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2012 NFL schedule: Seahawks vs. 49ers headlines Week 16

A couple of playoff spots can be clinched in Week 16, as well as the NFC West crown.

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The Seattle Seahawks are right in the thick of the playoff push. Armed with a 9-5 record, solid defense and suddenly-hot offensive attack, it's tough to imagine any team wanting to face coach Pete Carroll's bunch right now.

In Week 16, the NFC West crown could be up for grabs. The Seahawks are two games back of the 49ers with two games to play. The two teams are set to square off in San Francisco on Sunday, and a win for the Niners would give them the division title. Kickoff for this one is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET.

As for other important games around the league, the winner of Bengals vs. Steelers will likely be headed to the postseason. Cincinnati currently holds a one-game lead for the final AFC wild card spot, although a loss to Pittsburgh would give the two teams identical records.

Adrian Peterson will look to break the single-season rushing record against the Texans. Both Minnesota and Houston are both on track to earn a playoff bid, although a strong finish to the season could mean a different final seed. Kickoff for this one is set for 1 p.m. ET.

In the rest of the NFC West, the Cardinals will host the Bears, while the Rams travel to take on the Buccaneers.

For a complete look at the Week 16 schedule, check out Sports Illustrated.