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Game 17 in NFL Brings Playoff Race, Record-breaking Wrinkles

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp runs with the ball after making a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Baltimore. On the play, Kupp broke the Rams' franchise single season record for most receiving yards after surpassing Isaac Bruce's 1,781 yards set in 1995. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp runs with the ball after making a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Baltimore. On the play, Kupp broke the Rams' franchise single season record for most receiving yards after surpassing Isaac Bruce's 1,781 yards set in 1995. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

(AP) -- That sweet 16-game symmetry of the NFL, with each team's schedule neatly divided into quarters just like the action on the field, has been brushed aside after 43 seasons.

The long-discussed 17th game has finally arrived, another weekend of the made-for-television inventory that turned the league into an annual 11-figure revenue generator.