The NFL finalized its Week 17 schedule late Sunday night, announcing that the Bills-Dolphins game in Miami will start at 4:25 p.m. The game will remain on CBS.
It is among five games moved to later start times, including those that could impact the Bills' playoff chances. The Cincinnati-Baltimore game and the Tennessee-Jacksonville game also will move from 1 p.m. to 4:25. The Oakland-Chargers game -- which also has AFC playoff implications -- remains at 4:25 as scheduled.
There will be no Sunday night game.
The league said that it wanted to have games with similar playoff implications at the same time.
"We felt that both from a competitive standpoint and from a fan perspective, the most fair thing to do is to schedule all Week 17 games in either the 1 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. ET windows,” NFL Senior Vice President of Broadcasting Howard Katz said in a statement. “This ensures that we do not have a matchup on Sunday Night Football on New Year’s Eve that because of earlier results has no playoff implications for one or both of the competing teams.”
Among NFC teams, the Carolina-Atlanta and New Orleans-Tampa Bay games also will move from 1 to 4:25. Both will remain on Fox. New Orleans and Carolina are vying for the NFC South title, the only division yet to be decided.
Here is the full schedule:
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