Talking Points: Playoff talk is 'bowled over'

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We have bowl games! Thirty-five of them! The bonanza started on Saturday.

If you missed the New Mexico Bowl, you missed what figures to be the most thrilling finish we'll have this bowl season. Arizona scored two touchdowns in the final 42 seconds to beat Nevada 49-48.

The matchup was so compelling that an announced crowd of 24,610 showed up in Albuquerque. That's the smallest crowd in the storied seven-year history of this ESPN-operated bowl game.

With tradition like that, who needs a playoff?

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The Seahawks should be thrilled with the NFL schedule makers. A December road game against the Buffalo Bills could be miserable. But because the Bills need cash, Sunday's game is in Toronto at the building once known as the SkyDome. As an added bonus, the game kicks off at 1 p.m. PDT, instead of the dreaded 10 a.m. start.

On top of that, the 49ers are playing the Sunday night game at New England. So if Seattle wins, there is a decent chance the Seahawks will have a shot at first place in the NFC West next week when San Francisco visits Seattle.