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NFL Week 15 Second Shift Open Thread

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NFL: AFC Championship-New England Patriots at Denver Broncos Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Our second set of games this afternoon has significant playoff implications, and includes a rematch of January’s AFC Championship game.

On the docket this afternoon:

  • New Orleans Saints (5-8) vs Arizona Cardinals (5-7-1)

Neither the Saints nor Cardinals are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention yet, but that will change after today. They each need a win to stay alive.

  • San Francisco 49ers (1-12) vs Atlanta Falcons (8-5)

The Niners are a mess, currently on a 12-game losing streak that isn’t likely to end today. The Falcons are tied with the Buccaneers at the top of the NFC South.

  • Oakland Raiders (10-3) vs San Diego Chargers (5-8)

The Raiders are in a dogfight with the Chiefs for the AFC West title, and the Chargers are just trying not to have a losing record this season.

  • New England Patriots (11-2) vs Denver Broncos (8-5)

This is a rematch of January’s AFC Championship game, and the Broncos desperately need a win if they are going to stay in contention both in their division and in the conference.

This is your NFL Week 15 Second Shift Open Thread... Have fun!