TITANS FACE "WIN OR GO HOME" GAME AS THEY "FLEX" TO "NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL," DEC. 30 AGAINST COLTS
NEW YORK � December 23, 2007 � The National Football League today announced that the Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts, previously listed for 1 p.m. ET, was selected to move to Sunday Night Football, an 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff on NBC, as part of the NFL's flexible scheduling.
The Titans (9-6), coming off a 10-6 victory over the Jets, have won three of their last four games and control their playoff fate as they travel to Indianapolis to take on the AFC South division champion Colts (13-2), the defending Super Bowl champions.
With a win the Titans would claim the final Wild Card spot in the AFC, regardless of the outcome of the Browns/49ers game earlier in the day, as the Titans hold the tiebreaker (common opponents) over the Browns. A loss by the Titans and the Browns, win or lose, claim the final AFC playoff spot.
The 2007 NFL schedule utilized flexible scheduling in Weeks 11-17. In those weeks, the schedule listed the games tentatively scheduled for Sunday night on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games were eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game was moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling was not applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. Flexible scheduling will ensure quality matchups on Sunday night in those weeks and give surprise teams a chance to play their way onto primetime.
As an indication of the success of the inaugural year of flex scheduling, three of the final four games on NBC achieved ratings more than 20 percent higher than the comparable games in 2005.