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Lions-Giants game won’t be moved to primetime

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Anquan Boldin

Allen Park – The Detroit Lions’ (8-4) game with the New York Giants (8-4) on Dec. 18 will remain in its 1 p.m. timeslot after it was passed over for a bump to primetime.

Instead, the matchup between the Dallas Cowboys (11-1) and surging Tampa Bay Bucs (7-5) has been flexed to Sunday night, taking the place of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ AFC North tilt with the Cincinnati Bengals.

The switch means the Cowboys will be featured in primetime four consecutive weeks, starting with last Thursday’s game against the Vikings and culminating with a Monday night meeting with the Lions the day after Christmas.

Depending on what happens down the stretch, it’s possible the Lions’ Week 17 matchup with the Green Bay Packers could get moved to the primetime slot that Sunday, especially if the NFC North hangs in the balance.

Oakland traveling to Denver is another strong possibility to take that primetime slot in Week 17.

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