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Patriots at Ravens flexed out of primetime for Bears at Eagles


Oct 6, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) gets tackled by New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (25) in the first half of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has announced that the Week 16 game between the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, December 22 will be played at 8:30 PM ET on NBC. That game was flexed into the Sunday primetime slot, and the New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens game was flexed out of it and into the 4:25 PM ET slot on CBS.

Regardless of when the game is played, this will have significant playoff implications for both teams, as well as the Cincinnati Bengals. They hold a 2-game lead over the Ravens with two games remaining, but trail the Pats for the AFC’s No. 2 seed by just a game.

If Cincy were to win and New England lose and the two teams finish with the same record at the end of the regular season, the Bengals would win the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye by virtue of their Week 5 win over the Pats.

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