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NFL flexes Giants-Packers game

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 27: Aaron Rodgers #12

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 27: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 27, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Credit: Getty Hannah Foslien

The NFL announced Friday that the Nov. 17 Packers-Giants game at MetLife Stadium will be flexed out of prime time and moved to 4:25 p.m., allowing the Chiefs at Broncos game to be seen by a national audience on NBC.

CBS had protected that game weeks ago but gave it up at the NFL's request, largely because that Sunday it did not have a national window to put it in. It would have been seen in a limited number of markets at 4:05 p.m., a slot that now will be taken by the Chargers-Dolphins game. Fox will show the Giants game to a national audience.

"After discussions with the NFL we made a one-time accommodation so that the game can be seen by a national audience, which we could not provide during our regionalized singleheader weekend," a CBS spokesperson said.

The NFL presumably will owe CBS a favor that it can repay later this season. Traditionally, Giants ticketholders strongly prefer afternoon games to prime time ones, which figures to drive up the price of tickets for the game against the Packers on the secondary market - particularly if the Giants enter that weekend on a three-game winning streak.

The Dec. 1 Redskins-Giants game also could be ripe for flexing, but it will not be in favor of that day's Broncos-Chiefs rematch. CBS has protected that game and will not give it up; the network has a late afternoon national window available that weekend.

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