Playoffs at Stake When the Eagles, Cowboys Close Out Season on NBC

NFL flex scheduling is in effect for Week 17 as NFC East rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, will play for the right to go to the playoffs in the final regular season NBC Sunday Night Football game of 2013. (Photo: AP Images)

The Week 17 Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday, December 29 will be played at 8:30 PM ET on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, the Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots at 4:25 PM ET on CBS and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints game at 4:25 PM ET on FOX, the NFL announced on Dec. 23.

The Week 17 Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears game will be scheduled based on the outcome of tonight’s Sunday Night Football game. If the Bears lose to the Philadelphia Eagles tonight, the December 29 Packers-Bears game will be played at 4:25 PM ET on FOX. If the Bears beat the Eagles tonight, the game stays at 1:00 PM ET as scheduled. 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.