Boxing Day is traditionally meant for giving gifts that you don’t really want, but this year the NFL wants it to be wall-to-wall football.
On Monday, the NFL announced a triple Week 16 header that will feature three games with potential playoff implications. If you’re exhausted from all the ho, ho, ho-ing, and Merry Christmas, the NFL has given you the perfect reason to sit on the couch for almost 12 hours on December 26.
The day kicks off at 1 p.m. ET with a game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Detroit Lions, played in Detroit. The Lions, of course, aren’t quite in contention for a playoff berth (although the players may still be celebrating the firing of head coach Matt Patricia), but the Buccaneers are looking to catch the Saints from New Orleans in the NFC South. or secure a wildcard place.
An NFC West contest will then take place at 4:30 p.m. ET, with the San Francisco 49ers traveling to play the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals are desperately trying to keep some of the heat from their hot start to stay in the playoff conversation. The Niners, who are finally recovering some of their injured players on the field, haven’t given up on their playoff dreams, but could at the very least play the spoiler to a Cardinals team in an inescapable situation.
To end the day at 8:15 p.m. ET, the Miami Dolphins will face the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. The Dolphins and young QB Tua Tagovailoa are playing to secure their first playoff spot since 2009, while the Raiders’ hopes of ending their 18-year playoff drought are dwindling day by day.
The 1 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. games will both air on the NFL Network. The 4:30 p.m. game will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video and Twitch, but will also stream on local networks.
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