On Sunday night time, the 12-3 San Francisco 49ers will go on the highway to face the 11-4 Seattle Seahawks in what ought to be one of many best Week 17 finales in NFL history. The winner of this one can earn the No. 1 seed in the NFC, which suggests a first-round bye and homefield benefit for the playoffs.
If Round One of this matchup is any indication, we’re in for a thriller. The first time, Seattle gained 27-24 in additional time in what was simply some of the thrilling games of the NFL season. That Week 10 contest additionally gave the 49ers their first lack of the season. This time round, nonetheless, San Francisco can have its prime receiver, tight finish George Kittle, whereas the Seahawks will welcome the return of operating again Marshawn Lynch.
Since 1990, when the league introduced again the bye week, there was a Week 17 on the NFL schedule yearly. In that point, the Week 17 primetime slot normally goes to a rivalry sport with huge playoff implications. But that slot has by no means featured a sport fairly as huge as a No. 1 seed being on the road for each groups.
Let’s have a look again at a few of the best primetime divisional games in the ultimate week of the season to see what the 49ers-Seahawks rematch has to dwell as much as on Sunday night time.
The Patriots have been seeking to repeat as AFC East champions for the primary time in history — and win the division in Pete Carroll’s first yr as head coach. They had began off the season scorching, successful their first 4 games, however then they dropped 5 of their subsequent seven games. Coming into Week 17, they have been tied with the Dolphins at 9-6. The winner would take the division crown.
In a Monday Night Football conflict, the Dolphins took a 6-Zero halftime lead at dwelling. Then Drew Bledsoe led the Patriots on two landing drives in the second half to place New England on prime 14-6. Dan Marino responded with a landing cross to Lamar Thomas late in the fourth quarter. However, the two-point try failed. Marino acquired the ball again with lower than two minutes left, however Lawyer Milloy picked him off on fourth-and-15, basically clinching the 14-12 win, and the division, for the Patriots.
What occurred in the playoffs: The AFC East title gave New England the possibility to host a playoff sport six days later in opposition to … the Dolphins, who have been a wild card workforce. The Patriots gained once more, this time by a 17-Three margin. They went on to lose in the Divisional Round to the Steelers.
The Titans have been 9-6 and wanted a win on the highway to earn a wild card spot. If they misplaced, the Browns could be the sixth seed. Peyton Manning’s Colts have been 13-2, and already had the No. 2 seed locked up in the AFC.
Lendale White misplaced a fumble in the third quarter and gave the Colts a brief subject to work with, down 7-3. Jim Storgi, in aid of Manning, acquired the Colts on prime with a 3-yard landing cross. But Tennessee’s protection stored the Colts off the board after that.
This was lucky for the Titans, who misplaced quarterback Vince Young on the following possession because of a quad harm. That’s when veteran Kerry Collins, on his 35th birthday, got here off the bench to guide three straight scoring drives. Kicker Rob Bironas made these three subject objectives to get the Titans a 16-10 victory and a wild card spot.
The Titans’ win stored the Browns out of the playoffs, and Cleveland nonetheless hasn’t made the postseason since.
What occurred in the playoffs: Tennessee went on to lose to the Chargers in the Wild Card Round, and San Diego defeated Indianapolis in the subsequent spherical.
One of the NFL’s fiercest rivalries wrapped up the 2013 season on Sunday Night Football. The Eagles have been 9-6 and the Cowboys have been 8-7, and the winner of the sport would clinch the NFC East and a playoff spot.
The Cowboys had gained the primary matchup between the 2 groups in October. This time, although, they needed to begin Kyle Orton at quarterback due to a again harm to Tony Romo.
The Eagles took a 17-7 lead in the second quarter on a Nick Foles 14-yard landing cross, however Dallas countered with a subject objective to make it a one-possession sport at halftime. The second half got here all the way down to the wire. After the Eagles scored a landing with 6:09 left in the fourth quarter, Dallas was in a position to reply with a 32-yard landing cross from Orton to Dez Bryant. Down 24-22 with 3:50 to go, the Cowboys had no selection however to go for the two-point conversion. Orton’s cross try to Bryant was damaged up by Cary Williams to carry off Dallas:
Although the Cowboys compelled an Eagles three-and-out on the subsequent drive, Orton threw a choose to seal it for Philadelphia. This marked the third time in a row the Cowboys misplaced a divisional sport with a playoff spot on the road, which is fairly becoming for them this decade.
The Cowboys will clinch the NFC East with a win and an Eagles loss. If they miss the playoffs, the 2010s would be the solely decade in franchise history in which they made the playoffs three or fewer instances.
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) December 26, 2019
What occurred in the playoffs: The Eagles misplaced to the Saints 26-24 in the primary spherical of the playoffs, so this one didn’t have an excessive amount of impact on the playoff image. But no less than they stored their greatest rivals out of the postseason!
While each of those groups ended up making the playoffs, the AFC North was up for grabs in the 2014 Sunday Night Football finale at Heinz Field. The Steelers have been 10-5, and the Bengals entered 10-4-1 coming off of a Monday Night Football win in opposition to the Denver Broncos that gave them a playoff berth.
The sport was shut all through, although Pittsburgh held a 20-10 lead on the half. In the fourth quarter following a Ben Roethlisberger interception, Andy Dalton discovered Jermaine Gresham for a 5-yard landing cross to shut the hole to 20-17. Then Pittsburgh tried an ill-advised faux punt, which ended with punter Brad Wing throwing a choose. A few performs later, Bengals receiver A.J. Green fumbled and left after taking an enormous blow to the top. The Steelers pulled away when Roethlisberger’s 63-yard landing cross to Antonio Brown sealed the Steelers’ 27-17 victory.
After the sport, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin had phrases for Reggie Nelson. Steelers operating again Le’Veon Bell left with a knee harm in the third quarter on a low hit from Nelson, and ended up lacking the postseason. Somehow, this heated rivalry acquired worse from there.
What occurred in the playoffs: In the playoffs, each of those groups ended up dropping in the primary spherical. The Steelers acquired the No. Three seed and misplaced to the No. 6 seed Ravens, the third AFC North workforce to make the playoffs that season. The No. 5 seed Bengals went on the highway and have been dispatched by the Colts.
The ultimate sport of the 2015 season would determine the NFC North champions. Both groups entered at 10-5, and Green Bay at dwelling was a straightforward favourite. The Packers had gained the division for 4 straight years and hadn’t misplaced a sport to Minnesota for the reason that 2012 finale (a nail-biter in the afternoon slot that acquired the Vikings into the playoffs). The Vikings hadn’t gained the division since 2009, which was additionally the final time they’d emerged victorious at Lambeau Field.
The Sunday Night Football affair wasn’t the prettiest of games, nevertheless it did have loads of drama. After Micah Hyde pulled off a one-handed interception in opposition to Teddy Bridgewater in the third quarter, the Vikings responded by forcing an Aaron Rodgers fumble. Captain Munnerlyn picked up the ball and took it 55 yards for a landing and a 20-Three lead for Minnesota.
The Packers answered proper again with a landing and subject objective to chop the deficit to 20-13. Then Cordarrelle Patterson ran again the kickoff for 70 yards and seemed like he was about to attain till kicker Mason Crosby compelled a fumble, which was recovered by Hyde. Green Bay acquired down into pink zone, after which on fourth-and-goal from Minnesota 13-yard line, Xavier Rhodes intercepted Rodgers in the top zone. That successfully secured the win and the division for the Vikings. The Packers settled for a wild card bid.
What occurred in the playoffs: As the No. Three seed, the Vikings hosted the No. 6 Seahawks on a frigid day in Minnesota. They misplaced a heartbreaker when kicker Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard chip shot to present Seattle a 10-9 win. The Packers went on the highway to beat Kirk Cousins’ Washington workforce earlier than falling in a wild additional time sport to the Cardinals in the Divisional Round.
How will the Week 17 finale between the 49ers and Seahawks examine to these games? Based on the stakes, it’s some of the essential ever — this sport impacts the No. 1 seed in the NFC, which may find yourself with the Seahawks, 49ers, Packers, and even Saints. We can’t wait to see what this rematch has in retailer.