Games with playoff implications: Carolina at Atlanta, Pittsburgh at Cleveland, Tampa Bay at New Orleans, Cincinnati at Baltimore.

And now, a quote from a story about a team playing in a totally-irrelevant game without playoff implications...

Dan Quandt says the nightmare started with trash talk at a Davenport bar, and almost ended his life.

''It's cause I was wearing purple, and I guess men don't wear purple, but I'm a man and I wear purple cause I'm a Vikings fan,'' said Quandt from his hospital bed Wednesday. [WQAD]

(H/T for pic from Wisconsin to Jeff Papachristou)