The NFL has announced time changes for several key Week 17 matchups.
In the NFC, the final wild-card spot will be decided at 4:15 p.m. ET. That's when the Cowboys-Eagles, Giants-Redskins and Bears-Packers games kick off. Depending on the outcome of tomorrow night's Saints-Falcons game and Tuesday's Vikings-Eagles contest, the top two seed and first-round byes may also be at stake on the regular season's final day. All of those games will be shown on FOX.
The NFC West crown will be decided in prime time, as the Rams-Seahawks game has been flexed to NBC at 8:20 p.m. ET. The winner of that game wins the division and is the fourth seed in the NFC playoffs.
In the AFC playoffs, the only berth left to be decided is in the AFC South. Both the Titans-Colts and Jaguars-Texans have been moved to 4:15 p.m. ET, airing on CBS. If Indy wins, they are in the playoffs for the ninth consecutive year. If the Colts lose and Jaguars win, Jacksonville wins the division based on a better divisional record.
The way we see it
It says in the NFL's TV contract that no Week 17 games are locked into a time slot or channel, as they are all eligible to be flexed depending on the circumstances. That has proven to be to the benefit of the fans, as now more people can watch meaningful games that will decide playoff positioning. The NFL was also very smart to flex all the games that might mean something to the same time, so teams will not know before they play their game if they are in the playoffs or not.