Bill Burt's Pro Picks -- Week 17

Bill Burt believes the Atlanta Falcons, led by quarterback Matt Ryan (2) who is shown here throwing a pass against Tampa Bay recently, will beat the Carolina Panthers and make the playoffs.  (AP Photo/Jason Behnken, File)

Sunday's games

NEW ENGLAND 38, N.Y. Jets 13 ... Hoyer throws TD pass

MIAMI 23, Buffalo 17 ... Cutler over Taylor

ATLANTA 24, Carolina 23 ... Last play of game decides it

MINNESOTA 31, Chicago 27 ... Bears aren't half-bad

BALTIMORE 27, Cincinnati 20 ... Would never pick Bengals here

PITTSBURGH 23, Cleveland 20 ... Steelers hold on

PHILADELPHIA 31, Dallas 20 ... Eagles are legit even with Foles

DETROIT 26, Green Bay 20 ... Does it really matter?

INDIANAPOLIS 27, Houston 24 ... Meaningless tilt might go OT

Jacksonville 28, TENNESSEE 24 ... Believe in Jags

New Orleans 31, TAMPA BAY 20 ... Clean house again in Tampa

Washington 27, N.Y. GIANTS 20 ... Want to pick Giants, but can't

SEATTLE 26, Arizona 23 ... Seahawks love FGs

DENVER 27, Kansas City 20 ... Meaningless for Chiefs

L.A. CHARGERS 31, Oakland 23 ... Bad, bad year for Raiders

L.A. RAMS 34, San Francisco 27 ... Jimmy G won't go quietly

Home teams in CAPS

Last week: 13-3

Season: 156-68