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Bills-Dolphins game moved to later start time in Week 17

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.”

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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:

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31

GAME TIME (ET) TV
Green Bay at Detroit 1:00 PM FOX
Houston at Indianapolis 1:00 PM CBS
Chicago at Minnesota 1:00 PM FOX
New York Jets at New England 1:00 PM CBS
Washington at New York Giants 1:00 PM FOX
Dallas at Philadelphia 1:00 PM FOX
Cleveland at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM CBS
Carolina at Atlanta 4:25 PM FOX
Cincinnati at Baltimore 4:25 PM CBS
Kansas City at Denver 4:25 PM CBS
Oakland at Los Angeles Chargers 4:25 PM CBS
San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams 4:25 PM FOX
Buffalo at Miami 4:25 PM CBS
Arizona at Seattle 4:25 PM FOX
New Orleans at Tampa Bay 4:25 PM FOX
Jacksonville at Tennessee 4:25 PM CBS

 

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