Thursday night football schedule: here’s why there isn’t a week 17 match in 2021

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For the first time this season, there will be no NFL game on Thursday night. The reason is simple: The NFL only scheduled Thursday night games through Week 16, with last week’s game between the Titans and 49ers concluding Thursday night games for the 2021 season.

Unlike the last two weeks, there won’t be any games on Saturday either. All but one of the NFL Week 17 games will be played on Sunday. The only outlier is Monday night’s Steelers game against the Cleveland Browns in what will likely be Ben Roethlisberger’s last home game as a Pittsburgh quarterback. Pittsburgh’s game against Cleveland will be the last Monday night game of the 2021 regular season, but the NFL will be offering a doubles schedule on Saturday night on January 8. Matches will be chosen after the action of Week 17 and will have playoff implications. The rest of the games will take place on Sunday, January 9, including a still-determined prime-time game that will close the 2021 regular season.

This playoffs, for the first time ever, there will be a playoff game on Monday night in the wilds round. The NFL’s expanded opening playoff round, dubbed Super Wild Card Weekend last year, will end with a Monday night game for at least the next five years.

From 2022, Amazon Prime will become the exclusive partner of NFL Thursday Night Football. “Thursday Night Football” has previously aired on CBS, NBC and Fox.

“Thursday Night Football” was launched on November 23, 2006. In 2012, the NFL moved “Thursday Night Football” from eight to 13 games, with a ninth game added in 2014.


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