NFL Week 17 game picks: Panthers > Falcons; 'Hawks in playoffs

It's Week 17. End of the road for 20 teams. End of the preliminary stage for a dozen others. Who's who? Well, some of that remains TBD.

While many playoff situations were settled last weekend -- like the Lions and Cowboys tanking, and the Chiefs winning the division -- much is still up for grabs this weekend. Not only wild-card spots in both conferences, but also seeding. This week always brings out the spreadsheet monger in all of us, as we try to decipher the complexities of postseason scenarios. For example, take a gander at the Panthers-Falcons blurb below. Before you roll your eyes at all the ifs ands or buts dominating sports airwaves at this time of year, try to remember that, every once in a while, all the ducks line up (in a row, right?) for some Damon Huard-led team to make it to the playoffs.

On to one of your Week 17 thoughts ...

Right, but a cool thing about football is that when you hold the other team to zero points, you don't have to score much.

OK, so now that we got that preamble out of the way, let's dive into some game picks -- the last of the regular season. I worked hard to provide you insightful stats -- along with random sci-fi references -- all year. Lie to me and tell me you enjoyed it. Or just follow the usual protocol, which is to read the picks below and then proceed to tell me how horrifically wrong I am: @HarrisonNFL is the place. Much love and Happy Holidays.

Now, let's get to it!

Elliot Harrison went 13-3 on his predictions for Week 16, giving him a record of 156-84 thus far this season. How will he fare in Week 17? His picks are below:

Follow Elliot Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonNFL.

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