The legend known as “Jimmy G” has changed the outlook for the San Francisco 49ers — since taking over as starting quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo has led the 49ers to four straight wins. Garoppolo also stumped Bing Predicts with a 44-33 upset win over the playoff-bound Jacksonville Jaguars.
Bing correctly predicted 13 of 16 games in Week 16. In addition to missing the Jaguars at 49ers contest, Bing also missed Cincinnati’s 27-16 upset of the Detroit Lions and the Seattle Seahawks’ surprising 21-12 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Now onto Week 17, the final week in the regular season. It’s an interesting schedule with each of the 16 games featuring divisional opponents.
Plus, the NFL adjusted a few game times so that all contests with playoff implications that affect each other will be played at the same time. Seven games kick off at 1 p.m. EST, while the rest start at 4:25 p.m.
The only game with playoff implications for both teams will be the Carolina Panthers at the favored Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers can clinch the NFC South title with a win and a New Orleans Saints loss. They can clinch a first-round bye with a win, a Saints loss, and a Los Angeles Rams loss. The Falcons will earn a wild-card berth with a win.
The outcomes of nine other games will have playoff implications for one of the teams. That includes getting into the postseason and/or the seeding position.
Some of the most storied NFL franchises will not be fighting for a playoff berth in Week 17. According to NFL media research group, NFL Research, this year marks the first time the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, and San Francisco 49ers will have missed the postseason since 1964. Those five teams have won a combined 21 Super Bowls.
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