2012 NFL schedule, Week 16: Giants playoff hopes on line vs. Ravens, Jets play out string

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The New York Giants face a pivotal matchup against the Baltimore Ravens as they hope to stay tied atop the NFC East heading into the final week of the season. Meanwhile, Greg McElroy takes over the QB reins for the eliminated New York Jets.

The New York Giants take on a Baltimore Ravens squad also jockeying for playoff position, while the New York Jets play out the string in a meaningless game against the San Diego Chargers.

The Giants need a win Sunday against a tough opponent, as they're currently tied atop the NFC East with the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys. Both of those teams have favorable matchups: Washington plays the lowly Philadelphia Eagles, who have lost nine of ten, and the Cowboys take on the New Orleans Saints, who are 6-8. The Ravens have lost three in a row, as they've struggled on offense, leading to the firing of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. But they're still considered one of the AFC's best teams. The AFC North title is within their grasp, so Baltimore will be motivated.

Both the Jets and Chargers are out of playoff contention, but Jets fans will be intrigued to see how the team operates with Greg McElroy at the helm after the benching of Mark Sanchez.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions, 8 p.m., ESPN

Sunday Dec. 23

Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m., CBS

New England Patriots vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m., CBS

Minnesota Vikings vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m., FOX

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m., CBS

Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m., CBS

St. Louis Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m., FOX

San Diego Chargers vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m., CBS

Oakland Raiders vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., CBS

Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m., FOX

Tennessee Titans vs. Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m., CBS

New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m., FOX

Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos, 4 p.m., CBS

New York Giants vs. Baltimore Ravens, 4:25 p.m., FOX

Chicago Bears vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m., FOX

San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

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