Packers vs. Bears Game Moved to NBC Sunday Slot

Dec 26, 2006  •  Post A Comment

For the final game of the regular season, the National Football League has moved the Green Bay Packers game against the Chicago Bears to NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”

The move is part of the league’s “flex scheduling” plans designed to keep meaningless matchups between losing teams from airing in prime time.

The Dec. 31 game pits the Bears, with the best record in the National Football Conference, against a local rival, the Packers, who still have an outside chance at a playoff berth. The game could also be the last one for Packers quarterback Brett Favre, adding interest to the game. The contest is also attractive because Chicago is the No. 3 local media market.

The Pittsburgh Steelers at the Cincinnati Bengals had originally been earmarked to air on NBC, while the Bears-Packers game had been on the Fox roster.

(Editor: Liff)