Last year SF was the NFL darling before they were sent packing by the Ravens. This year the best stories in the NFL are in the NFC and mostly rest in the west. The Cardinals have put on a serious playoff charge by winning 7 of their last 8 and putting the beat down on Seattle. The NfL already has a week 17 division all or nothing matchup with the Cowboys and Eagles. They even pushed that game to the prime time slot. Now the Cowboys Romo is out against the Eagles which sucks for their ratings ironically.
If you believe in such puppet strings; the NFL can make up for it by pulling the Falcon string. If the Falcons were to beat the 49ers tonight. If the NFL were smart. If you believe in such things as NFL puppet strings. The NFL could have 3 more teams playing for their playoff lives in week 17. NO, AZ and SF all needing to get a win in week 17 would be a smart play by the NFL. WINK WINK !