The NFL announced during halftime of Sunday night’s Seahawks-Cardinals game that next week’s showdown for the AFC North title will be played in prime time.
NBC says next week’s meeting between the Bengals and Steelers in Pittsburgh will be on “Sunday Night Football.” The winner will be division champion.
The NFL does not designate a Sunday night game for Week 17 at the start of the season, waiting to see which matchup has the most intriguing playoff implications.
The Steelers (10-5) beat Kansas City 20-12 on Sunday to clinch a postseason berth. Cincinnati (9-4-1) hosts AFC West champ Denver on Monday night. If the Bengals lose to the Broncos, they could go into the regular-season finale in danger of missing the playoffs.
Another game that had been considered for flexing was the Atlanta-Carolina game, where the winner goes to the playoffs and the loser goes home.