Dec 30 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) calls an audible in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

NFL schedule change: Chiefs-Broncos flexed to Sunday Night Football


If you were hoping to watch the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants battle on November 17th, I have bad news for you – you won’t be doing so on a national stage as NBC has decided to remove the game from their Sunday Night Football schedule.

Taking the place of the Packers and Giants will be the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos, who were flexed to the position this afternoon.

Both CBS and FOX, who own rights to the afternoon games are allowed to protect games and CBS wanted to protect the Chiefs-Broncos game, however, according to Yahoo Sports made a one-time exception for the league:

”We had originally protected the Kansas City-Denver game for Week 11,” CBS Sports said in a statement. ”After discussions with the NFL we made a one-time accommodation so that the game can be seen by a national audience, which we could not provide during our regionalized singleheader weekend.”

Sounds like the NFL did a little arm flexing there to get one of the premier regular season matchups broadcast nationally on Sunday night.

The Packers-Giants game has been moved to 4:25 p.m. and will be played on FOX while the Chargers-Dolphins will be played at 4:05 p.m. on CBS to accommodate the change.

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  • Travis Vanessa

    Sweet. Now the whole world can watch Peyton get taken down a peg.

  • Dan B

    That’s what’s Up!!!!!

  • anon76returns

    Awesome! CBS pissed me off when they tried to protect both those games earlier. One or the other, CBS- leave some of the good stuff for those of us outside the KC-Den broadcast area.

  • RyansDad

    I’ll probably record it to watch later. But will enjoy watching the Packers take apart the Giants live.

    It will be interesting to see Denver & KC go head to head. I really feel good for the KC fans – having a year no one expected. Speaks volumes about Andy Reed. Great coach.

  • Donkeyslayer

    Time to show everyone how good we are! Need to shut up the nay sayer and just play Chiefs football without them saying how bad we are. Last I checked 8-0 = a pertty good football team last I checked!

  • DXW

    The Chiefs will be incredibly LUCKY to get past the Bills. They should probably focus on that task before jumping ahead to the Denver game where they have almost no chance of winning.

    • Roc

      I’m so sick of your shit talking, I really hope the chiefs beat the broncos so you can eat some crow

      • DXW

        Not sure how my opinion, based on the Chief’s weekly struggles with bad teams and their history of not showing up when it counts, can be considered “shit talking”, but whatever…

        • Roc

          Well hopefully you have the balls to come back and comment when you are proven wrong

          • DXW

            If the Chiefs beat Denver, I’ll definitely be here to admit that the Broncos were not the elite team I thought they were.

            The question is, will all you homers be here when everything I’ve said is proven true and Denver puts up 30+ points on the Chiefs untested defense… twice?

          • Roc

            If the broncos beat the chiefs badly I will admit you were right

          • anon76returns

            I’m a Bronco fan, and I’m confident that the Broncos will beat the Chiefs twice, and I think the Chargers have a chance against them for the San Diego leg of their series. That being said, I have a hard time thinking of the Chiefs as paper tigers. Teams that win 8 in a row, even close games over poor teams, get a certain swagger that tends to carry over into games against elite teams. The 1998 Atlanta Falcons I think were just such a team- everybody said that their 14-2 record wasn’t really legitimate, that they had benefitted from a soft schedule, and that they’d be rolled up by the first good team that came their way. Then they went into Minnesota and beat the record-setting offense of the Vikes in the NFC championship game.
            I don’t think Kansas City is as good as the Broncos, but I don’t they’re a charade either.

          • DXW

            No, definitely not a charade. The Chiefs have been stocking up on some damn talented players (especially on defense) over the past few years while waiting for a decent coach. Now they have a decent coach and you can see the results. I’m not convinced they’re not a paper tiger yet, but we’ll see how this second half plays out. Based on what I’ve seen so far this year, I’d be shocked if they win more than 3 of their last 8, but you never know. Maybe they’ll kick it into a higher gear and come out swinging against the tougher teams. I doubt the teams coming up on their schedule are going to be as quick to roll over and hand them wins the way the teams they’ve faced in the past few weeks have done. From here on, the Chiefs are going to have to earn it, and that’s not something they’re used to doing.

            Who would’ve thought the AFC West was going to be the toughest all around division in the NFL? Even the Raiders are starting to look like one of the better bad teams.