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Packers-Falcons game unchanged

Nov. 6, 2013 11:21 AM
 
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The game time for the Packers-Falcons game on Nov. 28 in Atlanta will not change from its original noon CST start, it was confirmed today. There was some speculation that the game, featuring two of the best teams in the NFC, might be moved to later in the afternoon or to Sunday night as part of the NFL's flexible scheduling option. But the NFL confirmed the following for the weekend of Nov. 28:  *The originally scheduled San Diego Chargers-Indianapolis Colts Sunday night game on NBC will remain in place. *The Philadelphia Eagles-Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Baltimore Ravens games on Sunday, November 28 move from noon CST to 3:15 CST on FOX.  Rob Demovsky reported earlier this month on PackersNews.com that the Packers-Giants game at Lambeau Field on Dec. 26 will remain a 3:15 CST start time on Fox. That was one of the games Fox was allowed to "protect," meaning it couldn't be moved to the Sunday night game on NBC. FOX also protected this Sunday's Packers-Vikings game at the Metrodome, which will start at noon. Other Packers games that are subject to change due to the NFL's flexible scheduling: *Dec. 5, San Francisco, noon, at Lambeau. *Dec. 12, at Detroit, noon. *Dec. 19, at New England, 7:20 p.m. *Jan. 2, Chicago, noon, at Lambeau. Don't expect either the 49ers game or the Lions game to be moved because those are not compelling matchups. The Packers game at New England seems like a solid bet to remain the nationally televised Sunday night game, with two of the better teams in the NFL squaring off and a quarterback showdown featuring Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. That leaves the Packers' season finale at home against the Bears as the most likely game to be moved. It's possible the NFC North title could be on the line in that game.  There are no protections for Week 17 games, so NBC could grab the Packers-Bears game for its Sunday night telecast. The Sunday night season finale doesn't have to be announced until six days before the game, or Dec. 27.

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