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Cowboys Excited to Host Lions in First Playoff Game Since 2010

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The Dallas Cowboys are thrilled to be hosting their first playoff game since Jan. 9, 2010 after they beat the Philadelphia Eagles in the wild-card round.

Dallas will host the Detroit Lions on Sunday and quarterback Tony Romo knows it won't be easy going up against Lions defense.

"They're outstanding," Romo said of the Lions defense.  "They're going to be as good a test as we're going to have all season." 

Romo has faith that his offensive line will do their best to keep defensive end Ndamukong Suh, who had his one-game suspension cleared just in time for the match up, and the rest of the Lions swarming defense at ease.

"The game in a lot of ways may come down to that matchup up front," Romo continued. "I think it'll be a great test for our guys and I think they're up for the challenge."

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has been one of the reasons that Dallas is in the playoffs after rushing for 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.

"Feels good to be here," Murray said of making the playoffs. "We've got a big challenge coming up with the Detroit Lions; a good team, very well coached team, and a physical team that can definitely score some points offensively. We're excited about the challenge."


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Suh Wins Appeal, Will Play Against Dallas

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A day after being suspended for Detroit's upcoming wild card game against Dallas, Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh won his appeal and will play in the teams playoff game on Sunday.

The decision, handed down by appeals officer Ted Cottrell, came on Tuesday but also carried with it some bad news.

Suh was fined $70,000 for stepping on the injured leg of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Sunday's regular season finale. Cottrell agreed with league official Merton Hanks that Suh violated the player-safety policy but opted to reduce the penalty instead of uphold it.

"The only thing I can say is if you step on something in your everyday life or if you step on somebody on the field, the first reaction seems to be looking back and maybe apologizing with your hands or maybe pulling your foot back right away, and I'm just not sure that's what happened on Sunday," Rodgers said Tuesday.

The four-time Pro Bowler may also have a new guideline to thank for his ability to compete in the postseason. Due to a modified repeat offender policy, players are taken off the "repeat offender" list 32 weeks after their previous violation. For Suh, that came in Week 1 of 2013 when he was fined $100,000 for an illegal chop block on Minnesota Vikings player John Sullivan. The 32-week reprieve game after Week 16, and included two preseason games.

In his five seasons, Suh has been penalized 38 times, more than any other player in the NFL since 2010, and has also been fined in excess of $200,000.

The Lions visit the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in the NFC's wild card round. It is the first postseason appearance by Detroit since 2011.

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Ndamukong Suh Suspended for Playoff Game

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been suspended for Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Suh received the suspension for stepping on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' left leg in the fourth quarter of the team's game last Sunday.

"With Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the ground in a defenseless posture, Suh backed up and stepped on Rodgers’ left leg with his right foot," the NFL said in a statement. "He then stepped on Rodgers’ left leg again, this time with his left foot, applying pressure and unnecessarily pushing off
Rodgers’ unprotected leg with his left foot, violating playing rules prohibiting unnecessary roughness."

NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks is the person who ultimately suspended Suh.

“You did not respond in the manner of someone who had lost his balance and accidentally contacted another player who was lying on the ground. This illegal contact, specifically the second step and push off with your left foot, clearly could have been avoided.” Hanks said in a note to Suh. “You unnecessarily stepped on your opponent’s unprotected leg as he lay on the ground unable to protect himself."

Suh will appeal the suspension.

Suh has a track record for getting in trouble. He was suspended in 2011 for two games after stomping on the arm of Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith. He's also been fined for hits on quarterbacks Andy Dalton, Jay Cutler, Matt Schaub, Jake Delhomme, and Brandon Weeden.

Suh has played in all 16 games for Detroit this season. During that time, he has 51 tackles and 8.5 sacks.

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Rodgers Leaves Game, Returns to Lead Packers to Division Title

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The Detroit Lions couldn't hold down Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers was carted to the locker room in the second quarter after tweaking his previously injured left calf, but returned in the second half to throw and run for a touchdown and lead the Green Bay Packers to a 30-20 win over the Lions Sunday, clinching the NFC North title.

The win also clinches the Packers (12-4) a first-round bye and the number-two seed in the NFC.

After missing the first series of the third quarter, Rodgers returned to lead the Packers on a 75-yard scoring drive that ended with him throwing a 13-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb.

Despite the loss, the Lions (11-5) are still playoff bound and will take on the Cowboys in Dallas next week.

Matthew Stafford completed only 20 of his 41 passes but threw for three touchdowns in the loss.

It's the Packers' fourth-straight NFC North championship.

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Packers and Lions to Go Head-to-Head with NFC North on the Line 

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY) -- The Green Bay Packers will host the Detroit Lions on Sunday with the NFC North on the line.

Green Bay is 7-0 at Lambeau Field this year and understands the importance of getting a bye in the first week of the playoffs and a home game in the divisional round of the playoffs.

"I think [the fans are] going to be nice and loud this week," Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said.  "It's going to be a lot to play for."

Rodgers is leading the offense to 30.4 points per game and has tossed 36 touchdowns this year.

Still, in the game Rodgers will keep his eye on the Lions defense. "They're playing really well," he said. "They've had a great season. They're defense is right there at the top, it's great all the way around."

Lions head coach Jim Caldwell knows Rodgers is a force to watch. "He's certainly an exceptional talent," he said.  "He's also extremely familiar with the system they run, he knows where everyone is."

The Lions have won four games in a row and will have the No. 2 spot in the NFC if they win on Sunday.

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Mike McCarthy: 'Byes Are Valuable'

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY) -- The Green Bay Packers are determined to beat the Detroit Lions on Sunday for the NFC North crown.

Green Bay is 7-0 at home this year and would like to have a first-round bye when the playoffs start.

"Byes are valuable," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday. "That’s why you fight like crazy to be a No. 1 or a No. 2 seed."

If the Packers lose, they'll be playing on the road in the wild-card round; if they win, they'll have a first-round bye and a home playoff game in the divisional round.

"Anytime you have a chance to get that week off, I think it’s important," McCarthy continued. "I know some people believe in ‘keep playing.’ We’ve done both. I think byes are very beneficial. It gives you a better chance to get your team ready. At the end of the day, the best preparation leads to better performance."

The Lions are 4-3 on the road this year and 5-0 against the NFC North.

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NFL Suspends Lions Center Dominic Raiola for Final Game of Season

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(NEW YORK) -- The Detroit Lions will be without one of their most vital veteran lineman Sunday when the team takes on the Green Bay Packers in their most important game of the season.

After stomping on Chicago Bears defensive lineman Ego Ferguson's ankle in the team's Week 16 game, the NFL suspended Dominic Raiola for the regular season finale. 

Raiola was suspended as much for the stomp, supported by visual evidence, as he was for being a repeat offender.

Merton Hanks, the NFL's vice president of football operations was the one who handed down the suspension.  According to the league, this is Raiola's sixth "safety-related rules violation since 2010."

Rookie Travis Swanson will likely get the nod to start in Raiola's absence.

The Lions (11-4) and Packers (11-4) will face off in Green Bay for the NFC North title this week.  The Lions could potentially lock up the No.1 seed in the NFC playoffs with a win and a Seattle loss.

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Lions Rally Past Bears, Setting Stage for Huge Matchup with Packers

Leon Halip/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Down four with less than eight minutes to go, the Detroit Lions scored 10 unanswered points to beat the Chicago Bears 20-14 Sunday.

The Lions (11-4) will now take on the Packers in Green Bay next Sunday with the winner earning the NFC North championship.

The Bears (5-10) started Jimmy Clausen at quarterback. He completed 23 of 39 passes for 181 yards, logging two touchdowns and an interception in the loss.

Calvin Johnson caught six passes for 103 yards in the win.

"This is what we play for," Lions receiver Calvin Johnson said. "We're right there on the door step, we have one more task ahead of us and that's to go out next week and get another W."

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 243 yards, putting him over 4,000 yards for the fourth straight year.

If the Lions win next week in Green Bay, they will have their highest win total since 1991.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 12/21/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Atlanta Falcons 30 (6-9) - New Orleans Saints 14 (6-9)

Carolina Panthers 17 (6-8-1) - Cleveland Browns 13 (7-8)

Pittsburgh Steelers 20 (10-5) - Kansas City Chiefs 12 (8-7)

Green Bay Packers 20 (11-4) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 (2-13)

Miami Dolphins 37 (8-7) - Minnesota Vikings 35 (6-9)

New England Patriots 17 (12-3) - New York Jets 16 (3-12)

Detroit Lions 20 (11-4) - Chicago Bears 14 (5-10)

Houston Texans 25 (8-7) - Baltimore Ravens 13 (9-6)

Dallas Cowboys 42 (11-4) - Indianapolis Colts 7 (10-5)

Oakland Raiders 26 (3-12) - Buffalo Bills 24 (8-7)

New York Giants 37 (6-9) - St. Louis Rams 27 (6-9)

Seattle Seahawks 35 (11-4) - Arizona Cardinals 6 (11-4)

NBA: Toronto Raptors 118 (22-6) - New York Knicks 108 (5-25)

Cleveland Cavaliers 105 (16-10) - Memphis Grizzlies 91 (21-6)

Miami Heat 100 (13-15) - Boston Celtics 84 (10-15)

Sacramento Kings 108 (12-15) - Los Angeles Lakers 101 (8-19)

Brooklyn Nets 110 (11-15) - Detroit Pistons 105 (5-23)

Philadelphia 76ers 96 (3-23) - Orlando Magic 88 (10-20)

Phoenix Suns 104 (15-14) - Washington Wizards 92 (19-7)

Indiana Pacers 100 (9-19) - Minnesota Timberwolves 96 (5-21)

New Orleans Pelicans 101 (14-13) - Okalahoma City Thunder 99 (13-15)

NHL: Colorado Avalanche 2 (12-13-8, 32 pts) - Detroit Red Wings 1 (17-8-9, 43 pts) (F/SO)

Dallas Stars 6 (14-13-5, 33 pts) - Edmonton Oilers 5 (7-20-7, 21 pts) (F/OT)

Boston Bruins 4 (17-14-3, 37 pts) - Buffalo Sabres 3 (13-18-3, 29 pts) (F/OT)

Chicago Blackhawks 4 (23-9-2, 48 pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 0 (19-12-3, 41 pts)

New York Rangers 1 (17-10-4, 38 pts) -  Carolina Hurricanes 0 (9-20-4, 22 pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 4 (13-14-6, 32 pts) - Winnipeg Jets 3 (17-10-7, 41 pts) (F/OT)

NCAAM: (6) Virginia 76 (11-0) - Harvard 27 (7-2)

(17) Maryland 73 (11-1) - Oklahoma State 64 (9-2)


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Lions Prepare for Bears QB Jimmy Clausen

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Lions (10-4) enter Sunday's game against the Bears tied with the Green Bay Packers for first place in the NFC North.

Chicago announced this week that they benched quarterback Jay Cutler and are going with backup Jimmy Clausen, who hasn't made a start since 2010.

Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said on Friday that with the news coming on Thursday, the team still had a chance to prepare for it.

"We heard fairly early, so we had a chance to take a look at him," Caldwell said. "There's always still a question of whether they'll do the same things that they've been doing with him."

"So, they'll certainly be a bit of an unknown there but we certainly have a chance," Caldwell continued. "There's enough tape on him in preseason and things of that nature to get a good look at him."

Caldwell said that despite Clausen's little experience as a starter, their defense will be ready for him.

"This year we've had a couple backup quarterbacks that have stepped in and played pretty well against us," Caldwell said. "Obvious (Drew) Stanton played pretty well and (Kyle) Orton stepped in and played extremely well. We're guarded about all that stuff, we're trying to make sure that we're functioning as well as we possibly can.

"It doesn't matter, if he's got on a uniform in the National Football League, that guy can play, they can make some things happen."

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