NFL ensures some good ol' fashioned scoreboard watching

The NFL has ensured some good ol’ fashioned scoreboard watching come Sunday afternoon.

While the majority of the playoff picture has unfolded in the AFC, much remains to be determined in the NFC.

The Chicago Bears (11-4) and Philadelphia Eagles (10-4) are the most likely teams to secure the No. 2 seed – and a first-round bye – in the NFC. Provided the Eagles, who are two-touchdown favorites, defeat the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday night, the action will come down to Sunday.

If the Bears defeat the Green Bay Packers (9-6), they will win the No. 2 seed. If they lose and the Eagles defeat the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia will get the No. 2 seed.

At least one wild card spot will be up for grabs. The Packers control their own destiny, so a win over the Bears will get them into the playoffs. If they lose, the Giants can claim a wild card spot with a victory over the Redskins. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will also be in the mix and need to do some scoreboard watching.

To keep almost all of the action in play at the same time, the NFL has moved the Bears-Packers game, Cowboys-Eagles game and Giants-Redskins game all to 4:15 (ET). It will make for an intriguing finish, just what the NFL desires.

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