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Most of the intrigue in the last day of the National Football League regular season today will be in the National Conference, with two division titles and a wild-card berth up for grabs. All 16 games are between division rivals.

The final game on the 2012 schedule – Dallas at Washington tonight in Landover, Md., – will decide the NFC East and possibly the final wild-card berth in the playoffs.

The Cowboys-Redskins winner will be the division champion. The only way Dallas can make the playoffs is by winning the division. If Washington loses it still could claim a wild-card berth if other contenders, Chicago and Minnesota, both lose. The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants are also in the wild-card picture.

The NFC West title still is undecided although it would take a huge upset – Arizona over the 49ers in San Francisco – and a Seattle home win over the St. Louis Rams to give the Seahawks the title and make the Niners a wild-card entrant.

Game of the day

Cowboys (8-7) at Redskins (9-6)

TV: Ch. 2, 8:20 p.m.

The line: Redskins (-3)

The scoop: The NFL flexed this one into prime time on NBC because of its importance. Dallas has dominated this rivalry, but when it really counts, Washington has won. The Redskins are 2-0 against Dallas in postseason, both NFC championship games. ... Each team plays a lot of close games. Cowboys are 7-5, Redskins are 6-4 in single-digit decisions. As means of comparison, the Bills are 2-4.

Outlook: Dallas has flair for dramatic and knee injury slowed Redskins rookie QB Robert Griffin III in last week's win over Eagles. Cowboys 33-30.

Top attractions

Eagles (4-11) at Giants (8-7)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Giants (-7)

The scoop: Giants need a win and losses by Cowboys, Vikings and Bears to get to Super Bowl tournament. ... Michael Vick, back as starter at QB for Philadelphia, could be either a spark or turnover machine. ... Was the team that gave up 533 yards to Ravens really the Giants? End of nightmarish season could be end of line for coach Andy Reid of Eagles.

Outlook: One of Eagles' wins was over Giants (19-17) and they would love to be spoilers again against their rivals at other end of Jersey Turnpike. Eagles, 24-21.

Packers (11-4) at Vikings (9-6)

Kickoff: Ch. 29, 4:25 p.m.

The line: Packers (-3)

The scoop: Minnesota will gain final NFC wild-card spot with a win or if Cowboys, Giants and Bears all lose. ... Packers have shot at first-round bye. ... Green Bay rolled up 55 on Tennessee last week, scoring touchdowns on five straight possessions in second half; none came after a turnover. ... Minnesota shut out Houston from the end zone last week. ... Blair Walsh of Vikes kicked a 56-yarder, one of three FGs he had in win, his ninth from 50 and beyond this season, most ever in NFL.

Outlook: Vikings, playing at home, have much more incentive. Minnesota, 27-24.

Cardinals (5-10) at 49ers (10-4-1)

Kickoff: 4:25 p.m.

The line: 49ers (-16)

The scoop: Recently acquired Brian Hoyer may get first NFL start at QB for Cards. ... Niners try to get back on track after rout at Seattle last Sunday night.

Outlook: Tough to cover 16. Niners, 20-6.

Rams (7-7-1) at Seahawks (10-5)

Kickoff: 4:25 p.m.

The line: Seahawks (-10)

The scoop: Seattle averaging 50 points in last three games. Rams won first meeting, 19-13. … St. Louis QB Sam Bradford is 4-0-1 this season against divisional opponents.

Outlook: Rams at their best against NFC West. Seattle, 20-13.

Texans (12-3) at Colts (10-5)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Texans (-7)

The scoop: Houston in control for home field throughout AFC playoffs, but also could blow a first-round bye with a loss and wins by Pats and Broncos. … Thrashing at New England took some of the swagger from Texans, who went through the motions in home loss to Vikings last week. … Colts may have been looking ahead to this one in 20-13 escape from K.C.

Outlook: Injuries have taken their toll on Texans. Colts, 23-20.

Bears (9-6) at Lions (4-11)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Bears (-3)

The scoop: Disappointing Lions carry seven-game losing streak into this one. Chicago has lost five of last seven as injuries have hit defense hard. … Detroit is second in league in total offense but keeps losing anyway. Lions gained 522 yards against Atlanta but reached end zone only once in 31-18 loss.

Outlook: Bears can't repeat earlier 13-7 win over Lions. Detroit, 20-17.

Best of the rest

Ravens (10-5) at Bengals (9-6)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Bengals (-2)

The scoop: It's possible these division rivals will meet in first round of AFC playoffs next week with Bengals as wild card. … Baltimore routed Cincy, 44-13, in season opener, but Bengals are much better now. … Cincy's A.J. Green has 95 receptions, 11 for TDs.

Outlook: Bengals are home. Cincinnati, 21-14.

Dolphins (7-8) at Patriots (11-4)

Kickoff: Ch. 4, 4:25 p.m.

The line: Patriots (-10)

The scoop: New England has won last five in rivalry since 22-21 loss in Miami in 2009. … Here's an oddity: Dolphins have scored 24 points in each of their last three wins.

Outlook: Joe Philbin and staff have gotten utmost out of Dolphins' talent. Miami won't go without a fight. Patriots, 27-20.

Panthers (6-9) at Saints (7-8)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Saints (-5)

The scoop: Carolina will be shooting for its fourth win in a row. Saints have been reduced to spoilers, which they were in 34-31 overtime win over Cowboys last week.

Outlook: Like the Saints at home in a wild one. New Orleans, 38-31.

Browns (5-10) at Steelers (7-8)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Steelers (-10)

The scoop: Bitter Rust Belt rivals since Browns entered NFL in 1950, but today they play a meaningless game. … Thad Lewis will make first NFL start at QB for Browns. … Steelers have had only one easy win all season. Playoff hopes ended with 13-10 loss to Bengals last week. … Browns coach Pat Shurmur probably will be dismissed after this one in favor of choice of new owner and CEO.

Outlook: Steelers should rustle up enough passion to beat Browns, 20-13.

Buccaneers (6-9) at Falcons (13-2)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Falcons (-5)

The scoop: Riverside High's Mike Williams continues to shine for Tampa Bay. He had seven catches for 132 yards in loss to Rams last week, including his eighth TD grab. He has 16.3 average for 57 catches this season. … Falcons edged Bucs, 24-23, in first meeting.

Outlook: Bucs have gone flat, losing last five. Atlanta, 30-21.

Chiefs (2-13) at Broncos (12-3)

Kickoff: 4:25 p.m.

The line: Broncos (-16)

The scoop: Broncos in control for first-round bye and have chance for top seed in AFC. … Denver averages 31.7 ppg at home this season. Only team to hold the Broncos below 21 is K.C. in 17-9 loss to Broncos at Arrowhead.

Outlook: Expecting Peyton Manning to play a only a quarter or two to keep the rust off then yield to backup. Chiefs trying to save coach Romeo Crennel's job. Broncos coasting, 27-10.

Raiders (4-11) at Chargers (6-9)

Kickoff: 4:25 p.m.

The line: Chargers (-9)

The scoop: With Carson Palmer out, Terrelle Pryor will start at QB for Oakland. Raiders' last TD was Dec. 6 against Denver. Last seven scores have been Sebastian Janikowski FGs. … This could be last game for Norv Turner as coach of Bolts.

Outlook: Raiders have just too many injuries. Chargers, 27-16.

Jaguars (2-13) at Titans (5-10)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Titans (-4)

The scoop: Jaguars have lost last four, but were competitive in each. … Titans managed just 180 yards total offense in thrashing at Green Bay last week, their fourth loss in a row since surprising 37-3 romp at Miami.

Outlook: Titans' coach Mike Munchak may get axed by owner Bud Adams. Jacksonville, 20-17.

Dog of the day

Jets (6-9) at Bills (5-10)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Bills (-3)

The scoop: Mark Sanchez will start at QB for Jets because Greg McElroy suffered a concussion after getting sacked 11 times last week by Chargers. Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes and only one other key performer are on Jets IR. Bills' injury/illness list includes nine players who have started including three offensive linemen. Rex Ryan and Chan Gailey both could get fired after this one.

Outlook: Six of Ryan's 34 overall wins and 11 within the division are over the Bills. Jets, 17-13.

Last week's results: 9-6 outright, 6-8-1 versus spread. Season's record: 132-86-1 outright, 97-105-6 versus spread.

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