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Thanksgiving Day Games: Jets, Giants Fans Should Be Paying Attention

Thursday's NFL games could all have implications for the Giants or Jets

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Watching NFL games is, of course, a part of the Thanksgiving Day tradition for football fans everywhere, and there are three excellent games on tap Thursday. Fans of the New York Giants and New York Jets, who are struggling to reach the playoffs, should be especially interested as two of them have possible playoff implications for the New York squads.

At 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX, the Green Bay Packers (10-0), the NFL's lone undefeated team, will visit the Detroit Lions (7-3), marking the 20th Thanksgiving Day meeting between these two clubs - the most matchups in NFL history between any two teams on the holiday.

The game has meaning to the Giants because, at 6-4, it is possible they could wind up competing with Detroit for a wild-card berth. Thus, a loss today by the Lions would be a good thing for the Giants.

At 4:15 p.m. ET on CBS, the Dallas Cowboys, who are currently tied for first place in the NFC East with the New York Giants at 6-4, will host Miami. Both teams have won three consecutive games, and the Dolphins are the first team in NFL history to start a season 0-7 and win its next three games.

Again here, this game has tremendous impact on the Giants. New York and Dallas are tied, record-wise, for the NFC East. The Cowboys, though, hold the tie-breaker advantages. If the 3-7 Dolphins can continue their turnaround and defeat the Cowboys, that would be a huge help to the Giants in their bid to win the NFC East title.

The Thanksgiving tripleheader concludes at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network as Baltimore's John Harbaugh and San Francisco's Jim Harbaugh face off in the first-ever meeting between head coach brothers in NFL history. The Ravens are tied with Pittsburgh atop the AFC North, while the NFC West-leading 49ers are off to their best start (9-1) since 1997.

The loser of this game seems likely to wind up fighting for a wild-card playoff berth, which also seems to be the Jets only path to the postseason at this point.