Christmas Eve NFL Open Thread (The Lions can clinch a playoff spot)

Submitted by MGoCooper on December 24th, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Lots of big games today, none bigger that the Lions hosting the Chargers today, with a playoff spot on the line. Among the other big games today with playoff implications include.


Giants vs Jets

Philadelphia vs Dallas

Oakland vs Kansas City

San Francisco vs Seattle 

Arizona vs Cincinnati 


Also of interest, is that the Andrew Luck lottery got very interesting with the Colts WINNING on Thursday. Making it three teams that have two losses, going into the last two weeks of the season. The Colts have the tie breaker at this point, because their opponents winning percentage is the lowest. With the Vikings and Rams playing out the season, and the Colts playing the hapless Jaguars, the NFL draft just got real interesting. If the Rams end up with the first pick they will of course be trading out. The Vikings however, were they to lose out, would have a very interesting debate on the first pick.


Anyway, Merry Christmas to all of you, and may you enjoy a great day of football. To you Lions fans, may we all see today, what has alluded us for a decade.



December 24th, 2011 at 11:17 AM ^

Last week I discovered that RedZone was included in the HD package we got like 2 years ago. It was without a doubt, the greatest thing to happen to me this year. Today should be fun!


December 24th, 2011 at 11:22 AM ^

I would love, LOVE, to be in the Rams situation, were they to finish with the first pick. My favorite sporting event is the NFL draft (don't ask), and I would love to be a fly on the wall with the offers they'll get for that pick.


December 24th, 2011 at 11:43 AM ^

I love the Lions and so hope they win today but being 52 and having witnessed one heartbreak after another watching this team I can't help but worry they will somehow screw this up.  

What sucks for me is that here in Cleveland we are going to get the Dallas-Philly game as our late game, not the Lions-Chargers.  And being Christmas Eve there is no way the avatar is going to let me go find a bar and watch it.



December 24th, 2011 at 12:09 PM ^

1997...Lions beat the Jets late in the year at home, to clinch their most recent playoff spot.  Barry Sanders ran wild and finished the game over 2000 yds rushing for the year (amazing feat since he only had 52 yds after the first 2 games that year and people were questioning Bobby Ross's scheme for Barry)..... this was also the game where up and coming Lions LB Reggie Brown was nearly paralyzed and had to retire...but thankfully was able to walk again:


An emotional game and one of the best in Lions history.


December 24th, 2011 at 12:21 PM ^

And once again, Morning Woodley has reached the finals.

A dilemma arises: an injured Vincent Jackson, or a healthy Malcom Floyd (or Michael Crabtree)?


December 24th, 2011 at 12:39 PM ^

Having a great quiet day at the home, waiting for the Lions to come on. It's going to be a exciting game, an electric atmosphere. The Lions better get the job done today, playing at Lambeau is not going to be a picnic. I wouldn't be surprised if the Packers played their starters the whole game, seeing as we are one of their rivals. Who stomped on one of their own. Out of spite.



December 24th, 2011 at 1:08 PM ^

1.Lions Win
2.If the Lions lose we need Chicago, Seatlle, and Arizona to lose plus one of the following three things; Dallas loss, NYG loss, or Atlanta win.

This should hold over the next two weeks, I think. Hopefully we just win today and get it over with.


December 24th, 2011 at 2:05 PM ^

I REALLY want to see the Rams end up with the first pick. Watching a solid 10-20 (25? 30?) GMs trip over each other to give up the most for the pick would be highly entertaining.

swan flu

December 24th, 2011 at 2:46 PM ^

John Fox proves once again that coaches don't use their brains enough... Tebow is stopped short of a first down, and in stead of simply lining up and going for it on 4th and short, Fox challenges the play.  The ruling is confirmed, so Fox goes for it anyway.


Wastes a challenge

Wastes a timeout


If you were going to go for it anyway, why challenge?