The Chiefs will battle the Broncos for the potential top seed in the AFC playoffs on Saturday.
A win in Denver will allow Kansas City to clinch no worse than the No. 2 playoff seeding in the AFC. A win against the Broncos — with a Titans loss to the Texans on Sunday — would give Kansas City the top spot. Although the Broncos are eliminated from postseason contention, quarterback Drew Lock will attempt to help Denver finish the season by breaking a three-game losing streak.
The Chiefs last played the Broncos at home in Week 8 to give Kansas City an 8-4 record in the 22-9 win. Despite having home-field advantage, Patrick Mahomes struggled against Denver, completing 15 of 29 passes for 184 yards and an interception. He went on to continue the Chiefs’ winning streak and completed 20 of 24 passes for 258 yards with two touchdowns against the Raiders the following week.
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During Kansas City’s 34-31 loss to the Bengals last week, Mahomes avoided getting sacked and completed 26 passes for 259 yards with two touchdowns. However, he threw several incomplete passes in the second half that limited the Chiefs to field goals, which allowed Cincinnati to come back for the win at home.
Mahomes will be challenged against Denver’s pass defense. During their last meeting, the Broncos held Kansas City to only 15 first downs with 178 passing yards and 89 rushing yards. On the other hand, Lock will attempt to earn his first win as a starter this season. After Teddy Bridgewater was carted off the field with a head injury during the Broncos’ 15-10 loss to the Bengals in Week 15, he scored a touchdown during his first drive of the game. He most recently completed 18 of 25 passes for 245 yards with a touchdown during the 34-13 loss to the Chargers in Week 17.
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6:11 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN CHIEFS. Mahomes completes a pass to McKinnon, who barrels through defenders into the end zone. After Butker makes the extra point, Chiefs take a 17-14 lead with 10:43 remaining in the third quarter.
6:07 p.m.: Mahomes navigates through an opening and rushes for 25 yards to get a first down at the Denver 29.
6:05 p.m.: Mahomes completes a short pass to Kelce for 10 yards and gets a first down at the Chiefs’ 41.
Halftime: Broncos 14, Chiefs 10
5:50 p.m.: Mahomes throws a deep pass to Williams for 17 yards to end the first half.
5:46 p.m.: Mahomes completes a pass to Hardman for 11 yards and gives the Chiefs a first down at their own 28.
5:42 p.m.: After Lock throws an incomplete pass on third down, Martin punts and Williams returns for 2 yards to give Kansas City possession at their own 15.
5:36 p.m.: Lock completes a pass to Patrick for 8 yards then the quarterback rushes for 4 yards to get a first down at the 36.
5:32 p.m.: FIELD GOAL CHIEFS. Mahomes throws consecutive incomplete passes and force the Chiefs to settle for a field goal. Broncos still hold a 14-10 lead with 2:18 remaining in the half.
5:30 p.m.: Williams rushes for 3 yards then a holding penalty against Humphrey pushes the Chiefs back to the Denver 16.
5:28 p.m.: Mahomes throws an incomplete pass intended for Kelce. A defensive pass interference call against Fuller gives the Chiefs a first down at the 16.
5:27 p.m.: Pringle catches a pass from Mahomes for 11 yards and is brought down by Simmons and Chubb.
5:25 p.m.: Mahomes completes a pass to Pringle for 10 yards then connects Hardman for another 10 yards on the next play. An illegal use of hands penalty against Denver gives Kansas City a first down at the Broncos’ 37.
5:20 p.m.: Mahomes connects with Robinson on a pass for 12 yards to give the Chiefs a first down at their own 37.
5:17 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN BRONCOS. Lock rushes up the middle for 23 yards into the end zone and gives the Broncos the lead. After McManus makes the extra point, Denver leads 14-7 with 7:49 remaining in the half.
5:12 p.m.: Gordon breaks free and rushes for 29 yards to give the Broncos a first down at the 49.
5:08 p.m.: Harris sacks Mahomes for a loss of 15 yards on third down. Townsend punts into the end zone and the Broncos will take over at the
5:04 p.m.: Mahomes completes a pass to Williams for 11 yards, but a personal foul penalty against Denver gives the Chiefs a first down at the Denver 43.
First Quarter: Chiefs 7, Broncos 7
4:58 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN BRONCOS. Lock finds an opening and rushes into the end zone for 5 yards to put the Broncos on the board. After McManus makes the extra point, the game is tied 7-7 with 26 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
4:56 p.m.: Broncos execute a trick play and give a direct snap to Williams. He tosses to Sutton, who completes to Fant downfield for 16 yards, giving the Broncos a first down at the 6.
4:52 p.m.: Javonte Williams rushes for 9 yards for a first down at the Kansas City 34, then Gordon rushes for 6 yards on the following play.
4:50 p.m.: Lock throws consecutive incomplete passes and the Broncos line up to punt. Martin punts and is tackled to the ground, a personal foul against the Chiefs gives the Broncos a first down at the 50.
4:44 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN CHIEFS. Mahomes completes a pass to Kelce in the end zone for 3 yards. After Butker makes the extra point, Chiefs take a 7-0 lead with 6:08 remaining in the first quarter.
4:42 p.m.: Mahomes rushes for another 11 yards and gives the Chiefs a first down at the Denver 7.
4:40 p.m.: Darrel Williams barrels through several defenders and gives the Chiefs a first down at the 30.
4:38 p.m.: Mahomes completes a pass to Pringle for 11 yards and moves the chains to the Denver 42.
4:36 p.m.: Mahomes connects on a deep pass to Hardman for 21 yards and positions Kansas City at the 44.
4:34 p.m.: Mahomes rushes for 11 yards and gives the Chiefs a first down at their own 23.
4:32 p.m.: Lock throws an incomplete deep pass intended for Jeudy on third down. Martin punts and Hardman returns for 3 yards to the Kansas City 12.
4:30 p.m.: Broncos win the coin toss and elect to receive. Denver will start with possession on the kickoff.
What channel is Chiefs vs. Broncos on today?
- TV channel (national): ESPN
- Live stream: ESPN, fuboTV
Chiefs vs. Broncos will be broadcast nationally on ESPN in Week 18. This game is going to have a different feel to it, with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, and Laura Rutledge on the call. John Perry will be ESPN’s rules expert.
In Canada, viewers can watch Chiefs vs. Broncos with a subscription to DAZN, which includes every NFL game.
Chiefs vs. Broncos start time
- Date: Saturday, Jan. 8
- Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. CT
Chiefs vs. Broncos is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. This will be one of ESPN’s nationally televised games, as the network begins to broadcast more games heading into Wild Card Weekend.
Kansas City Chiefs schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||vs. Browns||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|2||Sept. 19||at Ravens||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|3||Sept. 26||vs. Chargers||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|4||Oct. 3||at Eagles||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|5||Oct. 10||vs. Bills||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|6||Oct. 17||at Washington||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|7||Oct. 24||at Titans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|8||Nov. 1||vs. Giants||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|9||Nov. 7||vs. Packers||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|10||Nov. 14||at Raiders||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|11||Nov. 21||vs. Cowboys||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|13||Dec. 5||vs. Broncos||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|14||Dec. 12||vs. Raiders||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|15||Dec. 16||at Chargers||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox/NFLN/Amazon|
|16||Dec. 26||vs. Steelers||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 2||at Bengals||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|18||Jan. 8||at Broncos||4:30 p.m. ET||ESPN|
Denver Broncos schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||at Giants||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|2||Sept. 19||at Jaguars||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|3||Sept. 26||vs. Jets||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|4||Oct. 3||vs. Ravens||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|5||Oct. 10||at Steelers||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|6||Oct. 17||vs. Raiders||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|7||Oct. 21||at Browns||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox/NFLN/Amazon|
|8||Oct. 31||vs. Washington||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|9||Nov. 7||at Cowboys||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|10||Nov. 14||vs. Eagles||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|12||Nov. 28||vs. Chargers||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|13||Dec. 5||at Chiefs||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|14||Dec. 12||vs. Lions||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|15||Dec. 19||vs. Bengals||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|16||Dec. 26||at Raiders||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 2||at Chargers||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|18||Jan. 8||vs. Chiefs||4:30 p.m. ET||ESPN|
NFL schedule Week 18
Saturday, Jan. 8
|Game||Time (ET)||TV Channel|
|Chiefs @ Broncos||4:30 p.m.||ESPN, ABC, ESPN+, fuboTV|
|Cowboys @ Eagles||8:15 p.m.||ESPN, ABC, ESPN+, fuboTV|
Sunday, Jan. 9
|Game||Time (ET)||TV Channel|
|Bengals @ Browns||1:00 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Packers @ Lions||1:00 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Bears @ Vikings||1:00 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Washington @ Giants||1:00 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Colts @ Jaguars||1:00 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Steelers @ Ravens||1:00 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Titans @ Texans||1:00 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Saints @ Falcons||4:25 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Jets @ Bills||4:25 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|49ers @ Rams||4:25 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Patriots @ Dolphins||4:25 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Seahawks @ Cardinals||4:25 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Panthers @ Buccaneers||4:25 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Chargers @ Raiders||8:20 p.m.||NBC, fuboTV|