The next round of the playoffs will get underway on Saturday, and for Detroit Lions fans, there are actually stakes in the results.
While the team continues to hold in their coaching search—they haven’t interviewed a candidate now in over a week, a clear sign they want Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia (or Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur)—all they can do is wait for those candidates to become available.
The Patriots and Vikings remain in the playoffs, and therefore their coordinators remain untouchable. As time rolls along, the Lions have to be getting more anxious that their backup plans—for example, Mike Vrabel, who is supposedly a finalist for the Colts job—could potentially disappear.
So there’s little doubt the Lions, and their fans, will be watching Divisional Weekend closely, in the hopes their candidates are somehow freed after Sunday.
It all kicks off Sunday with pair of games featuring No. 1 seeds. First, the Eagles will defend their home field advantage by taking on the soaring Falcons. Atlanta is actually favored in this battle of the birds, because young quarterback phenom Carson Wentz tore his ACL a month ago.
That game is followed by the one the Lions fans will be watching closest: Patriots vs. Titans. New England is a heavy favorite in this game, and not many are holding out any realistic hope for a Titans win, but stranger things have happened in the playoffs.
Did you know that you can stream these games—and all remaining playoff games—on your phone via the Yahoo Sports app, regardless of cell or cable provider? Here’s more information on Saturday’s games.
Location: Gillette Stadium — Foxborough, MA
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Online streaming: Yahoo Sports app
Odds: Patriots by 13.5