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2012 Game-by-Game: Week 17

Posted Jul 25, 2012

The Broncos finish their 2012 regular season schedule just as they did in 2011 -- with a home game against the Kansas City Chiefs.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- DenverBroncos.com wraps up its preview of the team's 2012 schedule with a closer look at the Broncos' Week 17 matchup as they host the Kansas City Chiefs.

Week 17: vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Opponent o DATE: Sunday, December 30
o TIME: 2:15 p.m. MST
o LOCATION: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
o TELEVISION: CBS*
o OPP. 2011 RECORD: 7-9
o ALL-TIME VS. OPP.: 47-56

THE LAST TIME: The Broncos lost their final regular season game in 2011 as the Kansas City Chiefs came to the Mile High City and left with a 7-3 victory. A 16-yard Dexter McCluster touchdown run in the first quarter proved to be the winning score, but the Broncos left the game with their own achievements. They won the AFC West with an 8-8 record and also set the franchise single-season record for rushing yards. Just as he did throughout the 2011 season, Willis McGahee led the Broncos in Week 17 with 145 yards on the ground, as the Broncos' record-breaking total amounted to 2,632 yards.

A Fresh Start | Loss Hurts, But Playoffs Loom | Notebook: Broncos Rush into Record Books | Broncos Vs. Chiefs: BTV Highlights

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Make or Break
The AFC West has been decided by one game or less in three of the last four years. If recent history is any indication, Week 17 of the 2012 season could be extremely pivotal in the postseason picture.

Also, running back Jamaal Charles and tight end Tony Moeaki -- two key players on the Chiefs' offensive unit -- are coming off season-ending injuries in 2011. Their health and effectiveness come Week 17 will be pivotal to the Chiefs' offensive potency in this contest.

KEY MATCHUP: Kansas City Run Game vs. Denver Front Four
The Chiefs have an impressive rushing attack led by Jamaal Charles, who ran for nearly 1,500 yards in 2010 prior to suffering a season-ending leg injury in 2011. Dexter McCluster added 844 yards of total offense out of the backfield last season.

These backs will give the Broncos' front four a challenge in Week 17. If Denver's big men up front can contain the Kansas City running backs, they will have a great chance at winning the game.

Notes: The Broncos are 32-20 at home against the Chiefs...This will be the 104th meeting between the two clubs...No team has scored more than 17 points in their last three matchups.