Niners-Seahawks' Week 16 game flexed to 'SNF'

By Gregg Rosenthal
Updated: Dec. 10, 2012 at 01:59 p.m.

The NFL announced the first big change because of flex scheduling for the season on Monday. It's a doozy.

The Week 16 matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle on Dec. 23 has been moved to NBC's "Sunday Night Football." The game replaces the matchup between the New York Jets and the San Diego Chargers. (Football fans everywhere respond: "Thanks.")

The San Diego Chargers-New York Jets game, originally scheduled for Sunday night, will move to 1 p.m. ET on CBS and the New York Giants-Baltimore Ravens game will move to 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX.

Niners-Seahawks is a game worthy of a big stage. Russell Wilson vs. Colin Kaepernick. Jim Harbaugh vs. Pete Carroll. Two of the nastiest defenses in football in the toughest place to play in the league.

Oh, and the NFC West division title might be on the line.

No matter what happens in Week 15, the Seahawks-49ers game will have huge playoff implications. But it could essentially decide first place in the division if Seattle beats Buffalo this Sunday and the 49ers lose in New England on Sunday night.

The 49ers will have to play back-to-back road games on "Sunday Night Football." It's an inconvenience for them, but a treat for the rest of the country.

NBC and the NFL hasn't needed to use flex scheduling this year on Sunday night until now, but these types of late season matchups are what the concept of flex scheduling was intended for.