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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Falcons' finale gets 'flexed'

By Pat Yasinskas

The NFL has announced that the Jan. 1 game between the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been “flexed’’ to 4:15 p.m. ET.

I’m guessing it’s not because the league wants to drag out Raheem Morris’ tenure for three more hours. I think it has more to do with the fact that the Falcons could be playing a game that decides where they’ll be seeded in the playoffs. The game initially was scheduled to air on FOX at 1 p.m. ET.

The league also said in the release that the Jan. 1 game between Carolina and New Orleans, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Fox, could be flexed. But the league said no decision on that will come until after the Saints play the Falcons on Monday night.

By the way, here’s an updated list of playoff scenarios.