WELCOME TO PRIMETIME!
The Green Bay Packers and New York Giants were the original Sunday Night Football game scheduled. That game will now move into the late afternoon slot which was previously held by the Chiefs and Broncos game.
This is AWESOME news and also a bit of a surprise. It was reported several weeks ago that CBS had protected both Chiefs-Broncos games -- the one in Denver (Week 11) and the one at Arrowhead (Week 13) -- but some sort of agreement has been worked out and the game will now be on Sunday Night Football.
CBS had Broncos-Chiefs protected but gave it up voluntarily so national audience could see game. They did not have national window that day.— Neil Best (@sportswatch) November 1, 2013
NFL VP Howard Katz told me CBS protected Chiefs- Broncos, but NFL came to them and asked them to reconsider. Thus, NBC gets the game week 11— Chris Mad Dog Russo (@MadDogUnleashed) November 1, 2013
To those asking, don't expect KC-Den on 12-1 to be moved to prime time. CBS won't give that game up twice— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) November 1, 2013
You can read about the rules surrounding which games can be protected here.
This means the KC Chiefs will be playing in primetime once again this season. The Chiefs only other primetime game this year came on Thursday Night Football in Andy Reid's return to Philly. But the Chiefs will be at worst 8-1 heading into the Denver game and at best a perfect 9-0.
Here are some details on the NFL's flex scheduling:
The NFL uses "flexible scheduling" on Sundays in Weeks 11-17. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 4:25 PM ET time slot on CBS or FOX.
For each flexible scheduling week with the exception of Week 17, the NFL announces the start times of games on Sundays no later than 12 days prior to that weekend. To ensure a Sunday night game and doubleheader games with playoff implications in Week 17, flexible scheduling decisions for that Sunday can be made on six days notice.
The rest of the Chiefs 2013 schedule can be seen here:
Week 9. @ Buffalo Bills (Nov. 3, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 10. BYE
Week 11. @ Denver Broncos (Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., NBC)
Week 12. San Diego Chargers (Nov. 24, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 13. Denver Broncos (Dec. 1, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 14. @ Washington Redskins (Dec. 8, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 15. @ Oakland Raiders (Dec. 15, 3:05 p.m., CBS)
Week 16. Indianapolis Colts (Dec. 22, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 17. @ San Diego Chargers (Dec. 29, 3:25 p.m., CBS)