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NFL TV Schedule Week 15: Where to Watch Sunday's Best Matchups

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 02:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws the ball against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2012

As the postseason nears and playoff implications are constantly on the line, Week 15 boasts arguably the best matchups football fans will see all season.

While I would love to tell you that the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami Dolphins has big playoff ramifications, I don't like to lie.

Rather, we'll be focusing on games that actually matter: teams jockeying for playoff position.

Here's a look at the three most thrilling matchups in Week 15 and where you can catch all the action.

 

Denver Broncos (10-3) vs. Baltimore Ravens (9-4)

When: Sunday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, M.D.

Watch: CBS

With the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals threatening the Baltimore Ravens for the division lead, Sunday's game against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos becomes a must-win for Baltimore.

With the Bengals already having won on Thursday night, there is more pressure on the Ravens to get a win before their home crowd in Week 15.

Unfortunately for Joe Flacco & Co., Manning and the Broncos' sixth-ranked passing attack will come to town and see a Ravens defense that isn't playing their best football.

Flacco will have to play a mistake-free game to give Baltimore any shot at winning, as the Ravens find themselves 2.5-point underdogs at home (h/t Bet Online).

With Denver still seeking a first-round bye in the playoffs, both of these teams could use a win to further its playoff seeding chances.

For more information on this game, click here.

 

New York Giants (8-5) vs. Atlanta Falcons (11-2)

When: Sunday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, G.A.

Watch: Fox

The Atlanta Falcons may have already clinched the NFC South, but they're still playing for a first-round bye in the playoffs.

As for the New York Giants, they hold just a one-game lead over the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East and need a win to keep pace in the division.

The Falcons will be out for revenge, as the G-Men dominated Atlanta in the Wild Card Round of the 2011 playoffs by a score of 24-2.

Both squads enter this one sporting top 10 passing offenses, but I think the key to this game will be the play of David Wilson, which I touched on earlier this week.

With Atlanta coming off a divisional loss to the Carolina Panthers and the Giants having destroyed the New Orleans Saints in Week 14, this matchup will undoubtedly be one of the best on Sunday.

Looking for more information on this game? Check this out.

 

San Francisco 49ers (9-3-1) vs. New England Patriots (10-3)

When: Sunday, Dec. 16 at 8:20 p.m. ET

Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, M.A.

Watch: NBC

Sunday Night Football will host Week 15's premier matchup.

Fresh off a slaughtering of the Houston Texans, the New England Patriots will host the San Francisco 49ers in a game that sees both squads currently holding first-round byes in the playoffs.

A New England loss would put its bye in jeopardy, as it holds a slight tie-breaker over the 10-3 Denver Broncos.

The 49ers have the Green Bay Packers breathing down their necks at 9-4, and a loss would put their bye in jeopardy.

San Francisco sports the No. 2 overall defense in the NFL, but New England ranks fifth in passing yards and seventh in rushing yards, making for an interesting game on Sunday night.

The key for the 49ers to win this one will be to attack through the air, as the Pats rank No. 29 against the pass.

If you're looking for more analysis on this matchup, click here.


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