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Report: Chiefs may have played their final primetime game, after all

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Chiefs-Bears may still be flexed out of Sunday Night Football.

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The Kansas City Chiefs (9-4) have three games remaining in the 2019 regular season: Sunday at Noon vs. the Denver Broncos (5-8) at Arrowhead Stadium, Sunday Night Football away vs. the Chicago Bears (7-6) and Sunday at Noon vs. the Los Angeles Chargers (5-8) at Arrowhead Stadium.

But a new report from The Chicago Sun-Times suggests the Chiefs may have played their final primetime game.

The NFL will decide by Monday whether to “flex” the Bears’ Dec. 22 “Sunday Night Football” home game back into the afternoon, a source confirmed Wednesday. The “flex” would happen if the Bears are eliminated from playoff contention Sunday, the source said. The game would likely be replaced by the Saints-Titans.

The league typically has a 12-day window to “flex” their Sunday night game. But when Tuesday came and went, the league confirmed that it shifted to a six-day window for the Week 16 game.

The Chiefs are already in the playoffs as the AFC West division champions, so their result against the Broncos likely doesn’t factor into this equation.

As of this writing, the Bears have a 2% chance to make the postseason, according to The New York Times playoff machine. They are seven-point underdogs to beat the Green Bay Packers (10-3), and the Tennessee Titans (8-5) are 1.5-point favorites to beat the Houston Texans (8-5) in a game for first place in the AFC South.

If both results happen, the expectation is the Chiefs would be out of Week 16’s Sunday Night Football.

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