With just two weeks left in the season, every team in the playoff hunt is feeling the heat. For those battling for a wild card berth, one or two plays can determine whether they're playing football or golf come January. And for those playing for home field advantage, one kick or special teams play could be the difference between having 75,000 fans behind you or against you.
Let's take a look at the TV schedule for Week 16 in the Bay Area. All information courtesy of The506.com.
CBS: At 10 a.m. PT, the hometown Oakland Raiders will travel east to take on Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Both teams have failed to live up to expectations this season, although they've shown signs of life in recent weeks. Spero Dedes and Steve Beuerlein will call the action.
FOX Early Game: Also at 10 a.m. PT, the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints will square off. The Cowboys are right in the middle of the NFC East title chase, while the Saints feature one of the top offenses in the league. Look for plenty of points to be scored in this one. Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston will be in the booth, with Tony Siragusa providing insight from the sidelines.
FOX Late Game: Eli Manning and the Giants will face the struggling Ravens 1:25 p.m. PT. Baltimore has been torn up by injuries this season, and a team once believed to be one of the AFC favorites will hobble into the postseason. New York has work to do if they hope to reach the postseason. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will call this one.
NBC: In what promises to be a great game, the 49ers and Seahawks square off for Sunday Night Football. If San Francisco wins, they claim the NFC West Crown for the second-straight year. The Seahawks have scored 50+ points in their last two games. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will be in the booth.