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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: December 30, 2013

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 30.

• After a memorable Week 17 in the NFL, here's a final cheerleader twitpic roundup of the 2013 regular season. See ya next year, Cowboy cheerleaders.

• It's Black Monday for some in the NFL, but not Rex Ryan. Watch his players react to the news that we'll have Rexie to kick around for another year. Guess he's a player's coach.

• Yesterday's two win-or-go-home games lived up to expectations. Aaron Rodgers came through, and the Cowboys didn't.

• A wild final Sunday in the NFL included the Chargers sneaking in the playoffs — and keeping the Steelers out — with the assistance of a blown call.

Cam Newton adorably made some kid's life yesterday.

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Jesse Palmer saved Chris Fowler's life with the Heimlich maneuver. That'll help him a contract renewal time.

• Ah, Instagram, where celebrities let their freak flags fly. Here are 30 lovely sports ladies you should be following on that particular social medium.

• A couple of fun year-enders from our friends at Mandatory: favorite tweets of the year, and the 135 funniest photos of 2013. Nice time-killers for those of you pretending to work today.

Some amusing highlights from the year in media.

• The Wisconsin Badgers football team enjoyed the Packers' win — except for one sad guy in a Matt Forte jersey.

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