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NFL preview: Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions, 8:30 p.m. Saturday


Falcons (12-2) at Lions (4-10)

When/where: 8:30; Ford Field, Detroit

TV/radio: ESPN; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

Line: Falcons by 4; 51

Sunday was a new low for the Lions, when they lost by four touchdowns to … the Cardinals? It's one thing not to make the playoffs and have a disappointing season, but quite another to pull off that kind of loss. The Falcons have a chance to clinch homefield advantage throughout the playoffs with a win. The Lions' defense has quite a bit of talent, but their tendency to give up lots of points — 27.1 per game — is problematic with playmakers such as Julio Jones, Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White on Atlanta's side.

Stephen F. Holder's pick: Falcons 26, Lions 21

NFL preview: Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions, 8:30 p.m. Saturday 12/21/12 [Last modified: Friday, December 21, 2012 9:50pm]
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