With the 2020 NFL playoff picture starting to shape up, the league has decided to adjust its schedule for Week 15.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cleveland Browns-New York Giants Week 15 contest at MetLife Stadium has been flexed into the NBC Sunday Night Football prime time slot (8:20 p.m. EST).
The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers were initially scheduled to play in the evening slot, but the league has moved that game to 1:oo p.m. EST on CBS.
Per Schefter, the Los Angeles Rams-New York Jets contest will take place at 4:05 p.m. EST on FOX. The league didn’t have a time scheduled for that contest before Wednesday.
The Browns are tied for the third best record in the AFC at 9-3, and they’re poised to earn their first playoff appearance since 2002. The 5-7 Giants, meanwhile, are tied with the Washington Football Team for the NFC East division lead.
That game will have massive playoff implications and much more intrigue than the 49ers-Cowboys game, so it made perfect sense for the league to make the change.
This will mark the first Sunday Night Football appearance for both the Giants and Browns in 2020. The 49ers had this slot for their Weeks 4 and 6 home games against the Philadelphia Eagles and Rams, respectively.
As for the Cowboys, who are always featured prominently in primetime games, they played on Sunday Night Football in Week 1 and Week 8, against the Rams and Eagles on the road, respectively.
The Cowboys (3-9) and 49ers (5-7) are both out of the playoff race entering Week 14. Both teams have been hit hard by injuries, and their playoff hopes are completely done for. And so, the latest chapter of this historic rivalry will be played in a non-primetime slot.
The league also changed the Sunday Night Football slot in Week 7, moving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Las Vegas Raiders game into the late afternoon slot while moving the Seattle Seahawks-Arizona Cardinals contest into primetime.
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