OPENING LINE: Pittsburgh by 1
SERIES RECORD: Tied 15-15
LAST MEETING: Steelers beat Cowboys 20-13, Dec. 7, 2008
LAST WEEK: Steelers lost to Chargers 34-24; Cowboys beat Bengals 20-19
DID YOU KNOW? Steelers and Cowboys faced each other in three Super Bowls, (X, XII, XXX) Pittsburgh winning two. ... Of 30 games in series, 16 have been decided by seven points or less. ... Pittsburgh has won 29 of last 35 regular-season games against NFC teams. ... Steelers playing at Cowboys Stadium for second time even though this is their first regular-season game at Dallas since 2004, when Cowboys still called Texas Stadium home.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger 2-0 against Cowboys, with road win as rookie in 2004 and at home in 2008. He had thrown for 397 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in those games, but has been sacked eight times. ... Steelers coach Mike Tomlin 62-31 in regular-season games. ... WR Dez Bryant has TD catches in five consecutive games (seven TDs overall). ... Cowboys 35-40 vs. AFC North teams. ... Tony Romo only 238 yards passing from reaching 25,000 for career; he is 72 shy of fourth 4,000-yard season.
OPENING LINE: Falcons by 1
SERIES RECORD: Giants lead 11-10
LAST MEETING: Giants beat Falcons 24-2, Jan. 8, 2012
LAST WEEK: Giants beat Saints 52-27; Falcons lost to Panthers 30-20
DID YOU KNOW? Giants hold one-game lead over Washington and Dallas in NFC East, while Atlanta has already clinched NFC South title. ... Falcons can wrap up home-field advantage throughout conference playoffs if they win and both Green Bay and San Francisco lose. ... David Wilson of Giants became first player in NFL history to rush for more than 100 yards and have more than 200 yards in return yards in victory over Saints. His 327 all-purpose yards set franchise record. … Giants have topped 40 points three times, and have surpassed 35 points two other times. Atlanta has not given up more than 31 points in a game.
Falcons WR Julio Jones is 3 yards away from 1,000 yards receiving on season. WR Roddy White (1,140) has already reached 1,000 yards for sixth straight year, while TE Tony Gonzalez (831) has shot at milestone. Gonzalez has longest active reception streak in NFL (191 games). ... Falcons 32-7 at Georgia Dome over last five seasons. ... Falcons RB Michael Turner rushed for only 14 yards on seven carries against Carolina, second-lowest output of his Atlanta career.
OPENING LINE: Denver by 2 1/2
SERIES RECORD: Ravens lead 5-3
LAST MEETING: Ravens beat Broncos 31-17, Oct. 10, 2010
LAST WEEK: Broncos beat Raiders 26-13; Ravens lost to Redskins 31-28 OT
DID YOU KNOW? Broncos have already clinched second straight AFC West title and riding eight-game winning streak, longest current run in NFL and fourth-longest in team history. ... Denver QB Peyton Manning 8-2 against Ravens. He needs 188 yards passing to become first player in NFL with dozen 4,000-yard seasons (including postseason). ... Jim Caldwell, who replaced Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Monday, coached Manning in Indianapolis. ...
Ravens RB Ray Rice had 133 yards rushing and two TDs in last game against Denver (2010). Rice had season-high 121 yards on ground last week in loss to Washington. ... Broncos LB Von Miller has six straight games with sack and is one sack short of team record of 17, set by teammate Elvis Dumervil in 2009. ... Ravens can clinch AFC North title with victory.
SAN FRANCISCO at NEW ENGLAND
OPENING LINE: Patriots by 5 1/2
SERIES RECORD: 49ers lead 7-4
LAST MEETING: Patriots beat 49ers 30-21, Oct. 5, 2008
LAST WEEK: 49ers beat Dolphins 27-13; Patriots beat Texans 42-14
DID YOU KNOW? Patriots have highest-scoring offense in NFL, while 49ers have allowed fewest points. ... 49ers clinch AFC West with victory combined with Seattle loss. They clinch playoff berth with win even if Seahawks win. Patriots have locked up AFC East title. ... Both teams take care of ball with Patriots having fewest turnovers (10) and 49ers tied for second (12) ... 49ers' Colin Kaepernick first QB in NFL history to throw for 175 yards and run for 50 in consecutive games.
Patriots 21-0 in second half of seasons starting in 2010. ... Patriots won past 20 December home games. ... Tom Brady has thrown TD pass in 45 consecutive games, trailing only Drew Brees (54) and Johnny Unitas (47). ... Wes Welker needs five catches to become first receiver with five seasons of at least 100. ... Stevan Ridley has rushing TD in each of last 6 games.