For the first time since the 1999 season, the Detroit Lions will be in the NFL Playoffs, but it won't be an easy route for the Lions to make if they want to wind up in Indiana for the Super Bowl. They are in Louisiana on Saturday night to face the 13-3 New Orleans Saints. The odds makers have the Lions as far down as 11-point underdogs.
This game could turn into a shootout between Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. Brees shattered Dan Marino's single-season passing record by finishing with 5,476 passing yards. He also had 46 passing touchdowns. Stafford nearly matched him with 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns.
Detroit will look to reverse its Dec. loss to the Saints, which was 31-17 in favor of New Orleans.
Game date, time: 7:00 pm CT, Saturday, Jan. 7
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
TV channel: NBC
Odds: Saints favored by 11 points.
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