Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 12/30/12
New York football fans are faced with a big choice Sunday afternoon: Who'd you rather — the Jets or the Giants? To many it's like picking your poison but this is what the season for fans of both teams has come down to — hoping to get one last chance at seeing Tim Tebow play with Gang Green or praying that the Giants make the playoffs with the help of a miracle. The Jets and the Giants won't be meeting on the field in their regular season finales, but they will go head-to-head on the television screen for TV ratings today. The NFL announced its Week 17 start times last week, with the Giants-Eagles match up at MetLife Stadium (Fox) and Jets -Bills in Buffalo (CBS) both being played at 1 p.m. EST. Both teams share a stadium, share a metro fan base and now share a long and disappointing 2012 season. It might frustrate a lot of New York fans who are accustomed to getting a six-hour double dose of bad local football every Sunday this season.  But three-hours of clicking the remote might be like tearing off a Band-Aid.  Get it over with instead of doubling your torture or doubling your pain. The odds of seeing backup Tebow take a few snaps — even if he has been passed over twice for the starting quarterback in three weeks — seem far better than the defending champion Giants backing into the playoffs. All that's holding Tebow back from entering the game is probably another buttfumble from starter Mark Sanchez or a sympathy play-call from head coach Rex Ryan. FOUR things must happen on Sunday for the Giants to qualify for the playoffs: Winning the Eagles game AND the Redskins beating the Cowboys, the Lions beating the Bears and the Packers beating the  Vikings — all bitter division rival games. There's a good chance we will know by 4 p.m. today if New York has no NFL team in the playoffs for the first time since 2003.  But then, the oddsmakers can get a head start laying numbers on who will still be with the teams next season.
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