Redskins-Cowboys; RGIII vs. Romo Flexed Into Final 'Sunday Night Football' Game

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December 23rd, 2012

Unsurprisingly the winner-takes-the-NFC-East-Crown showdown between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins next Sunday has been flexed into the final regular season Sunday Night Football match-up.

For those unaware, Fox and CBS can protect games during most of the flex-period, but in the final week of the season they can't protect games. Still, it is the NFL, not NBC who makes the final decision for the last week of the season. NBC naturally lobbied to have the winner-takes-all game featuring the Cowboys (ratings gold) vs. their primary rival. And of course Fox lobbied to keep the game.  In week 17 it is the  NFL that must walk the fine line of keeping all their partners happy. Sadly for Fox, it was a "hey, you signed up for this deal" situation.

As a D.C. native who now lives on the west coast, I couldn't be happier.

Via the NFL:

WEEK 17 FLEX SCHEDULING:

 

COWBOYS-REDSKINS TO BE NBC Sunday Night Football GAME ON DEC. 30;

DOLPHINS-PATRIOTS MOVES TO 4:25 PM ET ON CBS;

PACKERS-VIKINGS TO 4:25 PM ET ON FOX

 

 

The Week 17 Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins game on Sunday, December 30 will be played at 8:20 PM ET on NBC, the Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots game will move to 4:25 PM ET on CBS and the Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings game will move to 4:25 PM ET on FOX, the NFL announced today.

 

Most markets will see four Sunday afternoon games (two on CBS and two on FOX) plus the NBC Sunday night game with the NFL’s Week 17 double doubleheader schedule, which was introduced in 2006.

 

Following is the Week 17 NFL schedule (asterisk and bold/italics represents changed game time):

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30 (WEEK 17)

TAMPA BAY AT ATLANTA

1:00 PM (ET)

FOX

N.Y. JETS AT BUFFALO

1:00 PM (ET)

CBS

BALTIMORE AT CINCINNATI

1:00 PM (ET)

CBS

CHICAGO AT DETROIT

1:00 PM (ET)

FOX

HOUSTON AT INDIANAPOLIS

1:00 PM (ET)

CBS

CAROLINA AT NEW ORLEANS

12:00 PM (CT)

FOX

PHILADELPHIA AT N.Y. GIANTS

1:00 PM (ET)

FOX

CLEVELAND AT PITTSBURGH

1:00 PM (ET)

CBS

JACKSONVILLE AT TENNESSEE

12:00 PM (CT)

CBS

KANSAS CITY AT DENVER

2:25 PM (MT)

CBS

GREEN BAY AT MINNESOTA*

3:25 PM (CT)

FOX

MIAMI AT NEW ENGLAND*

4:25 PM (ET)

CBS

OAKLAND AT SAN DIEGO

1:25 PM (PT)

CBS

ARIZONA AT SAN FRANCISCO

1:25 PM (PT)

FOX

ST. LOUIS AT SEATTLE

1:25 PM (PT)

FOX

DALLAS AT WASHINGTON*

8:20 PM (ET)

NBC

The NFL utilizes “flexible scheduling” on Sundays in Weeks 11-17 to ensure quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots.

 
  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “The Cowboys are destined to crush my heart as usual in this game.”

    The Cowboys are in a win or go home situation no matter what, but earlier games may also make it a win or go home for the Redskins too.

    That’s what I’m hoping for. Sudden death for *both* teams.

  • USAmerica1st

    Perfect timing. A great showdown.

  • Andrew DeCaro

    That’s Is Not Fair Why Was This Game Flexed For, But Not A Very Bad Choice. I Was Hoping For Packers Vs Vikings Would Have Been A Better Choice. The Rules Are Still The Same, Win Or Go Home. But Now We Have To Put Up With This Cowboys Redskins Crap. Cause I Am Not A Big Fan Of The Dallas Cowboys Cause I Don’t Like Them Becuase The Cowboys Have Way Too Many Star Players To Attract.

    But You Don’t Have To Watch This Game Like Last Year’s Cowboys Vs Giants Game Because It Is Kind Of Like Having Your Pie And Cake.

    But I Watched The Cowboys Vs Giants Game Anyway. But NBC Had a Great Super Bowl Last Year.

    But This Is Still Going To Be A Great Showdown Anyway. And You Are Going To Have A Good Matchup To Wrap Up The 2012 Regular Season. And The 2012-13 NFL Playoffs Begin Next Saturday. And NBC Will Air The Pro Bowl On Sunday January 27.

    But Let Me Tell You Cowboys Vs Redskins Could Also Be The 1st Sunday Night Football Game Of 2013 Come Sunday September 8. Which Means You Will Have To Find Out Come April. When The Regular Season Schedule Is Released So You Better Stay Tuned. And Will Let You Know.

    But What Will The 2013 NFL Regular Season Schedule Be Like Find In This Spring well Let You Konw Stay Tuned.

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