NFC North Showdown
The National Football League’s Flex Scheduling has changed the time of the December 29 Green Bay at Chicago game. Originally slated for a Noon kickoff, it will now be played at 3:25 PM CT on FOX.
It’s a “winner take all” game. Chicago must tie or beat the Green Bay Packers (7-7-1) at Soldier Field next week to make the playoffs. The Detroit Lions (7-8), who were 6-3 before losing five of their last six games, were eliminated from playoff contention via a 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Giants. The Loser will be out of the playoff picture.
The NFL also announced on Sunday that the Week 17 Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots now play at 3:25 PM CT on CBS, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints game at 3:25 PM ET on FOX, and the Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday, December 29 will now be played at 7:30 PM CT on NBC.
Most markets will see four Sunday afternoon games (two on CBS and two on FOX) plus the NBC Sunday night game with the NFL’s Week 17 double doubleheader schedule, which was introduced in 2006.