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Broncos vs. Chiefs 2021: game time, TV schedule and how to watch live online

Everything you need to know to watch the Chiefs take on the Broncos in Week 13.

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The Game

The Kansas City Chiefs host the Denver Broncos in a key divisional contest at Arrowhead Stadium. Originally scheduled for an early afternoon kickoff, the matchup was flexed into Sunday Night Football. The game will now begin at 7:20 p.m. (Arrowhead Time). It is being broadcast on NBC — locally on KSHB/41.

The defending AFC champions enter Week 13 leading the AFC West. After beginning the season with a disappointing 3-4 record, Kansas City has now won four straight games — most recently a 19-9 defeat of the Dallas Cowboys. The Broncos are now tied with the Los Angeles Chargers and Oakland Raiders at 6-5 after winning three of their last four games — the last of which was 28-13 upset of the Chargers. This means that with a win on Sunday night, the Broncos could take over the division’s top spot.

But much more than the division lead will be at stake. The Chiefs currently own an 11-game winning streak against the Broncos — one that started when Kansas City broke a seven-game losing streak against Denver in 2015. The Broncos need a win to remain among the teams with a chance at the playoffs. And in order to have a chance for their sixth consecutive division title — not to mention the AFC’s first seed — the Chiefs cannot afford a loss.

Denver comes into the game with the NFL’s third-best scoring defense. Meanwhile, the Kansas City defense — currently ranked 13th — has been red hot during the team’s winning streak, allowing an average of just 11.8 points per game. The Chiefs are ranked ninth in scoring, while the Broncos are ranked 21st.

Under quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City has consistently had one of the league’s best offenses. But the unit has struggled with turnovers and playing in sync through many of this season’s games, averaging a full four points less per game than it did in 2020. But with its newly-revamped offensive line built around rookie center Creed Humphrey, the offense is hoping to get back on track during the season’s stretch run.

In this game, that might not be easy; the Broncos’ defense is ranked fourth in passer rating allowed. So the Chiefs’ offense could well choose to lean on their running game more than usual to help create opportunities downfield. But with its leading rusher Melvin Gordon out for the game, Denver could well choose the opposite approach against Kansas City — particularly since Chiefs cornerback Rashad Fenton will also miss the game.

It promises to be quite a matchup.

Nuts and bolts

  • Location: GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Playing surface: Natural grass
  • Game time: 7:20 p.m. Arrowhead Time, Sunday, December 5, 2021
  • Weather forecast: Mostly cloudy and 54, winds NNW 13 mph
  • Matchup history: 67-54 Chiefs (regular season)
  • Odds: Chiefs -8.5, per the DraftKings Sportsbook
  • Officials: Referee Carl Cheffers (51), umpire Tra Blake (33), down judge Jerry Bergman (91), line judge Jeff Seeman (45), field judge Nate Jones (42), side judge Eugene Hall (103), back judge Matt Edwards (96), replay official Andrew Lambert and replay assistant Kirt Shay.
  • Pageantry: Colors: Liberty Fire Department. National Anthem: singer/songwriter Matthew Johnson. Drum Deck Honoree: former Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen. Spirit Leader: Dave Herdman, Harvesters Community Food Network.
  • Television broadcast: with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Kathryn Tappen on KSHB (NBC/41-Kansas City), Chiefs Mobile App, KUSA (NBC/9-Denver) and NBC affiliates nationwide
  • Online Stream: Fubo.TV, Peacock
  • Chiefs radio broadcast: with Mitch Holthus, Danan Hughes and Josh Klingler on WDAF (106.5 FM-Kansas City) and Chiefs Radio Network affiliates
  • SiriusXM broadcast: Channel 225
  • Chiefs Spanish radio broadcast: with Enrique Morales, Oscar Monterroso and Hannah Bassham on KPRS (103.3 FM-Kansas City)
  • Broncos radio broadcast: with John Logan and Rick Lewis on KOA (850 AM-Denver) and KOA (94.1 FM-Denver) and Broncos Radio Network affiliates.
  • Enemy SB Nation site: Mile High Report
  • Twitter: Arrowhead Pride
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What you need to know in the stadium

  • Parking lots open: 3 p.m.
  • Stadium gates open: 5:30 p.m.
  • COVID-19: With the expiration of the Kansas City, Missouri mask ordinance, masks are no longer required in indoor spaces. However, per Kansas City Health Department recommendations, masks are still encouraged.
  • Masks are not required outdoors — but they are encouraged for guests who have not been fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated stadium staff — and all those working inside enclosed public areas — are directed to wear masks. A complete list of the stadium’s health and safety protocols is available at www.Chiefs.com.
  • Parking passes: All parking passes must be purchased in advance at www.Chiefs.com; payments will not be accepted at the parking toll gates.
  • Cashless Arrowhead: All concession stands and retail points of sale are completely cashless. Fixed points of sale offer traditional scan and chip reader options for credit/debit cards and mobile tap or scan payment options — including Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay. In-stadium hawkers and vendors accept credit cards only.
  • Clear bags, permitted items: The NFL’s clear bag policy is in place for all Arrowhead Stadium events. Fans may visit www.Chiefs.com for important information on the clear bag policy and a complete list of permitted and prohibited items.

2021 Schedule

Wk
1
Sun
Sep 12
Browns GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
Won
33-29
Wk
2
Sun
Sep 19
@Ravens M&T Bank Stadium
Baltimore
Lost
36-35
Wk
3
Sun
Sep 26
Chargers GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
Lost
30-24
Wk
4
Sun
Oct 3
@Eagles Lincoln Financial Field
Philadelphia
Won
42-30
Wk
5
Sun
Oct 10
Bills GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
Lost
38-20
Wk
6
Sun
Oct 17
@Washington FedEx Field
Washington
Won
31-13
Wk
7
Sun
Oct 24
@Titans Nissan Stadium
Nashville
Lost
27-3
Wk
8
Mon
Nov 1
Giants GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
Won
20-17
Wk
9
Sun
Nov 7
Packers GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
Won
13-7
Wk
10
Sun
Nov 14
@Raiders Allegiant Stadium
Las Vegas
Won
41-14
Wk
11
Sun
Nov 21
Cowboys GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
Won
19-9
Wk
12
Bye
Week
- - -
Wk
13
Sun
Dec 5
Broncos GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
NBC
7:20 pm
Wk
14
Sun
Dec 12
Raiders GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
CBS
12:00 pm
Wk
15
Thu
Dec 16
@Chargers SoFi Stadium
Los Angeles
FOX/NFLN
Amazon
7:20 pm
Wk
16
Sun
Dec 26
Steelers GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
CBS
3:25 pm
Wk
17
Sun
Jan 2
@Bengals Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati
CBS
12:00 pm
Wk
18
Sun
Jan 9
@Broncos Empower Field
Denver
CBS
3:25 pm