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Cowboys-Redskins flexed to Sunday Night Football in Week 17

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For the second consecutive season, the NFC East championship game will be the final game of the regular season.

The NFL has confirmed that the Week 17 Cowboys-Redskins game has been flexed to Sunday Night Football on NBC on December 30. That decision was widely expected, as Cowboys-Redskins will determine the winner of the NFC East and is the biggest game of the final week of the season.

Two Sunday afternoon games were also moved to the later kickoff window: Dolphins-Patriots on CBS has been moved to a 4:25 p.m. Eastern kickoff, while Packers-Vikings on FOX has also been moved to a 4:25 p.m. Eastern kickoff. With the Patriots still jockeying with the Texans and Broncos for AFC playoff position, it made sense to move the Patriots back so that an early Patriots loss wouldn’t render the Broncos’ game meaningless. And Packers-Vikings is a big game because the Vikings are in a “win and in” situation, not to mention the possibility of Adrian Peterson setting the NFL single-season rushing record.

And after those Sunday afternoon games are over, it will be time for Tony Romo and the Cowboys to take on Robert Griffin III and the Redskins, with the final playoff spot on the line.

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46 Responses to “Cowboys-Redskins flexed to Sunday Night Football in Week 17”
  1. shear061 says: Dec 23, 2012 11:09 PM

    AD needs 207 to tie. He had 210 on grass. Im sure he can get it in the dome and at home!

  2. battleborn1 says: Dec 23, 2012 11:10 PM

    Cowboys in the same position as last year. Lets all hope they do things differently and send Bobby Griffin to the golf course.

  3. RussianBreadMaker says: Dec 23, 2012 11:14 PM

    We all know that Romo is the one who belongs on the golf course. Too bad the Cowboys won’t get to experience a fully healthy RG3…it’s sure gonna be sweet to end their season! Lol

  4. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 23, 2012 11:18 PM

    Since their bye week, the Redskins have not lost. Every ball has bounced their way, every break has turned in their favor. Griffin has excelled in each opportunity, in prime time on national tv, home, road, week in and week out…. They need one more win to knock Dallas out of the playoff race…. Do they have it in them? I say yes….

  5. dkrauss93 says: Dec 23, 2012 11:19 PM

    Lets go Jets! The season is finally ending! Too bad the whole playoffs and Super Bowl is gonna be all about Tebow leaving and saying he had a bad time in NY and that he’s very excited to play in Jacksonville!

  6. wludford says: Dec 23, 2012 11:19 PM

    Shaping up to be a great last week of the regular season. Vikings win, and…. they play the Packers again the next week.

    Should be a great game.

  7. darkneptune73 says: Dec 23, 2012 11:22 PM

    The Packers vs Vikings game should be the best matchup between the two in a long time, as cliche as it may sound. May the better team win.

  8. johnnyb216 says: Dec 23, 2012 11:23 PM

    Really wish the Packer game was flexed into Sunday night so everybody could’ve seen the Packers ruin the queens playoff hopes AND deny AP the rushing record. That would’ve been the perfect way to end the regular season.

  9. daknight93 says: Dec 23, 2012 11:23 PM

    cowboys and redskins could be a shoot out high scoring game…both teams defenses suck, it’s gonna come down to who runs the ball better, QB play and fewer turnovers will win the East.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 23, 2012 11:33 PM

    Dallas deserves it. I am sick and tired of these strange Skins fans. The Giants have quit and don’t deserve to rob anyone of a playoff spot with this cowardly display by them in back to back weeks.

  11. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 23, 2012 11:35 PM

    johnnyb216 says: Dec 23, 2012 11:23 PM

    Really wish the Packer game was flexed into Sunday night so everybody could’ve seen the Packers ruin the queens playoff hopes AND deny AP the rushing record. That would’ve been the perfect way to end the regular season.
    —————–

    Most everyone will have a chance to see it when they switch to it either on NFL Redzone, Sunday Ticket or cutaway to their local game anyway. But as far as your conjecture goes, he will break the record and the Packers aren’t going to win, and will turn around and lose to Minnesota again the following week. You Packer fans still haven’t learned from last year, have you?

  12. duncanthecat says: Dec 23, 2012 11:53 PM

    RGIII loves the limelight and flexing the game gives Washington the edge. Add in their running game and they become the odds on favorite.

    Just don’t see Dallas winning or doing much in the post season.

  13. vikingsgohard says: Dec 23, 2012 11:59 PM

    “deny AP the rushing record” they couldn’t do that at home a few weeks ago(210) ?… Why would they now?… I’m not implying anything other then AP has a good chance!… Now I’m waiting for everyone to say no way minny can beat GB

  14. bleedburgandyandgold says: Dec 24, 2012 12:01 AM

    Can’t wait to see the Skins win in prime time! HTTR!!

  15. clw1906 says: Dec 24, 2012 12:02 AM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Dec 23, 2012 11:33 PM
    Dallas deserves it. I am sick and tired of these strange Skins fans. The Giants have quit and don’t deserve to rob anyone of a playoff spot with this cowardly display by them in back to back weeks.

    Mr Wrong were tired of hear people like you whine. Get ready to complain even more! HTTR

  16. onbucky96 says: Dec 24, 2012 12:08 AM

    Explain this. Standard opperating procedure is to kick off @noon in your timezone. Green Bay now will only have had 6 of 16 games@noon. Go find somebody else to showcase, Packer fans like noon starts. Also, DO NOT HAVE BUCK & AIKMAN CALL THE GAME. Buck is a tool and Aikman cheers for whomever is leading. Troy, btw, if u end up calling the game, Charles Woodsen plays safety for GB, not Darren.

  17. dladd08 says: Dec 24, 2012 12:28 AM

    Can’t wait!

  18. twayward says: Dec 24, 2012 12:38 AM

    coach-qb combo. who’d you rather have: Shanahan-RGIII or Garrett-Romo? Advantage Skins.

  19. trefkennedy says: Dec 24, 2012 12:39 AM

    This is the game we show and prove, let’s get it Team Cowboys

  20. jessethegreat says: Dec 24, 2012 12:53 AM

    @mr wrong 212… What haven’t packers fans learned from last year? That the Vikings can screw themselves out of a real franchise quarterback (RGIII)? What did the Vikings prove with their 3-13 record last year that we were supposed to learn from again?

  21. usdiveteam says: Dec 24, 2012 12:56 AM

    The Cowboys will win this game!!!

  22. trollaikman8 says: Dec 24, 2012 12:57 AM

    The Cowboys need that extra 2 hours to find street linebackers.

  23. 1standinches says: Dec 24, 2012 1:02 AM

    Jerry Jones: I dont believe this game will move from its orginal time

    You were saying?..

  24. boyshole25 says: Dec 24, 2012 1:05 AM

    If the pack wins and so do cowboys are the skins backin Into the playoffs still because of the tiebreaker?

  25. enrifer says: Dec 24, 2012 1:09 AM

    The winner will go on to win the superbowl

  26. njdx1964 says: Dec 24, 2012 1:14 AM

    I’m surprised the league left both the Jets and Giants games in the 1 o’clock time slot. not that it’s a big deal, but I don’t remember the last time that happened.

  27. badintent says: Dec 24, 2012 1:29 AM

    If the Cowgirls didn’t have so many dropped passes, they might have won the game today. But clutch is not a word to ever describe Romo or his receivers. Dex played with a broken finger and had over 200 yards, the rest have no excuses.

  28. dlmcc1010 says: Dec 24, 2012 2:07 AM

    Cowboys fan here. I have no confidence in them winning this game even with Romo and Bryant playing extremely well. This is exactly the type of game Romo breaks your heart in. Heres the difference between Eli Manning and Tony Romo. Compare the numbers this year and Romo has easily had the better season statistically, like he does every year. Would anyone take Romo over Eli in a game like this even with Manning playing like crap this year? Exactly.

    RG3 is a matchup nightmare but im not too worried about him. This will be the usual Cowboys loss due to turnovers

  29. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 24, 2012 2:20 AM

    jessethegreat says: Dec 24, 2012 12:53 AM

    @mr wrong 212… What haven’t packers fans learned from last year? That the Vikings can screw themselves out of a real franchise quarterback (RGIII)? What did the Vikings prove with their 3-13 record last year that we were supposed to learn from again?
    ———–

    Counting chickens before they hatch. Just like you did before the divisional playoff last year.

  30. nokoolaidcowboy says: Dec 24, 2012 6:37 AM

    It would be great as a Cowboys fan to see them do something more than just being a tease for the big dance.

    But the truth is RGIII is still going to be a force to reckon with. The kid is young and the world is his oyster. As hurt as he may be he will leave it all on the field.

  31. speedlimit41 says: Dec 24, 2012 6:56 AM

    Redskins fans are funny,one decent season in 10 years and all the sudden their world beaters.

  32. skinsgal4life says: Dec 24, 2012 7:25 AM

    I’m glad the NFL moved this game to the national stage. I sure hope my ‘Skins get it done!

  33. jr4real says: Dec 24, 2012 7:27 AM

    Redskins

    Please win!

    – NFL fans everywhere!!!! (Outside Dallas).

  34. rg3andthensome says: Dec 24, 2012 7:45 AM

    Redskins leave nothing on the table….Aside from the fact the Dez Bryant has been playing tough, is there anything else to fear? The Star? Don’t think so….

    Skins 34
    Boys 17

  35. kerryc21realty says: Dec 24, 2012 8:31 AM

    RG3 needs to use all his skills, both running and passing to win this game. I dont believe the cowboys defense can do enough to stop him in prime time. GO SKINS

  36. bluebongzilla says: Dec 24, 2012 8:32 AM

    The Cowboys have won three Super Bowls since the last time the Redskins sniffed one. That is all.

  37. clebrowntown says: Dec 24, 2012 8:54 AM

    Nice part about the game is…home crowd for the Skins and like the Super Bowl winning teams they used to enjoy…fans have been rocking FedEx like we used to rock RFK…they are excited unlike the zombie like Cowboy fans. ;-P

  38. hater79 says: Dec 24, 2012 9:01 AM

    Where do I go to bet that Tony Romo chokes again and throws at least 3 pickles? Please someone send him a fat country singer again.

  39. artisan3m says: Dec 24, 2012 9:05 AM

    If the “fourth quarter” Cowboys could play the other three quarters with such passion, they would be unbeatable. Alas, they either can’t or won’t. For that reason I give the edge to the ‘Skins. Plus, the ‘Skins are at home and that means a lot. The difference will be a consistent pass rush ~ if Romo is pressured, he makes a lot of mistakes. If RGIII is pressured, he cuts your thoat with his running ability. Plus, Romo has no reliable backup ~ Griffin does.

  40. abninf says: Dec 24, 2012 9:12 AM

    Dallas is the third rated passing team in the league. Skins are 17th. Dallas has Demarco back. Even with half the starters hurt, Dallas’s defense is ranked only one spot lower than Washington. Dallas has had a brutal December schedule and played well finally. Skins and their media darling get exposed.

  41. timocracy13 says: Dec 24, 2012 11:12 AM

    Can’t wait to see the crowd at FedEx on Sunday night. A game against our mortal enemies with post-season implications for both teams? I couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas present.

  42. barrstarr says: Dec 24, 2012 12:09 PM

    Skins Cowboy game will be just like Thanksgiving except this go round we don’t take our foot off your throat to breath and get back in it late. HTTR

  43. pacodawg says: Dec 24, 2012 1:03 PM

    Boys 30 -20

  44. pacodawg says: Dec 24, 2012 1:06 PM

    Has there ever been a great coach without. A good quarterback?

  45. skinsfan91 says: Dec 24, 2012 1:06 PM

    RGIII will be that much more healthy. We didn’t run on zone option play against Philly. It will be back against Dallas.

  46. capncomeback says: Dec 24, 2012 2:31 PM

    As a Boys fan since ’63 (when my dad took me to see them at the Cotton Bowl before he was killed during Nam) I’m looking forward to the game. Great rivalry and really the only one I’ve ever cared about since they always play each other tough no matter their records. Wish Dallas was healthier but that’s football! Can’t help but admire RGIII who oozes class unlike so many of his fans. Let’s go Big D!

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