The NFL has decided to cancel the final Sunday Night Football game of the year. In a statement, NFL Senior Vice President of Broadcasting Howard Katz said "we felt that both from a competitive standpoint and from a fan perspective, the most fair thing to do is to schedule all Week 17 games in either the 1 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. windows." There will be seven games scheduled to kickoff at 1 p.m. and nine games scheduled start at 4:25 p.m.
Going into week 17, the playoffs are more or less decided, and it was highly likely that there would no playoff implications for any teams by the time Sunday Night Football would kick off. Add that to the fact that Sunday night is also New Year's Eve, the league felt it would be better to wrap up the season in the afternoon.
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