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2 September games moved to 3:25 p.m. kickoffs

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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You'll have to wait an extra 10 minutes to see the Green Bay Packers open the 2012 NFL season. The NFL announced today that the late games in Fox and CBS Sunday doubleheaders will kick off at 3:25 p.m. Central time instead of 3:15 p.m. That's to avoid having early games cut off before they've ended so the networks can switch to the start of the late game on time. That affects two Packers games, both in September and both at Lambeau Field. The Sept. 9 season opener against the San Francisco 49ers and the Sept. 30 game against the New Orleans Saints will start at 3:25 p.m. Late Sunday afternoon games that aren't part of network doubleheaders will continue to have kickoffs at 3:05 p.m. Central. The Packers have no such games scheduled this year. The NFL said it analyzed games from the 2009-11 seasons and found that 44 games ran long, meaning part of the TV audience for those games was switched to the doubleheader game for kickoff. With the later kickoff time, only 15 of those games would have been switched. -- Jeff Ash, jash@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @JeffAshPG

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