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Season finale needed to fill last spot of playoff field


Season finale needed to fill last spot of playoff field
The 2008 NFL season is guaranteed to go right to the wire tonight. The postseason lineup won't be complete until the last of the 256 regular-season games, the Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers, is completed.Five of the 12 postseason slots are open with 16 games on today's schedule. Some of the scenarios to determine the final 12 are complicated, but the Chargers-Broncos situation is pretty simple. The winner will be the AFC West champion and be the No. 4 seed for next week's wild card round.Miami and Baltimore in the AFC and Dallas and Minnesota in the NFC control their destinies. All each has to do is win.


>Game of the day

Broncos (8-7) at Chargers (7-8)

TV: Ch. 2, 8:15 p.m.

The line: Chargers (-8).

The scoop: It's a winner-take-all. Denver had a three-game lead over San Diego with three weeks to play, but losses to the Panthers and Bills the last two weeks while the Chargers were winning at Kansas City and Tampa Bay have taken the race to the last game. If the teams finish tied at 8-8 the Chargers will win the tiebreaker with a better division record (5-1 to Denver's 3-3). . . . Denver escaped with a 39-38 win at Mile High in the first meeting this season, the infamous Ed Hochuli Game. . . . San Diego QB Philip Rivers, the NFL leader, needs two TD passes to break Dan Fouts' team record of 33.

Outlook: The Chargers got the equivalent of a presidential pardon. They won't waste it. San Diego, 37-24.

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>Top attractions

Dolphins (10-5) at Jets (9-6)

TV: Ch. 4, 4:15 p.m.

The line: Jets (-3).

The scoop: Is there a sweeter sound than New York fans booing their own team? Gang Green followers are ready to throw coach Eric Mangini under the bus as the Jets have blown what looked like a safe lead in the division. . . . After going 1-15 in 2007, the Dolphins can clinch the AFC East with a win. The Jets need a win plus a New England loss to win the division or a win plus a Baltimore loss to get the wild card. . . . The Dolphins have won eight of their last nine, including their last four on the road. The Jets have lost three of four, the win a gift from J.P. Losman and the Bills.

Outlook: The Jets play the spoiler. New York, 27-21.

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Cowboys (9-6) at Eagles (8-6-1)

TV: Ch. 29, 4:15 p.m.

The line: Eagles (-1 1/2).

The scoop: The Cowboys clinch a wild card spot with a win. The Eagles need a win plus losses by Tampa Bay and either Minnesota or Chicago. . . . The Cowboys outlasted the Eagles, 41-37, when they met in Week Two at Texas Stadium. . . . Dallas QB Tony Romo has 26 TD passes and 13 INTs. . . . Eagles QB Donovan McNabb needs 135 yards to set the club's single-season passing record (3,875 yards by McNabb in 2004).

Outlook: You didn't think it would be that easy getting rid of Jerry Jones and T.O. Cowboys, 20-13.

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Patriots (10-5) at Bills (7-8)

TV: Ch. 4, 1 p.m.

The line: Patriots (-6).

The scoop: New England needs help or it could miss the playoffs with an 11-5 record. The Patriots get the division title with a win plus a Miami loss. They can get the wild card with a win plus a Ravens loss. . . . The Pats have won their last 10 against Buffalo, including a 20-10 home win last month. . . . New England has won its last 11 December games.

Outlook: The Pats have overcome too much to blow it now. New England, 31-10.

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Giants (12-3) at Vikings (9-6)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Vikings (-7).

The scoop: The Vikings clinch the division with a win or a loss by the Bears. They can clinch a wild card spot with a tie plus losses by the Cowboys and Buccaneers. . . . Minnesota QB Tarvaris Jackson has thrown for eight TDs with just one INT. . . . The game features the NFL's top rushing offense (Giants, 158.9 ypg) against the top rushing defense (Vikings, 73.0).

Outlook: With the No. 1 NFC seed in hand, there's nothing left for the Giants to play for. Minnesota, 20-10.

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Panthers (11-4) at Saints (8-7)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Panthers (-3).

The scoop: The Panthers clinch the NFC South with a win or a loss by the Falcons. . . . Carolina won the first meeting, 30-7. . . . The Saints lead the NFL in total offense (410.3 ypg) and are 6-1 at home.

Outlook: Even the Panthers will have trouble containing the Saints' offense in New Orleans. Saints, 33-10.

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Bears (9-6) at Texans (7-8)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Texans (-3).

The scoop: The Bears can clinch the division with a win and a Vikings loss but need lots of help to gain a wild card spot. . . . Houston is second in the AFC in total offense (377.2 ypg). . . . The disappointing Texans started 0-4 before staging another late-season push.

Outlook: Chicago's offense can't keep up. Houston, 26-17.

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>Best of the rest

Jags (5-10) at Ravens (10-5)

Kickoff: 4:15 p.m.

The line: Ravens (-11).

The scoop: The Ravens will be assured of wild card berth if they win or New England loses. . . . Baltimore has won eight of its last 10 with losses to the Giants and Steelers.

Outlook: The Jags have been mediocre on both sides of the ball all season. Baltimore, 21-7.

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Lions (0-15) at Packers (5-10)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Packers (-10 1/2).

The scoop: Only Green Bay stands in the way of the Lions becoming the first 0-16 team in NFL history. . . . Detroit was routed, 48-25, at home by the Packers in Week Two. . . . The Lions are 10-37 in three seasons under coach Rod Marinelli.

Outlook: The Lions have 19 more assistant coaches than victories. Green Bay, 31-20.

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Redskins (8-7) at 49ers (6-9)

Kickoff: 4:15 p.m.

The line: 49ers (-3).

The scoop: The Niners are 4-4 since Mike Singletary took over. . . . The Redskins ended a three-game losing streak with a 10-3 upset of the Eagles last week, but a 2-5 stretch has dropped them from playoff contention. . . . Shaun Hill has stabilized the Niners' QB situation. He is 4-3 as starter in '08.

Outlook: The Niners have come on late while the Redskins have become Deadskins. San Fran, 23-13.

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Titans (13-2) at Colts (11-4)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Titans (-3).

The scoop: Each team is locked into playoff spots. . . . The Colts can become the first team in NFL history with 12 or more wins in six consecutive seasons. . . . Manning (3,907) needs 93 passing yards to become first QB in history to record 4,000 yards nine times.

Outlook: The Titans have a slight edge in what will be an exhibition game. Tennessee, 17-12.

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Rams (2-13) at Falcons (10-5)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Falcons (-14).

The scoop: Atlanta can win the NFC South with a win and a Carolina loss at New Orleans. The Falcons already have clinched a wild card spot. . . . Atlanta rookie Matt Ryan has 15 TD passes and nine interceptions with an 89.7 passer rating. . . . Falcons RB Michael Turner is second in the NFL with 1,491 rushing yards and 16 TDs.

Outlook: The Falcons complete a turnaround from last year's 4-12 mark. Atlanta, 35-14.

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Browns (4-11) at Steelers (11-4)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Steelers (-11).

The scoop: The Steelers are locked in as the No. 2 seed in the AFC. . . . Bruce Gradkowski will start for the Browns, the fourth starter at QB this season for Cleveland. . . . In Week Two, the Steelers struggled for a 10-6 win over the Browns, who have been held to one touchdown or less in nine of their 15 games.

Outlook: Steelers, 27-9.

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Raiders (4-11) at Bucs (9-6)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Buccaneers (-13).

The scoop: Tampa has lost its last three after looking like a sure bet to make the playoffs. The Bucs need a win and a Cowboys loss to make it as a wild card. . . . Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell is coming off a solid game (18 of 25 for 236 yards, 2 TDs, no INTs) in a win over Houston.

Outlook: Bucs struggle, 17-13.

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Seahawks (4-11) at Cardinals (8-7)

Kickoff: 4:15 p.m.

The line: Cardinals (-7).

The scoop: The Cardinals are locked into the No. 4 seed as NFC West champions. . . . Arizona won the first meeting of divisional rivals, 26-20. . . . This is Seattle coach Mike Holmgren's last game.

Outlook: The Cards can coast against the Seahawks. Arizona, 33-16.

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>Dog of the day

Chiefs (2-13) at Bengals (3-11-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Bengals (-3).

The scoop: Will coach Herm Edwards survive the shake-up in Kansas City?

Outlook: Remember when the Bengals took the Giants to OT? Chiefs, 30-17.

e-mail: mnorthrop@buffnews.com



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 30, 2008

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