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Thanksgiving Day Sports TV Schedule: NFL Football, Wizards-Hawks, Georgia-Notre Dame, Texas A&M-Texas

Your Thanksgiving Day sports TV schedule. All times ET.

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Football

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New England Patriots at Detroit Lions, 12:30, CBS: Despite having opposite (8-2 and 2-8) records, these two are only six teams apart in the points differential column. A field goal here, a properly officiated Calvin Johnson touchdown there, and the Lions could be .500 or so right now ... boy that's depressing. Give thanks you're not a Lions fan.

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New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys, 4:15, Fox: Atlanta Falcons fans, it's time to welcome Jerry Jones into your home on this special day. If his Cowboys can keep it rolling against the Saints, the Birds will have an extra game buffer in the event of a loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

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Texas A&M Aggies at Texas Longhorns, 8, ESPN: The Horns are like the Georgia Bulldogs minus A.J. Green. Every week it's completely surprising how far they've fallen. The Ags are shooting for their best season since 1998 and to keep their rivals out of a bowl game for the first time since 1997, making this the most Good Will Hunting game of the day.

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Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets, 8:20, NFL Network: Don't watch this game tonight. Not only is there perfectly captivating college football, college basketball, and NBA basketball going on at the time, but this game will also be re-shown on Saturday with stadium sounds and mic'd-up players and coaches replacing announcers entirely.

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Basketball

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.