Two NFL games on the schedule for the Week 16 (Dec. 22, 2013) have been moved in accordance with the league’s flexible scheduling rules.
Chicago at Philadelphia, which was originally scheduled for 1pm ET on FOX, has been moved to the Sunday Night Football slot at 8:30pm ET on NBC.
The Bears and Eagles are both in playoff contention. Chicago is currently in the hunt for a spot, while Philadelphia is a projected 3rd seed if the playoffs started today.
New England at Baltimore was originally scheduled for Sunday Night Football on Dec. 22, but it has been moved to 4:25pm on CBS.
The Patriots haven’t officially clinched a playoff spot, but they are 10-3 overall and currently lead the AFC East by three games. Baltimore is 7-6 and is currently projected as the 6th seed.
Back in 2006, the NFL implemented flexible scheduling for Sunday games in Weeks 10-15 and Week 17 to ensure quality match-ups. Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday Night Football, with the night game being moved to the afternoon.