Flexible schedule of NFL Week 18: Cowboys-Eagles meet Saturday, Chargers-Raiders close regular season on ‘SNF’

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The NFL has announced the last national television games of the regular season, two of which will be on Saturday and along with the last “Sunday Night Football” game of the year. Here are the three matchups for week 18:

Saturday, January 8th

Sunday, January 9th

Saturday’s doublehead is new for the final week of the regular season. ESPN’s contract now includes two Saturday games with consequences for playoffs in the final week of the season, in which teams play to stay alive for a wild card, division title, conference seed, or until the end of the season. first round. Those games are played on ESPN and ABC simultaneously.

The NFL has had the chance since its 2006 TV contract to watch the finale of “Sunday Night Football” – which gave NBC the rights to the package on Sunday night. The 2017 season was the only year that the league did not exercise the option to end the season Sunday night, as the last Sunday of the season was on New Year’s Eve.

The Week 18 game is exclusively determined by the league, meaning neither CBS nor Fox can “protect” that game. The league is trying to flex a game in which at least one team must win to qualify for the playoffs, despite what happens next week in 18 games – which is why the Raiders and Chargers were selected for the “Sunday Night Football” Agreement .

The networks for each match will be announced on Monday.

Pittsburgh, Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Green Bay in Detroit, 1 p.m.
Tennessee in Houston, 1 p.m.
Indianapolis in Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
Chicago in Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Washington at New York Giants, 1 p.m.
Seattle, Arizona, 4:25 p.m.
New Orleans at Atlanta, 4:25 pm
New York Jets by Buffalo, 4:25 p.m.
San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.
New England at Miami, 4:25 p.m.
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 4:25 p.m.

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