Luckett, a former NFL referee, gets on the menu because of his 1998 overtime blunder, so it was ruled the host Lions won it.
But not only has the franchise failed to win a postseason game during that stretch, Detroit hasn’t made the playoffs in back-to-back years.
The Lions (6-5) are in danger of falling short once again heading into the final month of the season. Capturing the NFC North title is now a long shot after Thanksgiving Day’s 30-23 home loss to Minnesota (9-2). Detroit also is now behind Atlanta (7-4) and Seattle (7-4) in the race for the NFC’s second wild-card spot.
The Saints threw away Thursday night’s game in Atlanta, and with it a big chance to possibly clinch an NFC playoff berth in Week 14 锟斤拷 and get closer to their first NFC South title in six years.
With the Falcons coming back to steal a much-needed 20-17 home victory over their archrival division leaders, Atlanta (8-5) got within one game of New Orleans (9-4) with the teams headed for a bigger rematch in two Womens Jersey weeks.
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The Falcons not only improved their chances to repeat in the South, but the win also was a strike against the conference’s wild-card contenders behind and ahead of them in the standings. Here’s a full breakdown of the repercussions for all teams involved:
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The Cowboys, who improved to 6-6 after beating the Redskins on Thursday night, are still four wins behind the Eagles with four games left to play, with zero shot at repeating in the division. Currently in the NFC’s No.10 position, they need to make up two games and jump ahead of four teams to qualify as the NFC’s second wild card.