Broncos Host Chiefs in The Midst Of AFC Wild Card Hunt

Jim BobCorrespondent IDecember 28, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 27:  Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Broncos 30-27.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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For the 100th time in NFL history, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos will face each other in an original AFC showdown. The 3-12 Chiefs are merely playing the spoiler at this stage of the season while the Broncos find themselves at the cusps of a five team scrum for the chance to become the AFC wild card team.

Earlier this season, the Broncos beat Kansas City at Arrowhead. The tables are turned now, however, as Denver gets their chance to host the Chiefs with a show at sweeping them for the first time since 2007. In the 99 contests played between the teams, the Chiefs hold the overall advantage with a 53-46-0 record, which includes one preseason contest. However, the Chiefs find themselves fighting to prevent and eight game losing streak this weekend at Denver by winning their first away game against the Broncos since 2000—as well as their first at INVESCO Field.

Despite those stats, the Broncos haven't fared well in season finales against the Chiefs. In fact, the Chiefs have been undefeated in the five matchups occurring in the 17th week of the season.

Besides that, Denver's final regular season home contests have been interesting, to say the least. In fact, three of the last six finale games have gone into overtime. Denver will need a win as well as help from other AFC Wild Card title contenders in order to remain in the hunt. With a win, Denver will also reply on a loss by the New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers or the Houston Texans before they could clinch the wild card spot. All four teams would have to lose their respective games in the event of a loss by Denver before the Broncos could punch their ticket to the playoffs.

Game time for the week 17 matchup between the two teams is set for Sunday, January 3 at 4:15 p.m. ET. Live television coverage will be provided by CBS.