Games with meaning

Updated: December 26, 2004, 5:25 PM ET
By Hank Goldberg | ESPN Insider
With all of the sub .500 teams having a shot at the playoffs, there is no shortage of meaningful games on Sunday.

Plaxico Burress
Burress
Pittsburgh can wrap up home field throughout the playoffs with a win over Baltimore, a team that is 4-10 against the spread in its last 14 trips to Steel town. Plaxico Burress is back and Ben Roethlisberger (12-0) has missed him.

San Diego at Indianapolis is a possible preview for the postseason. Peyton Manning will likely pass Dan Marino against a secondary that should have problems with the number of Colts receivers who will spread out and come after it. Indy's defense now has 43 sacks and is plus-20 in turnovers.


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Hank Goldberg is an NFL reporter on a variety of ESPN programs. He first joined ESPN2 as football analyst on SportsNight when the new network launched Oct. 1, 1993. He has also been a frequent contributor on ESPN Radio since June 1992.