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Mississippians love football, especially high-school football. Now it’s time for the year’s biggest love-in, a two-day orgy of grid called the MHSAA state championship games.

THURSDAY, NOV. 29

NFL football, New Orleans at Atlanta (7:20 p.m., NFL Network): The Saints must beat the vengeance-minded Falcons to keep their playoff hopes alive.

FRIDAY, NOV. 30

High school football, all on MPB. Day 1 of the state championship games has Class 1A, Stringer vs. French Camp (11 a.m.), Class 2A, Bassfield vs. Eupora (3 p.m.) and Class 6A, Brandon vs. South Panola (7 p.m.).

SATURDAY, DEC. 1

High school football, all on MPB. The Day 2 schedule includes Class 3A, Charleston vs. Hazlehurst (3 p.m.), Class 4A, Greene County vs. Noxubee County (3 p.m.) and Class 5A, Pascagoula vs. Starkville (7 p.m.). … College football, SEC Championship, (3 p.m., CBS): Alabama and Georgia battle for a spot in the BCS title game.

SUNDAY, DEC. 2

NFL football, Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (7:20 p.m., NBC): The rivals have struggled this season.

MONDAY, DEC. 3

NFL football, New York Giants at Washington (7:30 p.m., ESPN): Eli and the Giants face the very dangerous RG3 and the Redskins.

TUESDAY, DEC. 4

College basketball, Connecticut vs. N.C. State (8 p.m., ESPN): A pair of Top 25 teams collide.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5

NBA basketball, Dallas at Los Angeles. (9:30 p.m., ESPN): The Mavericks and Clippers are among the top teams in the Western Conference, but both have struggled in the early going.

It’s been fun squatting in the JFP Tower penthouse the past two weeks, but the Hinds County deputy tells me it’s time to go. We now return you to your regularly scheduled sports writer, Bryan Flynn.

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