Chiefs & Chargers "NBC Sunday Night Football" Flex Selection for Dec. 17
CHIEFS & CHARGERS "FLEX" SELECTION FOR
"NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL" ON DEC. 17
"LT" Seeking Single-Season Touchdown Mark
Rematch of Chiefs Thrilling 30-27 Last-Second Win
NEW YORK � December 4, 2006 � The National Football League today announced the Kansas City Chiefs at the San Diego Chargers game on December 17 was selected to be moved to Sunday Night, an 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff on NBC as part of the NFL's new Flexible Schedule. Earlier this year, in one of the most exciting games of the NFL season, the Chiefs handed their division rival one of only two 2006 losses, winning 30-27 on a 53-yard field goal with six seconds left after San Diego had rallied from 17 points down to tie the game.
The Chargers, making their third "NBC Sunday Night Football" appearance, are in first place in the AFC West (10-2) and share the best record in the conference with the Indianapolis Colts. Sunday, star RB LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-21 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Tomlinson now has 26 touchdowns on the season, putting him within two of matching the single-season record set by Seattle's Shaun Alexander last season. He has scored a TD in 10 of San Diego's 12 games this season and has scored 18 times in his past six games. In the victory over Buffalo, "LT" surpassed 1,200 yards rushing to become the second NFL player, joining Eric Dickerson, to rush for 1,200 yards in each of his first six NFL seasons.
In their first network primetime appearance on Oct. 8, the Chargers defeated the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers 23-13. Under the lights on Nov. 19, they rallied from a 17-point deficit in Denver to beat the Broncos 35-27, to become the first NFL team to win back-to-back games after trailing by 17 or more points. In that contest, Tomlinson scored four touchdowns, three rushing and one receiving.
The Chiefs, making their "NBC Sunday Night Football" debut, are one of five AFC teams with 7-5 records vying for the two conference wildcard berths. Kansas City boasts a star running back of their own in Larry Johnson, who ranks second in the NFL in rushing with 1,312 yards, just 12 behind Tomlinson.
ABOUT FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING:
The NFL this season is implementing for the first time in its history a primetime "flexible scheduling" element on Sundays in Weeks 10-15 and in Week 17 to ensure quality matchups with playoff implications in those weeks and give surprise teams a chance to play their way onto Sunday Night. The NFL will announce the flex game no later than 12 days prior, except for Week 17, which will be announced no later than six days before, to ensure that the final regular season Sunday Night game has playoff implications.