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NFL schedule change: Carolina/Washington moved so Cowboys won’t know fate before kickoff

The Cowboys will now play while scoreboard watching on Sunday.

NFL: DEC 20 49ers at Cowboys Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys are set to host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon, and if the contest is anything like the last two times Philly visited AT&T Stadium it should be a fun affair. This would ideally be the case for the Cowboys as they are still, somehow, vying for the NFC East crown.

At present time the Cowboys sit in second place in the division and can win it if they are victorious in their final two games as long as the Washington Football Team loses their final two contests.

Carolina and Washington were scheduled to play in the early slate of games this Sunday while the Cowboys and Eagles were playing in the afternoon window. That is no longer the case as the NFL announced on Tuesday that The Ron Rivera Bowl will officially take place in parallel to Dallas and Philadelphia.

The NFL announced today a flex-scheduling change for Week 16 on Sunday, December 27.

The Carolina at Washington game on CBS has moved to 4:05 PM ET.

This is the only game that the NFL adjusted the scheduling for in Week 16. While Dallas saw their Week 15 game against the San Francisco 49ers flexed out of the Sunday Night Football slot to the 1 PM ET hour, which cast doubt on the idea that they are still one of the biggest draws in the league, it is obvious that the NFL does not want the Cowboys game that their season hinges on (which just so happens to be against a rising QB in Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts) to lose all of its juice before kickoff.

There will be a lot going on in the afternoon window on Sunday. Buckle up.