Kansas City Chiefs (2-13) vs. Denver Broncos (12-3)
Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 - 3:25 p.m. CT Sports Authority Field
Play-by-Play: Ian Eagle - Color: Dan Fouts
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
Chiefs Spanish Radio
La Gran D (1340 AM) - Play-by-Play: Enrique Morales - Color Commentator: Oscar Monterroso - Sideline Reporter: Ricardo Soto
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP
The Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos meet in an AFC West division matchup on Sunday, Dec. 30. Kickoff is slated for 3:25 p.m. CT at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. In the first meeting between the clubs this season, the Broncos defeated the Chiefs 17-9 at Arrowhead Stadium on Nov. 25 behind two QB Peyton Manning touchdown passes.
Kansas City enters it’s final contest of the season with a 2-13 record after falling 20-13 to the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium on Dec. 23. With the game tied at 13-13 entering the fourth quarter, Colts QB Andrew Luck drove his team 73 yards on 13 plays, capping the drive with a seven- yard touchdown pass to WR Reggie Wayne with just over four minutes to play in the contest. Kansas City’s offense was unable to find rhythm and was forced to punt. The Colts effectively ran out the clock, sealing their win.
In the loss, the Chiefs racked up 352 rushing yards on 44 carries (8.0 avg). RB Jamaal Charles eclipsed the 200-yard rushing mark for the second time this season, recording 226 yards on 22 carries (10.3 avg) including an 86-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Teammate RB Peyton Hillis contributed 101 rushing yards, marking the first time the Chiefs have had two 100-yard rushers in the same game since RB Christian Okoye (122) and RB Harvey Williams (103) each accomplished the feat vs. Buffalo on Oct. 7, 1991.
On the defensive side of the ball, Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson led the team with seven tackles. The club produced 3.0 sacks including one by Johnson, CB Brandon Flowers and LB Tamba Hali. Hali’s sack was his ninth of the season, bumping his career sack total to 62.5.
The Broncos currently hold the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoff race and need a win vs. Kansas City to potentially earn the No. 1 seed (also need Houston loss or tie). Denver enters Sunday’s contest with a 12-3 record after defeating the Cleveland Browns 34-12 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos have won 10-straight games after starting the season
2-3. Manning is the top-ranked passer in the AFC. He has completed 377 passes for 4,355 yards with 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Manning’s top targets include WRs Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. Thomas leads the team with 87 receptions for 1,312 yards and nine touchdowns while Decker owns 78 catches for 988 yards and 11 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, LB Von Miller ranks second in the AFC with 17.5 sacks, while CB Chris Harris and LB Wesley Woodyard lead the team with three interceptions.
CHIEFS-BRONCOS SERIES HISTORY
Kansas City holds a 56-49 (.533) all-time advantage over Denver in the 105 previous meetings between the two clubs (104 regular season, one postseason). The 56 Chiefs wins against the Broncos are the club’s highest win total against any individual opponent. The Chiefs have beaten their AFC West foe Oakland 55 times.
The two clubs have split their season series eight of the last nine seasons. In 2011, the Chiefs fell to the Broncos at Arrowhead, 17-10, but defeated Denver, 7-3, in the final week of the season on the road. Kansas City’s most recent season sweep of Denver came in 2000. Denver last swept the season series in 2007.
The Broncos hold a 19-34 (.358) 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 (9-2). Kansas City won the lone matchup between the two clubs at University of Denver Stadium. Kansas City holds a 24-16 (.600) margin against Denver at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Broncos produced a 14-10 victory in the only postseason meeting between the two teams, a 1997 AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Arrowhead (1/4/98).The Chiefs own a 22-13 (.629) record against the Broncos all-time in the month of December. In Kansas City’s last December meeting with Denver (12/5/10), the Chiefs defeated the Broncos 10-6 behind a 116-yard performance from Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles at Arrowhead Stadium.