The NFL Network is the broadcast home of tonight's Cowboys vs. Falcons game, which means, of course, that many of you can't see it. Which makes this open thread even more important ... it might just be the best live coverage of the game that you can get.
Pretty solid Saturday night matchup, too. You've got the Falcons, who spent part of the week fighting rumors that Michael Vick would play running back, and the rest of the week being embarrassed by their head coach, who said he'd like to leave and take Ty Willingham's job at Washington.
And then you have the Cowboys, who were last seen on primetime television getting dickwhipped by the Saints, necessitating a bounceback game tonight from QB Tony Romo. And maybe, just maybe, tonight will be the night when Terrell Owens decides to knife Terry Glenn in the shower, because snitches get stitches.
And of course, there are big playoff implications, too, since there are only three teams in the NFC that have been eliminated from playoff contention. The Cowboys can clinch a playoff spot this weekend if they win and the Vikings lose while the Saints also win. Or, they need the Vikings to lose while the Panthers also lose, or... actually, just forget it. If they make the playoffs, someone will tell you.
The Falcons can't clinch anything, though, and right now, they're on the outside of the playoff bubble. They're tied for a wildcard spot with the Giants and Eagles at 7-6, but they both have tiebreakers over the Falcons.