What's on TV Highlights for the Week of Dec. 29-Jan. 3. All Times Are Eastern; Check Local Listings

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Thursday, 10 p.m. (Discovery) SUNDAY - 12/29 NFL Playoffs (12:30-4 p.m.): First-round action that commenced Saturday continues with Indianpolis facing Pittsburgh in a battle of AFC wild-card teams on NBC, followed by an NFC clash between Philadelphia and San Francisco, beginning at 4 on Fox. MONDAY - 12/30 The Metropolitan Opera Presents (PBS, 8-11 p.m.): Mezzo Cecilia Bartoli makes her debut at the Met in Mozart's comic opera "Cosi Fan Tutte." It's a case of mistaken identities when, to test their fiancees' fidelity, two soldiers disguise themselves as foreign noblemen. TUESDAY - 12/31 Classic TV Countdown (Nickelodeon, 12 noon-12 noon Wednesday): Rock around the clock with 24 hours of vintage TV episodes. College Bowls: For a complete roundup of the college football lineup, see the Monitor's Dec. 20 centerspread. The Three Stooges Marathon (Family, 12 noon-4 p.m.): This four-hour stooge marathon provides enough slapstick to keep you giggling through the new year. New Year's Rockin' Eve '97 (ABC,11:35 ): Join Dick Clark as he celebrates his 25th anniversary emceeing the year-end bash. The Tonight Show (NBC, 11:35 p.m.): Jay Leno rings in the New Year with help from the ever-gracious Miss Piggy, who's on hand to report the goings-on in Times Square. WEDNESDAY - 1/1 Tournament of Roses Parade (CBS, 11 a.m.): Everything's coming up roses, and tulips, and cornflowers, and.... Decorated floats take to the streets in the 83rd annual parade. Politically Incorrect's Greatest Hits (ABC, 10-11 p.m.): Host Bill Maher celebrates the new year (and his move from Comedy Central to network TV) with this hilarious retrospective. …