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Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks were defeated by the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field on Dec. 24, 2016 in Seattle, losing their only home game of the season. Getty Images

The NFC playoffs begin Saturday night with a matchup between the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks. After ending the regular season on a three-game losing streak, the Lions are looking to do what no team has been able to accomplish in nine tries.

Seattle currently holds the all-time NFL record, having won nine straight home playoff games. The Seahawks welcome the Lions to CenturyLink Field, where they have been utterly dominant in recent years.

Even in a down year for the Seahawks, they still went 7-1 in front of their home fans. Their only loss came in Week 16 against the Arizona Cardinals on a field goal as time expired. The Seahawks have lost one home game or fewer in four of the last five years.

Neither the Lions nor Seahawks enters the postseason playing their best football. Detroit didn’t defeat one playoff team in the regular season, and Seattle has lost three of their last six games.

The Lions almost beat the Seahawks in their last visit to CenturyLink Field. Detroit lost in Seattle by three points in Week 4 of the 2015 season, and they nearly took the lead before Calvin Johnson lost a fumble at the Seahawks’ one-yard line with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.

The Seahawks are eight-point favorites against the Lions, who are in the playoffs for just the third time since 2000. Detroit hasn’t won a postseason game since 1991.

The winner will know where they are headed in the second round, even before the Green Bay Packers host the New York Giants Sunday afternoon. If Seattle wins, they’ll visit the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional playoffs. A victory for Detroit would give them a road game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The NFC contest is the second game on Wild-Card Weekend. Saturday’s action begins with the Oakland Raiders visiting the Houston Texans in the AFC. Seattle vs. Detroit begins at 8:15 p.m. EST on NBC, and a free live stream is available online with NBC Sports Live Extra.