I'm sorry for whatever confusion I've contributed to in what has turned out to be a complex set of playoff scenarios for the Detroit Lions. Fortunately, nothing I've posted has been inaccurate. I just didn't cover every possibility. With Week 15 now complete, the NFL has released a full set of scenarios for the Lions to clinch a wild-card berth, with either their 10th victory of the season or a series of results from other teams.
Here is a handy copy-and-paste guide. The Lions will clinch a playoff spot, their first since 1999, if any of the following four scenarios occur:
A victory Saturday over the San Diego Chargers.
Losses or ties from the Bears, Cardinals, Seahawks and Giants
Losses or ties from the Bears, Cardinals and Seahawks and a win from the Atlanta Falcons.
The major addition is that the Cowboys, Giants and Falcons are now involved. If you're a Lions fan, the first scenario is the cleanest and most fulfilling. The same probably goes for bloggers, sportswriters and everyone else who would try figuring out their Week 17 scenarios.