Week 17 of the NFL season continues on Sunday, Jan. 2, with the league ringing in the new year with its biggest slate of the campaign. And with eight playoff berths still up for grabs, there's plenty on the line across the league.
In the early afternoon, a handful of AFC games are rife with postseason implications, including Chiefs-Bengals, Dolphins-Titans, and Raiders-Colts. Elsewhere, the Eagles and Washington get together for the second time in 12 days and the Ravens look to snap their extended losing streak against the surging Rams.
Later in the day, Chargers-Broncos renew their rivalry and Cardinals-Cowboys offers up a potential playoff preview while Green Bay hopes to take another step towards the No. 1 seed in the NFC against Minnesota on "Sunday Night Football."
So if you're wondering "What NFL games are on today?" know this: There are 15 scheduled for today, Sunday, Jan. 2.
Note: Games are ordered by start time. All times are ET.
NFL Games on TV Today
Jacksonville at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Some (including myself) theorized that the Jaguars might play better after shedding Urban Meyer and moving on. That has not been the case. Instead, they are the biggest underdogs of the week, as the Patriots have a chance to clinch a playoff berth.
Atlanta at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Amazingly, the Falcons are just one game out of the playoffs, but a loss on the road would put them out of their misery. They're catching the Bills at the wrong time too, as Buffalo is coming off a dominant win over the rival Patriots.
New York Giants at Chicago, 1 p.m. on CBS
Both NFC teams are eliminated from playoff contention, but here's an interesting twist. The Giants are currently slated to pick fourth and seventh in next year's draft, since they own the Bears' first-rounder from the trade that netted Chicago Justin Fields. So either way, New York figures to improve one of its two draft picks after Sunday's game.
Kansas City at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
The Chiefs can clinch the No. 1 seed with a win, while the Bengals would win the AFC North with a victory and keep an outside shot at that first-round bye alive. Expect a ton of passing yards as Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow face off.
Miami at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
The Dolphins are riding a seven-game winning streak, while the Titans are a win away from clinching the AFC South. These teams enter as the No. 7 and No. 2 seed, respectively, in the conference and could face off again in two short weeks.
Las Vegas at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on FOX
Separated by just a single game, this may be a loser-leaves-town scenario for the AFC playoff race. The Colts' QB situation remains murky as Carson Wentz is dealing with a positive COVID-19 test.
Tampa Bay at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tom Brady has beaten the Jets 11 times in a row, dating back to December 2015. That doesn't appear likely to change today. New York's league-worst defense is likely not up to the task, even with several key Bucs playmakers banged up.
Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
If a few games break their way, the Eagles may clinch a playoff spot this week, which would've been hard to believe in early November when they were 3-6. Washington somehow remains in the race as well — maybe seven playoff teams per conference are too many?
Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on FOX
The Ravens' secondary is beyond thin with injuries, so are they up to the task of stopping Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, and this dangerous Rams passing attack? This may be Lamar Jackson's biggest test of the season, if he's even able to play with a balky ankle.
Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
After dropping two straight games, the Chargers are on the outside looking in at a wild-card spot. They'll need to knock off a Broncos team that upset them five weeks ago and is looking for its own playoff berth, a first since winning the Super Bowl in the 2015-16 season.
Houston at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Trey Lance is set to make his second career start — his first at home — with Jimmy Garoppolo doubtful to play because of a torn ligament and chipped bone in his thumb. The Texans may be weaker than his Week 5 opponent, the Cardinals, but fellow rookie Davis Mills has been playing lights-out lately.
Carolina at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
The Panthers beat the Saints 26-7 in Week 2, but it's been mostly downhill for them since. With Carolina turning back to Sam Darnold at quarterback, can they rekindle some of that magic to save Matt Rhule's job?
Arizona at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
The Cowboys still have a chance to earn a first-round bye with a win, but they haven't had a ton of success against teams with a winning record this season (3-4). They'll want to change that ahead of the playoffs, just as the Cardinals need to get back on track after losing three straight.
Detroit at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
D'Andre Swift is making his return after missing the last four games with a shoulder sprain, which should make the Lions' offense more fearsome. The Seahawks, who don't own their own first-round pick, are just hoping to end on a high note.
The Vikings upset the Packers at home earlier this season, but they'll need to win to keep their playoff hopes alive without Kirk Cousins, who tested positive for COVID-19. The good news is they'll have Dalvin Cook back from his own positive test.