The game originally was scheduled for 1 p.m., but the NFL's flexible scheduling allows for the contest to be moved into a later time slot. The motivation behind the move is to make sure the AFC seeds can't be completely locked in by the 1 p.m. results, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The game still will be aired on CBS.
Here is a look at the important games in Week 17, from a Patriots perspective:
1 p.m. kickoffs:
4:25 p.m. kickoffs:
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
A full breakdown of the AFC playoff scenarios entering Week 17 can be found HERE.