NFC South gets national nod

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For those who still think the NFC South doesn't get enough national respect -- and I think that argument's been outdated for at least a month -- here's some more evidence the rest of the world has caught on.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.



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.