One step closer to the end of the season means teams are one step closer to having their playoff futures finalised. The Green Bay Packers will win the NFC North if they beat the Chicago Bears, who will (at best) have a less-than-100% Jay Cutler, on Sunday evening (1800 – Sky Sports). Next up are 2 teams, both at 7-6, scrabbling around trying to secure one of the 2 wild-card spots in their respective conferences, as the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Dallas Cowboys (2125 – Sky Sports). With the New England Patriots having already won their division, the San Francisco 49ers will be eying a win to secure themselves a berth, and with a Seahawks loss, their division as well (0120 Mon am – C4) – could this be a Superbowl preview? The NY Jets have managed to claw themselves to 6-7, and with one of the easiest run-ins, are lining themselves up to sneak a wild-card spot; they take on the Tennessee Titans on Monday night (0130 Tues am – BBC).

42 responses

  • Will^16/12/2012 at 18:14

    Evening. Some great games on this weekend's slate.

  • Jay (@burwellian) - HOU16/12/2012 at 19:08


  • Will^16/12/2012 at 19:39

    I'm not expecting too many comments for this one and the next, what with 2 (yes 2!!) other commenting threads going on right now.

  • Jay (@burwellian) - HOU16/12/2012 at 19:39

    Yeah, I did notice.

    Shame with so many playoff spots being able to be settled tonight...

  • Will^16/12/2012 at 19:40

    Tell me about it.

  • Jay (@burwellian) - HOU16/12/2012 at 19:42

    We sow AFC South up as things stand for example... while Colts can secure a playoff spot even if they lose this game.

  • Jay (@burwellian) - HOU16/12/2012 at 19:44

    Then big games elsewhere... Broncos are taking the Ravens to the cleaners by the looks of it, Falcons even more comfortable against the Giants, 49ers play Patriots later...

  • Will^16/12/2012 at 19:45

    The Ravens are on the slide, might not win again this season...

  • Jay (@burwellian) - HOU16/12/2012 at 19:46

    Indeed, which given they were so strong early in the season... they aren't even assured of a play-off spot at the moment.

  • Will^16/12/2012 at 19:48

    The Steelers and Bengals could poss overtake them from inside the division!! Flacco looking less and less elite by the game.

  • Jay (@burwellian) - HOU16/12/2012 at 19:49

    Indeed, and Bengals already won this week. Steelers are in Dallas who again are looking to sneak into the playoffs so another big game there. And dare I say it, the Jets have an easy run in...

  • Jay (@burwellian) - HOU16/12/2012 at 19:50

    They may be too far back, but should win out, so those above them can't slip up...

  • Will^16/12/2012 at 19:59

    The Packers will be pleased (quieter) if their season isn't affected by the simultaneous-catch saga with the Seahawks.

  • Jay (@burwellian) - HOU16/12/2012 at 20:19

    Only 6 points in this, another TD would come in handy...

  • Will^16/12/2012 at 20:51

    Wow, Skins winning despite on RGIII

  • Will^16/12/2012 at 21:00


  • Will^16/12/2012 at 21:07

    Giants lose to the Falcons and tithe Skins winning are about to fall out of a playoff spot.

  • Jay (@burwellian) - HOU16/12/2012 at 21:12

    Texans seal AFC South

    Packers have clinched NFC North

  • Will^16/12/2012 at 21:13

    Looks like they are wearing the HoF-patches again this week #nicetats

  • Will^16/12/2012 at 21:24

    Rough pile-on / Fumble recovery against the Chargers.

  • Will^16/12/2012 at 21:29

    With the Chargers 14-0 down already I'll not be having to stay up late to finish the game :

  • Jay (@burwellian) - HOU16/12/2012 at 21:29


  • Will^16/12/2012 at 21:32

    Solid Panthers drive (where was the D?) and Rivers drops the ball on the 21. Dear ohh dear. Also, Tolbert was a Charger last year. Salt and wounds.

  • Will^16/12/2012 at 21:43

    Grrrr 21-0.

  • Noelinho16/12/2012 at 22:07

    I am now home, watching Seattle, Dallas and SPOTY, and drinking cup a soup, eating cockles :-)

  • Will^16/12/2012 at 22:08

    I've got Panthers-Chargers + Steelers-Cowboys + Big Bang Theory, plus following SPOTY in the other thread.

  • Noelinho16/12/2012 at 22:19

    Pittsburgh are done. They're going nowhere this year.

  • Jay (@burwellian) - HOU16/12/2012 at 22:20

    Stick a fork in 'em?

  • Will^16/12/2012 at 22:21

    Ravens must be breathing a huge sigh right now.

  • Noelinho16/12/2012 at 22:45

    Psy is performing Gangum Style in the half time show at the Seattle-Buffalo game:-)

  • Will^16/12/2012 at 22:46

    Psy is performing Gangum Style in the half time show at the Seattle-Buffalo game:-)

    Slightly amazing

  • Noelinho16/12/2012 at 22:55

    Tie in Dallas.

  • Noelinho16/12/2012 at 22:55

    And Seattle just scored again.

  • Will^16/12/2012 at 22:55

    Chargers should pull Rivers, so that he doesn't get killed when they're clearly not going to win.

  • Jay (@burwellian) - HOU16/12/2012 at 22:56

    Did I hear someone writing off the Steelers earlier? :p

  • Noelinho16/12/2012 at 22:58

    Did I hear someone writing off the Steelers earlier? :p

    It's only Dallas.

  • Will^16/12/2012 at 23:01

    ‏@AndrewSiciliano: Chiefs at the half: 17 yards, no first downs.

  • Jay (@burwellian) - HOU16/12/2012 at 23:02

    ‏@AndrewSiciliano: Chiefs at the half: 17 yards, no first downs.

    Oh, Kansas City... such an amazing team.

  • Noelinho16/12/2012 at 23:18

    Oh my goodness, Thomas just made the Bills look like utter numpties.

  • Noelinho16/12/2012 at 23:28

    and another return for a TD mercifully brought back for a hold.

  • Noelinho16/12/2012 at 23:29

    mind you, there were two fouls, might explain why the return was so easy...

  • Will^16/12/2012 at 23:31

    Chargers are playing poorly, so I'm not staying up to suffer. Listening to PIT DAL on 5LX.