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In stare-down with Big Cable over Pats-Giants, the NFL blinked

It's good that everybody will be able to watch the Patriots try to finish up a historic undefeated regular season on Saturday night. Good, that is, for everybody except maybe the NFL and its own network, writes John Helyar.

Originally Published: December 27, 2007
By John Helyar | ESPN.com

Faster than a Tom Brady-to-Randy Moss slant, Saturday night's Patriots-Giants game has gone from widely unavailable on TV to practically inescapable.

Until Wednesday, it looked as if the Patriots' quest for regular-season perfection would be televised on only the NFL Network (43 million homes) and in the two teams' local markets (10 million homes).

Then NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stepped in. Upon further review, he declared, the game would also be carried on both ...

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