Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys flexed to ‘SNF’ : worldleaks
The Dallas Cowboys are guided back to “Sunday Night Football” for a win-and-in Week 17 showdown.
The NFL declared Sunday night that the game between Dallas and the Philadelphia Eagles to decide the NFC East title was flexed into prime time. This is the third consecutive season that the Cowboys have played in the Sunday night regular-season finale, and this will be their third different divisional opponent. The host Cowboys are expecting for their first division title since 2009.
The Eagles and Cowboys played in like do-or-die game to make the playoffs in 2008, with Philadelphia coming out on top.
The league also declared that both the Buffalo Bills-New England Patriots matchup and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-New Orleans Saints game were moved to 4:25 p.m. ET. The NFL tries to check there are no competitive advantages based on time of game in Week 17, and thus, attempts to create a situation where every team has something at stake.
The Patriots game’s change means that the Denver Broncos can’t clinch home-field advantage in the AFC until they face the Oakland Raiders in the late afternoon. The final NFC playoff wild-card spot also will not be resolved until the 4:25 p.m. ET games end.
As a result of the Bears’ loss to the Eagles on Sunday, Chicago‘s Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers will also move to 4:25 p.m. ET. The Bears-Packers clash will determine the NFC North.
No division titles have been clinched in the NFC.
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