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Vikings-Packers season finale flexed to Sunday Night Football

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Packers have one last primetime appearance before the postseason begins.

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The NFC North-deciding tilt between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings has moved from its original 12 p.m. CT kickoff to primetime on NBC's Sunday Night Football.

In recent years, the NFL has scheduled divisional games for Week 17 in the hope of creating more playoff-relevant matchups for the regular season's final week. The plan seems to have worked, as the Packers' last three season finale's have determined the NFC North champion. Sunday's game marks the second Green Bay-Minnesota matchup during that stretch.

The Packers always draw a massive television audience, which helps explain why they appear to frequently in primetime. The season finale marks the sixth such game they have played this season.

Meanwhile, the Vikings have taken part in nearly as many, with Week 17 representing their fifth primetime appearance this season. The game also marks the second time in as many weeks that NBC has flexed their matchup into Sunday night.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.