Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions Playoff Edition

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NFL owners voted to change the overtime rules for the postseason so that both teams have the opportunity to possess the ball at least once, unless the team that receives the kickoff scores a touchdown on its first possession.

There really are no weak sisters in this year’s NFC playoffs, as all four of the NFC teams playing on wild card weekend ranked 12th or higher in total DVOA. The two NFC South teams, New Orleans and Atlanta, have been particularly hot in the second half of the season. Detroit is trying to prove that they aren’t just happy to be here, and the Giants are trying to prove that their impressive wins in the last two weeks show they’ve overcome yet another second-half meltdown.

I took the time to go back over the game film from the Detroit Lions’ 31-17 loss in Week 13 to the New Orleans Saints one more time, and there are several reasons to be optimistic about the Lions’ chances Saturday.

Getting the”inside scoop” we exchanged questions with Zac Snyder, the editor of FanSided’s Detroit Lions site sidelionreport.com, to ask him some questions about the upcoming playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions.

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