The NFL has eliminated its Sunday night game from the Week 17 schedule to ensure all matchups with playoff implications that impact each other will be played at the same time.

The NFL hasn't had a regular season end without a night game on Sunday or Monday since 1977.

Games on both Fox and CBS have been impacted this year, with Fox flexing both NFC South games. 

"We felt that both from a competitive standpoint and from a fan perspective, the most fair thing to do is to schedule all Week 17 games in either the 1 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. ET windows," NFL senior vice president of broadcasting Howard Katz said. "This ensures that we do not have a matchup on Sunday Night Football on New Year's Eve that because of earlier results has no playoff implications for one or both of the competing teams."