NFL schedule for Week 17 finalized

By Kevin Kelley -

The NFL schedule for Week 17 has been finalized, the National Football League announced on Sunday.

Three games in the AFC have been moved from 1:00pm ET to 4:25pm ET and all three will remain on CBS. The three games moved are Cincinnati-Baltimore, Buffalo-Miami, and Jacksonville-Tennessee.

In the NFC, the Carolina-Atlanta and New Orleans-Tampa Bay games were both moved from 1:00pm ET to 4:25pm ET. Both NFC games remain on FOX.

No NFL games in Week 17 will be played on Thursday night, Sunday night, or Monday night. All Week 17 games will be played at either 1:00pm or 4:25pm ET on Sunday, Dec. 31.

“We felt that both from a competitive standpoint and from a fan perspective, the most fair thing to do is to schedule all Week 17 games in either the 1 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. ET windows,” said NFL Senior Vice President of Broadcasting Howard Katz.  “This ensures that we do not have a matchup on Sunday Night Football on New Year’s Eve that because of earlier results has no playoff implications for one or both of the competing teams.”

NFL Schedule – Week 17 (Dec. 31)
Packers at Lions – 1:00pm, FOX
Texans at Colts – 1:00pm, CBS
Bears at Vikings – 1:00pm, FOX
Jets at Patriots – 1:00pm, CBS
Redskins at Giants – 1:00pm, FOX
Cowboys at Eagles – 1:00pm, FOX
Browns at Steelers – 1:00pm, CBS
Panthers at Falcons – 4:25pm, FOX
Bengals at Ravens – 4:25pm, CBS
Chiefs at Broncos – 4:25pm, CBS
Raiders at Chargers – 4:25pm, CBS
49ers at Rams – 4:25pm, FOX
Bills at Dolphins – 4:25pm, CBS
Cardinals at Seahawks – 4:25pm, FOX
Saints at Buccaneers – 4:25pm, FOX
Jaguars at Titans – 4:25pm, CBS

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I don’t understand how NBC would be ok with this. They even have a spot on their trailer for the player of the game for the “FLEX” game this week. Can someone please explain?