Sunday is the final day of the NFL regular season, and the Raiders are still fighting for a playoff spot. They’ll be involved the second half of a CBS doubleheader that features six matchups with playoff implications.
It starts at 10 a.m. when most of the country, including KPIX channel 5 airs the Jets at the Dolphins, as the former is vying for the one remaining wild card spot. Some viewers get the Titans, who are fighting for the same spot, at the Texans.
Across the dial, pity poor Fox which saw its most meaningful contest get nabbed by NBC thanks to flex scheduling. Now all it’s left with at 10 a.m. is the race for the #2 seed in the NFC. The team currently occupying that spot is the 49ers, on KTVU channel 2, taking on the Rams. It’s also on KNBR 680 AM and 107.7 FM The Bone.
Most viewers get the Panthers at the Saints who are ready to step into that #2 position, and avoid playing next week, as well as host their game the following week, if the 49ers fall.
The second half of Fox’s doubleheader features the Bucs at the Falcons. This was scheduled before the Saints beat the Falcons and took the NFC South crown. Now this contest only matters if the Lions lose at 10 a.m. Don’t worry about it anyway because it’s blacked out here.
Meanwhile the second half of CBS’ doubleheader spotlights the race for the AFC West title between the Broncos and the Raiders. At 1:15 p.m. KPIX brings us the Chargers at those Raiders, also on Live 105 FM. Most folks will get the Chiefs at the Broncos.
By the way, the Raiders also have a shot at that remaining Wild Card spot. Some viewers will see the Ravens at the Bengals, who currently control that spot. If the Bengals win, they’re in.
As an added bonus, the Ravens, who are tied with the Steelers in the AFC North, also have something to play for. A win gives them the 2-seed and a week off in the first week of the playoffs, followed by a home game in Week 2, while a loss may force them to go on the road in Week 1. The Steelers are at the Browns at 1:15 as well, so that AFC North versus Wild Card race will play out then too.
CBS will no-doubt keep us apprised of what’s going on in the other three contests, so we’ll know whether or not the Raiders are actually playing for something.
KNBR 1050 AM has updates throughout the morning and afternoon.
Onto NBC which got to pick any game it wanted, and like last year, chose a winner-take-all loser-go-home matchup. That would be the NFC East title game between the Cowboys and the Giants, 5:30 p.m. on KNTV channel 11, 1050 AM, and online.
All NFL action is on Sirius.
It’s a near perfect scenario for CBS and NBC. By the time the former signs off, two divisional titles and two wild card spots will be set, while the other will fill in the final NFC piece of the puzzle.
As for the Raiders, they have two chances to make the playoffs. Do they win and get some help, or are they once again on the outside looking in?
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