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Most of the NFL’s playoff teams have been determined with one week left to play in the 2016 regular season, but there are still spots up for grabs in the NFC and seeding to be decided in both conferences.
Due to tiebreakers and strength of schedule potentially coming into play, many of the games on the Week 17 slate could have major postseason implications, even when it comes to contests in which both teams have already been eliminated from contention. 1 seedWin vs. MIA OR OAK lossOakland Raiders jerseysAFC No. 1 seedWin vs. DEN AND NE loss vs. MIAOakland Raiders jerseysAFC West titleWin vs. DENKansas City Chiefs jerseysAFC West titleWin vs. SD AND OAK loss vs. 2 seedWin vs. NOSeattle Seahawks jerseysNFC No. 2 seedWin vs. SF AND ATL loss vs. NOGreen Bay Packers jerseysNFC North titleWin OR tie vs. DETGreen Bay Packers jerseysNFC No. 3 seedWin vs. DET AND SEA loss vs. SFGreen Bay Packers jerseysNFC No. 6 seedLoss vs. DET AND WAS loss vs. NYG AND TB loss vs. CAR OR Loss vs. DET AND WAS loss vs. NYG AND TB win vs. CAR AND SF loss vs. SEA OR TEN loss vs. HOU OR IND loss vs. JAC OR DAL loss vs. PHIDetroit Lions jerseysNFC North titleWin vs. GBDetroit Lions jerseysNFC No. 6 seedLoss OR tie vs. GB AND WAS loss vs. NYG AND TB loss vs. CAR OR various other scenariosWashington Redskins jerseysNFC No. 6 seedWin vs. NYG AND DET loss vs. GBTampa Bay Buccaneers jerseysNFC No. 6 seedWin vs. CAR AND DAL win vs. PHI AND TEN win vs. HOU AND IND win vs. JAC AND SF win vs. SEA AND NYG wholesale football jerseys tie vs. WAS AND DET win vs. Detroit Lions jerseysIn a battle of teams moving in different directions, the Green Bay Packers jerseys and Detroit Lions jerseys will meet Sunday night in the Motor City with the NFC North title on the line.
The winner will clinch the division and likely the No. 4 seed in the NFC, although moving up to No. 3 is possible if the Seattle Seahawks jerseys lose to the San Francisco 49ers jerseys.
Additionally, a loss doesn’t mean the playoffs are out of reach, as either team can still make it provided the Washington Redskins jerseys lose to the New York Giants jerseys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseys don’t have seven different results work out in their favor.
Since Washington will have already played by the time the Packers jerseys and Lions jerseys clash, both teams will know whether they are competing in a true elimination game prior to the opening kickoff.
Even so, winning the game is key, as it guarantees at least one home playoff game and should make the road to the Super Bowl a bit easier.
Green Bay has won five in a row after seemingly being out of it at 4 6, while Detroit is on a two game losing streak on the heels of what was previously a five game winning streak.
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The needle appears to be pointing in Green Bay’s favor primarily due to Rodgers’ hot streak, but there is also an underlying factor that could give it the advantage.
As pointed out by ESPN’s Andrew Brandt, the Packers jerseys have the edge in terms of preparation since they played Saturday, while the Lions jerseys played Monday: