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Pats-Bills game shifted to 4:25 start

The New England Patriots' Week 17 game with the Buffalo Bills has been flexed from its original start time of 1 p.m. ET to 4:25 p.m. ET, the NFL announced on Sunday night.

The Patriots can secure a top-two seed in the AFC with a win or losses by both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Indianapolis Colts, who each play at 1 p.m. EST in Week 17.

This is the third game on the Patriots' schedule that has had the kickoff time altered, as the Patriots-Texans tilt was shifted from 4:25 p.m. ET to 1 p.m. EtT and the Patriots-Ravens game, played Sunday, was moved from the 8:30 p.m. ET prime-time spot.

The NFL also announced that the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys will play on Sunday night in Week 17, while the Buccaneers and Saints will now play at 4:25 p.m. ET.