The return of Beast Mode. A division title on the line. That you will be in a enviornment to deem of home-discipline wait on at some level of the NFC playoffs.
These are the keen legend traces of the juiciest matchup of the NFL’s closing week of the usual season as the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks sq. off in a Sunday evening showdown that would possibly perhaps contain a postseason feel.
The 49ers (12-3) budge to Seattle to earn on Russell Wilson and the Seahawks (11-4), with the winner taking pictures the NFC West. San Francisco would clinch home-discipline wait on at some level of by a hit, while Seattle would possibly perhaps host till the Expansive Bowl with a victory and losses by both Green Bay and Current Orleans.
“We know here’s going to be a antagonistic atmosphere, ‘Sunday Night time Soccer,’ so, can’t await it,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo acknowledged.
The loser of this matchup would enter the playoffs with an NFC wild-card berth.
“It be a in actuality special week for us,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll acknowledged. “It be the closing week of the season, taking half in for all the issues, for a division and all that. We’re very lucky to be in that jam. It is what we impartial for. It be always what we gape in direction of and we always shock if the likelihood to scheme one thing treasure here’s going to happen at home or on the highway.
“We’re thrilled we are going to be here.”
CenturyLink Field can contain a well-recognized face coming motivate “home” in operating motivate Marshawn Lynch, who re-signed with Seattle on Monday after injuries to Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny left a void in the Seahawks’ backfield.
“It be a colossal feeling to be motivate,” Lynch acknowledged in a 15-2nd data conference with journalists.
Never one to be chatty off the discipline, Lynch made his marks — actually — along with his now not easy, bodily “Beast Mode” kind of operating. The 33-yr-outdated Lynch hasn’t performed since halfway thru closing season with Oakland, but is anticipated to play for Seattle on Sunday in the team’s most intelligent sport of the season.
“Most effective one person can pull this off and that’s the rationale No. 24,” linebacker K.J. Wright acknowledged of Lynch, who performed for the Seahawks from 2010-15. “Back in the building, it feels correct. After I heard the details I used to be treasure, ‘Excellent.’ He is exact the relaxation teammate, cool dude, exact ballin’. I’m overjoyed to contain him motivate.”
GREEN BAY (12-3) at DETROIT (3-11-1)
The Packers will with out a doubt wait on an examine on the 49ers-Seahawks sport, severely in the occasion that they beat the lowly Lions and clinch a first-spherical bye. Aaron Rodgers and Co. would also wrap up home-discipline wait on at some level of NFC playoffs if San Francisco loses.
Rodgers would possibly perhaps also be going for an particular person milestone. He desires 321 yards passing to turn into the sixth participant in NFL historical previous with eight seasons of at 4,000.
Meanwhile, the Lions contain misplaced eight straight games, the team’s longest skid since finishing the 2012 season with eight consecutive losses. Detroit is 0-7 since dropping quarterback Matthew Stafford and would elevate out with the 2nd-worst document in the NFL with a loss and a exercise by Washington over Dallas.
NEW ORLEANS (12-3) at CAROLINA (5-10)
Drew Brees and the Saints are one other team whose playoff budge plans will be tormented by the game on Sunday evening. Current Orleans can clinch home-discipline wait on in the NFC with a exercise and losses or ties by both San Francisco or Green Bay. The Saints would possibly perhaps also scheme it with a tie and losses by both the 49ers and Packers.
Speaking of Brees, he has performed an NFL-excessive 75.3% of his passes this season, which places him on spin to eclipse his single-season document 74.4% from closing yr. He also enters as the profession leader in yards passing with 77,163, and TD passes with 544 — 5 sooner than Current England’s Tom Brady.
The Panthers, who’ll be purchasing for a brand unique coach after Ron Rivera used to be fired, contain misplaced seven straight and switch again to rookie quarterback Will Grier to kind his 2nd NFL starting up. Christian McCaffery, whose 109 receptions are an NFL document for a operating motivate, desires 67 yards receiving to turn into most intelligent the third participant in league historical previous with 1,000 yards speeding and receiving in the identical season.
PHILADELPHIA (8-7) at NEW YORK GIANTS (4-11)
The hovering Eagles contain won three straight and would possibly perhaps clinch the NFC East with a exercise over the division-rival Giants.
Philadelphia has overwhelmed Current York six consecutive times, and 10 of 11, so it would possibly kind sense for the Eagles to be confident about their probabilities. Philly would possibly perhaps aloof exercise the division with a loss — as prolonged as Dallas also loses at home to Washington.
The Giants contain won two in a row total, and rookie Daniel Jones is coming throwing a profession-easiest 5 touchdowns in an extra time exercise over the Redskins. Jones’ 23 TD passes are a franchise document for a rookie no topic him taking half in in most intelligent 12 games.
WASHINGTON (3-12) at DALLAS (7-8)
The Cowboys whiffed on a gamble to management their playoff plot with their clunker at Philadelphia. Dallas now desires to beat the Redskins at home — and hope the Eagles stumble on the highway in opposition to the Current York Giants.
Coach Jason Garrett enters the game along with his future with the Cowboys dangerous after a 3-0 starting up with colossal expectations used to be overshadowed by a 4-8 stretch that featured two three-sport skids.
Dallas has won eight of its closing 10 in opposition to the Redskins, who’ll contain Case Keenum at quarterback after Dwayne Haskins used to be harm closing week. Keenum hasn’t started since sustaining a concussion on Oct. 24 at Minnesota.
TENNESSEE (8-7) at HOUSTON (10-5)
The Texans contain already wrapped up the AFC South, a hit the division for the fourth time in 5 games. But they’ll earn on a Titans team looking for to impress a 2nd playoff berth in three seasons.
Tennessee is in if it wins — and would kind definite the team’s fourth straight a hit season, its longest stretch since 1987-93 when the franchise used to be in Houston. The Titans, who contain misplaced seven consecutive games at the Texans, would possibly perhaps aloof kind the postseason with a loss, but would also need Pittsburgh to lose and Indianapolis lose or tie.
A exercise for Deshaun Watson and the Texans would give them consecutive 11-victory seasons for the first time in franchise historical previous.
PITTSBURGH (8-7) at BALTIMORE (13-2)
The Ravens contain already clinched the No. 1 total seed in the AFC and will relaxation several starters, including quarterback Lamar Jackson and operating motivate Imprint Ingram.
That can put their franchise-easiest 11-sport a hit crawl in jeopardy in opposition to a Steelers team aloof in the playoff hunt.
Pittsburgh, that will starting up Devlin “Duck” Hodges for the fifth straight sport, has a pair of postseason scenarios, but the easiest has them beating the Ravens and having Tennessee lose at Houston. In the occasion that they kind it, the Steelers would turn into most intelligent the 15th team since 1970 to reach the playoffs after opening a season 1-4.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-10) at KANSAS CITY (11-4)
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs can aloof impression the AFC’s No. 2 total seed and a first-spherical playoff bye with a victory over the Chargers and a loss by Current England to the Dolphins.
Kansas Metropolis, which has won four straight AFC West titles, is 10-1 in its closing 11 in opposition to Los Angeles, the lone loss coming closing season at Arrowhead Stadium.
There’ll be some extra motivation for the Chargers, who would possibly perhaps additionally need Philip Rivers beneath heart for the relaxation time. His contract expires after the season and he’s having arguably the worst yr of his profession with 24 turnovers, including 18 interceptions that tie him for 2nd most in the NFL.
MIAMI (4-11) at NEW ENGLAND (12-3)
Tom Brady and the Patriots contain already clinched the AFC East for the 11th straight season, and a exercise over the division-rival Dolphins would give them a first-spherical playoff bye for the 10th yr in a row.
A victory would also give Current England eight 13-exercise seasons, one in the motivate of San Francisco in NFL historical previous. But, wait … there would possibly be extra. The Patriots contain a gamble to sweep their division opponents (Dolphins, Bills and Jets) for the third time, becoming a member of the 2007 and ’12 squads.
When you’re purchasing for some intrigue in this one, there would possibly be likely this: Current England’s top-ranked defense hasn’t allowed a 300-yard passer in 24 straight games, but will be tested by Miami’s Ryan Fitzpatrick. Final week, Fitzpatrick joined Dan Marino as essentially the most intelligent players in franchise historical previous to throw for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns in a sport.
OAKLAND (7-8) at DENVER (6-9)
Jon Gruden’s guys aloof contain a prolonged-shot likelihood at making the playoffs. No, in actuality, they scheme. However the Raiders desire a ton of lend a hand to kind it to the postseason for the 2nd time since 2002.
First off, Oakland desires to beat Denver, clearly. Then the Raiders need losses by Tennessee and Pittsburgh; a victory by Indianapolis; and now not now not as much as one exercise by Current England, Chicago, Detroit or the Chargers.
Whew. Received at all that?
The Broncos’ easiest defense — effectively, loads of than Von Miller — will be the weather. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has misplaced 9 straight when the temperature is 50 degrees or beneath. The forecast in Denver on Sunday is anticipated to be a excessive of 36 degrees.
ARIZONA (5-9-1) at LOS ANGELES RAMS (8-7)
See you later, Coliseum.
The Rams, who will wrap up a disappointing season, play their closing sport at the 96-yr-outdated stadium sooner than transferring into SoFi Stadium in Inglewood next season.
The Rams must stable a third consecutive a hit season for the first time since 1999-2001 when the franchise used to be in St. Louis. But this one will be hollow pondering the Rams were in the Expansive Bowl a yr in the past.
Arizona will be with out rookie quarterback Kyler Murray (hamstring agonize). The Cardinals would possibly perhaps also must contend with some matchup historical previous: Rams coach Sean McVay has never misplaced to Arizona, going 5-0, and Los Angeles has scored now not now not as much as 31 points and allowed no better than 16 in each of these games — which is unmatched in any 5-sport opponents stretch in NFL historical previous.
CHICAGO (7-8) at MINNESOTA (10-5)
The Vikings are locked into the sixth seed in the NFC after clinching a playoff berth for the third time in six seasons beneath coach Mike Zimmer.
Minnesota would possibly perhaps reach some rare territory with a exercise, which would possibly perhaps assemble the Vikings to 11 for exact the fourth time in the closing 19 seasons.
The Bears had a colossal-time letdown a yr after a hit the NFC North at 12-4, and will leave out the playoffs for the eighth time in 9 years. No topic that, Matt Nagy (19-12) can cross George Halas for essentially the most wins by a Bears coach in his first two seasons with a victory Sunday.
NEW YORK JETS (6-9) at BUFFALO (10-5)
These teams elevate out the usual season collectively after starting up it collectively, with the Bills rallying from a 16-0 third-quarter deficit to exercise 17-16 in Week 1.
Buffalo has already clinched a playoff enviornment and coach Sean McDermott has acknowledged the starters will play, but they’ll additionally unprejudiced now not elevate out this one. A victory would give the Bills their most wins in a season since going 11-5 in 1999.
The revenge-minded Jets desire a victory to defend a ways off from atmosphere a franchise-worst crawl of fourth straight seasons with double-digit losses. One sidenote: Sam Darnold’s 35 TD passes are two insecure of Joe Namath’s franchise document for essentially the most in a participant’s first two seasons.
INDIANAPOLIS (7-8) at JACKSONVILLE (5-10)
Jacoby Brissett and the Colts desire a exercise to defend a ways off from their 2nd dropping season in three years. It appeared a lock exact a pair of weeks in the past, but Indianapolis misplaced four straight till beating Carolina closing week.
The Colts contain defeated the Jaguars in two of the closing three meetings, but Jacksonville has won four straight at home in opposition to Indianapolis.
Jacksonville, which is doubtless in for giant changes in the offseason, has misplaced six of its closing seven — all by double digits.
CLEVELAND (6-9) at CINCINNATI (1-14)
The season started with broad expectations for Baker Mayfield and the Browns, but will elevate out in bitter disappointment as Cleveland extends the NFL’s longest most sleek postseason drought to 17 years.
The spotlight is on coach Freddie Kitchens, who will be done after exact one season — and a loss to the lowly Bengals would possibly perhaps seal his fate.
The Bengals contain already clinched the No. 1 total absorb in the NFL draft in April, but would possibly perhaps also kind some dubious franchise historical previous. A loss would leave Cincinnati with the worst document in the team’s 52 years, surpassing the 2002 squad beneath Dick LeBeau that went 2-14.
ATLANTA (6-9) at TAMPA BAY (7-8)
A matchup of AFC South also-rans would possibly perhaps mercurial gain into a passing sport clinic, with the Buccaneers ranking first in the NFL in yards passing and the Falcons third.
Not most intelligent that: The Falcons’ Matt Ryan and Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston are essentially the most intelligent players with now not now not as much as 10 300-yard passing games this season.
It has been a weird and wonderful yr for Winston, who leads the NFL with 4,908 yards passing and desires exact 92 to turn into the first 5,000-yard passer in franchise historical previous. His 31 TD throws are a single-season team document, but Winston also leads the league with an examine-popping 28 interceptions. Tampa Bay will must kind a now not easy choice in the offseason on Winston, who’s attributable to turn into a free agent.
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