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Falcons flexed out of prime-time game

11/24/2013

When you're 2-9, the nation probably would rather see another team play a prime-time game.

Such was the case for the Atlanta Falcons, who were flexed out of their Sunday-night matchup on Dec. 8 with the 5-5 Green Bay Packers. The teams will now play at 1 p.m. ET on Fox, as NBC opted to go with the NFC South showdown between the 9-2 New Orleans Saints and 8-3 Carolina Panthers.

A clash between Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers sounded intriguing at the start of the season, but Ryan's Falcons have lost five in a row while the Packers have gone 0-2-1 since Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone in a loss to the Chicago Bears.

The Falcons still have one more prime-time game remaining: an ESPN "Monday Night Football'' matchup against the San Francisco 49ers two days before Christmas.

Maybe the flexed Green Bay game is a blessing in disguise for the Falcons. They are 0-3 in night games this season (not that they've been much better during the day). One of those losses was against the New England Patriots on NBC.