NFL moves Lions at Saints into prime time

Posted Nov. 21, 2011 @ 12:29 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated 12:29 p.m. ET

The NFL has announced that a matchup of NFC playoff contenders has been flexed into the "Sunday Night Football" prime-time spot in Week 13.

Lions at Saints, previously scheduled to be played at 1 p.m. ET on FOX, instead will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC. This marks the first time Detroit will play on "Sunday Night Football."

When the NFL schedule was released in the spring, Colts at Patriots was originally supposed to be the prime-time game of Week 13. However, because of Peyton Manning's absence and Indianapolis' struggles this season, the league decided to take that game off of national television.

The Lions and Saints both are 7-3 and will be playing the second of back-to-back nationally televised games when they meet. The Lions host the Packers on Thanksgiving Day, the first game on the Week 12 schedule, and the Saints wrap the week up when they face the Giants on "Monday Night Football" on Nov. 28.

The league also announced two other Week 13 games have had their kickoff times changed. Ravens at Browns on CBS will start at 4:05 ET and Broncos at Vikings kicks off at 1:00 ET on FOX.