Marc Juberg, B/R Analyst
A playoff victory would do wonders for this franchise, but in order for that prospect to become a reality, the Lions will have to win on the road.
The 49ers, Saints, and Cowboys are the most likely Wild-Card round opponents, while the Giants and Falcons loom as remote possibilities.
Although I'm sure Jim Schwartz would love a chance to stare down Jim Harbaugh again, I'm not so sure that a rematch against the team that knocked the Lions off their 5-0 perch would result in a different outcome. Meanwhile, the red-hot Saints and Falcons are a couple of battering rams the Lions would like to avoid.
The Lions did prove they can beat the Cowboys in Dallas, but Tony Romo is playing like a much different quarterback than the one whose interceptions let Detroit crawl back into the game the last time around.
That leaves the Giants, whose lackluster play against the Redskins on Sunday won't strike fear in anybody. If the G-Men continue to play like that, they won't have any playoff games to worry about losing.
But when it's all said and done, I'd say the Lions' best shot at a playoff victory comes against either of the teams battling not to lose the NFC East.
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