Ravens-Patriots Week 16 game moved out of Sunday night slot

December 10, 2013 | Luke Jones

A rematch of the last two AFC Championship games wasn’t good enough for the NFL as the Ravens’ Dec. 22 home game against the New England Patriots has been flexed out of the Sunday night slot.

The league announced Tuesday that the game has been moved to 4:25 p.m. and will be televised on CBS while the Chicago-Philadelphia contest will instead be NBC’s nationally-televised game for Week 16. This move means that the Ravens will have only played in three prime-time games this season unless their Week 17 contest at Cincinnati is moved to Sunday night.

The Ravens opened the 2013 season on a Thursday night in Denver, hosted Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving night, and will play at Detroit this Monday night for their three prime-time appearances of the season.

6 Comments For This Post

  1. Lisa, Aberdeen Says:

    I’m probably in the minority but glad this game is moved to 4:25.

  2. Kolo Jezdec Says:

    Those prime time games are way over-rated. If you go to the game, you get home during the wee hours of the morning and the prospect of getting up the next day for work is not a pleasant thought. Even watching the game on TV means a late night. 4:25 games are the best. You can get your chores done, eat an early dinner, drink some beers during the game, and have time to sober up before going to bed at a reasonable time.

  3. Ruben Says:

    Lisa A – you’re not in the minority. As someone with tickets to the game my only regret is that they didn’t flex this back to a 1PM start.

  4. joe of bel air Says:

    I agree. I have tickets to the game and glad it was moved to 4:25. Getting to bed at 2:00 stinks when you have to get up at 5:30. Never the less NBC has a lot of nerve dumping the Ravens/Pats when they had the audacity to give us the Giants and Deadskins 2 weeks ago. It’s all about market share.

  5. Kolo Jezdec Says:

    There is more at play here than just NBC’s desires. Fox and CBS are also involved in these decisions. Fox is giving up a likely high-rated 4 o’clock game and CBS is picking up a good game, as well. CBS has the Steelers-Packers game at 4, but that is not the meaningful game it looked like when the schedule came out. Fox has the Saints-Panthers at 1, so Fox was looking at a nice doubleheader if the Eagles-Bears game stayed at 4, with CBS the loser with no marquee game.

    It looks to me like the NFL was trying to make sure that each network got a piece of the ‘big game’ pie on that Sunday. And ESPN has a pretty good game on Monday, Saints at Niners.

    Also note, the flex time scheduling for week 17 requires just 6 days notice (other weeks it is 12 days), so there is a fair chance that the Ravens-Bengals game could air the last Sunday night of the season.

  6. Kerry from Brooklyn Park Says:

    I think the NFL is gambling that the Eagles and Bears both win this week and I think they think the Ravens will lose on the road. This gives them a better matchup. I am really happy that the game has been moved. Late night games in December are ridiculous especially if you have tickets. Haven’t we been through enough with our last 4 home games; wind, cold, snow and ice!

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