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It’s time to get ‘Back to Football’ and NFL Network remains the go-to destination to do so, with seven live games and re-airs of every Week 1 preseason game.

NFL Network’s Week 1 preseason live schedule begins tonight when Carolina hosts Houston at 7:30 p.m. Editions of NFL Total Access air at 7 p.m., during halftime of Texans-Panthers and postgame, with host Dan Hellie, David Carr and Heath Evans.

On Thursday, August 10, NFL Network’s Week 1 preseason live schedule continues with the Denver Broncos traveling to face the Chicago Bears at 8 p.m. Editions of NFL Total Access air at 7 p.m., during halftime of Broncos-Bears and postgame, with Hellie, Reggie Wayne and Willie McGinest.

On Friday, August 11, NFL Network provides a doubleheader of live preseason games, starting at 7 p.m. with the New York Giants hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers. At 10 p.m., the Kansas City Chiefs host the San Francisco 49ers (joined live in progress). Editions of NFL Total Access on air at 6:30 p.m. during halftime of Steelers-Giants and 49ers-Chiefs and following the conclusion of 49ers-Chiefs with Wayne, Kurt Warner and Cole Wright.

NFL Network’s Week 1 live schedule continues Saturday, August 12 when Dallas travels to face the Los Angeles Rams at 9 p.m. Editions of NFL Total Access air at 7:30 p.m., during halftime of Cowboys-Rams and postgame with Wright, Evans, Warner and Terrell Davis.

NFL Network’s Week 1 live schedule concludes Sunday, August 13 with two games, starting at 1:30 p.m. with Indianapolis hosting Detroit. At 8 p.m., NFL Network carries the Los Angeles Chargers hosting Seattle live in the Chargers’ first game back in Los Angeles. Editions of NFL Total Access air at 1 p.m., during halftime of Lions-Colts and postgame, at 7:30 p.m., during halftime of Seahawks-Chargers and postgame, with Hellie, Wright, Evans and Davis

Additionally, NFL Network provides complete game re-airs of every Week 1 preseason game.

All NFL Network programming – including 16 LIVE preseason games and re-airs of all 64 preseason games – can also be streamed on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile) and via Watch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile and Watch NFL Network apps), PC (NFL.com/watch), Xbox One and Xbox 360 (NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV, Playstation 4, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV). Access through Watch NFL Network is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers.

NFL Game Pass provides fans in the United States with another opportunity to watch live out-of-market preseason games, as well as other exclusive content, for $99.99 for the 2017 season. For complete information regarding NFL Game Pass, visit  http://www.NFL.com/GamePass.

***Please note that all live games on NFL Network are subject to local blackouts***

Below is NFL Network’s Week 1 broadcast schedule.

NFL NETWORK 2017 WEEK 1 PRESEASON GAMES SCHEDULE

(ALL TIMES EASTERN AND ALL GAMES IN HIGH DEFINITION)

Wednesday, August 9
Houston vs. Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (LIVE)
Arizona vs. Dallas, 11 p.m.
Houston vs. Carolina, 2 a.m.
Arizona vs. Dallas, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 10
Houston vs. Carolina, 10 a.m.
Arizona vs. Dallas, 1 p.m.
Houston vs. Carolina, 4 p.m.
Denver vs. Chicago, 8 p.m. (LIVE)
Jacksonville vs. New England, Midnight
Minnesota vs. Buffalo, 4 a.m.

Friday, August 11
New Orleans vs. Cleveland, 10 a.m.
Jacksonville vs. New England, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia vs. Green Bay, 4 p.m.
Pittsburgh vs. New York Giants, 7 p.m. (LIVE)
San Francisco vs. Kansas City, 10 p.m. (LIVE)
Tampa Bay vs. Cincinnati, 1 a.m.
Pittsburgh vs. New York Giants, 4 a.m.

Saturday, August 12
Washington vs. Baltimore, 7 a.m.
ATLANTA vs. Miami, 9:30 a.m.
Denver vs. Chicago, Noon
San Francisco vs. Kansas City, 2:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh vs. New York Giants, 5 p.m.
Dallas vs. Los Angeles Rams, 9 p.m. (LIVE)
Oakland vs. Arizona, 1 a.m.
Philadelphia vs. Green Bay, 4 a.m.

Sunday, August 13
Tennessee vs. New York Jets, 7 a.m.
Jacksonville vs. New England, 10 a.m.
Detroit vs. Indianapolis, 1:30 p.m. (LIVE)
Dallas vs. Los Angeles Rams, 5 p.m.
Seattle vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 8 p.m. (LIVE)
San Francisco vs. Kansas City, 11:30 p.m.
Dallas vs. Los Angeles Rams, 2 a.m.
ATLANTA vs. Miami, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, August 14
Washington vs. Baltimore, 10 a.m.
New Orleans vs. Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia vs. Green Bay, 4 p.m.
Pittsburgh vs. New York Giants, 8 p.m.
Dallas vs. Los Angeles Rams, Midnight
San Francisco vs. Kansas City, 4 a.m.

Tuesday, August 15
Tennessee vs. New York Jets, 10 a.m..
Tampa Bay vs. Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Jacksonville vs. New England, 4 p.m.
Denver vs. Chicago, 8 p.m.
Oakland vs. Arizona, Midnight
Detroit vs. Indianapolis, 4 a.m.

Wednesday, August 16
Minnesota vs. Buffalo, 10 a.m.
ATLANTA vs. Miami, 1 p.m.
Houston vs. Carolina, 4 p.m.
Dallas vs. Los Angeles Rams, 8 p.m.
Seattle vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Midnight
New Orleans vs. Cleveland, 4 a.m.

Thursday, August 17
Dallas vs. Los Angeles Rams, 10 a.m.
Denver vs. Chicago, 1 p.m.
Pittsburgh vs. New York Giants, 4 p.m.

(Please note that all live games on NFL Network are subject to local blackouts)

The following broadcast teams will be calling each Week 1 matchup on NFL Network:

Game  – Play-by-Play, Analyst (Sideline)
Texans vs. Panthers – Mick Mixon, Mike Rucker (Kevin Donnalley)
Vikings vs. Bills – Rob Stone, Steve Tasker (Mike Catalana)
Falcons vs. Dolphins – Dick Stockton, Bob Griese, Nat Moore (Kim Bokamper)
Redskins vs. Ravens – Gerry Sandusky, Brian Billick (Evan Washburn)
Jaguars vs. Patriots – Dan Roche, Christian Fauria (Matt Chatham & Steve Burton)
Broncos vs. Bears – Sam Rosen, Jim Miller (Lou Canellis)
Saints vs. Browns – Mike Patrick, Solomon Wilcots (Andy Baskin)
Eagles vs. Packers – Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon (Lance Allen)
Steelers vs. Giants Bob Papa Carl Banks Howard Cross & Bruce Beck
Buccaneers vs. Bengals Brad Johansen Anthony Munoz Mike Valpredo
49ers vs. Chiefs Carter Blackburn Trent Green BJ Kissel
Titans vs. Jets Ian Eagle Greg Buttle Otis Livingston
Cowboys vs. Rams Andrew Siciliano Marshall Faulk Jill Arrington & Dani Klupenger
Raiders vs. Cardinals Dave Pasch Ron Wolfley Paul Gerke
Lions vs. Colts Don Fischer Rick Venturi Caroline Cann
Seahawks vs. Chargers  Spero Dedes Dan Fouts Alex Flanagan

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Back to work!

Back to sweating in the summer heat, learning playbooks that are so big they make “War and Peace” look like a comic book.

Back to rookies fighting for their first NFL jobs, free agents fighting to stay on an NFL roster, fighting with teammates on the field as things get heated, along with the weather.

Back to sleeping in dorms for the first time since they were in college.

It’s back to work for all 32 NFL teams. For New England, it’s the hunter now becoming the hunted, as the defending Super Bowl champs. For the other 31 teams, it’s their chance to replace them as the NFL’s king of the mountain, so to speak.

NFL clubs will begin their on-field preparations for Kickoff 2017 this week, starting Wednesday, July 19 as rookies for the Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints are scheduled to report.

The Arizona Cardinals, who will take on the Cowboys in the Hall of Fame Game (Thursday, August 3 on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern), will be the first team with a full squad in camp when their rookies and veterans report on Friday, July 21. By Saturday, July 29, every NFL team will be in camp.

This year, more than half the league (21 of 32, 66 percent) will be “staying home” for training camp. Teams considered to be “staying home” hold training camp at their respective practice facility, home stadium or at a site within 10 miles of their team headquarters. In 2000, only 10 of 31 (32 percent) teams stayed close to home.

“Our entire organization is excited to be returning to hold training camp at our facility in Metairie in 2017,” Saints owner Tom Benson told the Mobile Register and WKRG-TV. “This will be a great opportunity for our passionate fans from throughout the Gulf South to be able to experience the fun, excitement and interaction of Saints training camp as our team prepares for what we expect to be a very exciting season.”

The numbers may prove that training at home is a popular league-wide trend but there are still teams employing the “old-time” philosophy of holding camp away from their facilities.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the teams that “come together” away from home, holding camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania for the 52nd consecutive year.

“There’s some intrinsic value to being here, some things that you can’t measure,” says Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on holding training camp at St. Vincent College. Tomlin told KDKA-TV, “Those are things that I think about when I think about training camp and those are the things that make me really excited about bringing a team to an environment like this.”

The NFL training camp longevity king? The Green Bay Packers, who return for their 60th consecutive summer at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

Here’s a look at the number of NFL teams that stayed home for training camp since 2000:

YEAR – NFL TEAMS WITH HOME TRAINING CAMPS (PCT.)

2000 – 10 of 31 (32%)
2001 –  9 of 31 (29%)
2002 – 10 of 32 (31%)
2003 – 14 of 32 (44%)
2004 – 15 of 32 (47%)
2005 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2006 – 15 of 32 (47%)
2007 – 16 of 32 (50%)
2008 – 15 of 32 (47%)
2009 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2010 – 17 of 32 (53%)
2011 – 19 of 32 (59%)
2012 – 19 of 32 (59%)
2013 – 20 of 32 (63%)
2014 – 20 of 32 (63%)
2015 – 21 of 32 (66%)
2016 – 20 of 32 (63%)
2017 – 21 of 32 (66%)
Overall – 295 of 574 (52%)

*Teams considered to be “staying home” hold training camp at their practice facility, home stadium or at a site within 10 miles of their team headquarters.

The longest active NFL training camp tenures:

TEAM – TRAINING CAMP, CITY (YEARS)
Green Bay Packers – Saint Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin (60)
Minnesota Vikings – Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, Minnesota (52)
Pittsburgh Steelers – Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania (52)

Veterans will be looking to keep their jobs, while rookies and free agents fight for that coveted roster spot. That spot means a paycheck. It’s going to be hot. They’ll be sleeping in dorms for the first time since college, they’ll fight heat, humidity, bugs and in some cases each other.

The playbooks will be bigger than the textbooks they used in college, making “War and Peace” look like a comic book. Meetings with coaches in their positions, pre-season games that will determine their futures will take place and in the end, they’ll either be on a roster or they’ll get that knock on the door from a coach or support staff member and the dreaded words “Coach wants to see you and bring your playbook.” That usually means you’re getting cut.

Some camps will have their rookies come in first to get used to being in camp, while others will have everyone come in at one time. For some, it will be like riding a bike. For others, it’s sort of like learning to walk again. It’s not easy. Most teams will play four pre-season contests (Dallas and Arizona will play five because they are playing in the Hall of Fame Game). Some say the pre-season is too long and needs to be cut back to one or two games, like our CFL neighbors to the north.

Below is the training camp list of sites and rookie and veteran reporting dates. Check with your team for dates and if practices will be open to the public. Hydrate, stock up on that bug spray (the mosquitoes in the South have been known to carry off small children) and mind your manners and watch out for your cousin Connie. She’s been known to wipe out a Super Bowl party.

AFC
Baltimore – Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Buffalo – St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Cincinnati – Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Cleveland – Cleveland Browns Training Complex, Berea, Ohio (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Denver – University of Colorado Health Training Center in Englewood, Colorado, (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Houston – The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Indianapolis – Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis, Indiana (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Jacksonville – Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields in Jacksonville, Florida (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Kansas City – Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/27)
Los Angeles Chargers – Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Miami – Baptist Health Training Facility in Davie, Florida (Rookies report 7/20, Veterans report 7/26)
New England – Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Jets – Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)
Oakland – Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, California (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/28)
Pittsburgh – Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Tennessee – Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tennessee (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)

NFC
Arizona – University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (Rookies and Veterans report 7/21)
Atlanta – Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Carolina – Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Chicago – Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Dallas – Marriott Residence Inn in Oxnard, California (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/22)
Detroit – Detroit Lions Training Facility in Allen Park, Michigan (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Green Bay – St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Los Angeles Rams – University of California at Irvine (Rookies report 7/26, Veterans report 7/28)
Minnesota – Minnesota State University at Mankato (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
New Orleans – New Orleans Saints Training Facility in Metairie, Louisiana (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Giants – Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Philadelphia – NovaCare Training Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
San Francisco – SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Seattle – Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Tampa Bay – One Buccaneer Place on Tampa, Florida (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Washington – Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)

Note: The first official practice of training camp for each club at the site designated above is generally held the day after the veteran reporting date.

Soon it will be time to go to camp.

There’s no eating s’mores. There’s some swimming, no one’s singing “Kumba Ya.”

It’s almost time for football.

Soon, all 32 NFL teams will be on a practice field somewhere in America. One will be looking to defend their title. The other 31 teams will be looking to knock them off the top of the mountain.

The hunter is NOW the hunted.

Veterans will be looking to keep their jobs, while rookies and free agents fight for that coveted roster spot. That spot means a paycheck. It’s going to be hot. They’ll be sleeping in dorms for the first time since college, they’ll fight heat, humidity, bugs and in some cases each other.

The playbooks will be bigger than the textbooks they used in college, making “War and Peace” look like a comic book. Meetings with coaches in their positions, pre-season games that will determine their futures will take place and in the end, they’ll either be on a roster or they’ll get that knock on the door from a coach or support staff member and the dreaded words “Coach wants to see you and bring your playbook.” That usually means you’re getting cut.

Some camps will have their rookies come in first to get used to being in camp, while others will have everyone come in at one time. For some, it will be like riding a bike. For others, it’s sort of like learning to walk again. It’s not easy. Most teams will play four pre-season contests (Dallas and Arizona will play five because they are playing in the Hall of Fame Game). Some say the pre-season is too long and needs to be cut back to one or two games, like our CFL neighbours to the north.

Fans will get to see their teams up close and personal and make their own evaluations of their team. Some see their teams getting better from their 2016 finish and make the postseason, while other want to see if last year was a fluke.

Heat. Humidity. Bugs, Sweat. Fights with teammates. Come the Thursday after Labor Day when it gets underway in Foxboro as New England and Kansas City meet, if they make the cut, it’s worth it.

Below is the training camp list of sites and rookie and veteran reporting dates. Check with your team for dates and if practices will be open to the public. Hydrate and mind your manners and watch out for your cousin Connie. She’s been known to wipe out a Super Bowl party.

AFC
Baltimore – Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Buffalo – St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Cincinnati – Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Cleveland – Cleveland Browns Training Complex, Berea, Ohio (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Denver – University of Colorado Health Training Center in Englewood, Colorado, (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Houston – The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Indianapolis – Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis, Indiana (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Jacksonville – Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields in Jacksonville, Florida (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Kansas City – Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/27)
Los Angeles Chargers – Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Miami – Baptist Health Training Facility in Davie, Florida (Rookies report 7/20, Veterans report 7/26)
New England – Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Jets – Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)
Oakland – Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, California (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/28)
Pittsburgh – Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Tennessee – Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tennessee (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)

NFC
Arizona – University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (Rookies and Veterans report 7/21)
Atlanta – Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Carolina – Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Chicago – Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Dallas – Marriott Residence Inn in Oxnard, California (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/22)
Detroit – Detroit Lions Training Facility in Allen Park, Michigan (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Green Bay – St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Los Angeles Rams – University of California at Irvine (Rookies report 7/26, Veterans report 7/28)
Minnesota – Minnesota State University at Mankato (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
New Orleans – New Orleans Saints Training Facility in Metairie, Louisiana (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Giants – Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Philadelphia – NovaCare Training Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
San Francisco – SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Seattle – Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Tampa Bay – One Buccaneer Place on Tampa, Florida (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Washington – Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)

Note: The first official practice of training camp for each club at the site designated above is generally held the day after the veteran reporting date.

Sunday Broadcast Information (All Times Eastern)

New Orleans at ATLANTA, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 119 (New Orleans), 132 (Atlanta). XM: 230 (New Orleans), 227 (Atlanta).

Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Carter Blackburn, Chris Simms. SIRIUS: 134 (Baltimore), 81 (Cincinnati). XM: 383 (Baltimore), 225 (Cincinnati).

Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 112 (Jacksonville), 119 (Indianapolis). XM: 380 (Jacksonville), 230 (Indianapolis).

New England at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Derek Rackley. SIRIUS: 157 (New England), 93 (Miami). XM: 232 (New England), 229 (Miami).

Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Dick Stockton, David Diehl, Kristina Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 135 (Chicago), 108 (Minnesota). XM: 382 (Chicago), 228 (Minnesota).

Buffalo at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 133 (Buffalo), 113 (New York Jets). XM: 381 (Buffalo), 231 (New York Jets).

Dallas at Philadelphiia, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 126 (Dallas), 83 (Philadelphia). XM: 386 (Dallas), 226 (Philadelphia).

Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 121 (Cleveland), 132 (Pittsburgh). XM: 384 (Cleveland), 227 (Pittsburgh).

Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713: Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 146 (Carolina), 82 (Tampa Bay). XM: 387 (Carolina), 82 (Tampa Bay).

Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 710: Tom McCarthy, Adam Archuleta. SIRIUS: 136 (Houston), 118 (Tennesstt). XM: 385 (Houston), 233 (Tennessee).

Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 93 (Oakland), 81 (Denver). XM: 229 (Oakland), 225 (Denver).

Arizona at Los Angeles, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 718: Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 108 (Arizona), 118 (Los Angeles). XM: 228 (Arizona), 233 (Los Angeles).

Kansas City at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 83 (Kansas City), 113 (San Diego). XM: 226 (Kansas City), 231 (San Diego)

Seattle at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 719: Joe Davis, Brady Quinn, Shannon Spake (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 126 (Seattle), 137 (San Francisco). XM: 235 (Seattle), 232 (San Francisco).

New York Giants at Washington, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 133 (New York Giants), 82 (Washington). XM: 234 (New York Giants), 82 (Washington).

Green Bay at Detroit, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Green Bay), 226 (Detroit). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Green Bay), 226 (Detroit).

Sunday Officials
New Orleans at ATLANTA, 4:25 p.m. – Ronald Torbert
Batlimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. – Pete Morelli
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. – Clete Blakeman
New England at Miami, 1 p.m. – John Parry
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. – Terry McAulay
Buffalo at New York Jets, 1 p.m.- Jeff Triplette
Dallas at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. – Walt Coleman
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. – John Hussey
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. – Carl Cheffers
Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. – Bill Vinovich
Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m. – Brad Allen
Arizona at Los Angeles, 4:25 p.m. – Craig Wrolstad
Kansas City at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. – Walt Anderson
Seattle at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. – Tony Corrente
New York Giants at Washington, 4:25 p.m. – Gene Steratore
Green Bay at Detroit, 8:30 p.m. – Jerome Boger

Sunday Odds (Home teams in CAPS)
Favorite          Spread       Underdog         O/U
ATLANTA           –  7         New Orleans      55 1/2
TENNESSEE         –  3         Houston          40
Buffalo           –  6         NEW YORK JETS    44
CINCINNATI        –  2 1/2     Baltimore        41 1/2
INDIANPOLIS       –  4 1/2     Jacksonville     47
PHILADELPHIA      –  6         Dallas           42 1/2
MINNESOTA         –  5         Chicago          41
TAMPA BAY         –  6 1/2     Carolina         46 1/2
PITTSBURGH        –  7         Cleveland        44
New England       –  9 1/2     MIAMI            44 1/2
Arizona           –  6         LOS ANGELES      41
Kansas City       –  4 1/2     SAN DIEGO        45
Seattle           –  9 1/2     SAN FRANCISCO    43
DENVER            –  2 1/2     Oakland          42
WASHINGTON        –  8         New York Giants  44
Green Bay         –  3         DETROIT          46 1/2

Sunday Injury Report

New Orleans at ATLANTA, 4:25 p.m.

New Orleans
OUT: CB Kenneth Crawley (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Dannell Ellerbe (Foot), LB Craig Robertson (Shoulder)

Atlanta
OUT: TE Austin Hooper (Knee), WR Taylor Gabriel (Foot)

Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Baltimore
OUT: LB Zachary Orr (Neck), T Richard Wagner (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: T Alexander Lewis (Ankle)

Cincinnati
OUT: WR A.J. Green (Hamstring), T Cedric Ogbuehi (Shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: LB Vontaze Burfict (Knee), TE Tyler Kroft (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Jeremy Hill (Knee)

Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville
OUT: DT Jordan Hill (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Allen Hurns (Hamstring), wR Neal Sterling (Concussion), RB Chris Ivory (Hamstring), WR Marqise Lee (Hip)

Indianapolis
OUT: CB Darius Butler (Concussion)
DOUBTFUL: WR Donte Moncrief (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Rashaan Melvin (Knee), LB Chris Carter (Shoulder)

New England at Miami, 1 p.m.

New England
OUT: WR Danny Amendola (Ankle), CB Cyrus Jones (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: WR Malcolm Mitchell (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Martellus Bennett (Ankle), QB Tom Brady (Thigh), LB Qualin Hightower (Knee), WR Matthew Slater (Foot)

Miami
OUT: QB Ryan Tannehill (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: LB Jelani Jenkins (Knee), CB Byron Maxwell (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Mario Williams (Ankle), RB Jay Ajayi (Shoulder), LB Spencer Paysinger (Knee)

Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Chicago
DOUBTFUL: LB Leonard Floyd (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: S Deon Bush (Ankle), LB Pernell McPhee (Shoulder), LB Willie Young (Knee), CB Bryce Callahan (Hamstring), QB David Fales (Thumb), CB Cre’von LeBlanc (Knee), T Bobby Massie (Toe), CB Tracy Porter (Knee)

Minnesota
OUT: RB Adrian Peterson (Knee), S Andrew Sendejo (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: G Alexander Boone (Back), WR Stefon Diggs (Hip), WR Laquon Treadwell (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Charles Johnson (Knee)

Buffalo at New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Buffalo
OUT: CB Stephon Gilmore (Concussion), T Cordy Glenn (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Kyle Williams (Back), LB Preston Brown (Foot), TE Charles Clay (Knee), G John Miller (Hip), WR Sammy Watkins (Foot)

New York Jets
OUT: RB Matt Forte (Knee), LB Lorenzo Mauldin (Ankle), DT Stephen McLendon (Hamstring), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: CB Nicholas Marshall (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Robby Anderson (Hamstring), WR Brandon Marshall (Hip), RB Bilal Powell (Knee), RB Brandon Wilds (Hamstring), CB Juston Burris (Knee), DT Sheldon Richardson (Back), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Ankle)

Dallas at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Dallas
OUT: CB Morris Claiborne (Groin), DT Tyrone Crawford (Shoulder), LB Justin Durant (Elbow), DE Demarcus Lawrence (Back), DT Terrell McClain (Ankle), T Tyron Smith (Knee), DT Cedric Thornton (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Anthony Brown (Concussion), G Ronald Leary (Back), DE Randy Gregory (Abdomen), DE Jack Crawford (Foot), LB Sean Lee (Knee)

Philadelphia
DOUBTFUL: G Allen Barbre (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Jordan Matthews (Ankle), G Isaac Seumalo (Ankle), LB Jordan Hicks (Ankle)

Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Cleveland
OUT: CB Clarence Caldwell (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Cameron Johnson (Groin), CB Joseph Haden (Neck), RB Randy Johnson (Ankle)

Pittsburgh
OUT: S Robert Golden (Ankle), DE Stephon Tuitt (Knee), TE Ladarius Green (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Anthony Chickillo (Ankle), TE Xavier Grimble (Ribs)

Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Carolina
OUT: QB Derek Anderson (Illness), DE Charles Johnson (Foot)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Greg Olsen (Elbow), RB Jonathan Stewart (Foot), QB Cam Newton QB (Shoulder)

Tampa Bay
OUT: DE William Gholston (Elbow)
QUESTIONABLE: T Gosder Cherilus (Groin), CB Vernon Hargreaves (Abdomen)

Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Houston
OUT: DE Jadeveon Clowney (Elbow), LB Lamar Miller (Ankle), RB Jay Prosch (Ankle), LB John Simon (Chest)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Brian Cushing (Ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (Ribs, Shoulder, Illness)

Tennessee
Jason McCourty CB Chest Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

New York Giants at Washington, 4:25 p.m.

New York Giants
OUT: DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Core Muscle), S Natneal Berhe (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Jerell Adams (Shoulder), LB B.J. Goodson (Concussion), CB Janoris Jenkins (Back)

Washington
OUT: S Su’a Cravens (Upper Arm), CB Quinton Dunbar (Concussion), T Vinston Painter (Calf)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Christopher Baker (Ankle), LB William Compton (Knee), RB Robert Kelley (Knee), LB Patrick Kerrigan (Elbow), G Spencer Long (Ankle), LB Trent Murphy (Foot), TE Jordan Reed (Shoulder), LB Martrell Spaight (Shoulder)

Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

Oakland
OUT: QB Derek Carr (Ankle)
DOUBTFUL: S Karl Joseph (Toe)
QUESTIONABLE: G Kelechi Osemele (Ankle), WR Amari Cooper (Shoulder), WR Michael Crabtree (Ankle), WR Andre Holmes (Shoulder),
DT Stacy McGee (Groin), RB Jalen Richard (Shoulder), LB Perry Riley (Hamstring), LB Malcolm Smith (Hamstring)

Denver
OUT: TE Alexander Derby (Concussion), S Terrell Ward (Concussion), LB DeMarcus Ware (Back), CB Kayvon Webster (Concussion),
DE Derek Wolfe (Neck)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Brandon Marshall (Hamstring)

Arizona at Los Angeles, 4:25 p.m.

Arizona
OUT: T DeMarcus Humphries (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR John Brown (Illness), CB Marcus Cooper (Back), DT Robert Nkemdiche (Ankle)

Los Angeles
OUT: CB Craig Mager (Shoulder), RB Melvin Gordon (Hip)
DOUBTFUL: T King Dunlap (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: G Orlando Franklin (Shoulder), LB Denzel Perryman (Knee), WR Jeremy Butler (Ankle), C Matthew Slauson (Foot)

Kansas City at San Diego, 4:25 p.m.

Kansas City
OUT: LB Justin Houston (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Phillip Gaines (Knee), LB Tamba Hali (Knee), RB Spencer Ware (Rib)

San Diego
OUT: CB Craig Mager (Shoulder), RB Melvin Gordon (Hip)
DOUBTFUL: T King Dunlap (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: G Orlando Franklin (Shoulder), LB Denzel Perryman (Knee), WR Jeremy Butler (Ankle), C Matthew Slauson (Foot)

Seattle at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle
OUT: RB C.J. Prosise (Shoulder)

San Francisco
OUT: C Marcus Martin (Ankle), G Andrew Tiller (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Dontae Johnson (Groin), T Joe Staley (Hamstring)

Green Bay at Detroit, 8:30 p.m.

Green Bay
OUT: RB James Starks (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Randall Cobb (Ankle), LB Jayrone Elliott (Hand), CB Damarious Randall (Shoulder), LB Joe Thomas (Back), C Joesph Tretter (Knee)

Detroit
OUT: RB Theo Riddick (Wrist)
DOUBTFUL: C Travis Swanson (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Andre Roberts (Shoulder), LB DeAndre Levy (Knee), CB Darius Slay (Hamstring)

Sunday Weather
New Orleans at ATLANTA, 4:25 p.m. (Game indoors)
Batlimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (Mostly cloudy and 44 degrees)
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (Game indoors)
New England at Miami, 1 p.m. (Partly cloudy and 79 degrees)
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (Game indoors)
Buffalo at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (Sunny and 44 degrees)
Dallas at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (Sunny and 47 degrees)
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (Mostly sunny and 39 degrees)
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (Partly Cloudy and 80 degrees)
Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (Overcast and 53 degrees)
Oakland at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (Mostly sunny and 51 degrees)
Arizona at Los Angeles, 4:25 p.m. (Sunny and 59 degrees)
Kansas City at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. (Partly cloudy and 58 degrees)
Seattle at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (Sunny and 52 degrees)
New York Giants at Washington, 4:25 p.m. (Sunny and 48 degrees)
Green Bay at Detroit, 8:30 p.m. (Game indoors)

Broadcast information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.

The end is near for 20 teams that will not make the post-season party. For the 12 teams (the four division winners and the two wild card teams in the NFC and AFC), their week is just getting underway after Sunday’s action and for the third straight season, the final game of the season (game number 256) is for all the marbles. It’s winner-takes-it-all, loser goes home as Green Bay travels to the Motor City for a prime time contest with the Detroit Lions.

ICYMI: In the NFC, Dallas beat Detroit 42-21 Monday night in Arlington, which allowed them to secure the NFC East and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs on Thursday night due to the New York Giants’ loss.

Atlanta defeated Carolina 33-16, locked up the NFC South, which allowed them to lock the top spot up with Tampa Bay’s loss at New Orleans.

The New York Giants may have lost on Thursday night at Philadelphia but they punched their ticket to the playoff party after the New Orleans Saints beat Tampa Bay Saturday afternoon in the Big Easy.

The Houston Texans defeated Cincinnati Saturday night, allowing them to clinch the AFC South.

The Pittsburgh Steelers won the AFC North with a win over Baltimore Sunday afternoon.

The Kansas City Chiefs clinched a playoff berth with a win after Baltimore lost to Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field.

The Miami Dolphins, who defeated Buffalo 34-31 in overtime, clinched a playoff berth after Denver lost t0 Kansas City Sunday  night. For the Dolphins, it is their first playoff berth since 2008.

•The New England Patroits defeated the New York Jets 41-3 to improve to 13-2 on the season. The Patriots have six seasons with at least 13 victories in franchise history, tying the Denver Broncos for the second-most 13+ win seasons in NFL history. The San Francisco 49ers (nine) are the only franchise with more 13+ win seasons.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick recorded his 200th career regular-season victory with New England, becoming the fifth head coach in NFL history to reach 200 regular-season wins with a franchise, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers George Halas (318 with Chicago), Don Shula (257 with Miami), Tom Landry (250 with Dallas) and Curly Lambeau (209 with Green Bay).

•Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 277 yards and two touchdowns for a 121.8 passer rating in the Falcons’ 33-16 victory at Carolina. Ryan connected on touchdown passes to tight ends Joshua Perkins and D.J. Tialavea – the first career TD catch for each player – and has thrown a touchdown pass to 13 different players this season, the most in a single season in NFL history.

Carolina tight end Greg Olseon had six catches for 59 yards against Atlanta. Olsen, who has 1,051 receiving yards this season, is the first tight end in NFL history to record three consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

•Miami running back Jay Ajayi rushed for 206 yards – including 75 yards on the team’s game-winning drive in overtime – and one touchdown in the Dolphins’ 34-31 OT victory at Buffalo. Ajayi, who rushed for 204 yards in Week 6 vs. Pittsburgh and 214 yards in Week 7 vs. the Bills, is the fourth player in NFL history to record three games with at least 200 rushing yards in a single season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Earl Campbell (four in 1980) and O.J. Simpson (three in 1973) and Tiki Barber (three in 2005).

Ajayi has 420 rushing yards in two games against Buffalo this season, the fourth-highest rushing total against one team in a single season, trailing Jamal Lewis (500 vs. Cleveland in 2003), Simpson (469 vs. New England in 1973) and La Dainian Tomlinson (430 vs. Oakland in 2003).

•Arizona running back David Johnson had 136 scrimmage yards (95 rushing, 41 receiving) and three rushing touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 34-31 win at Seattle. Johnson has scored multiple touchdowns in 11 career games, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James for the most such games in a player’s first two seasons in NFL history.

With 136 scrimmage yards in the win, Johnson joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders (15) as the only players in NFL history to record 15 consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards in a single season. He also extended his NFL-record streak of consecutive games with 100+ scrimmage yards to start a season to 15 games.

Johnson has 1,233 rushing yards and 841 receiving yards this season and is the fourth different player in NFL history with at least 1,200 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards in the same season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk(1998-2000), Le’Veon Bell (2014) and Steven Jackson (2006).

•Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 347 yards and four touchdowns for a 136.6 passer rating in the Packers’ 38-25 victory over Minnesota. Rodgers, who has 4,128 passing yards this season, has six career seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards, passing Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Farve (five) for the most in franchise history.

Rodgers added 13 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the victory, bringing his career rushing total to 2,502 yards. Rodgers, who has 36,527 career passing yards, joins Pro Football Hall of Famers John Elway (51,475 passing, 3,407 rushing) and Fran Tarkenton (47,003 passing, 3,674 rushing) and Donovan McNabb (37,276 passing, 3,469 rushing) as the only players in NFL history with at least 35,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards in a career.

Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson had nine catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Minnesota. Nelson, who has 14 touchdown receptions this season, has three seasons with at least 13 touchdown catches in his career and puts himself in some pretty good company, tying Pro Football Hall of Famers Lance Alworth, Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison for the fourth-most in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (eight), Terrell Owens (seven) and Randy Moss (six) have more such seasons in NFL history.

•Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 270 yards with one touchdown and rushed for two touchdowns in the Redskins’ 41-21 win at Chicago. This season, Cousins has passed for a franchise-record 4,630 yards and has four rushing touchdowns. He is the second player in NFL history (Aaron Rodgers, 2008-09) to have at least 4,000 passing yards and four or more rushing touchdowns in consecutive seasons.

When the 2017 season starts, three teams (Los Angeles, Jacksonville and Buffalo) will have new coaches. Jeff Fisher was let go by the Rams December 12th after their loss to Atlanta in Los Angeles, Gus Bradley and the Jaguars parted ways December 4th and Rex Ryan was given his walking papers by the Buffalo Bills Tuesday.

In case you haven’t heard, all the games this weekend are rematches, so there are no secrets unhid. For the teams that won the first time, it’s a chance to let the other team know that the first time was not a fluke; for the losers, it’s not only a chance to get revenge, it’s a chance to ruin a season in the process.

As for last week… another 10-6 (six weeks in a row with double digit wins). Not bad. It wasn’t nice but it wasn’t naughty. For the year, we’re 163-75.

As was the case last week, every game on the docket this week is DRILL WORTHY! (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

It’s the final push for NFL teams as the regular season ends on Sunday, January 1. All 16 games are division contests. And with one week to go, there are still 14 teams in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LI.

The schedule is set for Week 17, culminating with the final game of the 2016 regular season (game number 256) to determine the NFC North winner. On Sunday night in primetime at 8:30 p.m. on NBC, the Detroit Lions (9-6) will host the Green Bay Packers (9-6) at Ford Field with the division title on the line. And depending on the results of Sunday’s earlier games, the loser of this contest could be out of the playoff picture entirely.

The playoff teams in the AFC are locked in – New England (13-2), Oakland (12-3), Kansas City (11-4), Pittsburgh (10-5), Miami (10-5) and Houston (9-6) – although there’s still plenty to play for in Week 17.

The Patriots, who have won the AFC East and earned a first-round bye, can secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win or an Oakland loss. The Raiders can earn the No. 1 seed with a win and a New England loss. Oakland can lock up the AFC West and a first-round bye with a win or a loss by Kansas City. The Chiefs can take the AFC West division title and earn a first-round bye with a win and an Oakland loss.

Three AFC division winners have been determined: New England (AFC East), Pittsburgh (AFC North) and Houston (AFC South). The Steelers have won the AFC North and locked up the No. 3 seed. The Texans, who have clinched the AFC South, will enter the postseason as the No. 4 seed. The AFC West winner (Oakland or Kansas City) will earn a first-round bye and the Raiders still have a shot to claim home-field advantage.

The Dolphins have secured a Wild Card berth. The runner-up in the AFC West (Kansas City or Oakland) will qualify for the postseason as a Wild Card entrant.

In the NFC, three of the four NFC division winners have been determined: Dallas (NFC East), Atlanta (NFC South) and Seattle (NFC West). The Cowboys (13-2) have secured home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The Falcons (10-5) can earn the Number 2 seed and a first-round bye with a win or losses by both Seattle and Detroit. The Seahawks (9-5-1) can lock up the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with a win and an Atlanta loss.

The NFC North winner will be determined on Sunday night when Detroit (9-6) hosts Green Bay (9-6) at Ford Field. The Lions can also claim the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with a win and losses by both Atlanta and Seattle.

The New York Giants have clinched a Wild Card berth and are locked in as the No. 5 seed. The final NFC playoff spot comes down to the NFC North runner-up (Detroit or Green Bay), Washington (8-6-1) and Tampa Bay (8-7).

RACE TO 5,000: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (4,858), Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins (4,630) and Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan (4,613) are the NFL’s top three passing yardage leaders this season.

Brees, Cousins and Ryan can each reach 5,000 yards passing on Sunday and would become the second trio of quarterbacks to reach 5,000 passing yards in the same season, joining Brees (5,476), Tom Brady (5,235) and Matthew Stafford (5,038) who all accomplished the feat in 2011.

The quarterbacks with 5,000 passing yards in a season:

PLAYER – SEASON (TEAM – PASSING YARDS)
Peyton Manning – 2013 (Denver – 5,477)
Drew Brees – 2011 (New Orleans – 5,476)
Tom Brady – 2011 (New England – 5,235)
Drew Brees – 2012 (New Orleans – 5,177)
Drew Brees – 2013 (New Orleans – 5,162)
Dan Marino – 1984 (Miami – 5,084)^
Drew Brees – 2008 (New Orleans – 5,069)
Matthew Stafford – 2011 (Detroit – 5,038)
Drew Brees – 2016 (New Orleans – 4,858)*
Kirk Cousins – 2016 (Washington – 4,630)*
Matt Ryan – 2016 (Atlanta – 4,613)*
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brees, who has recorded four of the NFL’s eight 5,000-yard passing seasons, is the only quarterback in league history to pass for at least 5,000 yards in multiple seasons.

BRADY BARELY BLEMISHED: New England quarterback TOM BRADY has passed for 25 touchdowns with two interceptions and leads the NFL with a 12.5 touchdown-to-interception ratio this season.

With three touchdowns and no interceptions at Miami on Sunday, Brady would have the highest single-season touchdown-to-interception ratio in NFL history (minimum 20 passing touchdowns).

The highest single-season touchdown-to-interception ratios in NFL history (minimum 20 passing touchdowns):

PLAYER – SEASON (TEAM, TOUCHDOWN PASSES/INTERCEPTIONS; TD/INT RATIO)
Nick Foles – 2013 (Philadelphia, 27/2; 13.5)
Tom Brady – 2016 (New England, 25/2; 12.5)*
Tom Brady – 2010 (New England, 36/4; 9.0)
Aaron Rodgers – 2014 (Green Bay, 38/5; 7.6)
Aaron Rodgers – 2011 (Green Bay, 45/6; 7.5)
*Through Week 16

ZOOMING ZEKE: Dallas rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott leads the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards, the third-highest rushing total by a rookie in NFL history.

With 69 rushing yards at Philadelphia on Sunday, Elliott would become the second rookie in NFL history with 1,700 rushing yards in a season. Elliott needs 178 rushing yards against the Eagles to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1,808) as the NFL’s all-time rookie rushing leader.

The rookies with the most rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – RUSHING YARDS)
Eric Dickerson, 1983 (Los Angeles Rams – 1,808)^
George Rogers, 1981 (New Orleans – 1,674)
Ezekiel Elliott, 2016 (Dallas – 1,631)*
Alfred Morris, 2012 (Washington – 1,613)
Ottis Anderson, 1979 (St. Louis Cardinals – 1,605)
Edgerrin James, 1999 (Indianapolis – 1,553)
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Elliott ranks second in the league with 1,994 yards from scrimmage (1,631 rushing, 363 receiving), the third-highest total by a rookie in NFL history.

With six scrimmage yards on Sunday, Elliott would become the third rookie in NFL history to reach 2,000 scrimmage yards, joining Dickerson (2,212 in 1983) and Edgerrin James (2,139 in 1999).

The rookies with the most yards from scrimmage in NFL history:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM, SCRIMMAGE YARDS)
Eric Dickerson, 1983 (Los Angeles Rams – 2,212)^
Edgerrin James, 1999 (Indianapolis – 2,139)
Ezekiel Elliott, 2016 (Dallas – 1,994)*
Doug Martin, 2012 (Tampa Bay – 1,926)
Billy Sims, 1980 (Detroit – 1,924)
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

DAK DAZZLES: Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott leads all rookie quarterbacks with 3,630 passing yards, 23 touchdown passes and a 105.6 passer rating this season while helping guide the Cowboys to a 13-2 record and the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.

With a victory at Philadelphia on Sunday, Prescott would record his 14th win as a starting quarterback, passing Ben Roethlisberger (13 in 2004) for the most by a rookie starting quarterback in NFL history.

Prescott (23) needs four touchdown passes on Sunday to surpass Peyton Manning (26) and Russell Wilson (26) for the most touchdown passes by a rookie quarterback in NFL history.

The most touchdown passes by a rookie quarterback in NFL history:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Russell Wilson, 2012 (Seattle – 26)
Peyton Manning, 1998 (Indianapolis – 26)
Dak Prescott, 2016 (Dallas – 23)*
Andrew Luck, 2012 (Indianapolis – 23)
*Through 15 games

Prescott has thrown only four interceptions in 451 passing attempts this season and ranks third among qualifying quarterbacks with a 0.9 interception percentage, trailing only Tom Brady (0.5 percent) and Sam Bradford (0.8 percent).

Prescott is on pace to record the lowest interception percentage by a rookie quarterback in NFL history (minimum 200 passing attempts).

The rookie quarterbacks with the lowest interception percentages in NFL history (minimum 200 attempts):

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – PASSING ATTEMPTS/INTERCEPTIONS, INTERCEPTION PERCENTAGE)
Dak Prescott, 2016 (Dallas – 451/4, 0.9)*
Robert Griffin III, 2012 (Washington – 393/5, 1.3)
Nick Foles, 2012 (Philadelphia – 265/5, 1.9)
Charlie Batch, 1998 (Detroit – 303/6, 2.0)
Derek Carr, 2014 (Oakland – 599/12, 2.0)
*Through 15 games

PROLIFIC PASSERS: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 347 yards with four touchdown passes for a 136.6 passer rating and added a rushing touchdown in the Packers’ 38-25 win vs. Minnesota last week. Rodgers leads the NFL with 36 passing touchdowns this season. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees ranks second in the league with 35 touchdown passes in 2016.

With four touchdown passes at Detroit on Sunday Night Football, Rodgers would become the fourth quarterback in NFL history with at least 40 touchdown passes in multiple seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (1984, 1986), Peyton Manning (2004, 2013) and Brees (2011, 2012).

With five touchdown passes at Atlanta on Sunday, Brees can become the first quarterback in NFL history with three seasons of at least 40 touchdown passes.

The quarterbacks with at least 40 touchdown passes in multiple seasons:

PLAYER (SEASONS, (TEAM(S); SEASONS WITH 40+ TD PASSES)
Peyton Manning, (2004 and 2013, Indianapolis and Denver; 2)
Drew Brees (2011 and 2012, New Orleans; 2)*
Dan Marino (1984 and 1986, Miami; 2)^
Aaron Rodgers (2011, Green Bay; 1)**
*Has 35 touchdown passes through 15 games
**Has 36 touchdown passes through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

GOOD COMPANY: Green Bay wide receiver Jordy Nelson had 154 receiving yards and two touchdowns in Week 16.

Nelson, who has 91 catches for 1,191 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdown receptions this season, can become the fifth player in NFL history to record at least 100 catches, 1,200 receiving yards and 15 touchdown catches in a single season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Cris Carter (1995), Jerry Rice (1995) and Marvin Harrison (2001) and Randy Moss (2003).

The players with at least 100 catches, 1,200 receiving yards and 15 touchdown catches in a season:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – RECEPTIONS/REC. YARDS; TD CATCHES)
Randy Moss, 2003 (Minnesota – 111/1,632;17)
Marvin Harrison, 2001 (Indianapolis – 109/1,524;15)^
Cris Carter, 1995 (Minnesota – 122/1,371; 17)^
Jerry Rice, 1995 (San Francisco – 1.848; 15)^
Jordy Nelson, 2016 (Green Bay – 91/1,191; 14)*
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

ROCKING RAIDER: Just catch the ball, baby! Oakland wide receiver Amari Cooper has 78 catches for 1,110 receiving yards and four touchdowns this season.

With one touchdown catch on Sunday at Denver, Cooper would become the third player in NFL history to have at least 70 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and five touchdown catches in each of his first two career seasons, joining Odell Beckham, Jr. (2014-2015) and Marques Colston (2006-2007).

The players with at least 70 catches, 1,000 receiving yards and five touchdown catches in each of their first two seasons:

PLAYER, SEASONS (TEAM, SEASONS WITH 70+ CATCHES, 1,000+ REC. YARDS AND 5+ TD CATCHES IN FIRST 2 YEARS)
Odell Beckham Jr., 2014-2015 (New York Giants, 2)
Marques Colston, 2006-2007 (New Orleans, 2)
Amari Cooper, 2015-2016 (Oakland, 1)*
*Through 15 games

RINGING THE BELL: Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell ranks third in the NFL with 1,884 yards from scrimmage (1,268 rushing, 616 receiving) this season, despite only appearing in 12 games.

With 116 yards from scrimmage against Cleveland on Sunday, Bell, who had 2,215 scrimmage yards in 2014, can become the seventh player in NFL history to record multiple seasons with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards in his first four career seasons.

The most seasons with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards in a player’s first four seasons:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS WITH 2,000+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN FIRST 4 YEARS)
Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles (3)^
Terrell Davis, Denver (2)
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis (2)
Larry Johnson, Kansas City (2)
Ray Rice, Baltimore (2)
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego (2)
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (1)*
*Has 1,884 scrimmage yards through Week 16
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Bell leads the NFL with a 157.0 scrimmage yards per game average in 2016, the third-highest single-season average in NFL history.

The highest single-season scrimmage yards per game averages in NFL history:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – SCRIMMAGE YARDS PER GAME AVERAGE)
Priest Holmes, 2002 (Kansas City – 163.4)
O.J. Simpson, 1975 (Buffalo – 160.2)^
Le’Veon Bell, 2016 (Pittsburgh – 157.0)*
Chris Johnson, 2009 (Tennessee – 156.8)
Marshall Faulk, 2000 (St. Louis – 156.4)^
*Through 15 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

CATCH IT LIKE BECKHAM: New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. JR. had 11 catches for 150 yards in the Giants’ Week 16 loss to Philadelphia, his 19th career game with at least 100 receiving yards, tying Randy Moss (19) for the most by a player in his first three seasons.

With 100 receiving yards at Washington on Sunday, Beckham would become the only player in NFL history with 20 career games of at least 100 receiving yards in his first three seasons.

The most 100-yard receiving games by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER (SEASONS, TEAM; 100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES IN FIRST 3 SEASONS)
Odell Beckham Jr. (2014-2016, New York Giants; 19)*
Randy Moss (1998-2000, Minnesota; 19)
T.Y. Hilton (2012-2014, Indianapolis; 16)
John Jefferson (1978-1980, San Diego; 16)
Bill Groman (1960-1962, Houston; 16)
Harlon Hill (1954-1956, Chicago; 16)
*Through 15 games in third season

COMEBACKS GALORE: There have been 70 games won by teams that trailed in the fourth quarter through Week 16, tied for the most such games in a single season in NFL history.

Four teams – Houston, Miami, Pittsburgh and San Francisco – were victorious in Week 16 after trailing in the fourth quarter. The Texans and Steelers both overcame fourth quarter deficits for the second consecutive week. Houston and Pittsburgh pulled their comebacks at home, allowing them to win their division titles, while Miami’s comeback was on the road, which gave them a playoff spot.

The most games won after trailing in the fourth quarter in a single season in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES WON AFTER TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER IN SINGLE SEASON
2016 – 70
1989 – 70
2013 – 69
2015 – 67
2008 – 67
2001 – 67

WORST TO FIRST: The last shall be first. The Dallas Cowboys (13-2), who defeated Detroit 42-21 on Monday Night Football, clinched the NFC East division and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. It marks the 13th time in the past 14 seasons that one or more teams went from last or tied for last place to a division championship the following year.

The teams to go from “worst-to-first” in their division since 2003:

SEASON: TEAM (RECORD, PRIOR SEASON RECORD)
2003: Carolina (11-5, 7-9)
2003: Kansas City (13-3, 8-8)*
2004: Atlanta (11-5, 5-11)
2004: San Diego (12-4, 4-12)*
2005: Chicago (11-5, 5-11)
2005: New York Giants (11-5, 6-10)*
2005: Tampa Bay (11-5, 5-11)
2006: Baltimore (13-3, 6-10)*
2006: New Orleans (10-6, 3-13)
2006: Philadelphia (10-6, 6-10)
2007: Tampa Bay (9-7, 4-12)
2008: Miami (11-5, 1-15)
2009: New Orleans (13-3, 8-8)**
2010: Kansas City (10-6, 4-12)
2011: Denver (8-8, 4-12)
2011: Houston (10-6, 6-10)*
2012: Washington (10-6, 5-11)
2013: Carolina (12-4, 7-9)*
2013: Philadelphia (10-6, 4-12)
2015: Washington (9-7, 4-12)
2016: Dallas (13-2, 4-12)
* Tied for last place
** Won Super Bowl

HISTORIC WINNERS: The Green Bay Packers defeated Minnesota 38-25 on Saturday at Lambeau Field. The win marked the Packers’ 217th victory at Lambeau Field, the most home wins by any franchise at one stadium in NFL history. Green Bay surpassed Chicago, which had 216 victories at Wrigley Field.

The most home wins by a franchise at one stadium:

TEAM – VENUE, WINS
Green Bay Packers – Lambeau Field, 217
Chicago Bears – Wrigley Field, 216

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Baltimore 31-27 on Sunday, clinching the AFC North division title. The victory marked the 600th regular-season victory in franchise history, joining Chicago (744), Green Bay (729) and the New York Giants (683) as the only teams in NFL history to reach 600 regular-season wins.

The teams with the most regular-season victories in NFL history:

TEAM (WINS-LOSSES-TIES)
Chicago Bears (744-567-42)
Green Bay Packers (729-553-37)
New York Giants (683-572-33)
Pittsburgh Steelers (600-535-20)

New England defeated the New York Jets 41-3 on Saturday, marking Bill Belichick’s 200th regular-season win as head coach of the Patriots.

Belichick joins Pro Football Hall of Famers George Halas (318 with Chicago), Don Shula (257 with Miami), Tom Landry (250 with Dallas) and Curly Lambeau (209 with Green Bay) as the only head coaches to win 200 regular-season games with one team.

The head coaches with 200 regular-season wins with one franchise:

HEAD COACH – TEAM (WINS)
George Halas – Chicago (318)^
Don Shula – Miami (257)^
Tom Landry – Dallas (250)^
Curly Lambeau – Green Bay (209)^
Bill Belichick – New England (200)*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FRANCHISE CONNECTIONS: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 347 yards and four touchdowns, including two to wide receiver Jordy Nelson, in the Packers’ 38-25 win over Minnesota at Lambeau.

Rodgers and Nelson have connected on 59 touchdown passes, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE and ANTONIO FREEMAN (57) for the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to a receiver in franchise history.

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for 279 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning four-yard score to wide receiver Antonio Brown with nine seconds remaining in the Steelers’ 31-27 win over Baltimore.

Roethlisberger and Brown have combined for 50 touchdown passes, putting them in some pretty good company, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann (49) for the most touchdown passes from a quarterback to receiver in team history.

Roethlisberger has 301 career touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway (300) for the ninth-most touchdown passes in NFL history. Roethlisberger is the 10th player in NFL history to throw for at least 300 career touchdowns.

The quarterbacks with 300 career touchdown passes:

PLAYER- TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Peyton Manning – 539
Brett Favre – 508^
Drew Brees – 463*
Tom Brady – 453*
Dan Marino – 420^
Fran Tarkenton – 342^
Eli Manning – 320*
Philip Rivers – 312*
Ben Roethlisberger – 301*
John Elway – 300^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

POSH PASSERS: Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant had two touchdown catches and his first career touchdown pass in the Cowboys’ 42-21 victory against Detroit.

Bryant, who has 67 career receiving touchdowns and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (65) for the second-most in franchise history, is the fifth player in NFL history with two touchdown catches and a touchdown pass in the same game.

The players with two touchdown catches and a touchdown pass in the same game:

PLAYER, TEAM (DATE – TOUCHDOWN CATCHES, TOUCHDOWN PASSES)
Dez Bryant, Dallas (12/26/2016 – 2, 1)
David Patten, New England (10/21/2001 – 2, 1)
Keith Lincoln, San Diego (11/7/1965 – 2, 1)
Don Hutson, Green Bay (10/31/1943 – 2, 1)
Johnny McNally, Pittsburgh (10/17/1937 – 2, 1)

Kansas City defensive tackle Dontari Poe threw a two-yard touchdown pass in the Chiefs’ 33-10 win against Denver.

Poe, who has 1.5 sacks this season, is the first player with a touchdown pass and a sack in the same season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles passed for 325 yards and one touchdown in the Jaguars’ 38-17 win against Tennessee. Bortles, who threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marqise Lee, also had a 20-yard touchdown reception from Lee in the victory.

Bortles and Lee became the first pair of teammates in NFL history to throw touchdown passes of at least 20 yards to each other in the same game.

Playoff Scenarios (take notes… this is going to cause more confusion than a mouse in a burlesque show!)

AFC

CLINCHED:
New England – AFC East division title and first-round bye;
Pittsburgh – AFC North division title
Houston – AFC South division title
Oakland – playoff berth
Kansas City – playoff berth
Miami – playoff berth

New England (13-2) at Miami (10-5), Sunday, 1 p.m.

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1.New England win or tie OR
2.Oakland loss or tie

Oakland (12-3) at Denver (8-7), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

Oakland clinches AFC West division title and a first-round bye with:
1.Oakland win or tie OR
2.Kansas City loss or tie

Oakland clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1.OAK win + NE loss

Kansas City (11-4) at San Diego (5-10), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.
Kansas City clinches AFC West division title and a first-round bye with:
1.Kansas City win + Oakland loss

NFC

CLINCHED:
Dallas – NFC East division title and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs
Atlanta – NFC South division title
Seattle – NFC West division title
New York Giants – playoff berth

Atlanta (10-5) vs. New Orleans (7-8), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

Atlanta clinches a first-round bye with:
1.Atlanta win OR
2.Atlanta tie + Seattle loss or tie OR
3.Seattle loss + Detroit loss or tie OR
4.Seattle tie + Detroit loss

Seattle (9-5-1) at San Francisco (2-13), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle clinches a first-round bye with:
1.Seattle win + Atlanta loss or tie OR
2.Seattle tie + Atlanta loss + Green Bay/Detroit

Green Bay (9-6) at Detroit (9-6), Sunday night, 8:30 p.m.

Detroit clinches NFC North division title with:
1.Detroit win

Detroit clinches a first-round bye with:
1.Detroit win + Seattle loss or tie + Atlanta loss

Detroit clinches a playoff berth with:
1.Detroit tie OR
2.Washington loss or tie

Green Bay clinches NFC North division title with:
1.Green Bay win or tie

Green Bay clinches a playoff berth with:
1.Washington loss OR
2.Washington tie + Tampa Bay win + Green Bay clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over Tampa Bay

(Note: Green Bay clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over Tampa Bay if one of the following teams win or tie: Seattle, Houston, Jacksonville, Philadelphia. Green Bay has already clinched strength of schedule tiebreaker over Tampa Bay in this scenario.)

Washington (8-6-1) vs. New York Giants (10-5), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

Washington clinches a playoff berth with:
1.Washington win + Green Bay-Detroit game does not end in a tie OR
2.Washington tie + Green Bay loss + Tampa Bay loss or tie

Tampa Bay (8-7) vs. Carolina (6-9), Sunday, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay clinches a playoff berth with:
1.Tampa Bay win + Washington tie + Green Bay loss + Tampa Bay clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Green Bay

(Note: Tampa Bay clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Green Bay if all of the following teams win: Tennessee, Indianapolis, Dallas and San Francisco)

So with that being said, there’s football to be played. Here are the games of week 17.

New Orleans (7-8) at ATLANTA (10-5), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716. It’s a week three rematch in the Big Peach as the Atlanta Falcons play their final regular season game in the Georgia Dome before moving next door to Mercedes Benz Stadium as they host the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees in a late afternoon contest in the Big Peach.

With their playoff hopes damaged by Atlanta’s win over Carolina Saturday, the Saints put a dent in Tampa Bay’s playoff hopes, taking 31-24 in the Big Easy over the Buccaneers. New Orleans led 13-7 at the half in the Superdome Saturday afternoon before Tampa Bay pulled to within seven with a 35-yard field goal by Roberto Aguayo with 2 minutes left in the contest. New Orleans outrushed Tampa Bay 123-89 and Brees threw for 299 yards with a TD, while Winston threw for 277 yards with two TDs, two sacks and two interceptions.

Atlanta took control of the NFC South with a 33-16 win over Carolina last Saturday afternoon in Charlotte. The Falcons were never threatened by Cam Newton and the Panthers, leading from start to finish and took a 20-3 lead to the intermission with them. Atlanta outrushed Carolina 152-119 (Tevin Coleman led all rushers with 90 yards, while DeVonta Freeman chipped in with 53) and Ryan threw for 277 yards and a pair of TDs, while Newton threw for 198 yards and a TD but was sacked twice and picked off twice in the loss.

The two NFC South foes met in the Big Easy in week three on a Monday night in the Superdome and the Falcons manhandled New Orleans 45-32. Atlanta broke a 7-7 first quarter tie and led 28-17 at the intermission and never looked back. The Falcons outrushed New Orleans 217-115 (Freeman led all rushers with 152 yards) and Coleman ran for three TDs in the Big Easy. Brees threw for 376 yards and three TDs, while Ryan tallied 240 yards with a pair of TDs (Brees threw the only interception in the contest).

New Orleans was a 3-point favorite in the Monday night meeting, which marked the 10th anniversary of the re-opening of the Superdome after Katrina almost took the city off the map. The over/under was 54 in that contest, which Atlanta won by 13 and both teams covered the over/under with 67 points. Atlanta’s favored by 7 in the final regular season game for the Georgia Dome and the over/under’s 55 1/2. Atlanta is already in the post-season, winning the NFC South last Saturday at Carolina. They would like to have the number two seed in the post-season party, while the Saints would like to ruin the party for the Falcons. Atlanta’s swept the Saints before, doing the deed in 2014. History has a way of repeating itself and it’s favoring the Falcons. New Orleans is not going quietly into the good night and will give Atlanta problems but the Falcons take this one at home in the Big Peach and could cover the 7.

Baltimore (8-7) at Cincinnati (5-9-1), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. With really nothing to play for, the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals meet along the shores of the Ohio River in a week 12 rematch. Both teams enter the season finale with losses under their belts.

Baltimore let a 27-24 lead at Pittsburgh get away from them as the Steelers took a 31-27 win to take the AFC North title and eliminated the Ravens from the playoffs in the process. Baltimore led 14-10 after the first 45 minutes of action and would take the lead with 78 seconds left on a 10-yard TD run by RB Kyle Juszczyk.

The Bengals saw their chance to damage Houston’s playoff hopes go away faster than a Christmas snowflake, as they fell to the Texans 12-10 Christmas Eve.  Houston trailed the Bengals 3-0 at the intermission, then took the lead with 8:41 left to play when RB Alfred Blue scored from 24 yards out. The PAT was blocked by the Bengals, which made it a 2-point game. Cincinnati then had a chance to send the AFC South into chaos as Randall Bullock attempted a 43-yard field goal with five seconds left. Fortunately for Texans fans, the try sailed wide left, which gave the Texans the win and the AFC South. As far as the rushing game was concerned on Christmas Eve, both defenses acted Scrooge-like, as neither Cincinnati or Houston tallied 100 yards in the contest but Houston did outrush Cincinnati 95-50 and Texans QB Tom Savage, making his first start after Brock Osweiler was benched, threw for 176 yards, while Andy Dalton threw for 268 yards and a TD pass to WR Brandon LaFell.

They met in week 12 in Charm City and the Ravens came away 16-12 winners. Baltimore led 16-3 at the half but Cincinnati managed to outscore the Ravens 11-3 in the final 30 minutes of play, pulling to within four when P Scott Koch ran out of the endzone to burn time off the clock in the fourth. Baltimore outrushed the Bengals 92-62 and Joe Flacco threw for 234 yards, while Dalton had 283 (both men threw a TD pass; Dalton was sacked three times, Flacco sacked twice).

Baltimore and Cincinnati met in Charm City in week 12 and the Ravens were 19-14 winners. Leading 16-3 at the half, Baltimore managed to hold off the Bengals in the final 30 minutes of play, as Cincinnati outscored the Ravens 11-3. Neither club came close to the 100-yard rushing barrier but Baltimore did manage to outrush their guests 92-64. Flacco threw for 234 yards, while Andy Dalton threw for 283 (each threw a TD pass in the contest, with Flacco throwing the contest’s only interception).

In the week 12 contest, the Ravens were 4 1/2 point favorites in Charm City and the over/under was 40 1/2. While the Ravens did win by 5, allowing them to cover the spread, the over/under stayed safe as both teams only scored 33 points. This time, the Bengals are a 2 1/2 point favorite and the over/under’s 41 1/2. Both teams know that when this contest ends, their season ends. The Ravens had chances to put Pittsburgh away and didn’t, while the Bengals struggled and stumbled out of the gate. At least the Bengals will get some revenge this week. Cincy covers the 2 1/2 and wins at home.

Jacksonville (3-12) at Indianapolis (7-8), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706. The Colts close out the 2016 campaign in the Hoosier State as they host the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Jacksonville took Tennessee to task at home at EverBank Stadium, taking a 38-17 win over the Titans last Saturday in the Sunshine State. The Jags, with interim head coach Doug Marone, led Tennessee 19-7 at half and eventually knocked Marcus Mariota (99 yards, two sacks, TD) out of the contest after he broke his tibia. Jacksonville outrushed Tennessee 84-58 and Blake Bortles threw for 325 yards and a TD in the contest.

The Colts fell to Oakland Saturday afternoon in northern California Saturday, dropping a 33-25 decision to the Raiders. Indy trailed 19-7 at the break but rallied late in the contest to make it a closer affair, outscoring Oakland 18-14 in the final 30 minutes of play. Oakland outrushed the Colts 210-103, while Andrew Luck threw for 288 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off twice. For Oakland, it was a costly win, as David Carr threw for 228 yards and three TDs before he left the contest with a broken tibia (Carr will miss the post-season) and replaced by Matt McGloin, who threw for 29 yards.

They met in London at Wembley Stadium in week four and Luck and the Colts fell 30-27 on the other side of the Atlantic. Jacksonville led 17-6 at the half before the Colts rallied to outscore the Jaguars 21-13 in the second half. Jacksonville outrushed the Colts 136-94 and Blake Bortles threw for 207 yards and three sacks, while Luck threw for 234 yards and six sacks (each man threw a pair of TDs).

In the week four affair across the Big Pond, the Colts were favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under was 49 1/2. Both teams took care of the over/under, scoring 57 points, while Jacksonville covered the spread with their 3-point win. Indy’s favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under this time around is 47. Both numbers make sense, considering that both clubs are not going to the playoffs this year. Jacksonville’s trying to pull the sweep in the series, which they haven’t done since 2011. The Colts are trying to finish .500 for the second straight season. Colts cover the 4 and take the win back home again in Indiana.

Chicago (3-12) at Minnesota (7-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of NFC North rivals meet in the Land of 10,000 Lakes as the Vikings close out 2016 when they host Da Bears at US Bank Stadium. Both NFC North teams took losses last Saturday.

Chicago found themselves being manhandled by Washington 41-21 at Soldier Field. The Redskins led 24-14 at the half in the Windy City and were never threatened by Da Bears in the latter stages of the contest, outrushing Chicago 208-140 (Bears RB Jordan Howard led all rushers with 119 yards). Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw for 270 yards and a TD, while Bears QB Matt Barkley threw for 323 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off five times.

The Vikings saw their playoff hopes come to a crashing end in Green Bay as Minnesota fell to the Packers 38-25 at Lambeau. Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers led 28-13 at the half in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and never looked back after that. Rodgers threw for 347 yards and four TDs (connecting with Jordy Nelson on a couple of those passes) and rushed for a TD of his own as well from 12 yards out, while Sam Bradford threw for 382 yards and three TDs (Minnesota outrushed the Packers 93-40).

Minnesota and Chicago met in the Windy City in week eight and Da Bears were 20-10 winners at Solider Field. Chicago led 13-3 at the intermission and the two teams played even football in the final 30 minutes of action. Howard ran for 153 yards in the contest with a TD as Da Bears outrushed Minnesota 158-57. Jay Cutler, who was under center at the time before later injuring the thumb on his throwing hand, threw for 252 yards and a TD, while Bradford was sacked five times while throwing for 228 yards.

In the week eight Monday night affair in the Windy City, Minnesota was favored by 5 1/2 and the over/under was 41. Chicago covered the spread with their 10-point primetime win but neither club reached the 41 over/under, scoring 30 points. Minnesota’s favored by 5 and the over/under’s 41. If you choose to take a pass on this one, we’ll understand. Vikings cover the 5 and win in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Buffalo (7-8) at New York Jets (4-11), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. A pair of New York state teams meet in New Jersey as the Bills and Jets meet at MetLife Stadium.

Buffalo saw Miami take a playoff spot last Saturday in Orchard Park, falling to the Dolphins 34-31 in overtime. The Bills led 31-28 with 80 seconds left when TE Charles Clay and QB Tyrod Taylor (329 yards, three TDs) connected on a 7-yard TD pass to tie the contest up. The lead would not last very long and Miami would tie the contest up at 31-31 when Dolphins K Andrew Franks connected on a 55-yard field goal with 5 seconds left in regulation. After Buffalo got the ball to start the overtime, the Bills could not move the pigskin and punted to Miami, who made the most of the opportunity and took the win in the overtime when Franks added a 27-yard field goal with 47 seconds left in the extra period. The loss by the Bills would be the last for Rex Ryan, who was fired by the club on Tuesday and Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve as interim head coach.

Buffalo outrushed Miami 272-261 and the running backs for both teams shined as Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy (128 yards, TD) and Miami’s Jay Ajayi (206 yards, TD) led their teams on the ground, while Matt Moore, taking over for Ryan Tannehill, threw for 233 yards and three TDs.

GangGreen was manhandled by Tom Brady and the Pats in Foxboro last Saturday afternoon, losing to the Pats 41-3. New England led 27-0 at halftime and held the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! to a 29-yard field goal by Nick Folk in the fourth quarter with the contest in hand. New England outrushed the Jets 114-111 and Brady burned New York for 214 yards and three TDs, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 136 yards with a pair of interceptions (Fitzpatrick’s replacement Bryce Petty wasn’t much better, going 0 for 3 with an interception).

The Bills and Jets squared off in Orchard Park in week two and GangGreen came away 37-31 winners on a Thursday night. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! led 20-7 at the intermission in Orchard Park and held off the Bills in the second half (Buffalo outscored New York 21-17 in the final 30 minutes of play). The Bills pulled to within seven with 1:17 left in the contest when RB Mike Gillislee caught an 18-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor to make it 37-31. Buffalo then tried an onside kick, which GangGreen recovered. The J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! ran out the clock and took the road win in upstate New York. New York outrushed Buffalo 123-86 and the Jets’ Matt Forte led all rushers with 100 yards and three TDs. Taylor threw for 297 and three TDS, while Fitzpatrick threw for 374 yards and a TD.

In the week two contest in upstate New York, the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! were favored by 1 and they covered the spread with the 6-point win. The over/under of 40? Buffalo and GangGreen covered that as well, combining for 68 points. Buffalo’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 44. These two are not bad teams, they just play that way at times, to paraphrase Jessica Rabbit. Buffalo gets revenge on the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! in upstate New Jersey and finishes .500 with the win.

Dallas (13-2) at Philadelphia (6-9), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Dak Prescott vs. Carson Wentz, Round II. The NFL’s young guns meet in the City of Brotherly Love, as the Cowboys, who have locked up the top seed in the NFC, travel to Philly for a meeting with the Eagles.

Dallas rallied to beat Detroit 42-21 in Arlington in the final Monday night contest of the season. The Lions led briefly 21-14 with 7:40 left in the first half before Dallas took the lead back and took it for keeps when Dez Bryant caught the first of his two TD passes from Prescott. The first Prescott-Bryant TD retied the contest (the teams were tied 21-21 at the half) and RB Ezekiel Elliott (80 yards rushing) scored his second rushing TD from 1 yard out to give the Cowboys the lead back for keeps (Elliott had a 55 yard run in the contest as well). Prescott threw for 212 yards and three TDs and Bryant got in on the passing attack, tossing a 10-yard pass to TE Jason Witten to seal Detroit’s fate. Matthew Stafford threw for 260 yards with an interception and four sacks, while Dallas outrushed Detroit 164-90.

The Eagles stopped Eli Manning and the New York Giants 24-19 last Thursday evening at Lincoln Financial Field. Philly led 21-13 at the half in the City of Brotherly Love and held Big Blue in check in the win. The Eagles outrushed New York 118-114 and Wentz threw for 152 yards and a TD in the win, while Manning also had a TD pass to go with his 356 passing yards and three interceptions.

They met in the Lone Star State in week eight and the Cowboys needed overtime to come away 29-23 winners. Dallas trailed 13- 10 at the half in Arlington in the Sunday night contest before they rallied to tie the contest up when Bryant and Prescott connected on a 22 yard TD pass with 3:04 left. Prescott would strike again, sending Cowboy fans home happy when he and Witten connected on a 5 yard strike with 7:48 left in the extra period. Dallas outrushed Philadelphia 187-97 and Prescott threw for 278 yards and the two TDs, while Wentz threw for 202 yards and a TD, while being sacked three times.

In the week eight contest, the Cowboys were favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under was 43 1/2. Dallas won by 6, allowing the spread to be covered and the 52 total points covered the over/under. Dallas is favored by 6 in the season finale and the over/under 42 1/2. This could be a blowout, this could be a shootout. The Eagles are playing with house money and would like to knock the Cowboys off kilter in the run to the post-season. It could be closer than 6 but Dallas take the win in the City of Brotherly Love.

Cleveland (1-14) at Pittsburgh (10-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 709. A Cleveland Browns team, fresh off their first win of the 2016 campaign, travels to the Steel City for a meeting with Ben Roethilsberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

After 14 tries to get into the win column, Browns fans could finally hold their heads up high as they held off the San Diego Chargers 20-17 along the shores of Lake Erie last Saturday afternoon. Cleveland, who broke a 17-game losing streak (they lost the last three games of the 2016 season) led 17-10 at the intermission at First Energy Field, then made things a lot more exciting than their fans had hoped when San Diego’s Josh Lambo tried a 45-yard field goal as time ran out. There was one small problem… Lambo’s kick sailed wide right, which caused a celebration among Browns players on the field and fans in the stands. Cleveland outrushed San Diego 124-34 and Robert Griffin III threw for 164 yards and was sacked seven before being knocked out of the contest with a concussion (Cody Keesler took over and threw for 11). For San Diego, Philip Rivers threw for 322 yards and a pair of TDs, hooking up with TE Antonio Gates and WR Tyrell Williams for the scores.

The Steelers rallied from a three-point deficit against Baltimore and took a 31-27 win over the Ravens to take the AFC North title and eliminate Baltimore from the playoffs in the process. Baltimore led 14-10 after the first 45 minutes of action and would take the lead with 78 seconds left on a 10-yard TD run by RB Kyle Juszczyk.

Pittsburgh, with its playoff hopes on the line at Heinz Field, found a way to fight back and they did, with Ben Roethlisberger using eight pass plays and spiking the ball twice to give the Steelers the lead back for keeps with 9 seconds left when Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown connected on a four-yard TD pass. Baltimore would eventually get the ball back with 9 seconds left but the Steelers put the halt on Baltimore’s bid for the win and the AFC North title. LeVeon Bell ran for 122 yards and a TD, while the Steelers ran for 127 (Baltimore ran for 122) and Roethlisberger threw for 279 yards with three TDs (including the game winner) while Joe Flacco threw for 262.

The Steelers were 24-9 winners in the first meeting in week 11 along the shores of Lake Erie. Pittsburgh led 14-0 at the intermission and never had any problems with the Browns in the contest, holding the Browns to 33 yards rushing, while Bell ran for 146 of Pittsburgh’s yards and a TD. Roethlisberger threw for 167 yards, while Kessler (128) and Josh McCown (118) combined for 246 yards in the lopsided contest.

The Steelers were favored by 9 (they won by 15) and the over/under was 49 (that number stayed safe as both clubs mustered only 33 points. Pittsburgh’s favored again, this time by 7 and the over/under’s 44. Both numbers make a lot of sense. The Steelers have already punched their playoff tickets, while the Browns are trying to make it two in a row. Sorry, Cleveland fans, your dreams are about to come crashing down. Steelers cover the 7 and win at Heinz.

Carolina (6-9) at Tampa Bay (8-7), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 713. A pair of former Heisman winners meet in the Sunshine State as Carolina and Cam Newton lead a struggling Carolina Panthers team into Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium for a New Year’s Day meeting with Jameis Winston on Florida’s west coast.

Carolina saw their playoff hopes melt away as they fell to Atlanta 33-16 last Saturday afternoon in Charlotte. The defending NFC champs struggled from the start, trailing 20-3 at the half and could never get on track. Atlanta outrushed Carolina 152-119 (Tevin Coleman led all rushers with 90 yards, while DeVonta Freeman chipped in with 53) and Ryan threw for 277 yards and a pair of TDs, while Newton threw for 198 yards and a TD but was sacked twice and picked off twice in the loss.

Tampa Bay, still clinging on to a playoff bid, saw their hopes of winning the South come to an end as they fell to New Orleans 31-24 in the Big Easy. The Bucs trailed 13-7 at the half in the Superdome Saturday afternoon and pulled to within seven with a 35-yard field goal by Roberto Aguayo with 2 minutes left in the contest. New Orleans outrushed Tampa Bay 123-89 and Drew Brees threw for 299 yards with a TD, while Winston threw for 277 yards with two TDs, two sacks and two interceptions.

They met in week five in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium on a Monday night and the Panthers, who did not have Newton’s services (concussion) and Tampa Bay broke a 14-14 tie late in the contest as Aguayo connected on a 38-yard field goal as time expired to take a 17-14 win over the Panthers. Aguayo kicked a pair of field goals in the first half for a 6-0 lead going into the half before Carolina, thanks to a pair of Cameron Artis-Payne, scoring on a pair of TDs in the third quarter, gave the home team the lead. That lead would not last very long as Winston and WR Mike Evans connected on a 26-yard TD pass with 4:27 left in the third. After a Carolina punt, the Bucs got the ball back with 1:49 left to play in regulation. Tampa Bay then proceeded to use all of the 1:49 that was given to them and made the most of it, as Aguayo kicked the game-winner as the clock struck :00. Winston threw for 219 yards and the one TD, while Dave Anderson, stepping in for Newton, threw for 278 yards but was picked off twice. Carolina outrushed Tampa Bay 136-113, while the Bucs’ Josh Rodgers led all rushers with 101.

In the week five contest in the Tar Heel State, Carolina was favored by 4 1/2 and the over/under was 44 1/2. Both numbers were never threatened as Tampa Bay won by 3 and the two clubs combined to score 31 points. Tampa Bay’s favored by 6 1/2 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. Carolina’s already out of the playoff picture. Tampa Bay’s trying to get in but they would need a lot of help. Panthers at least get revenge for the loss in the Tar Heel State and take the win in Tampa and covers the 3.

Houston (9-6) at Tennessee (8-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 710. Houston and Tennessee close out their 2016 season in the Music City.

Houston won the AFC South last Saturday evening at NRG Stadium as they held off the Cincinnati Bengals 12-10. Houston trailed the Bengals 3-0 at the intermission, took the lead with 8:41 left to play when RB Alfred Blue scored from 24 yards out. The PAT was blocked by the Bengals, which made it a 2-point game. Cincinnati then had a chance to send the AFC South into chaos as Randall Bullock attempted a 43-yard field goal with five seconds left. Fortunately for Texans fans, the try sailed wide left, which gave the Texans the win and the AFC South. As far as the rushing game was concerned on Christmas Eve, it was more naughty than nice, as neither Cincinnati or Houston tallied 100 yards in the contest but Houston did outrush Cincinnati 95-50 and Texans QB Tom Savage, making his first start after Brock Osweiler was benched, threw for 176 yards, while Andy Dalton threw for 268 yards and a TD pass to WR Brandon LaFell.

Tennessee suffered a pair of losses last Saturday against Jacksonville in north Florida. First, Tennessee was taken to task at EverBank Stadium, falling 38-17 to the Jaguars. Then, they lost the services of QB Marcus Mariota (99 yards, two sacks, TD), who broke his tibia and will be out for 4-6 months. The Jags, with interim head coach Doug Marone, led Tennessee 19-7 at half and took complete control afterward, as they outrushed Tennessee 84-58 and Blake Bortles threw for 325 yards and a TD in the contest.

They met in week four in the Lone Star State and the Texans were 27-20 winners at NRG Stadium. The Texans led 20-17 at the half and then proceeded to shut down the Titans in the final 30 minutes of play. Tennessee did outrush Houston 124-115, while Osweiler threw for 254 yards and a pair of TDs, while Mariota threw for 202 yards with a sack and an interception.

Houston covered the 6 1/2 spread with their seven point win in the Lone Star State and both teams covered the 40 over/under with 47 points. This time, the Titans are a 3 point favorite in the Music City and the over/under’s 40. Both numbers make sense. Sorry, Tennessee, as the commerical once said. Houston sweeps the series and takes this one on the road, covering the 3 as they make their way to the post-season.

New England (13-2) at Miami (10-5), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots travel to the Sunshine State to face off against a much improved Miami Dolphins team in a week two rematch at Hard Rock Stadium.

The Pats manhandled a helpless New York Jets club in Foxboro last Saturday, shooting down the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! Pats 41-3 at Gillette Stadium. The Brady-led Pats led 27-0 at halftime and held the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! to a 29-yard field goal by Nick Folk in the fourth quarter with the contest in hand. New England outrushed the Jets 114-111 and Brady burned New York for 214 yards and three TDs, while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 136 yards with a pair of interceptions (Fitzpatrick’s replacement Bryce Petty wasn’t much better, going 0 for 3 with an interception).

Miami took their spot in the AFC playoffs, needing a pair of Andrew Franks field goals to take a take a 34-31 overtime win over Buffalo in upstate New York last Saturday. The Bills led 31-28 with 80 seconds left when TE Charles Clay and QB Tyrod Taylor (329 yards, three TDs) connected on a 7-yard TD pass to tie the contest up. The lead would not last very long and Miami would tie the contest up at 31-31 when Dolphins K Andrew Franks connected on a 55-yard field goal with 5 seconds left in regulation. After Buffalo got the ball to start the overtime, the Bills could not move the pigskin and punted to Miami, who made the most of the opportunity and took the win in the overtime when Franks added a 27-yard field goal with 47 seconds left in the extra period. The loss by the Bills would be the last for Rex Ryan, who was fired by the club on Tuesday and Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve as interim head coach.

Buffalo outrushed Miami 272-261 and the running backs for both teams shined as Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy (128 yards, TD) and Miami’s Jay Ajayi (206 yards, TD) led their teams on the ground, while Matt Moore, taking over for Ryan Tannehill, threw for 233 yards and three TDs.

New England and Miami met in Foxboro in week two and the Pats came away 31-24 winners at Gillette Stadium. LeGarrett Blount ran for 123 yards and a TD (New England outrushed the ‘Fins 161-70), while Jimmy Garafalo threw for 234 yards and three TDs (two to Danny Amendola) while taking over for a suspended Brady. Ryan Tannehill threw for 389 yards and a pair of TDs (Tannehill also had a pair of interceptions).

In the week two affair in southern Massachusetts, the Pats won by 7, allowing them to cover the 6 1/2 point spread and the 55 combined points allowed both teams to cover the 41 1/2 over/under. New England’s favored by 9 1/2 in the Sunshine State and the over/under’s 44 1/2. Both teams know they’re going to play more football when this one is over. New England has been known to self-destruct in the latter part of the schedule after clinching the division. That’s not going to be the case. Miami will make it closer than 9 1/2 but New England prevails and takes the win on the road.

Oakland (12-3) at Denver (8-7), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 714. With nothing on the line, aside from possible seeding for their guests, Denver hosts the Oakland Raiders in a late-afternoon AFC West rematch in the Mile High City.

Oakland took a 33-25 decision over the Colts last Sunday in northern California. The Silver and Black led 19-7 at the break before the Colts rallied late in the contest to make it a closer affair, outscoring Oakland 18-14 in the final 30 minutes of play. Oakland outrushed the Colts 210-103, while Andrew Luck threw for 288 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off twice. For Oakland, it was a costly win, as David Carr threw for 228 yards and three TDs before he left the contest with a broken tibia (Carr will miss the post-season) and replaced by Matt McGloin, who threw for 29 yards.

Denver found themselves eliminated from the post-season after their 33-10 loss at Kansas City Sunday night. Kansas City took a 21-3 lead to the break at Arrowhead and never looked back against the defending Super Bowl champs, who were held to 63 yards rushing (Kansas City ran for 238). Kansas City then added insult to injury when DT Dontari Poe, who normally sacks quarterbacks, lived out a linesman’s fantasy when he and TE Demetrius Harris connected on a 2-yard TD pass to ice the contest away. The Chiefs’ Alex Smith threw for 244 yards and a TD to TE Travis Kelce in the win, while Denver’s Trevor Siemian threw for 183.

Denver lost to Oakland 30-20 in northern California in week nine. The Raiders led the first meeting 20-10 at the half and the two clubs played even football the rest of the way. The Broncos were outrushed 218-33, with Oakland’s Latavius Murray leading all rushers with 114 yards and three TDs. Carr threw for 184 for the Silver and Black, while Siemian threw for 283 yards and a pair of TDs with a pair of interceptions and a pair of sacks.

The Raiders were 1 point underdogs in the week nine contest (Oakland won by 10) and the two teams combined for 50 points, allowing them to cover the 43 1/2 over/under. Denver’s favored by 2 1/2 in the Mile High City and the over/under’s 42. It hasn’t been a good season for Denver and they would love to make the Raiders a wild card team. Broncos get their revenge from the week nine loss and covers the 2 1/2.

Arizona (6-8-1) at Los Angeles (4-11), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 718. The Desert Angry Birds trek their way to the West Coast for a meeting with the Los Angeles Rams in Tinseltown.

The Desert Angry Birds came away 34-31 winners at Seattle in the final seconds when Chris Catanzaro kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired at Century Link Field. Arizona led 14-3 at halftime in the Pacific Northwest before the Seahawks rallied to pull themselves even with 60 seconds left in regulation, thanks to a 5-yard TD pass from Russell Wilson to WR Paul Richardson. Seattle could have won the contest in regulation but Stephen Hauschka’s PAT try sailed wide left, opening the door for Arizona. The Cards made the most of the Seahawks miscue, using an 8-play, 50-yard drive that burned all the time off the clock when Catanzaro booted the game-winner as the clock struck :00. Arizona outrushed Seattle 94-78, while Wilson threw for 350 yards and four TDs but was sacked six times and Arizona’s Carson Palmer threw for 284 yards and a TD in the 3-point win in the Pacific Northwest.

Los Angeles let a 14-7 halftime at the Coliseum get away from them as they would eventually fall to San Francisco 22-21. The 49ers took the lead for keeps when QB Colin Kaepernick threw his second TD pass of the afternoon with 31 seconds left, connecting with WR Robert Streeter to make it a 1-point score. San Francisco then went for two and struck pay-dirt when Kaepernick (266 yards, four sacks, interception), who had a rushing TD of 13 yards with 5:06 left to play, ran the conversion in to take the lead. The Rams did outrush San Francisco 99-70, with Jared Goff throwing for 90 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and picked off twice.

They squared off in the desert in week four and the Rams were 17-13 winners at University of Phoenix Stadium. Arizona and Los Angeles entered the halftime tied at 10-10 before the Cardinals took the lead on a 21-yard field goal by Catanzaro as the third quarter came to an end. Los Angeles’ Brian Quick eventually gave the Rams the lead for keeps when he and Case Keenum connected on a 4-yard TD pass with 2:36 left to win the contest. Arizona outrushed the Rams 118-41 and Carson Palmer threw for 288 yards with a TD and three sacks, while Keenum threw for 266.

The Desert Angry Birds were favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under was 43. Los Angeles won by 4, meaning they missed the spread and as for the 43 over/under? It went untouched, as both teams joined to score 30 points. Arizona’s favored by 6 in Tinsletown and the over/under’s 41. Feel free to take a pass on this one and watch that “Mythbusters” marathon on Science Channel. Trust us, you’ll be better for it. Arizona wins this one and covers the 6.

Kansas City (11-4) at San Diego (5-10), 4:25 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 715. After knocking the defending champs out of the post-season, Kansas City travels westerward to southern California for a AFC West showdown that could decide the winner of the divison.

The Chiefs eliminated Denver from the post-season after their 33-10 win over the defending Super Bowl champs last Sunday night at Arrowhead. Kansas City led from start to finish and took a 21-3 lead to the break at Arrowhead and never looked back against the defending Super Bowl champs, who were held to 63 yards rushing (Kansas City ran for 238). The Chiefs sealed Denver’s fate in the contest when DT Dontari Poe, who normally sacks quarterbacks for a living, lived out a linesman’s fantasy when he and TE Demetrius Harris connected on a 2-yard TD pass to ice the contest away. The Chiefs’ Alex Smtih threw for 244 yards and a TD to TE Travis Kelce in the win, while Denver’s Trevor Siemian threw for 183.

San Diego fans saw their frustrations come full circle last Saturday in Cleveland as the Chargers gave Cleveland their first win of the season, falling 20-17 along the shores of Lake Erie last Saturday afternoon. The Browns broke a 17-game losing streak, led 17-10 at the intermission at First Energy Field, then made things a lot more exciting than their fans had hoped when San Diego’s Josh Lambo tried a 45-yard field goal as time ran out. Lambo’s kick sailed wide right, which caused a celebration among Browns players on the field and fans in the stands. Cleveland outrushed San Diego 124-34 and Robert Griffin III threw for 164 yards and was sacked seven before being knocked out of the contest with a concusssion (Cody Keesler took over and threw for 11). For San Diego, Philip Rivers threw for 322 yards and a pair of TDs, hooking up with TE Antonio Gates and WR Tyrell Williams for the scores.

They met in the Show-Me State to open the season and the Chiefs came away 33-27 overtime winners over the Bolts. San Diego led the Chiefs 21-3 at the half at Arrowhead before Kansas City roared back to life in the final 30 minutes of play to tie the contest up and took the win with 9:53 left in overtime when Smith (2 TDs) dashed in from 2 yards out. While the Chargers outrushed Kansas City 155-83, Smith outpaced Rivers 363-243 (Rivers threw a TD in the overtime contest).

The Chiefs were favored by 7 and the over/under was 44 1/2. The bad news for the Chiefs was they barely missed the spread by 1. The good news? Both teams covered the over/under with the 60 combined points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Chiefs as 4 1/2 point favorites at Qualcomm and the over/under’s 45. San Diego fans will be put out of their misery Sunday. Chiefs complete the series sweep in Cali and covers the 4 1/2.

Seattle (9-5-1) at San Francisco (2-13), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 719. Seattle makes their way down I-5, traveling 839 miles south for a Sunday afternoon contest with NFC West foe San Francisco in Santa Clara.

Seattle lost to Arizona 34-31 in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Startbucks last Saturday afternoon in the final seconds when Cardinals’ K Chris Catanzaro booted a 43-yard field goal as time expired at Century Link Field. Arizona led 14-3 at halftime in the Pacific Northwest before the Seahawks rallied to pull themselves even with 60 seconds left in regulation, thanks to a 5-yard TD pass from Russell Wilson to WR Paul Richardson. Seattle could have won the contest in regulation but Stephen Hauschka’s PAT try sailed wide left, opening the door for Arizona. The Cards made the most of the Seahawks miscue, using an 8-play, 50-yard drive that burned all the time off the clock when Catanzaro booted the game-winner as the clock struck :00. Arizona outrushed Seattle 94-78, while Wilson threw for 350 yards and four TDs but was sacked six times and Arizona’s Carson Palmer threw for 284 yards and a TD in the 3-point win in the Pacific Northwest.

San Francisco rallied from a 14-7 deficit at halftime in Los Angeles to beat the Rams 22-21 at the Coliseum. The 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick threw his second TD pass of the afternoon with 31 seconds left, connecting with WR Robert Streeter to make it a 1-point score. San Francisco then went for two and struck paydirt when Kaepernick (266 yards, four sacks, interception), who had a rushing TD of 13 yards with 5:06 lef to play, ran the conversion in to take the lead. The Rams did outrush San Francisco 99-70, with Jared Goff throwing for 90 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked four times and picked off twice.

They met in the Pacific Northwest in week three and Seattle took a 37-18 win over the 49ers. Seattle led 24-3 at the half before the 49ers roared back and outscored Seattle in the last 30 minutes of play 15-13. Seahawks RB Christine Michael (106 yards) scored the first two TDs of the contest and Seattle went from there (San Francisco outrushed Seattle 135-127). San Francisco’s Carlos Hyde was no slouch himself, rushing for 103 yards and scored the last two TDs of the contest. Wilson threw for 243 yards and a TD for Seattle, while Blaine Gabbard threw for 119 yards with an interception.

Seattle’s 19-point win in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks allowed them to cover the 9 1/2 point spread and both teams covered the 40 1/2 over/under with 55 points. Seattle’s favored again, this time by 9 1/2 and the over/under’s 43. The 49ers are a bad team but they’re not 9 1/2 bad. The Seahawks prevail but expect this one to be a lot closer than the first meeting.

New York Giants (10-5) at Washington (8-6-1), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 717. A pair of NFC East teams, one knowing they’re in the post-season, the other hoping to be part of the post-season meet in Maryland as Washington hosts the New York Giants at at FedEx Field in a late Sunday afternoon contest.

Eli Manning and the New York Giants 24-19 fell to Philadelphia last Thursday evening at Lincoln Financial Field. Philly led from start to finish and took a 21-13 lead with them to the half in the City of Brotherly Love, holding Big Blue in check in the win. The Eagles outrushed New York 118-114 and Wentz threw for 152 yards and a TD in the win, while Manning also had a TD pass to go with his 356 passing yards and three interceptions.

Washington took care of Chicago 41-21 at Soldier Field last Saturday. The ‘Skins led 24-14 at the half in the Windy City and were never threatened by Da Bears in the latter stages of the contest, outrushing Chicago 208-140 (Bears RB Jordan Howard led all rushers with 119 yards). Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw for 270 yards and a TD, while Bears QB Matt Barkley threw for 323 yards and a pair of TDs but was picked off five times.

New York looks to avenge a 29-27 week three loss to the Redskins in the Meadowlands. Big Blue let a 27-26 lead with 7:53 left to play in regulation get away from them as Washington’s Dustin Hopkins kicked his fifth field goal of the contest to give them the lead. Washington then held off a late Giants rally as rookie CB Su’a Cravens picked off Manning, giving the Redskins the ball back and allowing them to run out the clock and take the road win. New York outrushed Washington 120-90 at MetLife Stadium and Manning threw for 350 yards with a pair of interceptions, while Cousins threw for 296 yards and a pair of TDs.

In the week three contest in upstate New Jersey, the Giants were favored by 4 1/2 and Washington won by 2, meaning they missed the spread. The good news was that both teams covered the 46 1/2 over/under, scoring a combined 56 points. Washington’s favored by 8 in the rematch in Maryland and the over/under’s a whopping 44. The Giants already know they’re in the post-season party. Washington wants to join the party and they need to win and get some help. “Hail to the Redskins?” It could happen. Washington may not cover the 8 but they complete the sweep in Maryland.

Green Bay (9-6) at Detroit (9-6), 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Game number 256. For all the marbles. The winner? NFC North champs. The loser? They could be a wild card team or out of the playoff picture altogether. Green Bay travels to the Motor City for an NFC North prime time contest at Ford Field.

Green Bay took Minnesota to task last Saturday as they eliminated the Vikings from playoff contention 38-25 at Lambeau. Green Bay and Rodgers led 28-13 at the half in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst and never looked back after that. Rodgers threw for 347 yards and four TDs (connecting with Jordy Nelson on a couple of those passes) and rushed for a TD of his own as well from 12 yards out, while Sam Bradford threw for 382 yards and three TDs (Minnesota outrushed the Packers 93-40).

Detroit fell to Dallas 42-21 in Arlington in the final Monday night contest of the season. Detroit led briefly 21-14 with 7:40 left in the first half before Dallas took the lead back and took it for keeps when Dez Bryant caught the first of his two TD passes from Dak Prescott. The first Prescott-Bryant TD retied the contest (the teams were tied 21-21 at the half) and RB Ezekiel Elliott (80 yards rushing) scored his second rushing TD from 1 yard out to give the Cowboys the lead back for keeps (Elliott had a 55 yard run in the contest as well). Prescott threw for 212 yards and three TDs and Bryant got in on the passing attack, tossing a 10-yard pass to TE Jason Witten to seal Detroit’s fate. Matthew Stafford threw for 260 yards with an interception and four sacks, while Dallas outrushed Detroit 164-90.

Green Bay and Detroit met in week three at Lambeau and the Packers came away 34-27 winners in upstate Wisconsin. Despite being outscored by the Lions 17-3 in the last 30 minutes of play, Green Bay led 31-10 at halftime. Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy led all rushers with 103 yards, while the Packers outrushed Detroit 123-50 in the contest. Rodgers threw for 205 yards and four TDs (two to Nelson), while Stafford threw for 385 yards with three TDs.

Green Bay was a 7 1/2 point favorite at Lambeau and the over/under was 48. Although the Pack barely missed the spread, they did manage to cover the over/under by combining for 61 points. Green Bay’s favored again, this time by 3 and the over/under’s 46 1/2. This one’s for all the marbles. The winner’s in. The losers is either going to be in and play next week or their next game’s in 2017. It’ll be closer than the 3 but Green Bay takes the win in the Motor City.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday Broadcast Information (all times Eastern)

Atlanta at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709: Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 132 (Atlanta), 81 (Carolina). XM: 382 (Atlanta), 225 (Carolina).

Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (Miami), 113 (Buffalo). XM: 380 (Miami), 230 (Buffalo).

Washington at Chicago, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710: Dick Stockton, David Diehl, Kristina Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 135 (Washington), 93 (Chicago). XM: 384 (Washington), 227 (Chicago).

San Diego at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 706: Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 138 (San Diego), 84 (Cleveland). XM: 383 (San Diego), 228 (Cleveland).

Minnesota at Green Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Al Groh. SIRIUS: 136 (Minnesota), 82 (Green Bay). XM: 381 (Minnesota), 82 (Green Bay).

Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 145 (Tennessee), 108 (Jacksonville). XM: 386 (Tennessee), 229 (Jacksonville).

New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 133 (New York Jets), 83 (New England). XM: 385 (New York Jets), 226 (New England).

Indianapolis at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 145 (Indianapolis), 82 (Oakland). XM: 231 (Indianapolis), 82 (Oakland).

San Francisco at Los Angeles, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714: Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 83 (San Francisco), 81 (Los Angeles). XM: 226 (San Francisco), 225 (Los Angeles).

Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 137 (Tampa Bay), 108 (New Orleans). XM: 232 (Tampa Bay), 229 (New Orleans).

Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 716: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Derek Rackley. SIRIUS: 93 (Arizona), 84 (Seattle). XM: 227 (Arizona), 228 (Seattle).

Cincinnati at Houston, 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Stacey Dales (Field reporter). Westwood One: Dan Miller, James Lofton. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Cincinnati), 81 (Houston). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (Cincinnati), 225 (Houston).

Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network: Mike Tirico, Doug Flutie, Heather Cox (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Ross Tucker, Hub Arkush (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Baltimore), 82 (Pittsburgh). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Baltimore), 82 (Pittsburgh)

Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, James Lofton, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 83 (Denver), 82 (Kansas City). XM: 225 (Denver), 82 (Kansas City).

Detroit at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Kurt Warner, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Detroit), 81 (Dalllas). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (Detroit), 225 (Dallas).

Saturday, Sunday and Monday Officials
ATLANTA at Carolina, 1 p.m. – Bill Vinovich
Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. – Craig Wrolstad
Washington at Chicago, 1 p.m. – Brad Allen
San Diego at Cleveland, 1 p.m. – Walt Coleman
Minnesota at Green Bay, 1 p.m. – Jeff Triplette
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. – Pete Morelli
New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. – Gene Steratore
Indianapolis at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. – Ed Hochuli
San Francisco at Los Angeles, 4:25 p.m. – Walt Anderson
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. – Jerome Boger
Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. – Ronald Torbert
Cincinnati at Houston, 8:25 p.m. – Carl Cheffers
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 4:30 p.m. on Sunday – John Parry
Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on Sunday – Tony Corrente
Detroit at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. on Monday – John Hussey

Saturday, Sunday and Monday Odds

Saturday’s Games
Favorite                         Spread     Underdog                O/U
Atlanta                          –  3 1/2   CAROLINA                53
Washington                       –  3 1/2   CHICAGO                 47
BUFFALO                          –  3 1/2   Miami                   42
GREEN BAY                        –  6 1/2   Minnesota               43
NEW ENGLAND                      – 16 1/2   New York Jets           44
Tennessee                        –  5       JACKSONVILLE            44
San Diego                        –  6       CLEVELAND               44
OAKLAND                          –  3 1/2   Indianapolis            53
NEW ORLEANS                      –  3       Tampa Bay               53
LOS ANGELES                      –  4       San Francisco           40
SEATTLE                          –  8 1/2   Arizona                 43 1/2
HOUSTON                          –  2       Cincinnati              41

Sunday’s Games
Favorite                         Spread     Underdog                O/U
PITTSBURGH                       –  5       Baltimore               44
KANSAS CITY                      –  4       Denver                  37 1/2

Monday’s Game
Favorite                         Spread     Underdog                O/U
DALLAS                           –  7 1/2   Detroit                 43

Saturday, Sunday and Monday Injury Report

ATLANTA at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Atlanta
OUT: DT De’Vondre Campbell (Concussion), TE Austin Hooper (Knee)

Carolina
OUT: DE Ryan Delaire (Knee)

Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Miami
OUT: QB Ryan Tannehill (Knee)
DOUBTFUL: LB Jelani Jenkins (Knee), CB Byron Maxwell (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: S Isa Abdul-Quddus (Ankle), LB Kristian Alonso (Hamstring), T Jermon Bushrod (Shoulder), CB Bobby McCain (Knee), DE Mario Williams (Ankle)

Buffalo
OUT: LB Lerentee McCray (Concussion)
DOUBTFUL: T Cordy Glenn (Back)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Preston Brown (Foot), TE Charles Clay (Knee), RB Jerome Felton (Foot), G John Miller (Hip), WR Sammy Watikns (Foot), DT Kyle Williams (Back), DT Jerel Worthy (Shoulder)

Washington at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Washington
OUT: S Su’a Cravens S (Arm), CB Quinton Dunbar (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Jordan Reed (Shoulder), DE Christopher Baker (Ankle), LB William Compton (Knee), LB Terence Garvin (Illness), LB Patrick Kerrigan (Elbow), LB Martrell Spaight (Shoulder)

Chicago
OUT: DT Eddie Goldman (Ankle), G Eric Kush (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Bryce Callahan (Knee), RB Ka’Deem Carey (Shoulder), QB David Fales (Thumb), CB Cre’von LeBlanc (Knee),
DE Cornelius Washington (Back), LB Willie Young (Knee)

San Diego at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

San Diego
OUT: RB Melvin Gordon (Hip)
DOUBTFUL: CB Craig Mager (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: T King Dunlap (Knee), G Orlando Franklin (Illness), WR Jeremy Butler (Ankle)

Cleveland
QUESTIONABLE: LB Dominique Alexander (Abdomen), TE Randall Telfer (Ankle)

Minnesota at Green Bay, 1 p.m.

Minnesota
OUT: G Brandon Fusco (Concussion), RB Adrian Peterson (Knee), WR Laquon Treadwell (Ankle), RB Zachary Line (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Stefon Diggs (Hip), S Harrison Smith (Ankle)

Green Bay
OUT: LB Jayrone Elliott (Hand), RB James Starks (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Randall Cobb (Ankle), LB Nicholas Perry (Hand), CB Damarious Randall (Shoulder), C Joseph Tretter (Knee)

Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Tennessee
OUT: CB Jason McCourty (Chest)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Sean Spence (Ankle)

Jacksonville
OUT: WR Arrelious Benn (Concussion), DT Jordan Hill (Calf), WR Allen Hurns (Hamstring), LB Sean Porter (Hamstring), RB
Denard Robinson (Ankle), WR Neal Sterling (Concussion)
New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m.

New York Jets
OUT: LB Lorenzo Mauldin (Ankle), DT Stephen McLendon (Hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: RB Matt Forte (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Brandon Marshall (Shoulder), RB Khiry Robinson (Leg), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Ankle)

New England
OUT: WR Danny Amendola (Ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Qualin Hightower (Knee), TE Martellus Bennett (Ankle), QB Tom Brady (Thigh), S Jordan Richards (Knee), WR Matt Slater (Foot)

Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m.

Tampa Bay
OUT: T Gosder Cherilus (Groin), T Demar Dotson (Concussion), DE William Gholston (Elbow)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Gerald McCoy (Foot)

New Orleans
OUT: CB Delvin Breaux (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Dannell Ellerbe (Foot), RB John Kuhn (Hip), LB Craig Robertson (Shoulder), C Max Unger (Foot)

Indianapolis at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

Indianapolis
OUT: LB Chris Carter (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Rashaan Melvin (Knee), T Joseph Reitz (Back)

Oakland
OUT: S Karl Joseph (Toe), DT Stacy McGee (Ankle), LB Shilique Calhoun (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Amari Cooper (Shoulder), WR Michael Crabtree (Finger), G Kelechi Osemele (Ankle), LB Perry Riley (Hamstring), LB Malcom Smith (Hamstring)

San Francisco at Los Angeles, 4:25 p.m.

San Francisco
DOUBTFUL: CB Dontae Johnson (Groin), T Joe Staley (Hamstring)
QUESTIONBLE: C Marcus Martin (Ankle), DT Glenn Dorsey (Knee)

Los Angeles
DOUBTFUL: CB Lamarcus Joyner (Ankle), S Maurice Alexander (Concussion), WR Michael Thomas (Hip)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Bradley Marquez (Knee)

Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.

Arizona
OUT: CB Marcus Cooper (Back), T DeMarcus Humphries (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Brandon Williams (Back), WR John Brown (Illness)

Seattle
OUT: RB C.J. Prosise (Shoulder)

Cincinnati at Houston, 8:25 p.m.

Cincinnati
OUT: G Clint Boling (Shoulder), LB Vontaze Burfict (Knee), TE Tyler Eifert (Back), TE Tyler Kroft (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Adriel Green (Hamstring), RB Jeremy Hill (Knee), DE Michael Johnson (Shoulder)

Houston
QUESTIONABLE: RB Lamar Miller (Ankle), CB Jonathan Joseph (Ribs)

Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 4:30 p.m. on Sunday

Baltimore

Pittsburgh
OUT: S Shamarko Thomas (Concussion)
DOUBTFUL: TE Ladarius Green (Concussion), WR Sammie Coates (Hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Stephon Tuitt (Knee), LB Anthony Chickillo (Ankle), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Foot), DE Ricardo Mathews (Ankle)

Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. on Sunday

Denver
OUT: TE Alexander Derby (Concussion), TE Virgil Green (Concussion), LB Brandon Marshall (Hamstring), S Terrell Ward (Concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Derek Wolfe (Neck)

Kansas City
OUT: CB Phillip Gaines (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Justin Houston (Knee)

Detroit at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. on Monday – Injury report unavailable at press time, will run on Monday.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday Weather

Saturday, December 24
ATLANTA at Carolina, 1 p.m. (Overcast and 56 degrees)
Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Cloudy and 36 degrees)
San Diego at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (Cloudy and 38 degrees)
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (Sunny and 76 degrees)
New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. (Overcast with a 40 percent chance of rain and 42 degrees)
Washington at Chicago, 1 p.m. (Mostly cloudy and 35 degrees)
Minnesota at Green Bay, 1 p.m. (Partly cloudy and 35 degrees)
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (Game indoors)
Indianapolis at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (Sunny and 50 degrees)
San Francisco at Los Angeles, 4:25 p.m. (Partly cloudy and 57 degrees)
Arizona at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (Overcast with a 30 percent chance of rain and 37 degrees)
Cincinnati at Houston, 8:25 p.m. (Game indoors)
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Sunny and 42 degrees)
Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. Sunday (Overcast and windy with a 50 percent chance of showers and 52 degrees)
Detroit at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Monday (Game indoors)

Broadcast information, Officials and Injury Report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.

It’s Christmas Day for football fans as action shifts to Saturday when 12 games are on the docket for Christmas Eve afternoon and evening. Then after you’ve unwrapped those gifts and fixed that broken toy or gotten batteries, two more games will grace the football docket and the final Monday night game of the season takes place in Jerry World (AT&T Stadium) as Dallas hosts the Detroit Lions.

Four teams have already punched their playoff tickets (Dallas, Seattle, New England and Oakland) and several more spots could be filled by the weekend. For those teams, it’s their Christmas celebration; for those that are out of the playoff race, it’s like a lump of coal and switches in their stockings.

Time is running out. With two weeks to go in the NFL regular season, it’s time for teams to make their final playoff push.

Through the first 15 weeks, four postseason berths have been clinched. New England (AFC East, first-round bye) and Seattle (NFC West) have each won its division. Dallas and Oakland have both secured a playoff spot. And with two weeks left in the regular season, there are still 22 teams in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LI.

There are eight playoff spots up for grabs, including six division titles. Think of it as football’s version of the kid’s party game “musical chairs.” As long as the music plays and everyone’s moving around in a circle, it’s all good. It’s chaos when the music stops.

In the AFC, New England (12-2) can secure home-field advantage. Oakland (11-3) can clinch the AFC West and a first-round bye. Pittsburgh (9-5) can claim the AFC North division title. Houston (8-6) can win the AFC South and Kansas City (10-4) and Miami (9-5) can each lock up a playoff berth.

In the NFC, Dallas (12-2) can clinch the NFC East, a first-round bye and home-field advantage. Seattle (9-4-1) can earn a first-round bye. Atlanta (9-5) can claim the NFC South or a playoff berth. Detroit (9-5) can lock up the NFC North or a playoff berth. The New York Giants (10-4), Green Bay (8-6) and Tampa Bay (8-6) can each clinch a playoff berth.

Week 16 kicked off Thursday night when Philadelphia beat the New York Giants 24-16. The action continues on Saturday as the majority of Week 16 games (12 games) will be played on Saturday, December 24 due to the Christmas holiday. There will be seven games played in the early afternoon window at 1 p.m. Eastern and four contests in the late afternoon slot at 4:05 and 4:25 p.m. Eastern. The day concludes with a Christmas Eve game in primetime as Houston hosts Cincinnati at 8:25 p.m. on NFLN. The Texans can lock up the AFC South with a win and a Tennessee loss.

There will be two games on Christmas starting with Pittsburgh hosting Baltimore in a key AFC North battle at 4:30 p.m. on NFLN. The Steelers can clinch the division with a victory. However, the Ravens can win the division with two wins in their final two games. The second Christmas game features an important AFC West matchup between Denver and Kansas City in primetime at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. The Chiefs will earn a playoff berth with a victory or a Baltimore loss.

The action in week 15 concludes on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN with Dallas hosting Detroit. The Cowboys, who have already secured a playoff berth, are closing in on clinching the NFC East, a first-round bye and home-field advantage. The Lions can lock up the NFC North with a win and a Green Bay loss.

Here are the possible scenarios for week 16. Pay attention, please! This is going to cause more confusion than a mouse in a burlesque show (apologies to Foghorn Leghorn!).

AFC Scenarios

New England clinched the AFC East division title and a first-round bye (Week 15).
Oakland clinched a playoff berth (Week 15).

New England – New England can clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with:
1) New England win + Oakland loss or tie OR
2) New England tie + Oakland loss

Oakland – Oakland can clinch the AFC West division title and a first-round bye with:
1) Oakland win + Kansas City loss or tie OR
2) Oakland tie + Kansas City loss

Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh can clinch the AFC North division title with:
1) Pittsburgh win

Kansas City – Kansas City can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) Kanass City win or tie OR
2) Baltimore loss or tie

Houston – Houston can clinch the AFC South division title with:
1) Houston win + Tennessee loss

Miami – Miami can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) Miami win + Denver loss or tie OR
2) Miami tie + Baltimore loss + Denver loss + Houston loss or tie OR
3) Miami tie + Baltimore loss + Denver loss + Tennessee loss or tie

NFC Scenarios

Seattle clinched the NFC West division title (Week 15).
Dallas clinched a playoff berth (Week 13).

Dallas – Dallas can clinch the NFC East division title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with:
1) Dallas win or tie OR
2) New York Giants loss or tie

Seattle – Seattle can clinch a first-round bye with:
1) Seattle win + Detroit loss + Atlanta loss or tie

New York Giants – The New York Giants can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) New York Giants win or tie OR
2) Detroit loss or tie OR
3) Green Bay loss or tie OR
4) Tampa Bay loss or tie OR
5) Atlanta loss

Detroit – Detroit can clinch the NFC North division title with:
1) Detroit win + Green Bay loss or tie OR
2) Detroit tie + Green Bay loss

Detroit can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) Detroit win + Tampa Bay loss or tie OR
2) Detroit tie + Tampa Bay loss OR
3) Detroit tie + Tampa Bay tie + Atlanta win OR
4) Washington loss or tie + Tampa Bay loss + Atlanta win or tie

Atlanta – Atlanta can clinch the NFC South division title with:
1) Atlanta win + Tamap Bay loss or tie OR
2) Atlanta tie + Tampa Bay loss

Atlanta can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) Atlanta win + Atlanta clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Detroit OR
2) Atlanta win or tie + Green Bay loss or tie OR
3) Atlanta win + Detroit loss or tie OR
4) Atlanta tie + Detroit tie OR
5) Washington loss or tie + Green Bay loss OR
6) Washington loss or tie + Green Bay tie + Detroit loss

Green Bay – Green Bay can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) Green Bay win + WAS loss or tie + Tampa Bay loss + ATL win or tie + Green Bay clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay – Tampa Bay can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) Tampa Bay win + Green Bay loss + Detroit loss + Washington loss OR
2) Tampa Bay win + Green Bay loss + Detroit loss + Washington tie + Tampa Bay clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Detroit

RISING ROOKIE: Dallas rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 26-20 victory over Tampa Bay in Week 15, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1983) and Mike Anderson (2000) for the most games (five) with at least 130 rushing yards by a rookie in NFL history.

Elliott leads the NFL with 1,551 rushing yards. With 49 rushing yards on Monday night against Detroit, he would become the fifth rookie in NFL history with 1,600 rushing yards in a season.

Elliott needs 258 rushing yards over his final two contests to surpass Dickerson (1,808) as the NFL’s all-time rookie rushing leader.

The rookies with the most rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER, SEASON (TEAM – RUSHING YARDS)
Eric Dickerson, 1983 (Los Angeles Rams – 1,808)^
George Rogers, 1981 (New Orleans – 1,674)
Alfred Morris, 2012 (Washington – 1,613)
Ottis Anderson, 1979 (St. Louis Cardinals – 1,605)
Edgerrin James, 1999 (Indianapolis – 1,553)
Ezekiel Elliott, 2016 (Dallas – 1,551)*
*Through 14 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Elliott ranks second in the league with 1,902 yards from scrimmage (1,551 rushing, 351 receiving). With 98 scrimmage yards against Detroit on Monday night, he would become the third rookie in NFL history to reach 2,000 scrimmage yards, joining Dickerson (2,212 in 1983) and Edgerrin James (2,139 in 1999).

The rookies with the most yards from scrimmage in NFL history:
PLAYER – SEASON (TEAM – SCRIMMAGE YARDS)
Eric Dickerson – 1983 (Los Angeles Rams – 2,212)^
Edgerrin James – 1999 (Indianapolis – 2,139)
Doug Martin – 2012 (Tampa Bay – 1,926)
Billy Sims – 1980 (Detroit – 1,924)
Ottis Anderson – 1979 (St. Louis Cardinals – 1,913)
Ezekiel Elliott – 2016 (Dallas – 1,902)*
*Through 14 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

FLYING FALCONS: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 286 yards and two touchdowns for a 144.5 rating and running back Devonta Freeman had 139 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons’ 41-13 victory over San Francisco in Week 15.

With at least 40 points at Carolina on Saturday, the Falcons, who have scored 40+ points in a league-leading five games this season, would tie the NFL record for the most games in a single season with at least 40 points.

The teams with the most 40+ point games in a single season in NFL history:

TEAM – SEASON, GAMES SCORING 40+ POINTS
Denver – 2013, 6
Green Bay – 2011, 6
New Orleans – 2011, 6
St. Louis Rams – 2000, 6
Houston Oilers – 1961, 6
Los Angeles Rams – 1950, 6
Atlanta Falcons – 2016, 5*
*Through 14 games

CATCHING ON: Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (98) and Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown (96) rank first and second, respectively, in the NFL in receptions this season.

Fitzgerald and Brown can each record their fourth career season with at least 100 receptions and that would put them in some pretty good company, tying Pro Football Hall of Famers Marvin Harrison and Jerry Rice and Reggie Wayne for the fourth-most 100-catch seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most 100-catch seasons in NFL history:
PLAYER – TEAM(S) (SEASONS WITH 100+ RECEPTIONS)
Brandon Marshall – Denver, Chicago and New York Jets (6)
Andre Johnson – Houston (5)
Wes Welker – New England (5)
Marvin Harrison – Indianapolis (4)^
Jerry Rice – San Francisco (4)^
Reggie Wayne – Indianapois (4)
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh (3)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona (3)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

With four receptions on Sunday, Brown would record his fourth consecutive season with at least 100 receptions, tying Harrison (four from 1999-2002) for the most consecutive 100-catch seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive 100-catch seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER – (TEAM, SEASONS WITH 100+ RECEPTIONS)
Marvin Harrison (1999-2002, Indianapolis – 4)^
Antonio Brown (2013-2015, Pittsburgh – 3)*
Brandon Marshall (2007-2009, Denver – 3)
Wes Welker (2007-2009m, New England – 3)
Herman Moore (1995-1997, Detroit – 3)
Jerry Rice (1994-1996, San Francisco – 3)^
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

DAVID DOING IT ALL: Arizona running back David Johnson leads the NFL with 1,938 scrimmage yards (1,138 rushing, 800 receiving) this season and has recorded at least 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the Cardinals’ first 14 games, becoming the first player in NFL history to begin a season with 14 consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards.

With 62 rushing yards on Saturday at Seattle, Johnson would become the fourth different player in NFL history with at least 1,200 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards in the same season. Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk accomplished the feat in three consecutive seasons from 1998-2000.

The players with 1,200+ rushing yards and 800+ receiving yards in a single season:

PLAYER – SEASON (TEAM – RUSHING YARDS; RECEIVING YARDS)
Le’Veon Bell – 2014 (Pittsburgh – 1,361; 854)
Steven Jackson – 2006 (St. Louis – 1,528; 806)
Marshall Faulk – 2000 (St. Louis – 1,359; 830)^
Marshall Faulk – 1999 (St. Louis – 1,381; 1,048)^
Marshall Faulk – 1998 (Indianapolis – 1,319; 908)^
David Johnson – 2016 (Arizona – 1,138; 800)*
*Through 14 games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

GORE SOARS: Indianapolis running back Frank Gore has 1,142 scrimmage yards (891 rushing, 251 receiving) this season and has recorded at least 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 11 consecutive seasons beginning in 2006.

With 58 scrimmage yards on Saturday at Oakland, Gore would become the first player in NFL history with at least 1,200 scrimmage yards in 11 consecutive seasons, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famers Curtis Martin (1995-2004), Emmitt Smith (1991-2000) and Barry Sanders (1989-1998), who each accomplished the feat in 10 consecutive seasons.

The most consecutive seasons with at least 1,200 scrimmage yards:

PLAYER; SEASONS (TEAM; CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 1,200+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS)
Frank Gore; 2006-2015 (San Francisco and Indianapolis; 10)*
Curtis Martin; 1995-2004 (New England and New York Jets; 10)^
Emmitt Smith; 1991-2000 (Dallas; 10)^
Barry Sanders; 1989-1998 (Detroit; 10)^
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

THAT’S TIGHT: Carolina’s Greg Olsen leads all NFL tight ends with 992 receiving yards and ranks first among tight ends with 4,763 receiving yards since 2012.

With eight receiving yards against Atlanta on Saturday, Olsen, who has 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past two seasons, would become the first tight end in NFL history to record three consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

The most consecutive seasons with 1,000 receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 1,000 REC. YARDS)
Greg Olsen, Carolina (2014-2015, 2)*
Rob Gronkowski, New England (2014-2015, 2)
Jason Witten, Dallas (2009-2010, 2)
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City (2007-2008, 2)
Shannon Sharpe, Denver (1996-1997, 2)^
Todd Christensen, Los Angeles Raiders (1983-1984, 2)
Kellen Winslow Sr., San Diego (1980-1981, 2)^

*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

CLOSE GAMES: Like close football games? This is the season for you!

There have been 130 games decided by eight points or fewer and 120 games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 15, both the most such games in the first 15 weeks of a season in league annals. In Week 15, eight games were decided by eight points or fewer.

The most games decided by eight points or fewer through Week 15 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES DECIDED BY EIGHT POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 15
2016 – 130
2002 – 123
2015 – 121
2012 – 119
2013 – 118

The most games decided by seven points or fewer through Week 15 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN POINTS OR FEWER THROUGH WEEK 15
2016 – 120
2015 – 113
2002 – 113
2013 – 110
2003 – 109

COMEBACKS GALORE: There have been 66 games won by teams that trailed in the fourth quarter through Week 15, the second-most such games in the first 15 weeks of a season in NFL history.

Five teams – Dallas Houston, Oakland, Pittsburgh and Tennessee – were victorious in Week 15 after trailing in the fourth quarter.

Tennessee overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, the largest fourth-quarter comeback of the week, to defeat Kansas City 19-17. Titans kicker Ryan Succup, who previously spent five seasons with the Chiefs, converted a game-winning 53-yard field goal as time expired and became the first kicker in NFL history to defeat his former team by converting a game-winning, come-from-behind 50+ yard field goal as time expired.

The most games won after trailing in the fourth quarter through Week 15 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES WON AFTER TRAILING IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 14
1989 – 67
2016 – 66
2012 – 65
2015 – 62
2011 – 62

EXCITING FINISHES: There have been 165 games within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter through Week 15, the most such games in the first 15 weeks of a season in NFL history.

Ten games were within one score in the fourth quarter in Week 15.

The most games within one score in the fourth quarter through Week 15 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES WITHIN ONE SCORE IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 15
2016 – 165
2002 – 155
2013 – 154
2007 – 154
2004 – 154

Additionally, there have been 153 games within seven points in the fourth
quarter, including nine last week, through Week 15, the most such games in the
first 15 weeks of a season in NFL history.

The most games within seven points in the fourth quarter through Week 15 in NFL history:

SEASON – GAMES WITHIN SEVEN POINTS IN 4TH QUARTER THROUGH WEEK 15
2016 – 153
2013 – 148
2010 – 147
2004 – 147
2007 – 146

DALLAS DARLINGS: Dallas rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 159 yards & one touchdown in the Cowboys’ 26-20 win over Tampa Bay. The performance marked Elliott’s fifth game with at least 130 rushing yards, tying Mike Andeson (2000) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (1983) for the most such games by a rookie in NFL history.

It was also Elliott’s 11th game this season with at least 90 rushing yards, tying Dickerson and George Rogers (1981) for the most games with 90 or more rushing yards by a rookie in NFL history.

Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott completed 32 of 36 passes (88.9 percent) for 279 yards in the win. Prescott’s 88.9 completion percentage is the second-highest in a single game in NFL history with a minimum of 30 attempts.

The players with the highest single-game completion percentage with a minimum of 30 attempts:

PLAYER (TEAM), DATE – OPPONENT (COMPLETIONS of ATTEMPTS, PERCENTAGE)  (MIN. 30 ATT.)
Rich Gannon (Oakland) 11/11/02 – Denver (34 of 38, 89.5)
Dak Prescott (Dallas) 12/18/16 – Tampa Bay (32 of 36, 88.9)
Drew Brees (New Orleans) 10/23/11 – Indianapolis (31 of 35, 88.6)
Eli Manning (New York Giants) 12/14/15 – Miami (27 of 31, 87.1)
Lynn Dickey (Green Bay) 9/4/83 – Houston Oilers (27 of 31, 87.1)
Ken Anderson (Cincinnati) 1/2/83 – Houston Oilers (27 of 31, 87.1)

WINNING WILSON: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 229 yards and three touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 24-3 win against Los Angeles Thursday night in the Pacific Northwest.

The victory marked Wilson’s 34th career home win as a starter, surpassing Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan for the most home wins by a starting quarterback in his first five NFL seasons.

The quarterbacks with the most home wins in their first five NFL seasons:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASONS, HOME WINS AS STARTER IN 1st 5 SEASONS)
Russell Wilson, Seattle (2012-2016, 34)*
Joe Flacco, Baltimore (2008-2012, 33)
Matt Ryan, Atlanta (2008-2012, 33)
*In 5th season

TERRIFIC TUCKER: Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker converted both field-goal attempts, including a 53-yarder, in the Ravens’ 27-26 victory over Philadelphia.

Tucker has made all 10 of his field-goal attempts of at least 50 yards this season, tying Blair Walsh (Minnesota, 2012) for the most 50+ yard field goals made in a single season.

The players with the most field goals of at least 50 yards made in a single season:

PLAYER, TEAM (SEASON, 50+ YARD FIELD GOALS
Justin Tucker, Baltimore (2016, 10)*
Blair Walsh, Minnesota (2012, 10)
Jason Hanson, Detroit (2008, 8)
Morten Anderson, Atlanta (1995, 8)
*Through Week 15

MARVELOUS MANNING: New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning completed 20 of 28 passes (71.4 percent) for 201 yards and two touchdowns in the Giants’ 17-6 win against Detroit.

Manning, who has 4,017 career completions, became the seventh quarterback in NFL history to eclipse 4,000 career completions.

The players with at least 4,000 career completions:

PLAYER – CAREER COMPLETIONS
Brett Favre – 6,300^
Peyton Manning – 6,125
Drew Brees – 5,784*
Tom Brady – 5,202*
Dan Marino – 4,967^
John Elway – 4,123^
Eli Manning – 4,017*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

TOP-10 RISERS: Indianapolis running back Frank Gore gained 115 scrimmage yards (101 rushing, 14 receiving) in the Colts’ 34-6 win at Minnesota.

Gore, who has 16,332 career yards from scrimmage, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett (16,293) for the 10th-most yards from scrimmage in NFL history.

The players with the most yards from scrimmage in NFL history:

PLAYER – CAREER YARDS FROM SCRIMMAGE
Jerry Rice – 23,540^
Emmitt Smith – 21,579^
Walter Payton – 21,264^
Marshall Faulk – 19,154^
LaDainian Tomlinson – 18,456
Barry Sanders – 18.190^
Marcus Allen – 17,654^
Curtis Martin – 17,430^
Thurman Thomas – 16,532^
Frank Gore – 16,332*
Tony Dorsett – 16,293^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. had 40 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ 27-26 win over Philadelphia.

Smith now has 14,618 career receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (14,580) for the seventh-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER – CAREER RECEIVING YARDS
Jerry Rice – 22,895^
Terrell Owens – 15,934
Randy Moss – 15,292
Isaac Bruce – 15,208
Tony Gonzalez – 15,127
Tim Brown – 14,934^
Steve Smith Sr. – 14,618*
Marvin Harrison – 14,580^
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
Dallas tight end Jason Witten had 10 receptions in the Cowboys’ 26-20 win over Tampa Bay Sunday night in Arlington.

Witten, who has 1,086 career receptions, surpassed Terrell Owens (1,078) for the seventh-most career receptions in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER – CAREER RECEPTIONS
Jerry Rice – 1,549^
Tony Gonzalez – 1,325
Larry Fitzgerald – 1,116*
Marvin Harrison – 1,102^
Cris Carter – 1,101^
Tim Brown – 1,094^
Jason Witten – 1,086*
Terrell Owens – 1,078
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had seven receptions in the Cardinals’ 48-41 loss against New Orleans. Fitzgerald, who was playing in his 200th career game, has 1,116 career receptions and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (1,115) for the most catches in a player’s first 200 games in NFL history.

Detroit wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who also played in his 200th career game in Week 15, had three receptions in the Lions’ 17-6 loss at the New York Giants. Boldin has 1,067 career catches, the fourth-most in a player’s first 200 games.

The players with the most receptions in their first 200 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER – RECEPTIONS IN 1st 200 CAREER GAMES
Larry Fitzgerald – 1,116
Jerry Rice – 1,115^
Marvin Harrison – 1,102^
Anquan Boldin – 1,067
Andre Johnson – 1,062
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

ICYMI: New England defeated Denver 16-3 to clinch the AFC East and earn a first-round bye. It marks the eighth consecutive division title for the Patriots, the longest streak in NFL history, breaking a tie with the 1973-79 Los Angeles Rams (seven). New England is the only team in NFL history to win 13 division titles in a 14-year span.

Just win baby! The Oakland Raiders defeated San Diego 19-16 and secured a playoff berth, their first since 2002.

The Seattle Seahawks clinched the NFC West on Thursday night with a 24-3 win over Los Angeles in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks.

Wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald of Arizona and Anquan Boldin of Detroit each played in his 200th career game today. Fitzgerald, who had seven catches against New Orleans, has 1,116 career receptions and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (1,115) for the most catches in a player’s first 200 games in NFL history.

Boldin, who had three catches against the New York Giants, has 1,067 career receptions, the fourth-most in a player’s first 200 games. The only players with more are Fitzgerald (1,116), Rice (1,115) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (1,102).

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees completed 37 of 48 passes (77.1 percent) for 389 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 127.9 passer rating in the Saints’ 48-41 win at Arizona. Brees has 21 career games with at least four touchdown passes and no interceptions, putting himself in some pretty good company, tying Tom Brady for the most
in NFL history.

Arizona running back David Johnson had 108 scrimmage yards (53 rushing, 55 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns against New Orleans. Johnson is the first player in NFL history to begin a season with 14 consecutive games with at least 100 scrimmage yards, surpassing Edgerrin James (13 in 2005). Johnsonalso tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen (1985) for the second-longest streak with at least 100 scrimmage yards at any point in a single season. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders (15 in 1997) has a longer single-season streak in NFL history.

In his first two seasons, Johnson has 21 rushing touchdowns, eight receivingtouchdowns and a kickoff-return touchdown. He and Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers are the only players in NFL history with at least 20 rushing touchdowns, five receiving touchdowns and a kickoff-return touchdown in a player’s first two seasons.

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. had six catches for 64 yards and a touchdown in the Giants’ 17-6 win over Detroit. Beckham, who has 85 catches for 1,173 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, is the first player in NFL history to record at least 80 catches and 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons.

Beckham is one of three players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in each of his first three seasons, joining John Jefferson (1978-1980) and Randy Moss (1998-2000).

Green Bay running back Ty Montgomery rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ 30-27 win at Chicago. Montgomery is the second Packer to rush for at least 150 yards and two touchdowns in a game against the Bears (Ahman Green, September 29, 2003).

The two teams have met 192 times in the regular season, the most-played rivalry in NFL history. With Green Bay’s victory, the all-time series is now tied 93-93-6, marking the first time the series has been tied since 1933 (11-11-4).

Revenge is a dish best served cold: Tennessee kicker Ryan Succop converted a game-winning 53-yard field goal as time expired in the Titans’ 19-17 victory at Kansas City. Succop, who spent five seasons with the Chiefs from 2009-13, became the first kicker in NFL history to defeat his former team by converting a game-winning, come-from-behind 50+ yard field goal as time expired.

Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell converted all six field-goal attempts in the Steelers’ 24-20 win at Cincinnati. Boswell’s six made field goals tied a franchise record set by Gary Anderson (10/23/88) and Jeff Reed (12/1/02).

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had three catches for 58 yards in the win against the Bengals. Brown has 471 receptions since the start of 2013, the most catches by a player in any four-year span in NFL history. Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison had 469 catches from 1999 to 2002.

As for last week, 10-6. For the season, 153-69. Yes, we’ve been on Santa’s nice list (wish we could say the same about the teams that aren’t in the playoff race… they’re on the naughty list).

As an added Christmas gift, we’re making every game on the docket DRILL WORTHY! (even you, Cleveland!) (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?” (Note…. you might want to do that shopping Saturday, since most stores will be closed because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year.)

Having said that, here are the Saturday, Sunday and Monday picks for week 16…

ATLANTA (9-5) at Carolina (6-8), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 709. They meet again, this time in Charlotte. A pair of NFC South rivals meet on Christmas Eve afternoon in the Tar Heel State as first place Atlanta meets Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.

Atlanta surpassed their win total from 2015 after they manhandled Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers 41-13 last Sunday at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons led the struggling 49ers 28-13 at the half and proceeded to shut out their guests from the West Coast 13-0 in the second half. DeVonta Freeman ran for 139 yards and three TDs, as Atlanta ran for 248 yards (San Francisco ran for 107) with Matt Ryan (286 yards) threw a pair of TDs (Kaepernick threw for 183 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked twice).

Carolina kept their hopes of a playoff spot alive after their 26-15 win over Washington Monday night in Landover. The defending NFC champs led 13-9 at the break at FedEx Field, then took control of the Redskins in the second half. Carolina held Washington to 19 yards on the ground, while the Panthers tallied 148 (Jonathan Stewart led all rushers with 132) and Newton threw for 300 yards and a pair of TDs, one to WR Ted Ginn, Jr. (Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw for 315 but was sacked once and picked off once).

They met in week four in the Big Peach and Atlanta manhandled Newton and the Panthers, coming away 48-33 winners in the Georgia Dome. Atlanta led 17-10 at the intermission and never looked back, knocking Newton (165 yards, TD) out of the contest with a concussion, while Ryan burned Carolina for 503 yards and four TDs (Atlanta outrushed Carolina 90-49).

Carolina was favored by 3 1/2 in the week four meeting in the Big Peach and the over/under was 49 1/2. Both clubs covered the over/under with 51 total points and the Falcons covered the spread, winning by 15. Atlanta’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 53. For Atlanta, a win means a playoff spot and a possible division title, dethroning Carolina in the process. For the Panthers, a win means that they stay alive for at least another week. History repeats here. Atlanta covers the 3 1/2 and wins the NFC South in the process.

Miami (9-5) at Buffalo (7-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 705. A pair of AFC East rivals meet in chilly upstate New York as one team, assured of a winning season, takes on their rivals, who look to go back to the post-season for the first time since Super Bowl XXVII. Miami and Buffalo meet in Orchard Park in ah week seven rematch along the shores of Lake Erie.

Miami assured themselves of a winning season last Saturday night in the Meadowlands after they came away 34-13 winners over the New York Jets. The ‘Fins led 13-10 at the half, then proceeded to shutout the Jets in the final 30 minutes of play at Met Life Stadium. Matt Moore, taking over for Ryan Tannehill (knee) threw for 236 yards and four TDs, connecting with TE Dion Sims on a pair of strikes, while Bryce Petty (235 yards, TD) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (31 yards) combined to throw three interceptions (Petty 2, Fitzpatrick 1) in the loss. New York did manage to hold Miami to 67 yards rushing, while tallying 116 but turned the ball over four times.

The Bills saved their playoff chances in upstate New York last Sunday, giving Cleveland their 14th straight loss, taking the Browns to task by a final of 33-13. Buffalo led 17-3 at the break and held Cleveland off in the second half for the win. LeSean McCoy ran for 153 yards for the Bills, tallying a pair of TDs in the win at New Era Field (Buffalo outrushed the Browns 280-107). The Bills sacked Robert Griffin III (196 yards) five times, while Tyrod Taylor threw for 174, with a TD pass to TE Charles Clay in his column.

They met in week seven in Miami Gardens at Hard Rock Stadium and the Dolphins took the 28-25 win over the Bills in the Sunshine State. Buffalo led 10-6 at the half before Miami charged back in the second half to take the win, with Jay Ajayi leading all rushers with 214 yards and a TD (Miami outrushed Buffalo 256-67), while Tannehill threw for 204 yards and a TD (Buffalo’s Tyrod Taylor threw for 224 yards and a TD but was sacked four times).

Buffalo was favored by 3 and the over/under was 45 in the week seven contest in the Sunshine State. Miami covered the spread with their 3-point victory over the Bills and both clubs covered the over/under with 53 points. Buffalo’s favored again, this time by 3 1/2 and the over/under this time around is 42. The Dolphins know that they control their destiny and can knock off the Bills with a win in upstate New York. The Bills don’t want to be voted off the playoff island yet and are looking for immunity from the football gods. Vice is nice and so are the Dolphins this week. Miami covers the 3 1/2 and wins in upstate New York.

San Diego (5-9) at Cleveland (0-14), 1 p.m. on CBS and DireCT 706. A pair of teams with no playoff hopes meet along the shores of Lake Erie as the San Diego Chargers look to be grinch-like and give the Cleveland Browns their 15th loss of the 2016 campaign.

The Bolts saw their playoff hopes vanish faster than a sugar cookie at a Christmas party last Sunday at Qualcomm as they fell to Oakland 19-16. San Diego took a 16-13 lead over the Silver and Black with 6:14 left in the third quarter when Philip Rivers and rookie TE Hunter Henry connected on a 7-yard TD pass. That lead would not last very long as the Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 21-yard field goal to tie the contest up with 8:38 left in regulation and then kicked a 44-yarder with 2:40 left to play. San Diego then had four shots to move the ball and perhaps tie things up at Qualcomm but Rivers was picked off by S Reggie Nelson, who ran the ball back to San Diego’s 13. The Raiders then ran out the clock and picked up a playoff spot, while the Chargers saw their hopes for post-season football go the way of a snowflake. Oakland outrushed San Diego 145-73 and while Rivers threw a pair of TDs, he was sacked twice and threw the interception that doomed San Diego (Derek Carr threw for 213 with a TD).

Cleveland picked up their 14th straight loss, losing to Buffalo 33-13 last Sunday in Orchard Park. Buffalo led 17-3 at the break and held Cleveland off in the second half for the win. LeSean McCoy ran for 153 yards for the Bills, tallying a pair of TDs in the win at New Era Field (Buffalo outrushed the Browns 280-107). The Bills sacked Robert Griffin III (196 yards) five times, while Tyrod Taylor threw for 174, with a TD pass to TE Charles Clay in his column.

San Diego leads the series 15-8-1, have outscored the Browns 576-468 and won the last meeting between the clubs, taking a 30-27 win last year at Qualcomm (Cleveland’s last win in the series came in 2012, when the Browns were 7-6 winners in Cleveland.

In the week four contest on the West Coast, Cleveland and San Diego found themselves tied 13-13 at the half and took the lead with 5:54 left in the third when Browns K Travis Coons connected on a 33 yard field goal for a 16-13. That lead would be short-lived as Rivers and TE Ladarius Green hooked up on a 19-yard TD strike with 4:23 left in the third. Cleveland would eventually re-tie the contest when Josh McCown (who took over for Johnny Manziel) and TE Gary Barnage connected on a 1-yard TD pass with 2:09 left. Thinking they had overtime at the very least in their grasp, San Diego attempted a 39-yard field goal by Josh Lambo. Lambo’s kick sailed wide left but Cleveland was flagged for being offside, giving the Chargers five more yards and new life. This time, Lambo connected on a 34-yard attempt as the clock struck :00 to give the Browns the loss. Cleveland outrushed San Diego 100-91 and Rivers threw for 358 yards and three TDs, while McCown threw for 356 yards with a pair of TDs and was sacked four times.

San Diego’s favored by 6 and the over/under’s 44. You might want to get that last minute Christmas shopping in and avoid this one. Chargers may not cover the 6 but they win in the Buckeye State and send the Browns to 0-15 in the process.

Tennessee (8-6) at Jacksonville (2-12), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 707. They won three games last year and changed coaches in mid-season. They’ve won five more games than they did last year. The improved Tennessee Titans travel to the Sunshine State for a meeting with the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars, who made a change of their own this week.

Tennessee took Kansas City to the wire last Sunday at Arrowhead and came away 19-17 winners over the Chiefs on the road. The Titans trailed 17-7 at the intermission and pulled to within 1 with 3:12 left in regulation when rookie RB Derek Henry scored on a 1-yard run to make it 17-16. Tennesee then went for two to take the lead but Marcus Mariota’s conversion try failed. After a Kansas City punt, the Titans got the ball back and made it all the way to the Chiefs’ 35 yard line, where they set up what would eventually be the game-winning field goal try by Ryan Succup (who kicked for the Chiefs last year). Succup’s first try was short but Kansas City burned a time out to make him think it over. Succop then connected on his second try, a 53-yarder, that sailed through the goal posts as the clock expired. Kansas City outrushed the Titans 158-148 in the chilly air at Arrowhead (gametime temperature? a balmy 1 degree with a wind chill of -9… hey, you asked!) and Mariota threw for 241 yards, while Alex Smith had 163 (both men threw an interception and both were sacked once).

As for Jacksonville… the Jaguars led 20-14 with 7:54 left to play in Houston before the Texans stormed back to come away 21-20 winners over Jacksonville at NRG Stadium. Jacksonville led 13-5 over the Texans, who benched Brock Osweiler (48 yards, two interceptions) in favor of Todd Savage. Houston outrushed Jacksonville 79-67 in the Lone Star State and Savage threw for 260 yards yards in the come from behind win, as RB Lamar Miller scored the game winner with 2:51 left from a yard away.

That was the first bit of bad news for the Jaguars. The team returned to the Sunshine State and fired head coach Gus Bradley (14-48 career record) the next day and put in Doug Marrone, the assistant head coach-offense/offensive line coach, as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Marrone is no stranger to being a head coach. He was at the helm of the Buffalo Bills from 2013 to 2014, before he infamously opted out of contract after the team came under new ownership. In his two seasons in upstate New York, he went 15-17 in two seasons as Bills coach but led the Bills to a 9-7 season in 2014, which was the first winning season for the franchise since 2004.

They met in the Music City in week eight on a Thursday night and the Titans came out 36-22 winners over Jacksonville. Tennessee led 27-0 at the half before Jacksonville managed to charge back and make things closer than Titan fans would have liked at Nissan Stadium. DeMarco Murray ran for 123 of Tennessee’s 214 yards with a TD and Mariota threw for 270 yards and a pair of TDs, while Jacksonville was held to 48 yards on the ground and Bortles threw for 337 yards and three TDs for the Jaguars.

Tennessee was favored by 3 1/2 and won by 14 in the week eight contest in the Music City. As for the 44 1/2 over/under? Both teams took care of that, scoring 58 points. Tennessee’s favored by 5 in the Sunshine State and the over/under this time is 44. Tennessee’s looking to make it to the post-season, while Jacksonville’s trying to spoil the Titans’ party. Jacksonville makes it close but the Titans win in Jacksonville.

New York Jets (4-10) at New England (12-2), 1 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 708. This time, it’s in Foxboro. The Pats play host to the New York Jets in a week 13 rematch at Gillette. New England has secured the AFC East while the Jets are looking to spoil the Pats party in Foxboro.

GangGreen saw a 7-0 first quarter lead against Miami get away from them and eventually fell to their AFC East rivals 34-13 at Met Life Stadium last Saturday night. Miami led 13-10 at the half, then proceeded to shutout the Jets in the final 30 minutes of play at Met Life Stadium. Bryce Petty and Ryan Fitzpatrick combined for three interceptions in the loss at home (Petty had two picks, while Ryan had one) Matt Moore, taking over for Ryan Tannehill (knee) threw for 236 yards and four TDs, connecting with TE Dion Sims on a pair of strikes. Petty threw for 235 yards and a TD, while Fitzpatrick threw for 31. If there was a bright side for the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!, it was that New York did manage to hold Miami to 67 yards rushing, while tallying 116 but turned the ball over four times.

New England and Tom Brady ended their curse in Denver at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and defeated the defending Super Bowl champs on the road and in the chill 16-3 (game time temperature? 18 with a wind chill of 7… can you say COLD!?) The Pats broke a 3-3 tie after the first 15 minutes of action and scored their last 13 points without a challenge from Denver. New England led 10-3 at the intermission and never looked back. Denver was outrushed 136-58 by New England and Brady threw for 188 yards with no TD but did not throw an interception. Denver’s Trevor Seiman threw for 282 but was sacked four times in the loss.

They met in week 12 in upstate New Jersey and Brady and the Pats were 22-17 winners. Tied 10-10 at the half, New England would go on to outscore GangGreen 12-7 to take the win on the road. New York led 17-16 with 7:02 left to play after New England’s Stephen Gostkowski connected on a 41-yard field goal and saw the Pats take the lead for keeps when Brady and WR Malcolm Mitchell connected on their second TD pass of the afternoon, good for 8 yards with 1:56 left to play. New England outrushed GangGreen 91-64 and Brady outpaced Fitzpatrick 286-269 (each threw a pair of TDs).

The Pats were 8-point favorites in the Meadowlands but only won by five. The 47 1/2 over/under stayed safe, as both teams combined for only 39 points. New England’s favored by 16 and the over/under’s 44. The Jets are a somewhat bad team but they’re not 16 points bad. New England will win this one at Gillette but expect the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! to give them a battle.

Washington (7-6-1) at Chicago (3-11), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 710. Washington limps into the Windy City for an afternoon contest with Chicago, who is trying to keep their heads above water.

The Redskins saw their playoff hopes take a turn for the worst, as they fell to Carolina and Cam Newton 26-15 Monday night in Landover. The defending NFC East champs trailed 13-9 at the break at FedEx Field, then saw Carolina take control of the Redskins in the second half. While Carolina ran for 148 yards (with RB Jonathan Stewart accounting for 132), Washington was held to 19 yards on the ground. Newton threw for 300 yards and a pair of TDs, one to WR Ted Ginn, Jr., while Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw for 315 but was sacked once and picked off once).

Chicago and Green Bay played in somewhat chilly conditions (temperature of 11, wind chill of -4) at Soldier Field last Sunday before Da Bears fell to their NFC North rivals 30-27. Chicago pulled to within 3 with 7:34 left in the contest when rookie RB Jordan Howard scored from nine yards out and tied the contest on a 22 yard field goal by Connor Barth with 1:19 left. Chicago fans then had their hearts broken as Aaron Rodgers (252 yards) and WR Jordy Nelson connected on a 60-yard pass late in the contest. Green Bay then spiked the ball to kill the clock and Chicago burned a timeout with 3 seconds left, which allowed the Packers to set up Mason Crosby for a 32-yard field goal attempt. Crosby’s kick was true and as time ran out, Chicago suffered their 11th loss of the season. Green Bay outrushed Chicago 226-95, with the Packers’ Ty Montgomery rushing for 162 yards and a pair of TDs. Chicago’s Mark Barkley threw for 362 yards with a pair of TDs but was picked off three times.

Including games that took place in Boston when the Redskins were known as the Braves and Da Bears played their home games at Wrigley Field, Washington holds a 21-20-1 lead in the series, Chicago has outscored Washington 855-763 and the ‘Skins have won the last six contests in the series, including a 24-21 win last year in the Windy City (Chicago’s last win over Washington came in 2003 at Solider Field by a final of 27-24).

They met in the Windy City in week 14 and Washington led 14-7 at the intermission before Chicago tied things up with 1:24 left in the third quarter when RB Matt Forte scored on a 7-yard run. The tie would eventually be broken by Washington, who took the lead for keeps with a 47-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins with 14:07 left to play in regulation. Chicago had a chance to send the contest into overtime with 1:45 left but Robbie Gould’s 50-yard field goal try sailed wide right, turning the ball over to Washington, who ran out the clock and took the win. Washington outrushed Chicago 99-87 and Cousins threw for 300 yards and a TD, while Jay Cutler threw for 315 yards and a pair of TDs (each man was sacked twice, while Cousins threw the game’s only interception).

Washington’s favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under’s 47. Will it be “Hail to the Redskins!” or “Hell, it’s the Redskins!?” We like hail. Washington may not make the postseason but they cover the 3 1/2 in the Windy City and take the win from Da Bears.

Minnesota (7-7) at Green Bay (8-6), 1 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 711. A pair of NFC North rivals meet in a week two rematch in the land of cheese, beer and Bratwurst as the Packers host the Minnesota Vikings on the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field.

Minnesota struggled in their 34-6 loss to Andrew Luck and Indianapolis last Sunday at US Bank Stadium. The Vikings trailed 27-0 at the half and could never really get on track, getting only a pair of Keith Forbath field goals for their only points. The Colts outrushed Minnesota 161-34 in the return of RB Adrian Peterson, who tallied only 22 yards on six carries, while Indy’s Frank Gore led all rushers with 101 yards. Luck threw for 250 yards and a pair of TDs, while Sam Bradford threw for 291 yards but was sacked five times and picked off once.

Green Bay won a thriller in the Windy City as the Packers and Da Bears played in somewhat chilly conditions (temperature of 11, wind chill of -4) at Soldier Field last Sunday before Da Bears fell to their NFC North rivals 30-27. Chicago pulled to within 3 with 7:34 left in the contest when rookie RB Jordan Howard scored from nine yards out and tied the contest on a 22 yard field goal by Connor Barth with 1:19 left. Bears fans then had their hearts broken as Aaron Rodgers (252 yards) and WR Jordy Nelson told their fans to R-E-L-A-X as the two connected on a 60-yard pass late in the contest. After the Packers spiked the ball to kill the clock, Chicago burned a timeout with 3 seconds left, which allowed the Packers to set up Mason Crosby for a 32-yard field goal attempt. Crosby’s kick was true and as time ran out, Chicago suffered their 11th loss of the season. Green Bay outrushed Chicago 226-95, with the Packers’ Ty Montgomery rushing for 162 yards and a pair of TDs. Chicago’s Mark Barkley threw for 362 yards with a pair of TDs but was picked off three times.

The Packers are looking to avenge a 17-14 loss to the Vikings in the Land of 10,000 Lakes in week two. Minnesota led 10-7 at the break in the Sunday night contest at US Bank Stadium, then led 17-7 after three periods before the Packers pulled to within three when Rodgers scored on a 10-yard run with 12:41 left in regulation. Green Bay did outrush Minnesota 83-30 (Peterson was held to 19 yards) and Rodgers threw for 213 yards and a TD to Jordy Nelson (Rodgers was sacked five times), while Bradford tallied 286 yards in the air with a pair of TDs and four sacks.

In the week two Sunday night contest, Green Bay was favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under was 43 1/2. While both teams did not reach the over/under, scoring only 31 points, Minnesota did cover the spread with their 3-point victory in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. This time, the Packers are 6 1/2 points to the good at Lambeau and the over/under is 48. The Packers know that if they run the table and win out, the NFC North is theirs. Minnesota wants to make sure that doesn’t happen. Packers get revenge and Lambeau and win in the land of beer, cheese and Bratwurst.

Tampa Bay (8-6) at New Orleans (6-8), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 712. Jameis Winston vs. Drew Brees. Round two of the Tampa Bay-New Orleans rivalry gets underway in the Big Easy at both teams are looking for a chance to knock Atlanta off the NFC South mountain.

Tampa Bay fell to Dallas 26-20 in Arlington last Sunday night. The Bucs led 20-17 with 4:12 left in the third when Winston (247 yards, two TDs, two interceptions) and TE Connor Brate connected on a 10-yard TD pass. Dallas, who led 17-6 at the half, roared back to take the lead for keeps with three Dan Bailey field goals in the fourth quarter. Dallas held Tampa Bay to 52 yards on the ground, while the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott ran for 159 yards (Dallas ran for 185) and a TD that will be talked about for years when he leaped into the Salvation Army kettle behind the endzone (Elliott would not be fined by the league or the team and gave the charity a sizeable donation). Dallas’ Dak Prescott threw for 279 yards as Dallas clinched a playoff spot in the process.

New Orleans held on for dear life in the desert last Sunday against Arizona and came away 48-41 winners in Glendale. The contest, which eliminated Arizona from the post-season, had six lead changes and two ties at University of Phoenix Stadium and had New Orleans leading at the half 24-20. New Orleans outrushed Arizona 130-116 and Brees threw for 389 yards and four TDs, while Carson Palmer threw for 318 yards and a pair of TDs.

They met in the Sunshine State two weeks ago and Tampa Bay held Brees without a TD pass for the second consecutive contest, taking an 16-11 win at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs’ Doug Martin scored the contest’s only TD on a 1-yard run in the second quarter. Tampa Bay ran for 104 yards in the five-point win, while holding New Orleans to 46 and sealed the win in the final seconds when Keith Tandy picked off Brees to send Bucs fans home happy. Winston threw for 184 yards in the win, while Brees tallied 257 yards in the NFC South contest with three interceptions.

Tampa Bay was favored by 2 1/2 and the contest had a 51 1/2 over/under. While both teams mustered 27 points, the Bucs did cover the spread with the 5-point win in the Sunshine State. New Orleans is favored by 3 with a 53 over/under in the Big Easy. Both teams are trying to catch the Falcons in the NFC South (Tampa Bay split the series with Atlanta, while New Orleans lost to the Falcons in the Big Easy in week three). The loser is pretty much done in the NFC South race, while the winner keeps hope alive for at least another week. Saints march over Tampa Bay in the Big Easy and covers the 3 like gumbo over dirty rice.

Indianapolis (7-7) at Oakland (11-3), 4:05 p.m. on CBS and DirecTV 713. The Colts travel west to Oakland for a late Saturday afternoon contest with the Oakland Raiders in northern California.

The Colts and Luck manhandled Minnesota 34-6 last Sunday at US Bank Stadium. Indy led from start to finish and never were threatened, leading 27-0 at the half. Minnesota was held to a pair of Keith Forbath field goals for their only points. The Colts outrushed Minnesota 161-34 in the return of RB Adrian Peterson, who tallied only 22 yards on six carries, while Indy’s Frank Gore led all rushers with 101 yards. Luck threw for 250 yards and a pair of TDs, while Sam Bradford threw for 291 yards but was sacked five times and picked off once.

Oakland used a pair of Sebastian Janikowski field goals to take a 19-16 win over San Diego at Qualcomm last Sunday afternoon in southern California. The Chargers were up 16-13 over the Silver and Black with 6:14 left in the third quarter when Philip Rivers and rookie TE Hunter Henry connected on a 7-yard TD pass. That lead would not last very long as Janikowski kicked the first of his two second half field goals, a 21-yard field goal to tie the contest up with 8:38 left in regulation and then kicked a 44-yarder with 2:40 left to play. San Diego then had four shots to move the ball and perhaps tie things up at Qualcomm but Rivers was picked off by S Reggie Nelson, who ran the ball back to San Diego’s 13. The Raiders then ran out the clock and picked up a playoff spot, while the Chargers saw their hopes for post-season football go the way of a snowflake. Oakland outrushed San Diego 145-73 and while Rivers threw a pair of TDs, he was sacked twice and threw the interception that doomed San Diego (Derek Carr threw for 213 with a TD).

Including contests played in Baltimore and Los Angeles, the Raiders lead the series 7-6 and the Silver and Black have outscored the Colts 302-289. However… the Colts have won the last four contests, taking a 21-17 win in the Hoosier State in 2013, while Oakland’s last win came in 2001 by a final of 23-18 in Indianapolis. The Raiders are favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under is 53. Both numbers make sense. Indy makes this one interesting but the Raiders take this one in the Black Hole and covers the 3 1/2.

San Francisco (1-13) at Los Angeles (4-10), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 714. A pair of NFC West cellar-dwellers meet in Tinseltown as the 49ers make their way down I-5 for a West Coast Christmas Eve affair in LA.

Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers lost their 13th contest in a row, falling to Atlanta 41-13 last Sunday at the Georgia Dome. The struggling 49ers trailed 28-13 at the half in the Big Peach and were then shut out their hosts 13-0 in the second half. DeVonta Freeman ran for 139 yards and three TDs, as Atlanta ran for 248 yards (San Francisco ran for 107) with Matt Ryan (286 yards) threw a pair of TDs (Kaepernick threw for 183 yards and a pair of TDs but was sacked twice).

Los Angeles fell to Seattle 24-3 last Thursday night in the Pacific Northwest. The win by Seattle allowed them to capture the NFC West title, while ruining the coaching debut of interim head coach John Fassel in the process. After a scorless first quarter at Century Link Field, the Seahawks took a 10-3 lead at the intermission and were never really threatened by the Rams. Los Angeles was held to a 36-yard field by Greg Zuerlein with 55 seconds left before the half and held to 47 yards rushing. (Seattle had 72) The Seahawks did manage to hold Los Angeles to 47 yards on the ground, sacking Jeff Goff four times in the process. Russell Wilson, meanwhile, threw for 229 yards and three TDs in the somewhat lopsided win.

They met in northern California in week one at Levis’ Stadium and the 49ers picked up their only win of the 2016 campaign, shutting out the Rams 28-0. San Francisco led 14-0 at the half and then scored their other 14 points in the fourth quarter unchallenged. San Francisco outrushed the Rams 150-65 and Case Keenum threw for 130 yards but threw two interceptions, while Blaine Gabbert threw for 170 yards and a TD.

The Rams were favored by 2 1/2 with a 43 over/under in the week one contest in northern California and San Francisco covered the spread with their 28-point win. The over/under stayed safe as both clubs combined for only 28 points. Los Angeles is favored by 4 this time around and the over/under’s 40. You might want to take a pass on this one and get yourself ready for Midnight Mass. Rams butt their way into the win column this week and covers the 4.

Arizona (5-8-1) at Seattle (9-4-1), 4:25 p.m. on FOX and DirecTV 715. The Seattle Seahawks, who won the NFC West, host the Arizona Cardinals in the Pacific Northwest in a late afternoon showdown in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks.

Cardinal fans saw their dim playoff hopes come to a crashing end as they fell to New Orleans Arizona 48-41 in Glendale. The contest had six lead changes and two ties at University of Phoenix Stadium and had New Orleans leading at the half 24-20. New Orleans outrushed the Desert Angry Birds 130-116 and Brees threw for 389 yards and four TDs, while Carson Palmer threw for 318 yards and a pair of TDs.

Seattle manhandled a helpless Los Angeles Rams team 24-3 last Thursday night in the Pacific Northwest, ruining the coaching debut of interim head coach John Fassel in the process. After a scorless first quarter at Century Link Field, Seattle took a 10-3 lead at the intermission and were never really threatened by the Rams, who was held to a 36-yard field by Greg Zuerlein with 55 seconds left before the half. While they didn’t breach the 100-yard mark (Seattle had 72), the Seahawks did manage to hold Los Angeles to 47 yards on the ground, sacking Jeff Goff four times in the process. Russell Wilson, meanwhile, threw for 229 yards and three TDs in the somewhat lopsided win.

Meeting on a Sunday night in the desert in week seven, Seattle and Arizona played to a 6-6 tie that saw all the scoring in the contest come by way of the kickers (Stephen Hauschka and Chris Catanzaro). Both kickers kicked field goals in the overtime and both had chances to give their team the win in the extra period but both attempts fell short of their marks. Arizona led 3-0 at the half before Hauschka sent the contest into overtime with a 40-yard effort with 4 minutes left in regulation. Arizona’s David Johnson led all rushers with 113 yards as the Desert Angry Birds outrushed Seattle 132-52, while Russell Wilson threw for 225 yards, with Carson Palmer throwing for 342 yards (both men did not throw an interception, while Palmer threw four interceptions).

In the week seven sister-kisser, the Desert Angry Birds were favored by 1 1/2 and the over/under was 43 1/2. Neither the over/under or the spread were in danger as they played to the tie and both teams scored 12 points. The Seahawks in the land of Grunge, Salmon and Starbucks are favored by 8 1/2 and the over/under’s 43 1/2. Seattle takes this one but they won’t cover the 8 1/2.

Cincinnati (5-8-1) at Houston (8-6), 8:25 p.m. on NFL Netowrk and Twitter. Andy Dalton comes back to his home state as the Bengals travel to Houston for a Christmas Eve contest with the Houston Texans in the Lone Star State.

Cincinnati let a 20-9 halftime lead against Pittsburgh get away from them at Paul Brown Stadium and fell to their AFC North rivals 24-20. The Bengals, who were eliminated from the post-season, held the Steelers to three Chris Boswell field gals in the first 30 minutes of action before Pittsburgh proceeded to shut out the Bengals in the second half, scoring their final 15 points unchallenged. After Boswell added another field goal, the Steelers took the lead for the first time and for keeps when Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger (286 yards, TD) and WR Eli Rodgers connected on a 24-yard TD pass with 7:29 left to play. The Bengals were held to 76 yards on the ground, while the Steelers tallied 97 and Andy Dalton threw for 157 yards with an interception for the Bengals.

The Texans trailed lowly Jacksonville 20-14 with 7:54 left to play in Houston before they stormed back to come away 21-20 winners over Jacksonville at NRG Stadium. Jacksonville led 13-5 over the Texans, who benched Brock Osweiler (48 yards, two interceptions) in the contest in favor of Todd Savage. Houston outrushed Jacksonville 79-67 in the Lone Star State and Savage threw for 260 yards yards in the come from behind win, as RB Lamar Miller scored the game winner with 2:51 left from a yard away.

The series is even at 4-4 and the Bengals have outscored Houston 158-146. Houston won the last meeting last year in Cincinnati 10-6 at Paul Brown Stadium (the Bengals’ last win in the series came in 2014 in Houston by a final of 22-13). The Bengals let a 6-3 lead get away from them in the fourth quarter as the Texans took the lead with 14:20 left to play when WR DeAndre Hopkins scored on a 22 yard pass from Tyler Yates. Houston outrushed Cincinnati in the Monday night contest 82-74 and Dalton threw for 197 yards but was sacked four times, while Blaine Hoyer threw for 123 yards (Yates threw for 69).

Houston’s favored by 2 and the over/under’s 41. The Bengals would like nothing more than to spoil the Texans’ playoff party plans. Houston’s dreaming of the playoffs for the second year in a row and they’ll have a lot to say about that. Cincy, you have a problem. Houston covers the 2 and wins in the Lone Star State.

Baltimore (8-6) at Pittsburgh (9-5), 4:30 p.m. Christmas Day on NBC. A pair of AFC North rivals meet in the Steel City on Christmas day as Baltimore travels to Pittsburgh for an afternoon contest with the Steelers at Heinz Field.

The Ravens were 27-26 winners over Philadelphia in Charm City Sunday afternoon. Baltimore trailed 11-10 with 14:38 to play before halftime on a 4-yard TD run by Philadelphia’s Ryan Matthews. Philadelph then took the lead back with 1:39 left in the half when Caleb Sturgis connected on a 34-yard field goal. That lead would not last very long as Ravens WR Steven Smith Sr. and Joe Flacco connected on a 34-yard TD pass with 9 seconds left before the intermission. Sturgis would eventually pull the Eagles to within 7 with a 29-yard field goal with 2:22 left in regulation. After the Ravens punted the ball back to Philly, they used a 9-play, 59-yard drive that used 95 seconds and ended when rookie QB Carson Wentz scrambled into the end zone from 4 yards out to pull to within 6. Philly then went for two in the hopes of taking the lead on the road and saving their playoff hopes but the try for two failed. Matthews led all rushers with 128 yards and the touchdown, while the Eagles outrushed Baltimore 169-151. Wentz threw for 170 yards and had the rushing TD and was picked off once, while Flacco threw for 206 yards and a pair of TDs.

The Steelers trailed Cincinnati 20-9 halftime lead before Pittsburgh chipped away at the lead and came out on top of the Bengals, taking a 24-20. The loss kept the Steelers in the playoff hunt, while elimnating the Bengals. Pittsburgh was held to three Chris Boswell field gals in the first 30 minutes of action before they proceeded to shut out the Bengals in the second half, scoring their final 15 points unchallenged. After Boswell added another field goal, the Steelers took the lead for the first time and for keeps when Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger (286 yards, TD) and WR Eli Rodgers connected on a 24-yard TD pass with 7:29 left to play. The Bengals were held to 76 yards on the ground, while the Steelers tallied 97 and Andy Dalton threw for 157 yards with an interception for the Bengals.

They met in week nine in Charm City and the Steelers lost to the Ravens 21-14. Baltimore led 13-0 after three quarters of play before the Steelers stormed back to make it a 7-point contest when Roethlisberger scored on a 1-yard run with 48 seconds left. Pittsburgh then tried an onside kick which failed somewhat miserably. The first meeting as far a rushing game was concerned was nothing to write home about, as neither team breached the 100 yard mark (Baltimore had 50, Pittsburgh had 36) and Roethlisberger threw for 264 yards and a TD to Antonio Brown, while Flacco threw for 241 yards and a TD (Roethlisberger was sacked twice, Flacco sacked three times).

Baltimore covered the 1 1/2-point spread with their 7-point win and the two teams combined for 35 points, missing the 44 over/under by 9. Pittsburgh’s favored by 5 and the over/under is 44. Someone is eventually going to be naughty and someone’s going to be eventually nice. Steelers make the nice list as they get revenge on the Ravens nevermore with the win at home and covers the 5.

Denver (8-6) at Kansas City (10-4), 8:30 p.m. Christmas Day on NBC. For the first time since 1971, the Kansas City Chiefs are playing a home game on Christmas Day, as they welcome the Denver Broncos to Arrowhead on a Sunday night.

The defending Super Bowl champs fell to New England and Tom Brady 16-3 at Sports Authority Field on a Sunday that was warm by Denver standars (game time temperature? 18 with a wind chill of 7) The Pats broke a 3-3 tie after the first 15 minutes of action and scored their last 13 points without a challenge from Denver. New England led 10-3 at the intermission and never looked back. Denver was outrushed 136-58 by New England and Brady threw for 188 yards with no TD but did not throw an interception. Denver’s Trevor Seiman threw for 282 but was sacked four times in the loss.

Kansas City found being taken to the wire last Sunday at Arrowhead by Tennessee and came away on the short end of a 19-17 loss at home in the Show-Me State. The Titans trailed 17-7 at the intermission and pulled to within 1 with 3:12 left in regulation when rookie RB Derek Henry scored on a 1-yard run to make it 17-16. Tennesee then went for two to take the lead but Marcus Mariota’s conversion try failed. After a Kansas City punt, the Titans got the ball back and made it all the way to the Chiefs’ 35 yard line, where they set up what would eventually be the game-winning field goal try by Ryan Succup (who kicked for the Chiefs last year). Succop’s first try was short but Kansas City burned a time out to make him think it over. Succop then connected on his second try, a 53-yarder, that sailed through the goal posts as the clock expired. Kansas City outrushed the Titans 158-148 in the chilly air at Arrowhead with a gametime temperature a balmy 1 degree with a wind chill of -9. Mariota threw for 241 yards, while Alex Smith had 163 (both men threw an interception and both were sacked once).

Denver and Kansas City met in the Mile High City in week 12 and the Broncos were 30-27 overtime losers on a Sunday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The defending champs trailed 9-3 at the half, then rallied to take the lead with 3 minutes left when Trevor Siemian and WR Bennie Fowler connected on a 76 yard TD pass. That lead would not last very long as the Chiefs used a 13-play, 75-yard drive that lasted 2:48 when WR Tyreek Hill caught a 3-yard TD pass from Smtih with 12 seconds left. TE Demetrius Harris then tied the contest up when he caught Smith’s 2-point conversion try and that sent the game into overtime. Denver got the ball first in the overtime and scored their first and only points of the extra period when Brian McMannus kicked a 44 yard field goal with 8:51 left. Kansas City’s Chris Santos then responded with a field goal of his own from 37 yards with 4:19 left. The Broncos got the ball back the second time around but could do nothing with it. After a Denver punt, the Chiefs used a 4-play, 32-yard drive that took 61 seconds and ended when Santos connected on his second field goal, which was the game-winner from 34 yards away with 2 seconds left.

Denver outrushed Kansas City in the first meeting in week 12 124-83, while Siemian threw for 368 yards with three TDs but was sacked five times, while Smith threw for 220 yards with six sacks in addition to the one TD pass.

In the week 12 contest in Denver, the defending Super Bowl champs were favored by 3 1/2 and the over/under was 39 1/2. Kansas City won by 3, barely missing the spread. The two teams did manage to cover the over/under with 57 points in the Sunday night overtime contest. This time, the Chiefs are a 4-point favorite at Arrowhead and the over/under’s 37 1/2. Both nunbers make a lot of season The champs are reeling and need some luck. Kansas City is trying to make it to the post season for the second season in a row. The winner is all but assured of a spot in the post-season party, while the loser is all but done. The last time the Chiefs swept Denver? The 2000 season, when the Chiefs took a 23-22 win in Denver and then came home and beat the Broncos 20-7. Denver at the very least lives to fight another day, taking the win at Arrowhead and covering the 4.

Detroit (9-5) at Dallas (12-2), 8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN. Week 16 closes out as Detroit and Dallas play in the final Monday night contest of the 2016 season. The Lions are looking for a playoff spot, while the Cowboys look to be the top season in the post-season tournament.

Detroit was held to a pair of Matt Prater field goals as they fell to the New York Giants 16-7 at Met Life Stadium. New York’s Eli Manning (201 yards) and WRs Sterling Sterling and Odell Beckham, Jr. connected on the contest’s only TDs in the game and the Giants’ defense held Matthew Stafford (273 yards, interception) and the Lions out of the end zone, stopping them in their final chance to score. New York outrushed Detroit 114-56 and led 10-3 at the half.

On the strength of a 159-yard effort by Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas came away 26-20 winners over Tampa Bay in Arlington last Sunday night. Dallas, who led 17-6 at the half at AT&T Stadium, trailed 20-17 with 4:12 left in the third when Jameis Winston (247 yards, two TDs, two interceptions) and TE Connor Brate connected on a 10-yard TD pass. Dallas roared back to take the lead for keeps with three Dan Bailey field goals in the fourth quarter. Dallas held Tampa Bay to 52 yards on the ground, while the Cowboys’ Elliott ran for a TD that will be talked about for years when he leaped into the Salvation Army kettle behind the endzone (Elliott would not be fined by the league or the team and gave the charity a sizeable donation, Dallas ran for 185 yards in the win in the Lone Star State). Dallas’ Dak Prescott threw for 279 yards as Dallas clinched a playoff spot in the process.

They’ve met 23 times, which includes games played at old Tiger Stadium and the Cotton Bowl and the Cowboys lead the series 12-11. Dallas has outscored Detroit 608-437. Detroit has won the last two meetings in the regular season, coming away 31-30 winners in the Motor City in 2013. Dallas’ last win over Detroit came in the Lone Star State in 2010 by a final of 35-19.

On Monday night, the Lions are 14-16-1 and went 1-1 last year, while the Cowboys are 44-33 and won their only MNF contest in the 2015 campaign.

Dallas is favored by 7 1/2 and the over/under’s 43. Both numbers make sense. While Detroit was waiting to see what Green Bay was doing Saturday afternoon at Lambeau, the Cowboys know that their hay’s in the barn. Dallas wins this one but don’t expect them to cover the 7 1/2.