DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 24: Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws a pass during game action between the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day on November 24, 2016 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Week 17 on the NFL schedule typically has several games which could determine playoff spots and seedings, with a variety of scenarios that might have to play out in order for certain teams to qualify for the postseason and others being left out. As a result, the NFL’s TV schedule is left open for flex scheduling, in order for the most important matchups to get the widest audience, particularly for Sunday Night Football.

The 2016 season is no exception and the schedule for Week 17 has been adjusted accordingly. The biggest change is with the Packers-Lions game that will determine the NFC North winner. (Detroit can clinch a playoff spot if they beat Dallas on Monday night, but the NFC North will still be up for grabs.) Originally scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, that game has now been moved to 8:30 p.m. for the SNF slot.

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