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Vikings-Bears in Week 17 Flexed to 3:25 p.m. (CT)

EAGAN, Minn. — Minnesota's Week 17 home game against Chicago has been flexed to 3:25 p.m. (CT) on Dec. 30, the NFL announced Sunday.

The Vikings (8-6-1) will face a "win and definitely in" the NFC Playoffs scenario in hosting the Bears (11-4) in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Minnesota entered Week 16 as the No. 6 seed and maintained its status of being in line for a postseason berth by defeating Detroit 27-9. The Vikings could still leap-frog Seattle for the No. 5 seed if the Seahawks lose one of their final two games (Seattle is playing Kansas City at the time of this post) and Minnesota defeats Chicago.

New Orleans (13-2) clinched the No. 1 seed on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Rams (12-3) enter the final week of the 2018 season in the No. 2 spot, but would lose a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Bears (11-4) if the teams finish with identical records.

Chicago is currently the No. 3 seed, and Dallas (9-6) is locked into the No. 4 seed. The Cowboys won the NFC East but can't catch any team ahead of them in the standings.

Seattle entered Sunday night's matchup with an 8-6 record.

Philadelphia (8-7) kept its hopes of returning to the postseason alive with a last-second win against Houston.

The league moved the timing of kickoffs for games that have interconnected playoff implications.

Week 17 Schedule

Noon (CT) Games

Atlanta (6-9) at Tampa Bay (5-10)

Carolina (6-9) at New Orleans (13-2)

Dallas (9-6) at New York Giants (5-10)

Detroit (5-10) at Green Bay (6-8-1)

Jacksonville (5-10) at Houston (10-5)

Miami (7-8) at Buffalo (5-10)

New York Jets (4-11) at New England (10-5)

Oakland (3-11) at Kansas City (11-3) * pending Sunday night's result

3:25 p.m. (CT) Games

Chicago (11-4) at Minnesota (8-6-1)

Arizona (3-12) at Seattle (8-6)

Cincinnati (6-9) at Pittsburgh (8-6-1)

Cleveland (7-7-1) at Baltimore (9-6)

Los Angeles Chargers (11-4) at Denver (6-8)

Philadelphia (8-7) at Washington (7-8)

San Francisco (4-11) at Los Angeles Rams (12-3)

7:20 p.m. (CT) Sunday Game

Indianapolis (9-6) at Tennessee (9-6)

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