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The NFL is flexing Week 15’s Chiefs-Patriots game

Kansas City and New England will now play on the Sunday afternoon of Week 15.

Kansas City Chiefs v New England Patriots Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

The NFL has decided to move the Kansas City Chiefs’ “Monday Night Football” road matchup against the New England Patriots on Monday, December 18 into Week 15’s slate of early games. This means the game will now be played at Noon (Arrowhead Time) on Sunday, December 17.

Week 15’s Monday matchup will now be the Philadelphia Eagles on the road against the Seattle Seahawks, which had originally been scheduled for Week 15’s late-afternoon slate on Sunday.

The Chiefs-Patriots game will also move from ESPN/ABC (and KMBC/9 locally) to FOX, which means that in Kansas City, the game will be broadcast on WDAF/4.

This is happening because the Patriots have had a much worse season than anyone expected it would; at 2-9, New England has the AFC’s worst record. It had originally been scheduled to play three consecutive primetime games. For now, the Patriots’ Week 14 “Thursday Night Football” game against the Pittsburgh Steelers — and the “Sunday Night Football” matchup with the Denver Broncos in Week 16 — remains on the schedule.

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