The Detroit Lions will have to contend with the legendary 12th Man at CenturyLink Field Saturday when they play the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs. The 9-7 Lions finished second in their division and will face stiff competition in the form of a 10-5-1 Seahawks club looking to get back to the Super Bowl.
Rain is in the Seattle forecast Saturday with a dreary 38 degrees, so both teams will need to battle the elements a bit. Additionally, a jilted Seahawks defense will need to deal with the ongoing absence of Earl Thomas, who went down in the team’s Week 13 win over Carolina. It’s a gap that makes the team far more vulnerable against the trigger-happy Matthew Stafford anchoring the Detroit offense.
Stafford was sure not to provide any bulletin board material for his adversaries however; he said this week, “They’re a heck of a defense. They do a great job. Obviously, Earl brings a mentality to them. He’s an extremely aggressive player. Trusts his eyes probably more than any safety I’ve ever seen and you know, the young guy they’ve got filling in for him doesn’t as much, but I mean they’ve got a great defense.”
The Lions averaged 256.9 passing yards in 2016, good enough for 11th among all NFL teams; the Seahawks meanwhile have only allowed 18.3 points per game, 3rd in the NFL. Doug Baldwin has hauled in 1,128 total receiving yards and 7 touchdowns to propel the Seahawks into the postseason.
Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on NBC. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth have the call. NBC will stream the game on its website, or you can use either the NBC Sports app or the NFL Mobile app to watch on your phone or tablet. Those apps can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Windows Store. A cable subscription is required for the free stream.