Every year, NBC chooses their Week 17 game purposely on the Monday after Week 16 to choose a game with playoff implications on the line. So this year, there are not a lot of good games during Week 17. Say for example Vikings @ the Lions or Cardinals @ the 49ers. But there are good games with playoff implications on the line. So NBC really had maybe five games to choose from.
Here is a look at all the games during Week 17, and if they deserved to be on Sunday Night Football.
1 P.M. games:
Dolphins @ Patriots- A classic AFC East rivalry would be nice, if the Dolphins were fighting for a playoff spot, and the Patriots were trying to clinch their division. But this game means absolutely nothing now, as the Dolphins were eliminated two weeks ago, and the Patriots locked up the No. 1 seed in the AFC. So this game will be played with backups for the Patriots, with the game meaning nothing.
Bills @ Jets- The Bills have had a terrible season. When they drafted C.J. Spiller in the Draft last year, they thought he could make them playoff contenders. Oh well. The Jets meanwhile, are going into the playoffs despite some problems with their team. Rex Ryan has been having off-field issues, and the defense looked horrible against Chicago. But nonetheless, this game also means nothing.
Bengals @ Ravens- The Bengals have been the biggest disappointment in the AFC this season. This could have been a battle for the AFC North, but even with the addition of Terrell Owens, the Bengals have been horrible. That's not the same for the Ravens. Baltimore is going to the playoffs for the third straight season under Joe Flacco at quarterback. The Ravens are trying to win the AFC North for the first time under Flacco, but the Steelers are still in their way.
Steelers @ Browns- Speaking of the Steelers, they have been better than expected after Big Ben was suspended for the first four games. After winning the Super Bowl two years ago, the Steelers didn't make the playoffs last season. But the Browns have been different. When they beat the Saints and Patriots in back-to-back weeks, we thought they were for real. Well, umm forget that thought. This game means something for the Steelers but nothing to Cleveland.
Raiders @ Chiefs- Oakland had a great season, but they were eliminated when they lost to the Colts in Week 16. The Chiefs though, have been the biggest surprise out of every team this season. Todd Haley will be named the Coach of the Year, and Matt Cassell is living up to his contract. The Chiefs have officially won the AFC West, and with Oakland eliminated, this game also means nothing but a "bye week" for the Chiefs.
Vikings @ Lions- What will most likely be Brett Favre's last game in his NFL career will take center stage on Fox. This game has no meaning whatsoever, but the Lions are better than their record says. They have won three straight and have the Defensive Rookie of the Year in Suh.
Panthers @ Falcons- The Falcons, who will get the No. 1 seed in the NFC, host the worst team in the NFL. The Panthers did clinch something though, the No. 1 overall pick. Whether they pick a QB and don't trust Jimmy Clausen is up to them. But either way, this team is a long way from being a contender. The Falcons though, have been fantastic after their Week 1 loss to Pittsburgh in OT. This game means nothing at all.
Buccaneers @ Saints- Now this is a great game. Tampa Bay has been the most surprising team in the NFC this season, while the defending Super Bowl champion Saints have had a strong year trying to defend their title. As the Buccaneers have an outside shot of making the playoffs, they need a win in New Orleans which is very hard to do.
4 P.M. games
Jaguars @ Texans- The Jags have also been a surprise to many this season. But this is a must win for the Jaguars if they want to win the AFC South. But the Texans have a different story. They have been the most underachieving team in the AFC after being a popular pick to win the Super Bowl. This game has a lot of impact for the Jaguars as they try to outlast the Colts and win the AFC South.
Cowboys @ Eagles- Dallas has been the most underachieving team in the NFL this season. After being the Super Bowl favorite this season, the coach has been fired, their QB is injured and the team has been awful. The Eagles meanwhile, are the NFC East champions no matter what happens. And the biggest reason why is that Michael Vick has been on fire this whole year. Whether it's Vick or Brady who wins the MVP, the Eagles are the team to beat in the NFC. This game means nothing for either team.
Giants @ Redskins- The last two weeks haven't been good to the Giants. After giving up four TDs in the last seven minutes in their Week 15 game against the Eagles, they followed that up with a 45-17 loss to the Packers. They could have clinched a playoff spot a long time ago, but they have destroyed their season. The Redskins have been awful this season after getting Donovan Mcnabb as their QB, and Mike Shannon as their coach. This game means so much to the Giants as they try to save their season.
Chargers @ Broncos- the Chargers have been the Super Bowl pick for a lot of people before the year started. They must have put a jinx on them. The Chargers are officially eliminated from the playoffs, while the Broncos werent even close at all. This game has no meaning at all, so don't even bother watching.
Cardinals @ 49ers- Let's just skip this one.
Bears @ Packers- The Bears have been a huge surprise this season as they locked up the NFC North a week ago. The Packers though control their own destiny, They win, their in. Simple as that. Personally, I would have chose this game.
Titans @ Colts- The Titans have been a huge disappointment this season. So have the Colts. The Colts control their own destiny as well. If they win or the Jaguars lose, they win the division. If the Colts lose and Jaguars win, they are eliminated. So, this is a huge game for Indy as they try to lock up the AFC South.
Rams @ Seahawks (NBC)- Say I if the NFC West is the worst division in football history. The Rams and Seahawks play on NBC (What?) for the battle of the terrible NFC West. Sam Bradford, who will win Rookie of the Year, will play in the biggest game of his NFL career. This game means win and in and lose your out.
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