2012 NFL schedule: Cardinals host Bears, 49ers battle Seahawks in Week 16

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Previewing the NFL action for the second-to-last weekend of the regular season.

The regular season is winding down in the NFL, and there are still a couple of playoff spots up for grabs. The Week 16 schedule features a couple of key games, especially in the NFC West and AFC wild card chases.

As for the hometown Cardinals, they'll play the role of spoilers when the Chicago Bears come to town. The Bears once looked like a frontrunner in the NFC crowd, but they've really struggled in recent weeks. Kickoff from Glendale is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET.

The Steelers and Bengals will meet on Sunday afternoon in a game that will likely decide the AFC's sixth and final playoff birth. Assuming the Colts can defeat the Chiefs, the winner of this one will likely reach the postseason.

In a cross-conference battle that could really mess up the playoff standings, Adrian Peterson and the Vikings head to Houston to battle the Texans. A big day could give Peterson the all-time single-season rushing record. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET.

Perhaps the most important game is between the 49ers and Seahawks, which was picked up for Sunday Night Football. Both teams are coming off big wins, and a win for San Francisco would clinch the division title.

For the full Week 16 slate of games, be sure to check out Sports Illustrated.

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