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Chiefs vs Broncos - Game 16

Posted Dec 27, 2011

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (6-9)
VS DENVER BRONCOS (8-7)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 2012 - 3:15 PM (CENTRAL)
SPORTS AUTHORITY FIELD - DENVER, CO

BROADCAST INFORMATION
CBS
CBS (KCTV5 in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Jim Nantz - Color Commentator: Phil Simms

Chiefs FOX Football Radio Network
KCFX-FM (101.1 FM in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus Color Commentator: Len Dawson Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon

THE MATCH-UP
On Sunday, Kansas City will look to conclude the 2011 regular season with a win at Denver. Last week, the Chiefs lost a 16-13 overtime thriller vs. Oakland (12/24). The Raiders booted a 36-yard fi eld on the opening drive of the extra stanza for the winning margin as the Chiefs were never able to touch the ball. Meanwhile, Denver lost 40-14 at Buffalo (12/24), its second consecutive setback. The Broncos remain alive in the playoff hunt and need a win or a Oakland loss to advance to the postseason.

QB Kyle Orton threw for 300 yards last Saturday vs. Oakland, including leading the team down the fi eld in the final 2:57 of the fourth quarter for the tying score. He threw a three-yard touchdown pass to WR Dwayne Bowe with 1:04 remaining to tie the score. The Chiefs defense got a pair of interceptions off Oakland QB Carson Palmer as CB Javier Arenas and LB Derrick Johnson each victimized the Raiders quarterback.

The Chiefs defense has been one of the best in the NFL since the calendar turned to the month of the December. The club ranks in top 10 in multiple defensive categories for all games played in the month of December. Kansas City allowed 279.5 total net yards per game in the fi nal month of the year to rank third in the AFC and fourth in the NFL. The club’s pass defense has been particularly stringent, permitting only 173.3 passing yards per game in December to stand second in the AFC and fourth in the NFL. The Chiefs defense has permitted only 17.5 points per game in December, tying for the sixth-fewest total in the NFL during that timeframe.

On the season, Kansas City ranks ninth in the NFL by allowing 211.4 passing ypg. That Chiefs are on pace to permit their fewest air yards since allowing 188.9 passing ypg in 2007. The team’s defensive unit has intercepted 19 passes in 2011, tying for the sixth-highest total in the NFL.

LB Tamba Hali has produced 12.0 sacks. He trails only Baltimore LB Terrell Suggs (13.0) in the AFC and is eighth in the NFL. Hali looks to become the first player in Chiefs history to lead the AFC in sacks in backto- back years. He is one of four players in club annals to record 10.0 or more sacks in back-to-back years. LB Derrick Johnson has produced 172 tackles, the highest seasonal total in Kansas City history.

THE SERIES
Kansas City holds a 55-48-0 (.534) all-time advantage over Denver in the 103 previous meetings between the two clubs (102 regular season, one postseason). The 55 Chiefs wins against the Broncos ties for the club’s highest win total against any individual opponent as the Chiefs have also beaten AFC West foe Oakland 55 times. The Broncos hold a 19-33-0 (.365) advantage in games played in Denver. The clubs have met at three different stadiums in Denver with the Broncos holding leads at Mile High Stadium (24-17) and at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (9-1). Kansas City won the lone matchup between the two clubs at University of Denver Stadium.

The two clubs have split their season series seven of the last eight seasons. Denver last swept the season series in 2007. This marks the second time in three seasons that the Chiefs and Broncos have faced each other in January to end the regular season. The last time, LB Derrick Johnson returned two INTs for TDs and RB Jamaal Charles had 259 rushing yards in a 44-24 Chiefs win at Denver (1/3/10).

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