Week 17Posted: December 27, 2012
For the final week of the season, the NFL picks the most important game for Sunday night.
For the second straight year, it’s the Cowboys in a battle for the NFC East crown.
Washington, winners of six straight, host Dallas at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. It’s basically win and you’re in, and go home if you lose. The Redskins have a slim chance to make the postseason if they lose, depending on results of earlier games. Like last year, a Cowboys loss ends their season.
With the AFC playoff field set, Baltimore heads to Cincinnati Sunday at 1 p.m. New England aims for a top seed in the 4:25 p.m. game against Miami. The choices on Fox include Giants-Eagles at 1 p.m. and Vikings-Packers in the second game of the doubleheader. TV schedules are still in flux Thursday morning.
The feast of college bowls continues Thursday with three games on ESPN, starting with the Military Bowl featuring San Jose State and Bowling Green at 3 p.m. Duke faces Cincinnati at 6:30 p.m. from Charlotte, then it’s off to San Diego at 9:45 p.m. with the Holiday Bowl between Baylor and UCLA.
There’s three more games Friday. Ohio plays Louisiana-Monroe in the Independence Bowl from Shreveport at 2 p.m., then Virginia Tech meets Rutgers from Orlando at 5:30 p.m. Minnesota goes against Texas Tech from Houston at 9 p.m.
Five bowls fill the schedule Saturday. The Armed Forces Bowl goes at 11:45 a.m. on ESPN with Rice against Air Force, then West Virginia plays Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl. ESPN2 shows the Fight Hunger Bowl at 4 p.m with Navy playing Arizona State, and ESPN continues with two more contests into the night – the Alamo Bowl between Texas and Oregon State at 6:45 p.m. before TCU plays Michigan State from Phoenix at 10:15 p.m.
The Mavericks visit Oklahoma City Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, followed by the Celtics at Clippers.
Comcast offers the Wizards hosting Orlando Friday at 7 p.m. They head to Chicago Saturday at 8 p.m.
It’s a battle of Kentucky Saturday at 4 p.m. on CBS, with the Wildcats taking on Louisville.
ESPN2 has the New Mexico against Cincinnati Thursday at 9 p.m. Friday, Baylor takes on Gonzaga at 8 p.m. before Missouri plays UCLA.
ACC powers host western teams Saturday afternoon as Duke meets Santa Clara at noon before UNLV goes against North Carolina. Washington battles Connecticut at 7:30 p.m.
South Carolina faces Presbyterian Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast. Virginia battles Wofford Sunday at 1 p.m., and it’s Loyola at Memphis at 8 p.m.
MASN shows Seton Hall against Stony Brook Friday at 7 p.m.
It’s Providence-Brown on NBC Sports network Friday at 7 p.m.