Steelers-Browns kickoff time won't change


Kickoff time for the Steelers game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, January 3, will remain at 1 p.m. (ET) and will not be flexed into a different time slot. The game will be played at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. The game will be televised on CBS (KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh).

In addition, the New York Jets-Buffalo Bills game, which has playoff implications for the Steelers, will also be played at 1 p.m. 

If the Steelers defeat the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills defeat the New York Jets in Buffalo, the Steelers are in the playoffs. The Bills defeated the Jets earlier this year at MetLife Stadium.

For flex scheduling:
Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups on Sunday night in those weeks and gives surprise teams a chance to play their way onto primetime. The NBC Sunday night time slot for "flex" weeks lists the game tentatively scheduled for Sunday night. Weeks 5-17 can be affected by flex scheduling. However, only two games may be flexed into Sunday Night between Week 5 and 10.

Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game will be moved to an afternoon start time.

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