NFL fans couldn't ask for a better Week 17 showdown.
Tonight, the Dallas Cowboys travel to the Meadowlands to take on their arch NFC East rival the New York Giants. Both teams are fighting for not only the division title, but a berth in the 2012 NFC Playoffs as well.
This game could mean a variety of things for both teams.
First, should the Giants lose, it could—I emphasize COULD—be the end of an era. Coach Tom Coughlin has been in hot water for the past few seasons in New York, but has always managed to come through at the last minute. Should he lose this time though, it may not be the same result.
Second, if the Cowboys lose, we could see the end of the Tony Romo era in Dallas. Romo has been unable to come through when the pressure is on. Sure he can talk a good game, but so far hasn't been able to back it up. His numbers are great, but now the question is if he can step up come crunch time.
This game also has indications of playoff scenarios. For example: if the Detroit Lions win today at Green Bay, they will likely take on the winner of this game. If the Cowboys win, well, they already lost to the Lions once before, surrendering a 20-point lead.
If the Giants win, the Lions match up very well against them.
It all boils down to this: two of football's longest-standing rivals clashing in a playoff like atmosphere? It must be Sunday Night Football.
Kickoff begins at 8:20 p.m. EST on NBC.