Detroit Lions: Why This Sunday Is a Must Win Game

Anthony DinsmoreContributor IIDecember 27, 2011

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 24:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions drops back for a pass during a NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Ford Field on December 24, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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The Lions enter their last game of the season at 10-5 and will be taking on the 14-1 Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Despite Green Bay having the better record at home, the Lions have been favored to win this game.

The Packers have officially clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs, so the starters will likely rest this week. The Lions have clinched their first playoff spot since 1999, and actually have something to play for. 

If the playoffs were to start today, the Lions would hold the sixth seed. Winning on Friday would bump them up to the fifth seed, and have them playing either the Giants or the Cowboys, rather than New Orleans or San Fransisco. The Lions lost to both teams this year during the regular season.

The Lions also haven't won at Lambeau Field since 1991. Lambeau Field is also where the Lions lost their 16th game in 2008. When the Lions play at Lambeau, it turns into happy time for the Packers.

The opportunity to get some respect at the Frozen Tundra is certainly there for Detroit. If they can't take advantage of this opportunity, I don't know if they'll ever win at Lambeau again. 

If they can't beat a team of a bunch of second-string players, why should anyone believe that they can win in the playoffs?

Detroit has actually done very well this year on the road, unlike recent years, as they have gone 5-2.

Detroit has proven it can come back this year, as it have become the first team in NFL history to come back three times when trailing by 17 or more. 

If the Lions have a slow start, it will be very difficult to make yet another comeback. The Packers have one of the best home field advantages in the NFL, whether they are playing their starters or not.