The NFLregular season will finally wrap up on Sunday, Jan. 3, with a full slate of 16 games in Week 17. Although there are no games where the winner will head to the playoffs and the loser is eliminated, there are still an impressive 11 matchups with big playoff implications.
Eleven teams are vying for the final seven playoff spots, and the top seed — and sole bye — in the NFC is still up for grabs between the Packers, Saints, and Seahawks. The NFC East will come down to whether Washington can win or tie on "Sunday Night Football" against Philadelphia, and with a loss, the winner of the Cowboys-Giants will be the inglorious champion.
Tennessee and Indianapolis both have a shot to clinch the AFC South, but each could still make the playoffs as a wild card. They're in contention with the Browns, Ravens, and Dolphins for four playoff spots. Meanwhile, the NFC wild card will come down to two spots for the Rams and Cardinals, who are playing each other, and the Bears.
So if you're wondering "What NFL games are on today?" know this: There are 16 scheduled for today, Sunday, Jan. 3.
Note: Games are ordered by start time. All times are ET.
NFL Games on TV Today
Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on CBS
Miami hasn't won at Buffalo since 2012 and has only won four games there since 2004. But having rattled off nine wins in their last 11 games, they're playing their best football in decades. With no Ryan Fitzpatrick (COVID-19), the weight of a playoff push falls on the shoulders of rookie Tua Tagovailoa.
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. on CBS
The Ravens are in the playoffs with a win, and they already stomped the Bengals 27-3 in Week 5. However, even without Joe Burrow, the Bengals have won two straight and put up a combined 64 points in the process. This may not be the layup it once appeared to be.
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on CBS
While the Steelers could move up from the AFC's No. 3 seed to the No. 2 seed, they're resting their starters since no bye is on the line. That's a big boon to the Browns, who can clinch their first playoff berth since 2002 with a win. Watch out for the first meeting between Mason Rudolph and Myles Garrett after last year's fight.
Minnesota at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
Only pride and draft order are on the line in this game, but at 6-9 and 5-10, respectively, the Vikings and Lions could manage to switch who drafts first depending on who wins this game.
New York Jets at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
After starting 0-13, the Jets have won two in a row. That has already locked them into the second pick in the draft, but a win over the rival Patriots would be a real cherry on top of their season. Could that even save Adam Gase or Sam Darnold's long-term prospects with the team?
Dallas at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
These teams will be operating as though a win punches their ticket to the postseason. The winner will have eyes locked on "Sunday Night Football" and be cheering harder for the Eagles than they ever have before.
Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. on FOX
The Falcons have dropped four straight, and the Buccaneers have won three straight, but neither team has much on the line today. Atlanta has been out of the playoff picture for a while, and the Bucs are locked into the top wild-card spot. Expect to see little of Tom Brady in the second half, as in last week's romp over Detroit.
Green Bay at Chicago, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
The Packers can clinch the top seed in the NFC with a win, but the Bears have even more on the line. They need a win at Soldier Field or a Cardinals loss — or both games to end in a tie — to make the postseason for the second time in three years.
Las Vegas at Denver, 4:25 p.m on CBS
The Raiders have had rotten luck in regular-season finales, having lost each of their last nine, including four to Denver. They won't make the postseason, but a win would snap a three-year stretch of losing records.
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
The Colts need some help to make the playoffs, but it all starts with beating the Jaguars at home. That should be very doable, although the Jags' only win this year was in Week 1 against these Colts. Will lightning strike twice?
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
With the top seed in the AFC wrapped up and nothing to play for — the Chiefs already have a franchise-record 14 regular-season wins — Patrick Mahomes will watch from the bench while Chad Henne gets his first start since 2014. On the other sideline, Anthony Lynn may be coaching for his job.
Arizona at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Each team will clinch a playoff berth with a win, although the Rams can still make the playoffs with a loss if the Bears also lose, and the Cardinals can advance with a tie and a Bears loss. Quarterback play will likely not be up to par in this contest since Kyler Murray is banged up and Jared Goff is out with a broken thumb.
Seattle at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
The Seahawks already clinched their first NFC West division title since 2016 — and the 49ers are out of the hunt — but San Francisco can still spoil their rivals' chances at getting a first-round bye. Seattle won their previous matchup in Week 8, but these teams have alternated wins in their last five games.
New Orleans at Carolina, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
These NFC South rivals are ending the regular season against each other for the third straight campaign. And for the third straight season, the Saints are headed to the playoffs while the Panthers have nothing but draft positioning on the line. The Saints can still earn the No. 1 seed, though, with a win, a Seahawks win, and a Packers loss.
Tennessee at Houston, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Win, and the Titans are AFC South champions for the first time since 2008. Lose, and it gets a little more complicated. These teams' Week 6 matchup went to overtime, so it should be another fun game.
Neither team may be great, but this is the Week 17 game with the highest playoff stakes. Washington can punch its ticket to the postseason with a win — or a tie if the Dallas-New York game also ties — but is out with a loss. That's a lot of pressure to wrap up Ron Rivera's first season in the nation's capital.