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.