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2012 NFL schedule, Week 16: Lions play Falcons while rivals sort out wild card

The Detroit Lions will take on the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16, while division rivals Minnesota and Chicago will sort out the wild card.


The Detroit Lions would pick in the top five of the 2013 NFL Draft if it started following Week 15. They're 4-10, but have two games left to change their draft stock. Head coach Jim Schwartz might be on the hot seat, so for his sake, he'll be trying to put the team in a position to win.

On Saturday, the Lions will host the Atlanta Falcons. It's going to a tough one for Schwartz's Lions, as the Falcons boast a 12-2 record on the season.

For the rest of the NFC North, Week 16 and 17 will be huge. Rather, the division has already been clinched by the Green Bay Packers, who play the Tennessee Titans in Week 16, but the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings are both 8-6 and battling for a wild card berth.

Minnesota has a tough outing against the Houston Texans ahead, while the Bears will take on the Arizona Cardinals.

Below is a full schedule for Week 16. There are no Monday Night Football games this week.

Sat, Dec 22

Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions, 8:30 p.m. ET

Sun, Dec 23

New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys 1 p.m. ET
Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers 1 p.m. ET
Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m. ET
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins 1 p.m. ET
San Diego Chargers at New York Jets 1 p.m. ET
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles 1 p.m. ET
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m. ET
St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 p.m. ET
Oakland Raiders at Carolina Panthers 1 p.m. ET
New England Patriots at Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m. ET
Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans 1 p.m. ET
Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos 4:05 p.m. ET
Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals 4:25 p.m. ET
New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens 4:25 p.m. ET
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks 8:20 p.m. ET