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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton appears to whistle along as a Fats Domino song is played during an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. The team honored musician Fats Domino who died Tuesday.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

The Saints will not be playing on Sunday night in the near future.

But they will be seen by a more national audience.

The NFL announced New Orleans' games against the Los Angeles Rams and Carolina Panthers in Weeks 12 and 13 will be played in the national time slot at 3:25 p.m.

The Week 12 game on the road against the Rams will now move to CBS. The game against the Panthers will be on Fox. In Week 13, the Saints host the Carolina Panthers (7-3), in what could prove to be a pivotal game in the NFC South race.

There had been a lot of talk that the game against the Rams could be flexed to the primetime slot since it features two teams sitting atop the NFC with 7-2 records, but the league decided to keep a game between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers in the slot.

The Week 13 game on Sunday night is between the Eagles and Seahawks.

The only primetime game currently remaining on New Orleans' schedule is a Thursday night game against the Falcons on Dec. 7. 

The Saints host the Washington Redskins this week.

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