Vikings-Giants flexed from noon kickoff to Sunday Night Football


A national audience will get another good look at the Vikings when they play the Giants in a Week 16 game at TCF Bank Stadium.

The NFL announced late Monday night that the Vikings-Giants game has been flexed to 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on NBC as the Sunday Night Football game of the week. The game was originally scheduled for a noon kickoff, but because both teams are vying for playoff spots – and possible division championships �� the game was moved to prime time.

The NFL's announcement:

"The Giants at Minnesota Vikings game on Dec. 27 has been moved from a 1 p.m. ET start to NBC'sSunday Night Football at 8:30 p.m. ET. The Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens matchup, which was originally scheduled to be played Sunday night, will be played at 1 p.m. ET on CBS."

Week 16 could prove critical for the Vikings, who could clinch a playoff spot if they reach 10 wins – and beating the Giants would be win No. 10 as long as Minnesota takes care of business this Sunday at home against the Bears.

For more on the Vikings' playoff chances, click here.

There's still a chance the Vikings-Packers Week 17 game will determine the NFC North division title, so that game could be flexed to a prime-time position, too.

The Vikings and Bears kick off this Sunday at noon.

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