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Steelers-Ravens kickoff time could change


Kickoff for the Steelers-Ravens game on Sunday, Dec. 27, could change depending on the outcome of tonight's New York Giants-Miami Dolphins Monday Night Football game.

If the Giants win, the Steelers-Ravens game will be moved from an 8:30 p.m. kickoff on Dec. 27 at M&T Bank Stadium, to a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff on CBS.

The New York Giants-Minnesota Vikings game would then be moved to the 8:30 p.m. slot on NBC.

If the Dolphins beat the Giants tonight, or the two teams tie, the Steelers-Ravens game will remain at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 27.

The NFL can make the change as part of the league's flex scheduling policy.

In a related note, the Steelers-Broncos kickoff time for this Sunday, Dec. 20, will remain at 4:25 p.m. and will be on CBS, as the network protected the game.

There is still a chance that the Steelers-Browns game on Sunday, January 3, at 1 p.m. could be flexed.

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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