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Packers-Falcons not fit for prime time

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- For the second time this season, the Green Bay Packers have been flexed out of a prime-time game.

In both cases, it probably had as much to do with their opponent.

The NFL announced Sunday night that the Packers’ Dec. 8 game against the struggling Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field has been moved to noon local time. It had originally been slated for the Sunday night game on NBC.

The NFC South showdown between the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints was a better matchup for the national game, so that replaced the Packers-Falcons.

It’s possible that could feature the return of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers from his broken collarbone if he doesn’t play in Thursday’s Thanksgiving game at the Detroit Lions. The Falcons are in the midst of a disappointing 2-9 season.

Earlier this season, the Packers’ Nov. 17 game at the New York Giants was moved from prime time into the late afternoon timeslot.