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NFL flexes Bucs' game at Dallas on Dec. 18 to Sunday Night Football

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) reaches over the goal line for a rushing touchdown during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) reaches over the goal line for a rushing touchdown during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
Published Dec. 5, 2016

The Tampa Bay Bucs' four-game winning streak and surge into the NFC playoff chase will now get a national audience in two weeks.

The NFL has moved the Bucs' game at Dallas on Dec. 18 to NBC's national telecast on Sunday Night Football.

The game, to be aired at 8:30, was originally scheduled for 1 p.m.

The Bucs are 7-5 and tied for first place in the NFC South after their 28-21 win over the San Diego Chargers. They take on the Cowboys (11-1), who have the NFL's best record and led by two rookies — quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott.