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NFL moves Panthers at Saints in Week 13 to later start time

Carolina’s Dec. 6 road game against the New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees (9) has been moved to a 4:25 p.m. start under the NFL’s flexible scheduling procedures.
Carolina’s Dec. 6 road game against the New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees (9) has been moved to a 4:25 p.m. start under the NFL’s flexible scheduling procedures. AP

The Week 13 away game for the Carolina Panthers against the New Orleans Saints has been flexed to 4:25 p.m., the NFL announced Monday.

The Dec. 6 game was originally slated for a 1 p.m. kickoff, but with both teams in playoff contention and a weaker slate of games for that week, the league opted to put the game in FOX’s national doubleheader broadcast.

The Panthers (10-0) will likely be favored in against a 4-6 Saints team that’s still alive for a wild-card berth.

This is the second time in three years the Panthers-Saints game in New Orleans has been flexed. The NFL moved this game to Sunday Night Football two years ago when the 9-3 Panthers went to the Superdome and lost 31-13.

The following week the Panthers host the Falcons, and that game is currently scheduled for 1 p.m. The Sunday night game is between the Seahawks and Ravens—a game that will surely get flexed out of primetime.

Whether Panthers-Falcons moves into that slot will be determined as early as next week.

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