Guess a rematch of last year's AFC Championship Game isn't compelling enough to be on prime time.
The Patriots' game at Baltimore on Sunday, Dec. 22, originally scheduled to be NBC's Sunday night game, has been "flexed" back to 4:25 p.m. as the network chose the Eagles-Bears game for the primetime broadcast. The Pats-Ravens game will now be televised on CBS.
The strange thing is, the Pats (11-3) and Ravens (7-6) have a better combined record at 18-9 than the Eagles (8-5) and Bears (7-6), who are at 13-11. In addition, New England is leading the AFC East and Baltimore is in the middle of a very tight AFC playoff race, so it isn't as if these are two teams that have fallen off the radar . . . a frequent contributor
But Philadelphia and Chicago are surprise contenders in the NFC East and Central, respectively, and the game is more likely to have a direct impact on their division races than Pats-Ravens.