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What time are the Thanksgiving NFL games on TV?

The NFL’s Thanksgiving Day television lineup is one of the best ever, focusing on the NFC playoff races. Only the NFC South, where the Panthers, Falcons and Saints are looking not only for a playoff spot but to reach .500, isn’t represented. The games:

Chicago Bears (5-6) at Detroit Lions (7-4), 12:30 p.m., CBS (WBTV) – The Lions and every other team playing Thursday except the Bears are serious contenders for the NFC playoffs.

Philadelphia Eagles (8-3) at Dallas Cowboys (8-3), 4:30 p.m., Fox (WJZY) – This one’s for sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

Seattle Seahawks (7-4) at San Francisco 49ers (7-4), 8:30 p.m., NBC (WCNC) – Teams that have represented the NFC in the Super Bowl the past two seasons.