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Today's Games

December 21, 1996|T.J. SIMERS

INTERCONFERENCE

* New England (10-5) at New York Giants (6-9)

Time--9:30 a.m. TV--Channel 4

Bill Parcells' former team versus Bill Parcells' current team. A Patriot victory gives New England a bye and the AFC's No. 2 seeding, which means home-field advantage after the wild-card round. Dan Reeves is probably coaching his final game for the Giants, and what better way to go out than knocking off Parcells in Giants Stadium?

--Say what: Giants have the NFL's lowest-ranked offense, and Tyrone Wheatley and Rodney Hampton are injured. Lots of luck.

--Player to watch: Parcells referred to Terry Glenn as "she" in training camp but now should call him "sir." Glenn's rookie performance includes 82 catches for 1,008 yards.

--Finally: Hampton will not play, leaving him 183 yards shy of his sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season.

* New Orleans (3-12) at St. Louis (5-10)

Time--1 p.m. TV--Channel 11

Well, nothing to keep you from Christmas shopping today. Just think, if they were playing this game in Anaheim Stadium, there would be no need for ticket takers, ushers or concessionaires. Saint Coach Rick Venturi and Ram Coach Rich Brooks will be fired next week. So unless you're into watching the Nos. 29 and 27 offenses flop around, go find Tickle Me Elmo.

--Say what: Eddie Kennison has 882 yards receiving for the Rams, breaking the team's rookie mark by Bucky Pope in 1964.

--Player to watch: Jim Everett. Since 1990, where would the Rams and Saints be without him?

--Finally: How bad have the Rams been? They have lost 12 of their last 16 games against the Saints.

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