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Eagles-Bears moved to prime time

PHILADELPHIA – The Eagles’ Dec. 22 home game against the Chicago Bears has been rescheduled to an 8:30 p.m. kickoff, the NFL announced Tuesday.

The NFL’s deal with its television partners allows for attractive games to be “flexed” into prime time for national broadcast on NBC. The game between Baltimore and New England, originally set for prime time, was moved to 4:25 p.m.

The game could have significant impact on two division races. The Eagles are first in the NFC East and can be no worse than tied for the division lead. The Bears are tied with the Detroit Lions at the top of the NFC North.

It is the first Eagles’ game of the season to be flexed into prime time. They played a Monday night game to open the season and a Thursday night game against Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3. The Eagles’ season finale at Dallas, which could decide the NFC East title, is a strong candidate to be moved to 8:30 as well.

The change in schedule could complicate holiday plans for many fans. The game is scheduled for three days before Christmas.