The NFL said Sunday that it is enforcing flex scheduling for subsequent week’s primetime Sunday Night Soccer matchup on NBC, jettisoning the deliberate Los Angeles Rams-Los Angeles Chargers game in desire of a Pittsburgh Steelers-Baltimore Ravens showdown with higher playoff implications.
The Rams-Chargers game, while pitting competitors who share the major Los Angeles media market, won’t be as vital. The Chargers are 8-6 nonetheless can clinch a playoff negate this Monday with a victory on the twin carriageway in Indianapolis in opposition to the Colts on Monday Night Soccer; the Rams, the defending Enormous Bowl champions, are 5-10 and despite a lopsided victory over Denver on Christmas Day comprise already been eradicated from postseason contention.
As a result, the Steelers-Ravens, that includes fierce competitors unruffled stopping for playoff seeding (Baltimore has clinched a wild card negate), will now kick off January 1 at 8: 20 p.m. ET on NBC. The Rams-Chargers game at SoFi Stadium will now start up at 4: 25 p.m. ET/1: 25 p.m. PT and be televised on CBS.
The NFL’s flex time desk allows the league to “be definite quality matchups” for SNF, broadcast TV’s most-watched negate. The reveal is allowed twice between Weeks 5-10 of the approved season, and at some level of Weeks 11-17 when the playoff spots being certain.
The Chargers were flexed into SNF slots twice this season.
The NFL made the name Sunday, when it showcased three nationally televised games on Christmas at some level of its Week 16: the Rams beat the Broncos 51-14, Green Bay Packers beat the Miami Dolphins 26-20 to cope with within the playoff describe, and Tamp Bay and Tom Brady are playing the Arizona Cardinals on this week’s SNF.