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NFL Flexes Bears And Packers To Later Start On Jan. 2

For the last several weeks of the NFL season, the league has the right to "flex" schedule games, along with the TV networks, to get the most meaningful games into better time slots.

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The Bears were already flexed once this year, when the Nov. 28 game against the Eagles at Soldier Field was moved from a noon start to a 3:15 start (Central time).

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The league and the TV networks have done it again; the Bears' final regular season game, next Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, has been changed from a noon starting time to a 3:15 (again, Central time) starting time, to be televised as Fox's primary game in the late afternoon time slot.

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The Packers can get into the playoffs as the No. 6 seed in the NFC if they beat the Bears next Sunday. They can still get in even if they lose, if the New York Giants lose to the Redskins.

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In any case, a Bears/Packers game is always exciting and worth watching. And if the Packers get in to the playoffs -- by whatever means -- maybe the two teams will meet for a third time this year.