New Orleans Saints

NFL moves time for Saints-Bucs game Dec. 11

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram prepares to fight off a tackle during the team’s 49-21 victory against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in the Superdome.
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram prepares to fight off a tackle during the team’s 49-21 victory against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in the Superdome. AP

The New Orleans Saints game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Dec. 11 has been flexed to the 3:25 p.m. national time slot by Fox.

The game was originally scheduled to begin at noon.

The Saints (5-6) are coming off a 49-21 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in the Superdome on Sunday and the Buccaneers (6-5) shocked the NFL with a 14-5 win at home against the Seattle Seahawks.

That keeps the Saints and Buccaneers in the race for the NFC South title with Atlanta (7-4), a 38-19 winner over Arizona on Sunday.

The Saints and the Bucs are in the middle of the pack in the four-team South Division. Atlanta and Tampa Bay both have 5-3 conference records, but the Falcons have a better overall record. The Saints are at 4-3 in the conference. The Carolina Panthers are 4-7 overall and 4-4 in the conference.

It is the first Saints game to have its starting time moved this season. New Orleans’ season finale at Atlanta on Jan. 1 is scheduled for noon but also could be a candidate for being flexed.

Kate Magandy: 228-896-2344, @kmagandy

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