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The Lions are in the playoffs, but as they prepare for Week 17, their postseason opponent and seed remains completely up in the air.

At 11-4, the Lions are currently the No. 2 seed in the NFC, but they could be any seed except No. 4, which is guaranteed to the sub-.500 NFC South champion, or No. 5, which will go to the runner-up in the NFC West or the Packers.

Next Sunday, the Lions play at Green Bay (11-4), and the victor will win the NFC North, earn a first-round bye and a top-two seed.

The current top-seeded Seattle Seahawks (11-4) hold a tiebreaker over the Lions and Packers, so a win next week at home against the St. Louis Rams would clinch the No. 1 seed.

If the Seahawks lose, the Lions, Packers or Arizona Cardinals (11-4) would be the No. 1 seed. The Cardinals play at the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday, and if they win the NFC West, they would hold a tiebreaker against the Lions but lose one to the Packers.

Both the Lions and Packers hold the tiebreaker over the NFC East-winning Dallas Cowboys (11-4).

Here are the Lions' possible seeding scenarios:

No. 1 seed: To earn the top seed, a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the postseason, the Lions need a win and losses by the Seahawks and Cardinals.

No. 2 seed: If the Lions beat the Packers and either the Seahawks or Cardinals win, Detroit will be the second seed, have a bye and host their first playoff game since 1993.

No. 3 seed: A tie between the Lions and Packers would clinch the NFC North for Detroit, but create an opportunity for the Cowboys to leap into the top two. A tie, a Cowboys win and a win by either the Seahawks or Cardinals would give the Lions a No. 3 seed and a home game in the wild-card round.

No. 6 seed: If the Lions lose to the Packers, they'll be locked in as the No. 6 seed because they would lose a tiebreaker to the NFC West runner-up. In this scenario, they'd travel to Dallas unless both NFC West teams lose, in which case they'd go to Seattle.

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