America will be able to watch the Colts and Titans battle it out for a playoff spot in the AFC.
NBC announced it will air the Indianapolis-Tennessee game on “Sunday Night Football” for the final game of the regular season.
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The game is significant, since the winner will go to the playoffs as either a wild-card team or the AFC South champion. For the latter to happen, the Texans have to lose to the Jaguars earlier Sunday.
The Titans will enter the game with a chip on their shoulder, since the Colts won the first meeting earlier this year and the status of quarterback Marcus Mariota’s shoulder is up in the air. Coach Mike Vrabel didn’t elaborate on how severe Mariota’s injury was after he was hit hard in Saturday’s game against the Redskins, but Blaine Gabbert would start should Mariota be deemed too hurt to play.
Meanwhile, Andrew Luck’s shoulder has been strong as the season has gone on, despite the Colts quarterback missing all of last season as he recovered from surgery. In Week 16’s comeback win over the Giants, he threw for 357 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
The Titans (9-6) will host the Colts (9-6) at 8:20 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC.