NBC was facing an awful Sunday night game between the Patriots and Jets before the NFL stepped in and flexed the Chiefs-Broncos AFC West matchup to prime time.
So the biggest treat of Thanksgiving weekend just might be the latest installment of this terrific rivalry.
The winner can set its sights on pursuing a division crown, while the loser might have to scramble for a wild card.
Both teams enter the game in Denver at 7-3. The Broncos, coming off a bye, had won seven in a row in the series that dates back to when the Chiefs were the Dallas Texans in the old AFL.
Kansas City marched into Denver and took the most recent meeting last November.
"To be 7-3, we're in a great position," cornerback Chris Harris Jr. says. "We're in a same position that we've been in the past five years. It's on us. We have a chance to win it and we have to go and take it.
"We hold our own destiny. It's been like that every year since I've been here. It's always been a tight race, so it's going to come down to the wire."
Kansas City's misstep last week, a home loss to Tampa Bay, was filled with miscues. It was unusual for a team that is a plus-13 in turnover margin.
"I think you need to learn from your mistakes is what you need to do, whether it's me, the coaches, the players, you better focus in and be real with that and don't sugarcoat that one bit," coach Andy Reid says.
"You get in and then you go work on it, get those things straightened out when you have an opportunity out in practice to do that. That's what's real."