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NFL sets kickoff time for Bears-Packers season finale


The NFL has announced that next weekend's regular season finale between the Bears and Packers in Green Bay will kick off at 3:25 p.m. (CT) Sunday.

The game between the long-time rivals will be televised on CBS.

The Bears improved to 7-9 with a 37-17 win over the Falcons Sunday at Soldier Field but were eliminated from playoff contention hours later. To remain alive for the postseason heading into Week 18, the Bears needed the Packers and Vikings to tie Sunday night in Minneapolis, but Green Bay beat Minnesota 33-10 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Packers can qualify for a wild card berth in the NFC playoffs with a victory over the Bears next weekend.

Two NFL games will be played Saturday with the remaining 14 Sunday.

On Saturday, the Steelers will visit the Ravens at 3:30 p.m. (CT) and the Texans will visit the Colts at 7:15 p.m. (CT). Pittsburgh needs a win and some help to earn a wild card berth. The winner of the Houston-Indianapolis game will earn a wild card spot and will win the AFC South if the Jaguars lose to the Titans Sunday.

The Sunday night game will pit the Bills against the Dolphins in Miami with the winner claiming the AFC East title.