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Seeding scenarios simplify for Lions

Now then. The Atlanta Falcons' loss Monday night has made the playoff stakes much clearer for the Detroit Lions.

Below is the relevant remains of scenarios we originally posted over the weekend. The bottom line: The Lions can clinch the No. 5 seed of the NFC playoffs, and a matchup against either the New York Giants or Dallas Cowboys, with a victory Sunday over the Green Bay Packers.

Even if they lose to the Packers, the Lions can clinch the fifth seed if the Falcons lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

A victory at Lambeau Field would be historic for any number of reasons. It would give the Lions their first 11-win season since 1995 and their first victory in the state of Wisconsin since 1991.