Forget the Bill Maher tweet or the Pro Bowl arguments; Tim Tebow and Eli Manning have one goal in mind. The NFL playoffs stand one victory away for the Denver Broncos and New York Giants. Can they do it?
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals: Tarvaris Jackson playing for future
Kevin Kolb faces an uncertain job status with the Arizona Cardinals but so does Tarvaris Jackson with the Seattle Seahawks. In a divisional game that almost meant a lot but now means nothing, look for bubble players to start turning up the heat, starting with the Seattle quarterback.
Final score: Seahawks win 24-23
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos: Tim Tebow must conquer Kyle Orton
No quarterback has more to play for in week 17 outside of a playoff berth than Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton. It was Tebow who stole his job with the Denver Broncos and now he can have sweet revenge by denying the media darling his ultimate prize of the first playoff berth for Denver in six years.
Final score: Chiefs win 16-14
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons: Raheem Morris coaching for his job
The Atlanta Falcons have the playoffs sewn up but they shouldn't look past their struggling AFC south rival. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers regressed from a year ago and the job future of head coach Raheem Morris may very well rest on a win or loss in the Georgia Dome. If they pull off a win, he might earn one more year to get it right.
Final score: Buccaneers win 21-17
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals: Andy Dalton looks to erase doubters
An easy schedule is the likely excuse the media use to explain the success of rookie quarterback Andy Dalton but the reality is the Cincinnati Bengals can reach the playoffs by beating the Baltimore Ravens. They're at home in front of a sellout crowd. The biggest hurdle is beating a Baltimore squad still playing for home field advantage.
Final score: Bengals win 17-14
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants: Eli Manning and Tony Romo round 2
Their first battle was an instant classic and now the stage is set for Eli Manning and Tony Romo to wrestle for the NFC East crown on national TV. The New York Giants hold the edge with home field while the Dallas Cowboys seek many demons to exorcise.
Final score: Giants win 28-27
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns: Ben Roethlisberger may play
Ben Roethlisberger has few doubters to his toughness but his quest for a better playoff spot might work against him with his sprained ankle still healing. His Pittsburgh Steelers end the NFL regular season facing the same Cleveland Browns team that injured it. Is a win even worth the risk with Super Bowl hopes already so dim?
Final score: Steelers win 16-10
San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders: Carson Palmer needs a victory
Teams often spend a lot of money and draft picks when they feel they will win by doing so. That's what the Oakland Raiders did when they pried Carson Palmer out of Cincinnati. Now their decision rests on one huge game against the rival San Diego Chargers, who could be playing for the future of head coach Norv Turner.
Final score: Raiders win 26-24
Tim Tebow and Eli Manning command the NFL spotlight in week 17 but other players like Tony Romo and Carson Palmer have just as much at stake. Stay tuned to find out who pulls through.