Tom Brady and Tim Tebow under the bright lights in Denver. It’s a matchup that should have the NFL salivating over a potential TV ratings bonanza.

But speculation about flexing the Dec. 18 game between New England and Denver into prime-time picked up along with rumors of a tug-of-war between the network scheduled to air the contest (CBS) and the network desperate to get it (NBC).

Now, as it turns out, fans of one of the NFL’s top passers and the second-year quarterback taking the league by storm will be tuning in at 4:15 p.m. EST after all.

On Wednesday afternoon the NFL announced that no changes will be made to its original Week 15 schedule. So instead of watching Tebow and the Broncos try to pull another upset in prime-time, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” viewers will be treated to the Ravens and the Chargers.


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