New York football fans are faced with a big choice Sunday afternoon: Who'd you rather — the Jets or the Giants?
To many the dilemma is sort of 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 TV time slot for the first time since the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur caused a scheduling switch in 2009.
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. Think of clicking the remote back-and-forth for three hours like tearing off a Band-Aid — a 180-minute bandage pull 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.