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IT’S GETTING VERY close to the end of the regular season and there were a lot of games with a lot on the line tonight in the NFL.

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What’s this, a weekend night of NFL football? Christmas has come early for American football fans.

After last night’s double header, we’ll be keeping track of the eight 6pm kick offs. After that, as usual, you’re on your own.

Here are the eight games:

Source: NFL

As for the playoffs, here’s what can be decided this weekend:

AFC

AFC East
The New England Patriots already have the divisional title and a playoff spot secured but they can clinch a first round bye with a win against the New York Jets tonight.

The Pats would have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win and Denver Broncos loss this weekend.

AFC North
Cincinnati can make the playoffs with a win over the Broncos on Monday night. The Bengals can also win the division if they win and the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens both lose.

The Steelers themselves can reach the playoffs with a win over the Kansas City Chiefs while the Ravens will reach the postseason if they win and both the Steelers and Bengals lose.

NFC

NFC East
A win for the Cowboys plus a loss for both the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions will see Dallas into the playoffs and eliminate the Eagles from the postseason.

A win for the Cowboys would be enough to secure the NFC East title.

NFC North
The Lions have already reached the playoffs thanks to Philadelphia’s surprise loss last night but Detroit can claim a first round bye with a win and losses for both the Green Bay Packers and Cowboys.

A win for the Lions and a loss for the Packers would secure the divisional title for Detroit but Green Bay know a win over Tampa Bay will be enough to reach the playoffs themselves.

NFC South
A win for the New Orleans Saints and a Carolina Panthers loss secures the NFC South title for the former.

NFC West
A win for the Seattle Seahawks over divisional rivals Arizona will clinch a playoff spot for the defending Super Bowl champions.

And in case you were wondering if the Bears were getting any better without Jay Cutler:

Didn’t anyone tell these kids that sharing is caring?
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This is going to be a pretty heavy fine for Dominic Raiola of the Lions for stamping on the Bears’ Ego Ferguson:
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Congrats Packers fans, you’re off to the postseason again:

Right, that’s it from us. Thanks as always for joining us and enjoy the late games.

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Steve O'Rourke

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