Implications of Pack-Vikes time change

December, 23, 2012
12/23/12
11:08
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So I was wrong. (Again.) I'm back for one more post so that we can set the stage for what will be an insane final Sunday of the 2012 season.

The NFL has moved the Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings game to 4:25 p.m. ET, giving it a more prominent national time slot considering what is at stake. Remember, the Vikings will clinch a playoff spot if they win. And a Packers victory would clinch the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs, assuming the Seattle Seahawks don't lose a 42-6 fourth quarter lead over the San Francisco 49ers tonight.

The NFL's adjustment to kickoff times, which also included moving the Dallas Cowboys-Washington Redskins to Sunday night, could lead to a long day and night of waiting for NFC North teams.

If the Chicago Bears defeat the Detroit Lions in the early 1 p.m. ET slot, they'll have to wait until after the Packers-Vikings game to find out if they will make the playoffs. It would happen only if the Vikings lose. The Vikings, meanwhile, might have to wait until after the Sunday night game to find out their fate if they lose to the Packers.

If the Packers beat the Vikings, the Lions beat the Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Giants, the Vikings would then need the Redskins to beat the Cowboys to clinch a playoff spot at 9-7.

Got that? Quiz in the morning. Good night.

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