After the season the Detroit Lions had last year, few expected the team to turn things around as quickly as they have. While there have been ups and downs across the 2022 season, the Lions are one of only three teams in the NFC who still have a chance to make it into the postseason — though they’re going to need some help in order to punch their ticket to the playoffs.
Heading into Week 18, the Lions have a strong chance of making it into the postseason for the first time since 2016. To do so, Detroit will need to pick up a win in the final week of the season but they’re also going to need some help in the form of a few losses for a pair of other teams.
So who exactly has to lose for the Lions to make it into the postseason?
Who has to lose for the Detroit Lions to make the playoffs?
For the Detroit Lions to make the playoffs in Week 18, they must win their game against the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks must lose their game against the San Francisco 49ers. If the Lions win and the Seahawks lose, the Lions will become the final team in the NFC postseason field, entering as the No. 7 seed.
With the Seahawks playing during the late afternoon, there is a chance the Lions could be eliminated from the playoffs before taking to the field in Sunday Night Football. However, there is just as strong of a chance the team could be going into the final game of the day knowing they’ll be playing in a win-and-you’re-in type scenario.