Eagles-Bears flexed to Sunday night

Eagles-Bears flexed to Sunday night
December 10, 2013, 1:15 pm
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LeSean McCoy's Eagles (8-5) will battle Matt Forte's Bears (7-6) on Sunday Night Football in Week 16. (AP)

The Eagles haven’t played a prime-time game since their Week 3 showdown against the Chiefs on Thursday night.

That’s about to change.

The NFL has moved their Dec. 22 game against the Chicago Bears at the Linc to 8:30 p.m. on NBC. The game was initially slated for a 1 p.m. kickoff. The league bumped the Patriots-Ravens game in Baltimore out of prime time to 4:25 p.m. to accommodate the Eagles-Bears game.

In all likelihood, the Eagles will close out the season with consecutive prime-time Sunday night games, especially if the NFC East title is hanging in the balance when the Eagles and Cowboys meet in the season finale at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. That game is currently slated for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Their showdown against Chicago will be just the Eagles’ third nationally televised game of the season. They played their season opener on Monday night against the Redskins at FedEx Field and played the Chiefs on the NFL Network on Thursday, Sept. 19.

The Eagles played five prime-time games in each of the past two seasons and six in 2010, including a Tuesday night game against the Vikings that was moved from Sunday because of a snowstorm.