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Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: Quarterbacks Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons and Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions shake hands after the game at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Falcons defeated the Lions 23-16.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Dean HoldenAnalyst IDecember 22, 2012

We're underway from Ford Field, with what is maybe the mismatch of the week on paper.

In 2011, this was a matchup between the fifth and sixth seeds in the playoffs.

Since most of the potential intrigue is gone from this game, Lions fans should feel fortunate this game is on a Saturday night (at 8:30 pm on ESPN, in case you were wondering). Were it on a Sunday, it's likely it would almost certainly have been flexed out of its prime-time position.

That said, while there is no postseason intrigue, there is enough talent on both sides to make this a good game. If nothing else, the Lions have proven they can play with any team, they just haven't been able to finish against them.

Saturday night, we get to see whether that trend continues with a Falcons win, or the Lions finally break out of their slump with a victory and ease some of the questions about their future.

Final Score: Falcons 31, Lions 18

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