While the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles are both eliminated from the playoffs, their Week 17 matchup will determine who plays in London next season.
In addition to determining draft position, next week's regular-season finale will determine who plays the St. Louis Rams at Twickenham Stadium on Oct. 23, 2016 (Week 7).
Because NFL scheduling relies on how teams finish in the division, the Rams, who will finish third in the NFC West regardless how Week 17 shapes up, will play whichever team finishes in the same position in the NFC East standings next season. The Washington Redskins clinched the division and the Dallas Cowboys are locked in last place.
In essence, whichever team loses will play the Rams in London next season and then have a Week 8 bye week next year.
The game serves as a home game for the Rams (who may not play in St. Louis next season), so regardless, each team will play eight regular-season home games next year.
The Jaguars and Colts will play at Wembley Stadium in Week 4, and the Bengals and Redskins will play in Week 8, also at Wembley Stadium.
"The passion our UK fans have shown for the NFL is overwhelming," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a press release in November. "We are very appreciative of the strong and growing fan support, not only for the games, but for all of the related NFL events we host in the UK throughout the year. We look forward to welcoming new fans to their first NFL game in 2016 and welcoming back thousands of others that are helping our sport grow to new levels of popularity in London and beyond."
Since 2007, there have been 14 regular-season games played in London, all at Wembley Stadium. The Giants played the NFL's first regular-season game in London when they beat the Dolphins, 13-10, on Oct. 28, 2007.
The Giants and Eagles will face each other on Sunday for the right to travel to London against the St. Louis Rams in Week 7 (Oct. 23) next season.
The way both teams played this past weekend, that is no treat for for our friends across the pond. Both teams are 6-9 horror shows at the moment and the Rams are not much better at 7-8.
Changes are brewing, for sure, but what those changes will be are unknown. The Giants are in free fall right now and are about to crash. For many franchises, back-to-back 6-10 seasons are no reason to push the panic button.
But these are the Giants. Last night's loss in Minnesota guaranteed their third consecutive losing season. They haven't made the playoffs in six of the past seven seasons and have hosted just one playoff game at their new concrete palace, MetLife Stadium, since it opened in 2010.