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The Falcons are looking to nail down home-field advantage, and the Detroit Lions are hoping for respectability.
The Detroit Lions are looking to snap a six-game losing streak against visiting Atlanta, while the Falcons are hoping they can secure home field advantage through the playoffs.
Last week the Atlanta Falcons had their statement game. Coming off an embarrassing loss to the Carolina Panthers, they wanted to prove detractors wrong -- and they did just that by blowing out the New York Giants. Using a combination of power running and a multi-faceted passing attack, they were too much for a Giants team struggling to rush the passer in 2012.
This should have been Detroit's season, but for a variety of reasons, the wheels have fallen off. Sitting at 4-10, the Lions have the NFL's best passing attack because of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, but outside of their offensive standouts, not much has gone right. The vaunted defensive line has still been effective at rushing the passer, but as a whole, the Lions have a lot of holes. At this point, they're looking to stop the slide and salvage some semblance of confidence heading into 2013.
Saturday, Dec. 22, 8:30 p.m. ET
Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.
Falcons: 790AM and Star 94
Lions: Sirius -- 93, 92