ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — A pivotal division matchup for the Broncos will now take place in prime time.
The NFL announced Tuesday that it has flexed the Broncos' Week 13 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs into the "Sunday Night Football" slot on NBC.
The game is slated to kick off at 6:20 p.m. MT on Sunday, Dec. 5.
Denver will appear on "Sunday Night Football" in Kansas City for the second consecutive season after nearly knocking off the future AFC champion Chiefs in 2020. Following the schedule change, this will be the ninth consecutive year in which the Broncos and Chiefs will match up in prime time.
The Broncos' Week 13 matchup will be just the second appearance on "Sunday Night Football" for Denver since 2017, and there will be plenty at stake. With the Chiefs coming off their Week 12 bye at 7-4, the Broncos could have a chance to stake their claim to the division lead. A Broncos win over the Chargers this weekend would set up the showdown as a battle for first place in the division.
If the Broncos can earn a win in Kansas City, they'd snap a pair of unwanted streaks. The Broncos have lost 11 consecutive games to the Chiefs, dating back to the 2015 season. Denver has also come up short in its last six "Sunday Night Football" games. The Broncos' last SNF win came in 2015, courtesy of C.J. Anderson's game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Patriots.
The 49ers at Seahawks was previously slated to be the "Sunday Night Football" matchup in Week 13.