(Sporting Alert) The race for the remaining playoffs spots are up for grab in Week 17 and final in the 2012-13 NFL regular season on Sunday.
With 10 of the 12 playoffs spots already decided, including all six from slots in the AFC, led by the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos, who are both division champions.
The San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers have all secured their playoffs spots from NFC and will be able to play without pressure in Week 17.
However, there are places in the NFC for the taken with NFC East leaders Washington Redskins (9-6) and second place Dallas Cowboys (8-7) setting up an exciting contest for the slot in the division.
Robert Griffin II and the Redskins have won its last six games, which make them heavy favourites to go 10-7 and hand the Cowboys back-to-back defeats.
The Chicago Bears will also take on NFL North bottom place team Detroit Lions (4-11) with their eyes on taking a playoffs spot. Calvin Johnson and the Lions aren’t expected to be too much of a challenge after losing its last seven games, but the Bears won’t be taking anything for granted on Sunday as they seek a conference two wild-card spot.
The Bears, however, do not control their own destiny, as they would need and win and they hope the Green Bay Packers can do them a favor and take down the Minnesota Vikings.
The Bears and Lions will be broadcast on FOX at 1:00 pm, while the Packers are at Vikings with their game kicking-off at 4:25 pm.
“This time of year, you want to be in it, you want to be relevant, and we are,” coach Lovie Smith said. “We have a chance, and that’s all you can hope for.
“It’s not an ideal situation that we’re in. But hopefully we can take care of business and do all that we can do. And from there, after we’ve gotten ourselves in this position, that’s about all we can hope for.”
Another game of interest in the New York Giants against the Philadelphia Eagles at home.
“Obviously, the scenarios are very possible,” New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. “It’s not like a bunch of huge upsets have to happen.
“These are three divisional games being played and in the division, you never know what might occur.”
The Philadelphia Eagles announced this week with Michael Vick will be starting at quarterback in what many are expecting to be head coach Andy Reid’s last game in charge.
“You don’t think of those things,” Reid said. “Your mind never goes there.
“It’s one day at a time and that’s how you go about it. You really don’t look into the future.”
NFL WEEK 17 TV Schedule – Dec. 30
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9) at Atlanta Falcons (13-2) (CBS)
1:00 p.m. ET New York Jets (6-9) at Buffalo Bills (7-8) (CBS)
1:00 p.m. ET Baltimore Ravens (10-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (9-6) (CBS)
1:00 p.m. ET Cleveland Browns (5-10) at Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8) (CBS)
1:00 p.m. ET Chicago Bears (9-6) at Detroit Lions (4-11) (FOX)
1:00 p.m. ET Jacksonville Jaguars (2-13) at Tennessee Titans (5-10) (CBS)
1:00 p.m. ET Philadelphia Eagles (4-11) at New York Giants (8-7) (FOX)
1:00 p.m. ET Carolina Panthers (6-9) at New Orleans Saints (7-8) (FOX)
1:00 p.m. ET Houston Texans (12-3) at Indianapolis Colts (10-5) (CBS)
4:25 p.m. ET Green Bay Packers (11-4) at Minnesota Vikings (9-6) (FOX)
4:25 p.m. ET St. Louis Rams (7-7-1) at Seattle Seahawks (10-5) (FOX)
4:25 p.m. ET Miami Dolphins (7-8) at New England Patriots (11-4) (CBS)
4:25 p.m. ET Kansas City Chiefs (2-13) at Denver Broncos (12-3) (CBS)
4:25 p.m. ET Oakland Raiders (4-11) at San Diego Chargers (6-9) (CBS)
4:25 p.m. ET Arizona Cardinals (5-10) at San Francisco 49ers (10-4-1) (FOX)
8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) Dallas Cowboys (8-7) at Washington Redskins (9-6)