Bad form for the AFC, which has all six of its playoff qualifiers determined heading into the final Sunday of the schedule.

While there are still some things to be decided there (seeding, matchups), the drama is center stage in the NFC.

The sharpest spotlights will be in the nation’s capital in the afternoon, then in the Motor City at night.

If Washington beats the Giants, then the loser between the Packers and Lions won’t get into the postseason.

If New York prevails, both Green Bay and Detroit are in – same thing if they tie regardless of what Washington does – and will be playing for who earns the NFC North title and who becomes a wild card.

“Obviously, the last game of the regular season you can look at it for what it is, it’s a big game,” Lions Coach Jim Caldwell said. “But nothing changes between those white lines, you’re still going to have to be effective.

“Still going to play the same and not adding different rules to the game because of the magnitude of the game or anything of that nature. You’ve still got to play and we’ve got to play well.”

Ditto for Green Bay (9-5), which has played very well in winning five straight to tie Detroit for the division lead.

“It’s just an extra playoff game to play, and those are the best,” said Packers receiver Jordy Nelson, who has had a spectacular return season after missing 2015 with an injured knee.

“The atmosphere will be incredible. The energy of the game, the speed of the game, everything will be full tilt. These are the games that you enjoy, you want to play in. You want to experience these and these are the ones you’ll remember.”

Tampa Bay remains on the fringes, but needs a ridiculous combination that includes a win against Carolina, a Giants-Washington tie and a strength of victory tiebreaker over the Packers, who must lose.

LIONS: Detroit put running back Theo Riddick on injured reserve with a wrist injury.

Detroit made the move, a day before hosting the Green Bay Packers with the NFC North title at stake.

The Lions had previously ruled Riddick out for the game Sunday.

BEARS: Chicago linebacker Pernell McPhee will miss the season finale at Minnesota because of a shoulder injury.

McPhee, who has four sacks in nine games, sat out practices all week and did not travel with the team on Saturday. He missed the first six games following offseason knee surgery.

Linebacker Leonard Floyd is doubtful because of a concussion, and Willie Young is questionable because of a knee injury.


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