Philadelphia and the New York Giants are scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. EST matchup at MetLife Stadium in Week 14 and that contest had the potential to be flexed into a late afternoon or primetime slot.
The NFL knows best and is saving the best for last after flexing the Chargers’ matchup against the Dolphins in Week 14 to Sunday night football.
The NFL Chose that matchup over the Kansas City Chiefs (8-2) and the Denver Broncos (3-7), moving away from MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes against the slumping Russell Wilson.
The NFL’s flexible scheduling is in effect from Weeks 11 to 18, and only Sunday afternoon games can be moved into Sunday night.
CBS and Fox have several games being protected, and the league has to announce any flexible schedule changes no later than 12 days prior to the game (Week 18 changes can be announced six days in advance).
With that Chargers-Dolphins move being finalized, expect Eagles vs. Giants in Week 18 at Lincoln Financial Field to get the Sunday Night Football treatment.
That will have playoff implications, and depending on how Eagles-Cowboys in Week 16 and Eagles-Saints in Week 17, the season finale against the Giants could impact the NFC East and the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC.
The contest could be played on Saturday or Sunday night depending on how the league views the matchups and playoff implications around the NFL.
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