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Patriots-Broncos remains at 4:15 p.m.

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  December 7, 2011 02:06 PM

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At long last, the NFL and its broadcast partners have made a decision on whether or not to flex the Week 15 game between the Patriots and Broncos.

The answer? No. Baltimore at San Diego will remain the Sunday Night Football game for next Sunday.

Which means the Patriots will kick off in Denver at 4:15 p.m. EST.

Typically, a decision must be made 12 days before the game on whether or not it will be flexed, but after a great deal of debate the NFL decided to extend the deadline for a decision until today.

As our Chad Finn wrote about today, Patriots owner Robert Kraft was fighting to keep the game on CBS for a couple of reasons: first, was the interest of his team and the difference between returning home from Denver around 2 a.m. Monday or 6 a.m. Monday (New England plays on Sat., Dec. 24 and would essentially lose a day for review/preparation); second, the Kraft Group/Patriots also have business interests with CBS, the network that gets to keep the game.

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