NFL flexes Bills' Week 15 matchup with Steelers

December 1, 2019
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The National Football League has announced that the Buffalo Bills' Week 15 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday, Dec. 15 has been flexed from a 1 p.m. kickoff to an 8:20 p.m. start time, and will be aired nationally on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

-- FLEX ALERT --#SNF's Week 15 showdown will feature the @BuffaloBills and @steelers! pic.twitter.com/MI0MKkN3Gs

— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) December 2, 2019

The game could have major playoff implications for both teams. The Bills currently stand at 9-3 and hold the AFC’s first wild card spot, while the Steelers are 7-5 and currently hold the second wild card position.

The Bills' win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas was the most watched NFL regular season game in three years, drawing over 32 million viewers, while the Steelers are always a big draw to national television.

Football, continuing to defy gravity>“THE NFL ON CBS” SCORES ITS MOST-WATCHED THANKSGIVING DAY GAME IN 27 YEARS WITH 32.538 MILLION VIEWERS.
BUFFALO-DALLAS IS MOST-WATCHED REGULAR-SEASON GAME ON ANY NETWORK IN 3 YEARS

— Brian Lowry (@blowryontv) November 29, 2019

Until the announcement came Sunday night, the Bills were the only NFL team who was not scheduled to play a primetime game this season. They'll not only appear on Sunday Night Football now, but will also play a nationally televised 4:30 p.m. kickoff against the New England Patriots in Foxboro the following Saturday, Dec. 21, which was announced a couple weeks ago.

The Bills' last Sunday Night Football game came back in 2007 when they lost to the Patriots, 56-10 in Orchard Park. New England finished that regular season 16-0, but lost in the Super Bowl.



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