Over the past few years, the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots have developed quite the rivalry. The two team’s were set to play the Sunday Night Football game in Week 16 on December 22, but they have been bumped to a 4:25pm EST kickoff time.
CBS has elected to to air the Philadelphia Eagles against the Chicago Bears game during the primetime slot.
But Ravens and Patriots fans alike were looking forward to the primetime grudge match between their teams. The last time the two met was back in January when the Ravens took their talents to Foxboro for the AFC Championship. The Ravens came out on top beating the Pats 28-13. That was the second consecutive year the team’s played each other in the final game before the Super Bowl, both teams winning one apiece.
In Week 3 of the 2012 regular season, the Ravens just barely edged out the Patriots in Baltimore after kicker Justin Tucker barely squeaked a 27-yard field goal in the last seconds of the game for a Ravens victory.
But how does a matchup against a recent rival with a quarterback powerhouse get pushed out of a primetime slot?
The Eagles and Bears game could potentially have more riding on it in terms of playoff contention. The Patriots are currently leading the AFC East with a record of 10-3. With a win this Sunday, the Pats will clinch the division, guaranteeing their spot in the playoffs. The Ravens are still contending for the playoffs, currently holding the sixth and final wild card position in the AFC, but still have a slight chance at winning the division.
Tom Brady and the Patriots have shown that they can shine in the spotlight on numerous occasions, the most recent being the Pats comeback win against the Denver Broncos in Week 12. For the Ravens, this time change could be a blessing in disguise.