It's not the biggest game in the history of Ford Field, though it's probably the biggest that's actually involved the Detroit Lions.
Motown's new football stadium opened in 2002, and since then it has hosted a Super Bowl and a Final Four. The Lions, however, have never had an opportunity in the building quite like this weekend, when they host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night with a chance to win Detroit's first division title since 1993.
Whoever wins this game takes the NFC North, and whoever loses could be out of the playoffs.
"I can't wait," Lions receiver Golden Tate said. "I'm excited for this team. I'm excited for this city. We have a great opportunity to do something that hasn't been done in a long time."
It will certainly be a memorable atmosphere in downtown Detroit, but this is actually a scenario Lions fans were hoping to avoid. Detroit was two games ahead of Green Bay after improving to 9-4 with a win over Chicago. Then the Lions lost on the road against the Giants and Dallas, allowing the Packers (9-6) to pull even atop the division. Green Bay has won five straight.
Detroit (9-6) can put a lot of its recent angst in the past with a win Sunday, but a loss could end the Lions' season . If Washington beats the Giants earlier in the day, the Detroit-Green Bay loser would miss the playoffs.
The Packers are pleased to be in this position. They were 4-6 after a 42-24 loss to Washington on Nov. 20, but since then, Green Bay has been on a tear, with Aaron Rodgers directing the offense — and the much-maligned defense forcing quite a few turnovers. The Packers have 12 takeaways over the past three games.
When his team was 4-6, Rodgers said he thought Green Bay could "run the table" — and now the Packers are a win away from a division title.
"That's the confidence he has in our team and our offense and himself," Green Bay receiver Jordy Nelson said. "We just needed to clean a few things up and we'd be in the situation that we are right now."