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Monday, December 19, 2011
NFC South programming notes

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

We’ve got the playoff races heating up and the holidays. That’s going to make for an interesting week in the NFC South.

But the good news is we should be pretty much on our normal routine. Unless I hear otherwise from chat control in Bristol, the NFC South chat will be held in its normal slot, Friday at 1 p.m. ET.

We’ll have our usual Stock Watch and Power Rankings on Tuesday, my weekly QB Watch on Wednesday and Final Word on Friday. On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers will be playing. I’ll be watching that from NFC South Blog headquarters and writing a wrap-up as soon as the game is over.

On Sunday night, I’ll be flying to New Orleans to get in position to cover the Monday night game between the Saints and Falcons.

At, at some point this week, I might actually get out for an hour or so and do some Christmas shopping. It's looking like gift cards might be the standard this year.

Oh, and looking a little beyond the one-week time frame, Pro Bowl selections will be announced Dec. 27.