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Following the Lions' playoff scenarios

Hi there. Hopefully you've completed whatever holiday shopping remained for you and are settling in for a Christmas Eve (day) of football. While you're keeping an eye on Saturday's games, I wanted to give you a cheat sheet of sorts to track the various scenarios that would clinch a playoff spot for the Detroit Lions.

The obvious one is a Lions victory over the San Diego Chargers, a game that kicks off at 4:05 p.m. ET at Ford Field. The more complicated scenarios are below. None of them can be completed before Sunday night and one would extend to Monday night. But if you're following along to see if they're still in play after Saturday's games, here you go:

Scenario 1

Scenario 2

  • Arizona Cardinals lose to or tie the Cincinnati Bengals (1 p.m. ET in Cincinnati)

  • Seattle Seahawks lose to or tie the San Francisco 49ers (4:15 p.m. ET in Seattle)

  • New York Giants lose to or tie the New York Jets (1 p.m. ET in East Rutherford, N.J.)

  • Chicago Bears lose to or tie the Green Bay Packers (8:20 p.m. ET Sunday in Green Bay)

Scenario 3

  • Arizona Cardinals lose to or tie the Cincinnati Bengals (1 p.m. ET in Cincinnati)

  • Seattle Seahawks lose to or tie the San Francisco 49ers (4:15 p.m. ET in Seattle)

  • Atlanta Falcons defeat or tie the New Orleans Saints (8:30 p.m. ET Monday in New Orleans)