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Giants-Cowboys "play-in" game flexed to Sunday night

Quarterback Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys falls

Quarterback Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys falls on the ball in the end zone as a safety is called in the first quarter in front of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. (Dec. 11, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

After weeks of speculation about whether NBC would be interested in flexing Tim Tebow of the (at that point) undefeated Packers or even the Chargers to the prime time game on New Year’s Day, the network wasted little time pouncing on the most intriguing matchup from both a football and ratings perspective.

NBC could have waited until early this week to announce which game it was selecting, but on Saturday evening – with the words of Brandon Jacobs and Rex Ryan still echoing through MetLife Stadium – it announced that the Giants-Cowboys tilt would be a prime timer.

It makes sense. Two large TV markets. Two division rivals. One playoff spot on the line between them with no outside interference from other games. There is no way either the Giants or the Cowboys can back into the playoffs. Winner takes all. Loser goes home.

It’s essentially a playoff game itself. Or at least a play-in game. Maybe they’ll move it to Dayton?

Nah. Moving it to an 8:20 start is enough of a hassle for Giants fans – although I would suspect most folks will not have to work the following day as it is a federal holiday to celebrate New Year’s.

Will the Giants be working on Jan. 2? They could be getting ready to host a wild card game the following weekend, likely against the Lions or Falcons. Or they could just be cleaning out their lockers.

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