The Eagles won’t be getting another prime-time game after all.
A day after the Ravens’ 23-16 win over the Texans in Baltimore on Monday Night Football, the NFL announced that it has decided to keep Week 14’s Eagles-Rams matchup on Fox in its 4:25 p.m. slot and stick with Ravens-Steelers on Sunday Night Football.
Fox fought hard with the NFL to keep the first matchup between top 2016 draft picks Carson Wentz and Jared Goff, a game it chose not to protect from being flexed. The Dec. 10 matchup will be Fox’s national game, with Troy Aikman, Joe Buck and sideline reporter Erin Andrews calling the game. Fox’s other 4:25 p.m. game, an NFC East contest between the Cowboys and Giants, has been moved to 1 p.m.
Despite the fact that the Ravens’ matchup with the Steelers in Week 14 appears to have playoff implications, Baltimore’s Monday night game against the Texans drew a 6.0 overnight ratings on ESPN, tied for the second-lowest on record, according to Sports Business Daily’s Austin Karp. It appears the NFL thinks the playoff implications of the game mixed with the Steelers’ national audience could provide a sizable draw in its prime-time spot.
The NFL also moved Week 14’s Seahawks-Jaguars game to 4:25 p.m, from 1 p.m.