NFL announces plans to hold first Christmas Day tripleheader


Could the Patriots be candidates?

Arizona Cardinals tight end Demetrius Harris is on the mind. Darryl Webb/AP Photo

Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year, and the NFL plans to maximize the opportunity by hosting three games on Dec. 25 for the first time ever.

There will be two afternoon games, on CBS and Fox, and then NBC will host a prime-time battle. The league will have its regular Thursday night game on December 22, 11 games on December 24, plus a Monday night game on December 26.

“Christmas, when it’s an NFL game day, we’ve had a lot of success there, all due respect to our friends in the NBA. It’s something our friends care about,” said NFL Vice President of Broadcast Mike North to WGR radio host Sal Capaccio “If Christmas falls on a Sunday, that makes perfect sense.”

This year’s fixtures will be announced the week of May 9.

This will be the third straight season the league has had a game on Christmas Day, bringing the all-time total to 27 games. Last year’s game between the Packers and Browns was the third most-watched game of the regular season.

The Patriots have never played on Christmas Day.


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