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Happy New Year: NFL Week 17 Open Thread

Happy New Year, CGB! January 1 is usually a day that belongs to college football bowl games. But when January 1 falls on a Sunday, like today, it's instead a day of wall-to-wall NFL action! It is the final week of the NFL regular season and all 32 teams are in action today. Woot woot!

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Oakland Raider and Cal alum Matt Giordano made this interception in Week 10 to help the Raiders beat the Chargers in San Diego. The Raiders need to beat the Chargers again today to get into the playoffs.

There are lots of games that still have meaning, as the playoff situation works itself out. (See all your scenarios here.) Personally, I'm looking forward to Cowboys (8-7) at Giants (8-7) in the NBC Sunday Night game: winner is in as the NFC East champion, the loser is out of the playoffs altogether. I love those kind of games!

Also intriguing is Kansas City (6-9) at Denver (8-7). If the Tim Tebow-led Broncos win, they will win the AFC West. But they'll have to do it against Chiefs QB Kyle Orton -- whom Denver released earlier this season to launch Tebowmania. Awkward. Lying in wait for the AFC West title are the Oakland RAIIIIIII-DAHS. If the Raiders (8-7) can beat the Chargers (7-8), they'll win the AFC West if KC beats Denver. Oakland can also get a wild card spot this way:

1) OAK win + CIN loss + TEN loss or tie

2) OAK win + CIN loss + NYJ win

The San Francisco 49ers (12-3) have clinched the NFC West, but are still playing for the coveted first-round bye the NFC. The Niners get it if they win today on the road against the Rams (2-13). But if the 49ers stumble in St. Louis, who's got it better than them? Possibly the Saints (12-3). If the 49ers lose and the Saints win at home against Carolina (6-9), the Saints snatch the first-round bye and force the 49ers to play next week on wild-card weekend. If the Saints lose, however, the 49ers get the bye regardless of how they do in St. Louie.

Discuss any and all of the action in the comments, especially games involving Cal alumni. We won't see Aaron Rodgers much (if at all) today, as the Green Bay Packers (14-1) have clinched everything there is to clinch for the NFC playoffs. But if you're watching Seahawks-Cardinals, you'll probably see a steady dose of Beast Mode, who will try to cap off a great season with another Beast Modian and touchdown scoring performance.

Enjoy the games. Full schedule is right here:

Sun, Jan 01 Time (ET) Stadium/Tickets Network DIRECTV SIRIUS Westwood One Game Access
WAS @ PHI 1:00 PM Lincoln Financial Field
Tickets
FOX 711 139 (WAS)
92 (PHI)
Game Center
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DET @ GB 1:00 PM Lambeau Field
Tickets
FOX 712 85 (DET)
104 (GB)
Game Center
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NYJ @ MIA 1:00 PM Sun Life Stadium
Tickets
CBS 704 86 (NYJ)
136 (MIA)
Game Center
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CAR @ NO 1:00 PM Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Tickets
FOX 707 138 (CAR)
125 (NO)
Game Center
Listen | Watch
SF @ STL 1:00 PM Edward Jones Dome
Tickets
FOX 709 137 (SF)
117 (STL)
Game Center
Listen | Watch
CHI @ MIN 1:00 PM Mall of America Field
Tickets
FOX 708 135 (CHI)
94 (MIN)
Game Center
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TEN @ HOU 1:00 PM Reliant Stadium
Tickets
CBS 706 106 (TEN)
128 (HOU)
Game Center
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IND @ JAC 1:00 PM EverBank Field
Tickets
CBS 710 113 (IND)
112 (JAC)
Game Center
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BUF @ NE 1:00 PM Gillette Stadium
Tickets
CBS 705 134 (BUF)
93 (NE)
Game Center
Listen | Watch
PIT @ CLE 4:15 PM Cleveland Browns Stadium
Tickets
CBS 716 135 (PIT)
92 (CLE)
Game Center
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KC @ DEN 4:15 PM Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Tickets
CBS 717 132 (KC)
86 (DEN)
Game Center
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BAL @ CIN 4:15 PM Paul Brown Stadium
Tickets
CBS 715 134 (BAL)
94 (CIN)
Game Center
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SEA @ ARI 4:15 PM University of Phoenix Stadium
Tickets
FOX 714 139 (SEA)
112 (ARI)
Game Center
Listen | Watch
TB @ ATL 4:15 PM Georgia Dome
Tickets
FOX 713 136 (TB)
117 (ATL)
Game Center
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SD @ OAK 4:15 PM O.co Coliseum
Tickets
CBS 718 85 (SD)
93 (OAK)
Game Center
Listen | Watch
DAL @ NYG 8:20 PM MetLife Stadium
Tickets
NBC 92 (DAL)
93 (NYG)
Radio Game Center
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