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Packers-Falcons game flexed to 3:25 p.m.

Tom Silverstein
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A pair of fans show their colors during the fourth quarter of the Green Bay Packers - Atlanta Falcons game Sunday, October 9, 2011 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. The Packers beat the Atlanta Falcons 25-14.  MARK HOFFMAN/MHOFFMAN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM

GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers' next road game, against the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 30, has been moved to 3:25 p.m. CT as part of the NFL's flexible schedule plan, the league announced Wednesday.

The Packers were schedule to play the Falcons at noon on Fox, but will now be the network's national doubleheader game.

The networks have had the option of moving certain games from noon slots into the the 3:25 p.m. doubleheader position, but in 2006 the NFL added the possibility of games being moved into the Sunday night slot so that prime matchups could be highlighted. Flexible scheduling is in effect during Weeks 5-17 and, but only two games can be moved into the Sunday night slot between Weeks 5-10.

Fox's decision to move the Packers-Falcons game into the afternoon slot has everything to do with the Falcons' 4-1 start. Not expected to be a contender this year, the Falcons have been one of the hottest teams in the NFL and proved themselves to be a legitimate early season contender with a victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos last week.

The switch means the Packers won't play at noon for the next four weeks. Their schedule is as follows:

  • Oct. 16, Dallas, 3:25, Lambeau Field
  • Oct. 20, Chicago, 7:25 p.m., Lambeau Field
  • Oct. 30, Atlanta, 3:25 p.m., Georgia Dome
  • Nov. 6, Indianapolis, 3:25 p.m. Lambeau Field