It’s no secret the Detroit Lions chances at making the playoffs are slim – but not impossible.
Coming into Saturday’s match-up against their NFC North rivals from Chicago, Detroit was the eighth seed in the NFC playoff race. The Lions need to win out to finish the season to even have a chance at sneaking in the playoffs as a Wild Card contender.
Detroit has struggled in recent weeks to get the offense going early, but that was not the case this week. Matthew Stafford and the Lions made it look easy Saturday evening – defeating the Bears by a final score of 20-10.
Stafford went 25/33 in passing attempts with a total of 237 yards which included 2 touchdowns – one caught by wide receiver TJ Jones and the other by tight-end Eric Ebron.
One the defensive side of the ball Lions cornerback Darius Slay snagged two interceptions from Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky – living up to his nickname “Big Play Slay” Darius now leads the league in total interceptions, with seven on the year.
Detroit will travel to Cincinnati next Sunday for a Christmas Eve match-up against the Bengals – in what should be another relatively easy win for Stafford and the Lions.
The real fun comes in week 17 as Detroit will host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, who are in a very similar playoff situation to the Lions.
Detroit will need help in order to move up in the NFC ranks, but as of Saturday night they live to fight another day.