We get one step closer to ending the 49ers train wreck of a season, as Week 16 comes to a close with Monday Night Football. The Cincinnati Bengals host the Denver Broncos, with all sorts of playoff implications. The game kicks off at 5:30 p.m. PT on ESPN, with Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden in the booth, and Lisa Salters on the sideline. The Broncos are a 3.5-point favorite.
This game is a bigger deal for Cincinnati, but the playoff implications are big for both teams. If the Bengals win, they clinch a playoff berth, and retain possession of first place in the AFC North in advance of next week's huge showdown with the Steelers. If the Bengals lose, they will lead in the wild card, but still be stuck potentially needing a win next week. If the Broncos win, they clinch a first round bye, and maintain pace with the Patriots. If the Broncos lose, they drop to 11-4 and give the Colts some life for a potential first round bye.