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NFL scores 2017: Live results, highlights, and more from Week 16

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What better way to spend Christmas Eve than with a full slate of NFL games. Well, maybe spending Christmas Eve with your loved ones. OK, so let’s try again: What better way to spend Christmas Eve than with your loved ones, watching a full slate of NFL games?

There are major implications in Sunday’s games, too. The Rams, Chiefs, Saints, Falcons, and Panthers can all clinch playoff spots with a win.

The Browns can also clinch with a loss to the Bears … the first pick in the 2018 NFL draft, that is.

If you can’t keep an eye on the games, we’ve got you covered. Follow along with us for all the latest news and best highlights:


The Saints trolled the Falcons by covering up the team entry with a bus on the Jumbotron.

Week 16 scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., FOX

Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m., CBS

Detroit Lions at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m., FOX

Miami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m., CBS

Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots, 1 p.m., CBS

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m., FOX

Los Angeles Chargers at New York Jets, 1 p.m., CBS

Los Angeles Rams at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m., FOX

Denver Broncos at Washington, 1 p.m., CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m., CBS

New York Giants at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m., FOX

Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m., FOX

Before the games

There are only two weeks left in the NFL regular season, and things get particularly hot here in the holiday weekend, with several clinching scenarios and teams desperately clinging to playoff hopes.

The early Sunday window features an intense NFC South rivalry when the Saints (10-4) host the Falcons (9-5), who beat New Orleans just two weeks ago. The division race is far from settled, so this game will have major ramifications on the standings — especially if the Panthers (10-4) somehow fall to the Buccaneers (4-10) during the same time slot.

The Lions (8-6) will be watching those battles intently when they face the Bengals, because Detroit needs to win out and get help to keep its Wild Card hopes alive. A Falcons win will officially eliminate the Lions, who lost the head-to-head tiebreaker to Atlanta.

Likewise, the Seahawks and Cowboys (both 8-6) need all the help they can get heading into a late-afternoon showdown, which doubles as an elimination game — the loser is out of the playoff race for good. The Seahawks are trying to save face after the Rams humiliated them at home last week, but they have to deal with Ezekiel Elliott, who’s coming back from suspension.

Another early game to watch for is the Patriots hosting the Bills, who are trying to end their 18-year playoff drought. The last time these teams met, Rob Gronkowski concussed Tre’Davious White on a blatant cheap shot, so we can expect no love lost there.

It’ll be

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