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While we all eagerly await ‘Sunday Night Football,’ let’s watch the early games together.

NFL: Washington Redskins at New York Giants Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

“Sunday Night Football” is still too far away, and it’s hard for me to carry on with my day without the nagging anticipation for Lions-Packers dominating every thought. But there’s other football to be played today, and I suppose that will suffice as a distraction.

The day kicks off with a bunch of irrelevant games to the Lions’ needs. The 1 p.m. ET slate of games literally have no impact on Detroit’s postseason chances or NFC seeding. However the Patriots-Dolphins game has minor seeding implications in the AFC, so I would suggest flipping over to that while you sip your headache-curing Bloody Mary.

When the 4:35 p.m. ET kick in, that’s when the fun starts. All of your television sets should be tuned to Washington vs. Giants, as a New York win would clinch a playoff spot for the Lions. In addition to that, a Falcons loss to the Saints would open up an opportunity for Detroit to jump to a three-seed, and if the 49ers somehow upset the Seahawks, a first-round bye is still a possibility for the Lions.

Anyways, come join us all day as we watch the final week of the 2016 regular season. Happy New Year, Pride Of Detroit family. Let’s hope 2017 is our best.