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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
January 1, 2017  | By David Bianculli

NBC, 8:20 p.m. ET

 
The last week of the regular NFL season is filled with meaningless games, because many teams already are eliminated from playoff contention. But other games still matter, including tonight’s prime-time game between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions. Both teams are 9-6 heading into tonight’s game, and facing all sorts of possible fates. The Packers, who have surged towards the postseason with five consecutive victories, can clinch the NFC North division title with a win against the Lions. But if Green Bay loses, and the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants, the Packers miss the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Lions are in the postseason if they beat the Packers, but even if they lose to Green Bay, they have a shot of advancing – but only if the Giants beat the Redskins. Got it? Me, neither.
 
 
 
 
 
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