New York, NY – The NFL has finalized its schedule for Week 13 and has moved a big NFC matchup between Detroit and New Orleans to prime time.
It had been previously announced that the originally-scheduled prime time game between the Colts and Patriots would not remain in that time slot, and the NFL decided to slide the Lions and Saints into the 8:20 p.m. (et) spot for NBC on December 4.
Both teams are currently 7-3, but the Saints lead the NFC South and the Lions are three games behind undefeated Green Bay in the NFC North.
The Colts and Patriots will be played at 1 p.m. (et) on December 4. The game between Baltimore and Cleveland has been moved to 4:05 p.m. (et), while the Denver-Minnesota contest will now be played at 1 p.m. (et).
The NFL is utilizing its "flexible scheduling" on Sundays from Weeks 10 through 15 and again in Week 17 to ensure quality matchups in all time slots, also giving teams a chance to play their way onto the prime time stage.