The NFL has introduced there shall be no Sunday night time recreation on New 12 months’s Eve to make sure matchups with playoff implications that impression one another are performed on the similar time on the ultimate week of the season.
The league mentioned Sunday night time all Week 17 video games will start at both 1 p.m. or four:25 p.m. EST. The league moved Cincinnati-Baltimore, Buffalo-Miami, Jacksonville-Tennessee, Carolina-Atlanta and New Orleans-Tampa Bay to the latter time slot.
“We felt that each from a aggressive standpoint and from a fan perspective, essentially the most truthful factor to do is to schedule all Week 17 video games in both the 1 p.m. or four:25 p.m. ET home windows,” NFL senior vice chairman of broadcasting Howard Katz mentioned in a league assertion. “This ensures that we would not have a matchup on Sunday Night time Soccer on New 12 months’s Eve that due to earlier outcomes has no playoff implications for one or each of the competing groups.”
This would be the first time since 1977 that the NFL common season will not finish with a chief time TV broadcast.
Each division besides the NFC South has already been clinched. Each wild playing cards within the AFC are up for grabs between Baltimore, Tennessee, the Los Angeles Chargers and Buffalo, whereas Atlanta and Seattle are competing for the ultimate NFC wild card.