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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/24/13

NFL Updates: Romo's Injury, Playoff Standings, Week 17 Schedule and More

December 24, 2013

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Now that Week 16 is all wrapped up, we can start looking forward to the final week of the season in the NFL. We’ve got some interesting playoff scenarios ahead, and there are several spots still in question as we finish off the year. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names and storylines around the league this morning. Here’s the latest.

Romo Done for the Year: We’d be remiss if we didn’t jump right in with the biggest NFL topic in recent weeks. Late yesterday afternoon, a report surfaced that claimed Cowboys QB Tony Romo had been ruled out for the rest of the year with a herniated disc in his back, a condition he aggravated in Week 16 against the Redskins. According to the report, he’ll need surgery and won’t be able to return to the field this season.
That said, the Cowboys (or Jason Garrett anyway) aren’t ruling Romo out for Week 17 just yet. Still, we’d be extremely surprised if anyone other than Kyle Orton is under center for Dallas in their winner-take-all matchup against the Eagles on Sunday.

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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/24/13

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Falcons-49ers Notes: Candlestick Park saw its last regular-season game last night, and the 49ers gave it a fitting sendoff. They clinched a playoff berth with a 34-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, and are still in contention for a division title and No. 1 seed in the NFC.
The game had plenty of drama, as the outcome was in doubt all the way up until NaVorro Bowman’s huge pick-6 that sealed the game. Statistically, Frank Gore (97 rush yards; TD) and Michael Crabtree (102 receiving yards) were a couple of the standouts.

NFL Playoff Picture: Now that we’ve got a clear(er) picture of the playoff race heading into Week 17, let’s take a closer look at the current standings in each conference. Lots of teams have clinched at least a berth already, while those on the outside looking in will need a victory and some help. Here’s how things look right now.

AFC Standings:
1. Denver Broncos 12-3 (Clinched AFC West)
2. New England Patriots 11-4 (Clinched AFC East)
3. Cincinnati Bengals 10-5 (Clinched AFC North)
4. Indianapolis Colts 10-5 (Clinched AFC South)
5. Kansas City Chiefs 11-4 (Clinched Wild Card 1)
6. Miami Dolphins 8-7 (Wild Card 2)

In the Hunt: Baltimore Ravens (8-7) San Diego Chargers (8-7)

NFC Standings:
1. Seattle Seahawks 12-3 (Lead West; Clinched Berth)
2. Carolina Panthers 11-4 (Lead South; Clinched Berth)
3. Philadelphia Eagles 9-6 (Lead East)
4. Chicago Bears 8-7 (Lead North)
5. San Francisco 49ers 11-4 (Wild Card 1; Clinched Berth)
6. New Orleans Saints 10-5 (Wild Card 2)

In the Hunt: Arizona Cardinals (10-5), Dallas Cowboys (8-7), Green Bay Packers (7-7-1)

NFL Week 17 Schedule: Now that Week 16 has concluded, we can focus on the last round of games out there. The action will be coming fast and furious this Sunday, so if your team’s not bound for the playoffs, you’ll need to bid them farewell in Week 17. Here’s the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Sunday, December 29, 2013:

1:00 PM ET:
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans (CBS)
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)
Washington Redskins at New York Giants (FOX)
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts (CBS)
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins (CBS)
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings (FOX)
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (CBS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (FOX)

4:25 PM ET:
Denver Broncos At Oakland Raiders (CBS)
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals (FOX)
Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers (CBS)
St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)

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