights set on a bigger accomplishment.

The Washington Redskins were upset at home by the New York Giants earlier today, which automatically places both Detroit and Green Bay in the playoffs.

But there's still plenty on the line tonight at Ford Field between these two NFC North rivals.

The winner of tonight's matchup takes home the division crown and gets a home playoff game next Saturday or Sunday. For the Lions, it would be their first division title since 1993.

"I think it's a situation that you have to embrace," Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said this week. "I don't think there's any question about that, which I've kind of made certain that we told our guys, you've got to embrace it.

"I mean it's a great opportunity. You've got to be looking forward to it, it's got to be an exciting time, not only for our fan base, but also for the guys that are participating in the ball game."

For the Packers, a win or tie tonight will give them their fifth division title in the last six years.

"It's just an extra playoff game to play and those are the best," Packers receiver Jordy Nelson said in a conference call this week. "The atmosphere will be incredible. The energy of the game, the speed of the game, everything will be full tilt. These are the games that you enjoy, you want to play in. You want to experience these and these are the ones you'll remember."

The loser tonight will have to navigate an entire playoff run on the road as the No. 6 seed.

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