Chiefs-Colts didn't look good to NBC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Dec. 22 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium once looked to be a prime contender to be flexed into the Sunday night national TV window or at least start in the late afternoon TV window at 3:25 CT.

Now that the possibility is strong that the game won't mean much to one team or perhaps both, the NFL passed on Tuesday on flexing the start time. The game will begin at noon as originally scheduled.

The Chiefs could have a wild-card playoff spot clinched by then. They may also have been eliminated from winning the AFC West championship. Even if they retain shot at winning the division title, it will be a slim one. How will Andy Reid want to play the game under those circumstances?

No one perhaps other than Reid knows and the league wasn't willing to gamble that he was willing to go all out to win.

The 8-5 Colts, meanwhile, have clinched the AFC South championship. They could be playing for better playoff seeding when they come to Kansas City, but that's not a given.