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Bears-Chiefs Sunday night game could be moved out of prime time and into an afternoon slot

The “flex” would happen if the Bears are eliminated from playoff contention Sunday, the source said. The game would likely be replaced by the Saints-Titans.

Bears defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris is grabbed by the Chiefs in a 2018 preseason game.
Bears defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris is grabbed by the Chiefs in a 2018 preseason game.
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Last season, the Bears saw prime-time games as a sign of their growing relevance.

This year, they might have their final one taken away.

The NFL will decide by Monday whether to “flex” the Bears’ Dec. 22 “Sunday Night Football” home game back into the afternoon, a source confirmed Wednesday. The “flex” would happen if the Bears are eliminated from playoff contention Sunday, the source said. The game would likely be replaced by the Saints-Titans.

The league typically has a 12-day window to “flex” their Sunday night game. But when Tuesday came and went, the league confirmed that it shifted to a six-day window for the Week 16 game.

The 7-6 Bears — who Football Outsiders gives a 4.5 percent playoff chance — play the NFC North-leading Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday.