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Chiefs vs. Broncos 2022: time, TV schedule and how to watch live online

Everything you need to know to watch the Chiefs take on the Broncos in Week 18.

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The game

The final weekend of the NFL’s first 18-week season gets underway with the Kansas City Chiefs on the road to face the Denver Broncos. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN — locally on KMBC/9.

The defending AFC champions had planned to come into this game with a nine-game winning streak that would make it possible for them to clinch the AFC’s first postseason seed with a win against Denver. But the Cincinnati Bengals had other ideas, handing the Chiefs a 34-31 road defeat on Sunday.

So now, Kansas City needs a win over the Broncos — along with a Tennessee Titans loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday — to claim the first seed. The Chiefs will be locked into the second seed if the Titans win. But if the Broncos win on Saturday, Kansas City would end up with the second, third or fourth seeds — most likely the third or fourth.

In contrast, Denver is now out of the playoffs — but the team began its season with high expectations. After opening the season 3-0, the Broncos lost four straight before defeating the Washington Football Team to reach 0.500 going into Week 9. Then over the next three games, they defeated both the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Chargers before going 1-4 down the stretch — including their 12th consecutive loss to the Chiefs.

Kansas City’s main goals will be to win the game and leave Denver without injuries, since they could easily be playing in the Wild Card round next weekend. Beyond that, the team will want to improve on the offensive and defensive mistakes that led to the loss against Cincinnati in Week 17 — and enter the postseason with momentum.

With nothing to left to win for the 2021 season, the Broncos will mostly be playing for pride — hoping to break Kansas City’s longtime domination over them and finish their disappointing season on a high note.

Nuts and bolts

  • Location: Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
  • Playing surface: Natural grass
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m. Arrowhead Time, Saturday, January 8, 2022
  • Weather forecast: Cloudy and 39, 24% chance of rain, winds W 6 mph
  • Matchup history: 68-54 Chiefs (regular season)
  • Odds: Chiefs -10.5, per DraftKings Sportsbook
  • Officials: Referee Brad Rogers (126), umpire Carl Paganelli (124), down judge Kent Payne (79), line judge Tom Eaton (87), field judge Aaron Santi (50), side judge Dominique Pender (114), back judge Greg Steed (12), replay official Kevin Brown and replay assistant Bob Hubbell.
  • Television broadcast: with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Laura Rutledge on ESPN, KMBC (ABC/9-Kansas City), Chiefs Mobile App and KMGH (ABC/7-Denver)
  • Online Stream: Fubo.TV
  • 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 226
  • 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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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
28-20
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
Won
22-9
Wk
14
Sun
Dec 12
Raiders GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
Won
48-9
Wk
15
Thu
Dec 16
@Chargers SoFi Stadium
Los Angeles
Won
34-28
Wk
16
Sun
Dec 26
Steelers GEHA Field at Arrowhead
Kansas City
Won
36-10
Wk
17
Sun
Jan 2
@Bengals Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati
Lost
34-31
Wk
18
Sun
Jan 9
@Broncos Empower Field
Denver
CBS
3:25 pm