December 21, 2012
Former Georgia Tech star Calvin Johnson, left, and teammate Ndamukong Suh may be out of the running for the playoffs, but they still have plenty to play for tonight against Atlanta. Johnson is 182 yards away from breaking Hall of Famer Jerry Rice's single-season mark, and Suh still has a score to settle with the Falcons, who accused him of dirty play in last year's meeting.
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Atlanta needs to win one of its final two games to clinch the NFL's No. 1 seed in the playoffs, and the Falcons would like to take care of business tonight in Detroit, rather than next week in the team's regular-season finale against dangerous division rival Tampa Bay. (ADDS: item on Falcons safety Hope being fined $30K by NFL for hit on Giants WR Cruz)