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Happy New Year! It's the first day of the year 2017 and we are on final week of NFL REgular schedule. Sit back and enjoy! WOnder what will shape off the playoff picture?
With one week left in the 2016 regular season, only two playoff spots remain unsettled. So who between the Lions, Packers, Buccaneers, and Washington will extend their seasons by at least one game?
Green Bay and Detroit will meet in a clash to determine the NFC North champion in a rematch of a game the Packers won back in Week 3.
The Lions will have home-field advantage this time around, but shifting locales to Michigan hasn’t been especially helpful recently. The team is just 3-7 against its division rival at Ford Field since 2006.
That unfortunate record includes last year’s complete inability to cover a Hail Mary. Green Bay was gifted a free play at the end of regulation thanks to a dubious face mask penalty, and Aaron Rodgers used the anti-aircraft gun he calls an arm to launch a last-gasp pass into the Detroit end zone. The Lions failed to properly cover Richard Rodgers, and the tight end hauled in a touchdown to help lift the Pack to a wild card berth.
Sunday’s game may not be as crazy, but it promises to be just as dramatic. Detroit can claim its first division title since 1993 with the win, but has gone winless in its last two games. The teams’ quarterbacks are headed in opposite directions, too. Rodgers has emerged as an MVP candidate after throwing 14 touchdown passes without an interception in Green Bay’s resurgence.
Matthew Stafford’s MVP campaign has fallen apart after dislocating his finger against the Bears three weeks ago; he’s only thrown a single touchdown pass — but tossed four interceptions — as the Lions’ grip on the North has slipped from strong to gone.
Packers-Lions is Week 17’s biggest showdown, but it’s not the only game this weekend with postseason implications. Here’s what the rest of the league has in store for the last Sunday of the regular season.
All games take place on Sunday. All times Eastern.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
If the Ravens win: At 9-7, Baltimore would stake its claim as the AFC’s best team not to make the playoffs.
If the Bengals win: Marvin Lewis misses the postseason for the first time since 2010, but it probably won’t be the last victory of his long NFL coaching career.
Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
If the Texans win: The Tom Savage hype train careens into the playoffs. Houston clinched the AFC South with their Savage-led victory last week.
If the Titans win: Matt Cassel earns some resume fodder and makes his case to remain Marcus Mariota’s understudy, but last week’s loss to the Jaguars eliminated the Titans from postseason contention.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
If the Jaguars win: Doug Marrone makes his case for a full-time head coach job by leading Jacksonville to a 2-0 record after Gus Bradley’s firing.
If the Colts win: At 8-8, Indianapolis fulfills its destiny as 2016’s model of mediocrity.
Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.
If the Bills win: Anthony Lynn gets his first win as a head coach and Buffalo avoids its 10th losing season since 2004.
If the Jets win: They stake their claim as New York’s second-best NFL team.
New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
If the Patriots win: With home-field advantage, the AFC’s path to Super Bowl LI runs through New England.
If the Dolphins win: Matt Moore gets an affirming victory and Miami gets its biggest win of the year. The Dolphins can also move into the fifth seed in the AFC if the Chiefs lose.
Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
If the Bears win: At 4-12, they may have played their way out of a top-five draft pick.
If the Vikings win: They can point to an eight-win season as the reward for boldly shipping out valuable draft capital for quarterback Sam Bradford.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
If the Cowboys win: They’re locked in to the NFC’s top seed no matter what, but a 14-2 record would give Dak Prescott more wins than any rookie quarterback in league history.
If the Eagles win: Doug Pederson gets a resume-building win, but won’t be able to escape a disappointing finish after a 3-0 start to the season.
Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
If the Browns win: 2-14! A winning streak! One more year of Robert Griffin III at quarterback!
If the Steelers win: They’re hosting a wild card game next weekend, no matter what.
Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
If the Panthers win: The follow-up to Cam Newton’s MVP campaign ends at 7-9 and with one of the worst seasons of his career.
If the Buccaneers win: Hoo boy. Tampa Bay needs:
Washington to tie
Green Bay to lose
Tennessee, Indianapolis, Dallas, and San Francisco to ALL win in order to make an extremely unlikely playoff appearance.
New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons, 4:25 p.m.
If the Saints win: Sean Payton earns a victory in what may be his final game as New Orleans head coach.
If the Falcons win: They get a week off. Beating the Saints locks Atlanta into the NFC’s No. 2 seed.
Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m.
If the Raiders win: Matt McGloin leads his team to its first division title since 2002. If the Patriots lose to the Dolphins, the Raiders will also ensure the AFC’s road to the Super Bowl runs through Oakland.
If the Broncos win: They spoil Oakland’s shot at home-field advantage — as well as the AFC West title if the Chiefs win — but their season ends Sunday, no matter what.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.
If the Cardinals win: At 7-8-1, Arizona could rise as high as No. 9 in the NFC, which is still pretty disappointing after last year’s trip to the conference’s title game.
If the Rams win: John Fassel earns his first win as an NFL head coach, but the Rams potentially miss out on a top-five pick in the 2017 draft.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Diego Chargers, 4:25 p.m.
If the Chiefs win: Kansas City earns the AFC West title and a first-round bye IF the Raiders, now led by Matt McGloin, lose to the Broncos.
If the Chargers win: San Diego stakes its claim as the best 6-10 team in the league.
Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m.
If the Seahawks win: Seattle can claim a first-round bye if the Falcons lose/tie.
If the 49ers win: Their quest for the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft officially falls short.
New York Giants vs. Washington, 4:25 p.m.
If the Giants win: Not much happens, since the Giants are already locked in to a wild card spot. But they do get to ruin Washington’s playoff dreams.
If Washington wins: The team heads back to the playoffs, as long as the Packers-Lions game doesn’t end in a tie.
Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions, 8:30 p.m.
If the Packers win: They win the NFC North and are guaranteed a playoff bid. Green Bay also makes the postseason if Washington loses or ties on Sunday.
If the Lions win: They win the NFC North and are guaranteed a playoff bid. Detroit also makes the postseason if Washington loses or ties on Sunday.
Here are the playoff standings heading into the final Sunday of the regular season:
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