Patriots, Tom Brady now playing at same time Sunday after NFL schedule change


Cancel those Patriots-Tom Brady doubleheader viewing plans.

The Patriots' game against Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers and the Buccaneers' game against the Raiders will now be played at the same time Sunday after a late scheduling change from the NFL.

The Tampa Bay-Las Vegas game, originally scheduled for 8:20 p.m. on NBC's Sunday Night Football, will now be played at 4:05 p.m. on FOX, and is not expected to air in the Boston market. Seahawks at Cardinals has been moved from 4:05 to Sunday night. New England hosts San Francisco at 4:25 on CBS.

The NFL says the decision was "made out of an abundance of caution" to ensure there will be a Sunday night game. The Raiders have become the latest team to run into COVID-19 issues, potentially putting that game in jeopardy.

Former Patriot and current Raider Trent Brown tested positive, and since then reports have emerged that he may not have been consistently wearing his tracking device.

The entire Las Vegas starting offensive line was forced to quarantine as a result, and there is reportedly video of them hanging out without masks. Cornerback Damon Arnette was also placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday.

Prior to this scheduling change, the Patriots and Buccaneers were not scheduled to play at the same time until Week 15.