Lions vs. Saints: 4 Things to Watch for on Sunday

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Lions vs. Saints: 4 Things to Watch for on Sunday
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The New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions will meet on Saturday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the first NFC Playoff game of this postseason.

The Saints finished the season at 13-3 with the NFC South title, whereas the Lions finished at 10-6 and are a Wild Card team in the playoffs. These two teams met earlier in the season, but this should be a much different game.

The teams are different in many ways, including the depth on both sides of the ball, momentum from the last part of their respective seasons and the hunger that surrounds each team to reach the Super Bowl.

At this point, both the Lions and Saints sit at 0-0, and must win three games to get to the Championship, and a fourth to win it. That is all they have to do, just win four games and they will be given a Lombardi Trophy.

The Saints are the team favored to win this game, but both have a shot at doing so. The offenses in this game are very powerful and the defenses are not elite, but can be very well in certain areas of the game. Each team has the talent and potential to get to the big game, but they have to make sure to avoid making dumb mistakes.

The Saints will have the advantage of playing in front of the home crowd, and the Lions will be coming into a rough atmosphere in New Orleans. It is not impossible for a visiting team to win in New Orleans, but no one was able to do it in 2011.

The Saints finished 8-0 at home in the regular season and had an average margin of victory at home of 24.5 points. They beat the Lions by 14 in their first game, and Detroit is sure to want some revenge.

I have already written that I believe that Saints will blow out the Lions, but there are definitely some key matchups that the Saints will need to win in order to do so. However, if the Lions are able to win these individual battles, then they may just walk out of the Superdome with a road playoff victory.

Let's take a look at four things that we should keep an eye on during Saturday Night's game.

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