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Friday, November 1, 2013
Packers-Giants loses to AFC West battle

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- One of the NFL's most popular teams playing a game in the largest media market could not compete with the intrigue in the AFC West.

The NFL announced on Friday that the Green Bay Packers’ Nov. 17 game at the New York Giants was moved out of prime time and into the 4:25 p.m. ET slot. The game will be shown on Fox. It was originally scheduled for the Sunday night game on NBC at 8:30 p.m.

As part of the league’s flexible scheduling plan, the NFL moved the game between the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs (8-0) and the Denver Broncos (7-1) into prime time.

The Giants (2-6) are in last place in the NFC East.

The league uses flex scheduling in Weeks 11 through 17 of the regular season. It allows them to move Sunday games from the afternoon to prime time and vice versa. Nov. 17 is the first day of flex scheduling this season.

The Packers are scheduled to play another Sunday night game this season, on Dec. 8 against the Atlanta Falcons. Like the Giants, the Falcons (2-5) have been surprisingly bad this season, making that game another candidate to be moved to the afternoon. Among the games scheduled for Dec. 8 is Seattle at San Francisco, but it’s possible Fox has protected that game. Networks are allowed to keep five games from getting moved.