NFL Week 17 Open Thread

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

It's Cal alumni long snapper mano a mano in the nation's capital: Nick Sundberg (Redskins) vs. L.P. Ladoceur (Cowboys). May the best former Cal long snapper win! Oh yeah: the NFC East is at stake, too.

The 17th and final week of the NFL regular season gives us a full slate of 16 Sunday games. There is still plenty at stake for teams seeking to make the playoffs. All of the playoff uncertainty, at least in terms of who's in and who's out, is in the NFC.

Most notably, the NFC East is still up in the air. If the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins today at FedEx Field, the 'Boys win the division; but if the Redskins win, Washington takes the NFC East and 'Boys are out of the playoffs altogether. The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants can still make the playoffs, but they need a lot of help.

In the NFC West, the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks are both in the playoffs: we just don't know which one is the division champ yet. The 49ers can TCB by beating the Arizona Cardinals today in San Francisco. If the Niners can do that, they'll win the division and could get a first round bye if Green Bay loses at Minnesota. But if the 49ers stumble, the white-hot Seahawks can swoop in and take the NFC West crown with a win over the St. Louis Rams. For a full list of all playoff scenarios, see here and here.

Another thing to keep an eye on today: Minnesota's Adrian Peterson needs 208 rushing yards today against the Packers to break Eric Dickerson's single-season record of 2,105 yards, set in 1984.

This is your weekly open thread. Talk about all the action here as you watch. As always, comments about Cal alumni in the NFL are especially welcome and encouraged. And if you're watching Cowboys-Redskins, get a load of that long snapping! The Cowboys' L.P. Laduceur (2003-2004) and the Redskins' Nick Sundberg 2005-2008) long snapped for Cal in the 2000s. We're Long Snapper U., baby!

Full schedule below.

SUN, DEC 30 TIME (ET) TV TICKETS LOCATION
Arizona at San Francisco 4:25 PM FOX 428 available as low as $70 Candlestick Park
Tampa Bay at Atlanta 1:00 PM FOX 57 available as low as $16 Georgia Dome
NY Jets at Buffalo 1:00 PM CBS 148 available as low as $25 Ralph Wilson Stadium
Baltimore at Cincinnati 1:00 PM CBS 503 available as low as $20 Paul Brown Stadium
Chicago at Detroit 1:00 PM FOX 44 available as low as $99 Ford Field
Jacksonville atTennessee 1:00 PM CBS 440 available as low as $5 LP Field
Houston at Indianapolis 1:00 PM CBS 56 available as low as $56 Lucas Oil Stadium
Carolina at New Orleans 1:00 PM FOX 53 available as low as $99 Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Philadelphia at NY Giants 1:00 PM FOX 318 available as low as $28 MetLife Stadium
Cleveland at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM CBS 63 available as low as $63 Heinz Field
Oakland at San Diego 4:25 PM CBS 156 available as low as $40 Qualcomm Stadium
St. Louis at Seattle 4:25 PM FOX 446 available as low as $95 CenturyLink Field
Green Bay at Minnesota 4:25 PM FOX 112 available as low as $205 Mall of America Field
Miami at New England 4:25 PM CBS 202 available as low as $110 Gillette Stadium
Kansas City at Denver 4:25 PM CBS 240 available as low as $55 Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Dallas at Washington 8:20 PM NBC 218 available as low as $200 FedEx Field

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