The NFL announced Monday that the start of Tampa Bay’s final regular season game at Carolina will be moved from 1 p.m. to 4:25 p.m.

It will be just the third non-1 p.m. start this season for the Bucs. Their Week 9 home game against the New York Giants was also at 4:25 and they played in prime time at St. Louis two weeks ago.

The league uses its flexible scheduling on Sundays from Weeks 11-17 to ensure quality matchups in all time slots and promote critical games.

Tampa Bay-Carolina will now be one of five late-afternoon games next weekend. Among those contests is Seattle at Arizona. If Carolina beat the Bucs at 1 p.m., the Panthers would seal up home-field advantage and the Seahawks-Cardinals game would lose importance.

The Minnesota at Green Bay game to decide the NFC North champion is the Sunday Night Football headliner.

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5 years ago

Just listened to Lovie Press Conference; same ole same ole. He said we had no injuries so that must mean everybody on the Active Roster can play Sunday? Since this is our playoff game according to Lovie, I sure hope he does something different on the same ole same ole stuff. Go Bucs! Do us proud!