Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
For those who still think the NFC South doesn't get enough national respect -- and I think that argument's been outdated for at least a month -- here's some more evidence the rest of the world has caught on.
The Nov. 23 game between the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons has been moved to 4:15 p.m. ET. The game originally was scheduled for 1 p.m., but has been moved as part of the league's flexible scheduling, which is designed to get more television exposure for attractive matchups. Here's a copy of the press release the Falcons sent out.
ATLANTA FALCONS WEEK 12 CONTEST VS.
CAROLINA PANTHERS MOVED TO 4:15 P.M. EST
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. The National Football League announced today that Atlanta 's Week 12 home meeting against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, November 23, 2008 has been moved to 4:15 p.m. EST. The game will be featured nationally as part of a doubleheader on FOX. The original kickoff time for the game was scheduled for 1 p.m. EST.
The time change is part of the NFL's "flexible scheduling element, which was implemented in 2006. This season, the league will again use flexible scheduling from Weeks 11-17 to ensure quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots in those weeks.
The Falcons defeated the New Orleans Saints, 34-20, in a Week 10 meeting, which also marked the first division win of the season. Atlanta will try to increase its record at the Georgia Dome to 5-0 when the team hosts the Denver Broncos on Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 1 p.m.