WVLT will now air Patriots-Giants game

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(WVLT) -- Saturday night, when the New England Patriots seek to become the first team to finish a season undefeated since 1972, WVLT will carry the action live.

The NFL has arranged with CBS and NBC for an unprecedented three-way national simulcast of the Patriots' game against the New York Giants, which was originally scheduled to air on the NFL Network only.

The game will take place at 8pm Eastern Standard Time.

The game will be the first three-way simulcast in NFL history, and the first simulcast of any kind since the first Super Bowl in 1967, when CBS and NBC broadcast the Packers-Chiefs game simultaneously.

Only the Giants stand in the way of the Patriots becoming the first NFL team to go 16-and-0 in the regular season.

The simulcast of the NFL Network feed is a major concession by league officials, who repeatedly said they would not show the game anywhere but on their network. But the NFL has faced mounting pressure from politicians, including Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter who had threatened to reconsider the league's antitrust exemption if it didn't make games available to more viewers.

(The AP contributed to this report)

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