(Sporting Alert) — The last week of the NFL season is here and while a few teams are locked in for the playoffs, there are still many teams hoping for a postseason spot. Here are some of the important Week 17 games this Sunday:
NFC NFL Playoff Scenario
–Seattle Seahawks (12-3) vs. St. Louis Rams (7-8): With a win, Seattle can clinchan NFC West title and home field throughout the playoffs.The Rams will try to play the spoiler and keep the dynamic Russell Wilson under wraps.
–Carolina Panthers (11-4) at Atlanta Falcons (4-11): Carolina goes into the dome and tries totake the NFC South title and a first round bye. The Falcons have been dreadful and have nothing to play for. This should be an easy win for the Panthers.
–Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) at Dallas Cowboys (8-7): This game is a battle for the NFC East title and without Tony Romo it may be difficult for the Cowboys to come out on top. This game has been picked as the Sunday Night Football contest and kicks-off at 8:30 PM ET. It will be streamed live on NBC online player and played at AT&T Stadium.
–Green Bay Packers (7-7) v Chicago Bears (8-7): A win wraps up the division for the Bears, but the return of star quarterback Aaron Rodgers may put a damper on those hopes. Packers will also be hoping Rodgers can be effective coming off an injury as well.
–San Francisco 49ers (11-4) at Arizona Cardinals (10-5): Arizona has proven to be a tough matchup of late. To earn a bye the Niners will have to not only win but also hope for a loss by Seattle.
–New Orleans Saints (10-5) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11): New Orleans is an offensive juggernautat home, so they havea good chance to come out on top. If they hope to have a first round bye they need Carolina to lose as well.
AFC NFL Playoff Scenario
–Denver Broncos (12-3) at Oakland Raiders (4-11): This should be an easy path to home field throughout the playoffs, but the Broncos have appeared flat at times without Wes Welker.
–New England Patriots (11-4) vs. Buffalo Bills (6-9): New England, which is 7-0 at home this season, faces a listless Buffalo team and should have an easy road to a first round bye. The real question is what the team will do in the playoffs without Rob Gronkowski.
–Cincinnati Bengals (10-5) vs. Baltimore Ravens (8-7): The Bengals have a playoff spot secure, but they may have to be content with that as they need a win and a Pats loss to earn a bye week. The Ravens could clinch a spot in the playoffs with a win and some help. They are a team that nobody wants to face if they get in.
–Jacksonville Jaguars (4-11) at Indianapolis Colts (10-5): Andrew Luck and the Colts should roll in this one, but they would need a lot of help to improve their lot in the playoff picture.
–Miami Dolphins (8-7) vs. New York Jets (7-8): Miami still has a chance at a playoff spot, but first they would need to beat a tough division rival in the Jets.
These are the marquee matchups for the weekend, although there are a couple of other teams who could get in with a great deal of help and luck.
Week 17 NFL Full TV Channel, Fixtures and Game Time:
SUN, DEC 29 TIME (ET) TV
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM FOX At Georgia Dome
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM CBS At Paul Brown Stadium
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM CBS At LP Field
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts 1:00 PM CBS At Lucas Oil Stadium
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM CBS At Sun Life Stadium
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM FOX At Mall of America Field
Washington Redskins at New York Giants 1:00 PM FOX At MetLife Stadium
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 PM CBS At Heinz Field
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears 4:25 PM FOX At Soldier Field
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders 4:25 PM CBS At O.co Coliseum
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots 4:25 PM CBS At Gillette Stadium
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 4:25 PM FOX At Mercedes-Benz Superdome
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals 4:25 PM FOX At U of Phoenix Stadium
Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers 4:25 PM CBS At Qualcomm Stadium
St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks 4:25 PM FOX At CenturyLink Field
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys 8:30 PM NBC At AT&T Stadium