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Will 49ers-Patriots be on Fox this year, or will NBC/ESPN steal it?
As a result of the NFL's TV deals, in interconference games, the Patriots' road games against NFC opponents are normally broadcast on CBS, while their home games are slated for Fox. The Patriots will host the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona, while the games against the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks will on the road.
Arizona Cardinals—Fox doesn't get many Patriots games, so it tries to keep them whenever possible. But, at the moment, about the only excitement here is seeing their offensive skill players against the opposing team's secondary. Prime Time Potential: 2
San Francisco 49ers—Fox will almost undoubtedly seek to protect this game between top-tier teams in the AFC and NFC. They may not be able to, as this game has prime time written all over it. Prime Time Potential: 5
St. Louis Rams—This game will be the first game for the Rams in London, and the Patriots' second, as part of the NFL's international series. Given the intrigue surrounding Josh McDaniels' departure from the Rams and Brandon Lloyd's possible defection to New England, this could be a very high-profile game.
Still, as a result of the International Series, the game will be broadcast at 1 p.m. ET. Prime Time Potential: NA*
Seattle Seahawks—Right now, CBS probably won't put up too much of a fight if NBC or ESPN asks to take this game off their hands. Prime Time Potential: 1
*Although at 1 PM, this game has generally received high publicity from the networks and the NFL.