NBC has yet to announce next Sunday night's matchup. It should come shortly, tommorow at the latest. Taking a look at the lineup of games it looks like Pats-Titans has to be one of the games getting signficant consideration.
Teams involved with the playoff picture in bold
Matchups with two playoff pictured teams
Starting with the first one, Jacksonville are a small market team with limited appeal and an outside chance at the playoffs. KC has an outside chance of qualifying too. I doubt this one would be moved up to primetime.
Carolina at New Orleans. This is one of the most attractive games because of NO's storybook season alone. Carolina right now are on the outside looking in and they're a small market. This has a better chance of being promoted than Jax-KC.
Vick and the Falcons vs. Garcia and the Eagles. These are two high-profile teams with the Eagles looking to clinch a division. Atl are on the outside looking in but Mora's job is up in the air depending on this game so that adds another incentive for NBC. Would NBC want to show Philly two weeks in a row? If you had to carry a team two weeks in a row the Eagles would be at the top of the list. This game is the most likely to get moved up IMO.
"This is the last chance you'll ever get to see Brett Favre throw a pass in the NFL." - words any network would be creaming themselves over. GB has little chance of qualifying and the Bears regular season has been over for a month. Probably right up there with Atl-Phil however.
Finally we have Pats-Titans. The only negative this game has is Tennessee is traditionally a small market. If the Jets lose to Miami in a little bit which is a real possibility then the Titans have a good shot at the playoffs. Of course this game still means something to us, wiill we get #4 or can we squeeze into #3? Let's talk about the QB's which the networks love. Everybody wants to see Vince Young and this would be the first chance the entire country would be able to see him. As for Brady, do we really need to go into it? This game is probably a leading contender.