Two NFC showdowns, one for the North title and one for the East crown.
A returning star quarterback in Green Bay and a sidelined one in Dallas.
A pair of the NFL's most heated rivalries determining playoff spots.
One thing the NFL absolutely got right in recent years was making all Week 17 games between division teams. It's worked again with the Eagles visiting the Cowboys tonight, a little while after the Packers and Bears settle the score in their sector.
"Wouldn't want it any other way," Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. "This is what you fight for, an opportunity to be in the playoffs. That's what's in front of us. Everybody's well aware of the great history between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears."
And McCarthy gets back Aaron Rodgers, who missed seven games and most of an eighth because of a broken left collarbone suffered against the Bears.
"We're in it," said Rodgers, who saw the Packers go 2-5-1 without him. "You know we have a chance against our rivals, and what a better way than to go down there and get some redemption and host a home playoff game."
While Rodgers comes back, the Cowboys will be without Tony Romo, who damaged his back in a tight win at Washington last Sunday. Kyle Orton will step in as Dallas plays a winner-take-all finale against a division opponent.
"Everything we are and we have accomplished over the last few years, that you believe in and you hold on to, is because of him," said tight end Jason Witten, the franchise leader in catches who came into the league with Romo in 2003. "What he creates week in and week out, day in and day out, I don't think you look at a couple of plays and determine. I think that would be foolish for anybody to do that."
Philadelphia (9-6) at Dallas (8-7)
The Eagles have been the more balanced team, with a defense that pretty much improved as the season progressed, and a sensational offense. And they will have their quarterback: Nick Foles leads the league with a 118.8 rating, has 25 TDs and two interceptions, and is healthy.
They also have LeSean McCoy, who can become the first Philadelphia running back to lead the league in rushing since Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren in 1949.
"I don't care who's quarterbacking, who's playing," Foles said of the challenge on Sunday night. "If you're not up for that, I don't know if you'll ever be up to play football."
Orton last started a game in 2011 with Kansas City.
Green Bay (7-7-1)at Chicago (8-7)
Both teams will be searching for a semblance of defense in one of the most meaningful meetings of the 187-game (and counting) rivalry. Chicago ranks 29th, Green Bay 26th on defense.
"Sometimes we're in the right place, but we're just not winning the one-on-ones or you missed a tackle," Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said.
New York (7-8) at Miami (8-7)
Baltimore (8-7)at Cincinnati (10-5)
Cleveland (4-11)at Pittsburgh (7-8)
Kansas City (11-4)at San Diego (8-7)
Four teams chasing the final AFC wild card. Who has the edge?
Miami, because it's at home against a team it easily handled earlier, might be the one. But the Jets will play hard, sensing a win might be enough to save the job of the coach the players adore, Rex Ryan.
So Baltimore, with its championship pedigree, fits the role. Except the Bengals are undefeated at home and still have a shot at the No. 2 overall seed.
That leaves the Chargers, perhaps. The Chiefs have nothing to play for, secure in the No. 5 slot in the AFC seedings, and San Diego has been coming on.
Maybe the team with the least pressure on it is Pittsburgh. Knowing the Steelers need those other three contenders to lose, they might simply pay attention to handling archrival Cleveland and let things fall however they may.
Carolina (11-4) at Atlanta (4-11)
Tampa Bay (4-11)at New Orleans (10-5)
Pretty simple what can happen here. And complex.
If the Panthers win at Atlanta, they take the NFC South, going from a last-place tie in 2012 to the title the Falcons won a year ago. If Carolina, which has won 10 of 11, loses to the faltering Falcons, New Orleans can sneak into the top spot in the division with a victory.
"The work is not done," said Panthers safety Mike Mitchell, who recognizes a win earns a bye for the wild-card round. "We are in the playoffs, but it's not time to relax. We can make it a lot easier for ourselves and earn some rest and let other teams beat themselves up."
The Saints still can miss the postseason, though, if they lose and Arizona beats San Francisco. And Carolina can sink to the sixth seed by losing while the 49ers and Saints win.
St. Louis (7-8) at Seattle (12-3)
San Francisco (11-4)at Arizona (10-5)
After showing vulnerability at home for the first time in two seasons — and since Russell Wilson became the starting quarterback — by losing to Arizona, Seattle needs a win or tie to secure home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. It might not be easy, because the Rams played the Seahawks tough in October, losing 14-9.
St. Louis has only one victory in Seattle since 2002, when the NFC West was formed.
With the Niners in the playoffs, Arizona would be the more desperate team. But San Francisco is eager to pounce if Seattle stumbles — and could get the top overall conference seed if Carolina also falls. The 49ers have won five in a row.
The Cardinals could be the second 11-5 team, joining the 2008 Patriots, not to make the playoffs if the Saints also win.
Denver (12-3) at Oakland (4-11)
Buffalo (6-9)at New England (11-4)
Right now, the top two seeds in the AFC are the Broncos and Patriots. But should Denver slip up against the Raiders — a long shot at best — New England could grab the top spot with a win.
Peyton Manning has 51 TD passes, most in a season, and figures to throw a few more against the inept Oakland defense. He needs 266 yards passing to break Drew Brees' single-season mark of 5,476 set in 2011, and the Broncos need 18 points to break New England's single-season mark of 589 set in 2007.
The Raiders need an 11th straight non-playoff season to end.
Buffalo has never won in Gillette Stadium, which opened in 2002. But the Bills lead the NFL in sacks, so Tom Brady might not be all that comfortable against a team he has beaten 21 out of 23 times.
Jacksonville (4-11)at Indianapolis (10-5)
The Colts know they will be at home next week in the wild-card round, barring losses by the Patriots and Cincinnati and an Indy win that would deliver a bye. The Colts can complete a sweep of the AFC South for first time since 2009, and placekicker Adam Vinatieri needs six points to become the seventh member of the 2,000-point club.
The Jaguars are 4-3 since their bye week and are trying to win a fourth AFC South game in the same season for the second time in franchise history and first time since 2005.
Washington (3-12)at New York Giants (6-9)
Very possibly the final game in Mike Shanahan's four-year run as Washington coach. He's 24-40 and last season was the only winning one for him with the Redskins. They have lost seven straight games and are winless in the NFC East.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin almost certainly will return if he wants to. But aside from his two Super Bowl victories — a big aside — the Giants have missed the playoffs five times under the league's oldest coach.
Houston (2-13)at Tennessee (6-9)
From projected Super Bowl contender after consecutive AFC South titles to, uh, earning the top overall pick in the draft. That's how Houston's season has gone, with 13 straight losses and Gary Kubiak already fired as coach.
Mike Munchak's tenure in Tennessee also could end, especially if the Titans can't handle the league's worst team. RB Chris Johnson needs 50 yards to reach 1,000 for a sixth straight season.
Detroit (7-8)at Minnesota (4-10-1)
The Lions completed their collapse from NFC North leader to heading home before the new year when they lost to the Giants in overtime last weekend. QB Matthew Stafford has an NFL-worst 14 turnovers (including 12 interceptions) over the last six weeks, five losses.
It's the final game in the Metrodome. The Vikings will move to the University of Minnesota's outdoor stadium for the next two seasons while a new stadium is being built on the site of the Metrodome, which will be torn down next month.