FLEX GAME: COLTS- EAGLES "FLEX" TO SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, NOV. 26
UNDEFEATED COLTS VS. EAGLES SELECTED TO "FLEX" TO SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, NOV. 26
Manning & Colts Host Eagles for Sunday Night Showdown
NEW YORK � November 13, 2006 � The National Football League today announced the Philadelphia Eagles at the Indianapolis Colts game on November 26, previously listed for 1 p.m. ET, was selected to be moved to Sunday Night, an 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff on NBC as part of the NFL's new Flexible Schedule.
The Colts are the only remaining undefeated team this season and the first team in NFL history to begin consecutive seasons at 9-0. The Eagles are in second place in the NFC East with a record of 5-4.
The Colts have become the NFL's top primetime ratings draw, playing in the four highest-rated primetime games in the past five years: 1) Steelers-Colts, 14.8 rating on 11/28/05; 2) Colts-Giants, 14.3 on 9/10/06; 3) Colts-Patriots, 14.3 on 11/7/05; and 4) Colts-Patriots, 13.9 on 11/5/06.
On Sunday, the Colts continued their undefeated season with a victory over the Buffalo Bills, 17-16. The win made the Colts the first team in NFL history to start two straight seasons with a record of 9-0. This week, QB Peyton Manning continued his assault on the record books by passing Vinny Testaverde for 8th on the career touchdown list with 262. Manning also passed Boomer Esiason for 11th on the career completion list with 2,979.
The Eagles bounced back Sunday after a three game losing streak to defeat a division rival, the Washington Redskins, 27-3, as QB Donovan McNabb led the NFL's No. 1 rated offense to 365 total yards. WR Daunte Stallworth returned with a bang, after missing four games with a hamstring injury, and had 6 receptions for 139 yards including an 84-yard touchdown reception.
FLEX GAMES PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED:
The inaugural NFL "Flex Game" was played this Sunday Night as the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants, 38-20, at Giants Stadium. This Sunday Night's "Flex Game," the second flexible scheduling game, features the Chargers at the Broncos (both 7-2) playing for first place in the AFC West.
ABOUT FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING:
The NFL this season is implementing for the first time in its history a primetime "flexible scheduling" element on Sundays in Weeks 10-15 and in Week 17 to ensure quality matchups with playoff implications in those weeks and give surprise teams a chance to play their way onto Sunday Night. The NFL will announce the flex game no later than 12 days prior, except for Week 17, which will be announced no later than six days before, to ensure that the final regular season Sunday Night game has playoff implications.