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NFL playoff picture: What does Lions-Packers mean for NFC standings

The Lions face the Packers in Green Bay on Sunday, Januray 8. We break down what the game means for the NFL playoff picture.

Jaire Alexander #23 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a defensive stop during a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on January 01, 2023 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Vikings 41-17. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Results update: The Lions defeat the Packers, which means the Seahawks are moving on to the playoffs and Green Bay will go home. The Lions were eliminated once the Seahawks won, so they were only playing for pride in this one.

Results update: The Seahawks beat the Rams in the earlier slot, which means the Lions have been eliminated from playoff contention. If they beat Green Bay, the Seahawks will claim the final wild card berth. If Green Bay wins, the Packers will claim the final wild card berth.

The Detroit Lions will take on the Green Bay Packers in Week 18 of the NFL season. Kickoff from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin is set for 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC. The Packers are five-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook. This week’s Sunday Night Football game has massive playoff implications for the NFC.

Lions playoff picture

The Lions can still clinch a playoff berth. There is one wild card spot remaining in the NFC, and either Detroit, Green Bay or the Seattle Seahawks will earn it. In order for the Lions to get it, they need to win against the Packers, and they need the Seahawks to lose. Detroit can also advance by tying the Packers and Seattle losing. The final way the Lions can earn the spot is if they tie Green Bay, the Seahawks tie, and the Washington Commanders beat the Dallas Cowboys.

Packers playoff picture

Green Bay has a much easier path to the playoffs, and it isn’t nearly as convoluted. The Packers control their own destiny, so for them, it is “win and in.” If they lose, their season is done.