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Tidbit on Why the Chargers-Broncos Game was Moved to Sunday Night


We continue to be intrigued/befuddled/flummoxed by the NFL’s decision to move Broncos-Chargers to the Sunday night game in Week Seventeen.

Sure, Broncos-Chargers is a play-in game for the playoffs. But how long will the winner really last?

We’ve picked up some more details about why the NFL opted for Broncos-Chargers instead of the more compelling Dolphins-Jets.

As a source with knowledge of the flexing process pointed out to us earlier in the day, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the final say the games that will or won’t be moved. And while it was believed for a while that Dolphins-Jets would be the choice, the thinking is that Goodell was concerned about the possibility that Jets fans would be attending an 8:15 p.m. EST game that, to the home team, was meaningless.

Then there’s the New York television audience, which would have been far less interested in tuning in for a game that could have entailed a best-case scenario of the Jets winning — and sending the Patriots to the postseason.

And so Broncos-Chargers provides an easier sell to the home fans and to the Southern California viewing area. No matter what happens in Sunday’s early games, the winner of the game makes it to the postseason, and the loser does not.

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