Brisbane could be one upset win away from eight

MELBOURNE – The coach was sacked 12 days ago, there’s a boardroom challenge and yesterday they nearly blew a 57-point lead.

But remarkably, Brisbane could be one almighty upset win away from making the AFL finals.

The Lions improved from 13th to 10th yesterday when they held on grimly at the Gabba to beat the improving Western Bulldogs by seven points.

The win puts the Lions level on points with ninth-placed Carlton, who have a much better percentage.

Ninth looms as the new eighth for this year’s finals, with widespread speculation that the AFL Commission is about to strip Essendon (currently sixth) of its premiership points.

If that goes ahead, this weekend’s results take on huge significance.

Should Carlton lose to Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium and Brisbane somehow beat Geelong at Simonds Stadium, the Lions take eighth and play in an elimination final.

Brisbane will need a repeat of its round-13 miracle, when it stormed back from 52 points down in the third term to beat the Cats.

That was the start of a run where the Lions have won seven out of 10 games.

Of course, Geelong has also lost only once since the last time they played Brisbane, having dramatically improved its defensive play.

Jed Adcock and Tom Rockcliff of the Lions celebrates winning the round 22 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Western Bulldogs at The Gabba on August 25 in Brisbane. Picture: Getty Images.

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