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The season finale for Denver can’t come soon enough, but here’s the series history before kickoff.

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Good morning, Broncos Country!

It’s finally arrived.

The end of the 2017 Denver Broncos season is here. What better way to ring in the new year? After today we can put this dreadful campaign to bed and get excited about what John Elway and his minions will do fix this two-year mess.

Before that happens, we have to endure a glorified preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs (9-6), who will rest their starters in preparation for the inevitable loss in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs. For the Broncos (5-10), most hope they do what they’ve done all season long — have a great week of practice and then not show up for the game. It’s all to ensure the higher pick in the NFL Draft.

Here’s a look at the regular-season history between these two rivals. The notes are courtesy of Denver’s weekly release.

  • Sunday’s game in Denver marks the 115th regular-season game between the Broncos and Chiefs. Denver is 54-60-0 in those games -- 35-22 at home; 19-38 on the road. The first game was Oct. 30, 1960, at Bears Stadium. The Dallas Texans beat the Broncos 17-14.
  • The last game played between the Broncos and Chiefs was earlier this season when KC beat Denver 29-19 at Arrowhead Stadium. The Broncos are now on a four-game losing streak to the Chiefs heading into the season finale. In that time, Denver has three wins in the playoffs while KC has one.
  • The last Broncos home win over the Chiefs was Sept. 14, 2014, 24-17. This was the day Denver inducted Gene Mingo, Dan Reeves and Rick Upchurch in the Ring of Fame (my wife and I were there. It was awesome to witness). The last home loss was last season when the Broncos lost 30-27 in OT.
  • The last Broncos road win over the Chiefs was Sept. 17, 2015, 31-24. The forced fumble returned for a touchdown by Bradley Roby was the first indication of what a special season that would be for Denver. The last Broncos road loss came earlier this season.
  • The Broncos longest winning streak is eight games that took place Oct. 24, 1976-Oct. 28, 1979. The longest winning streak for the Chiefs is 11 games that took place Nov. 1, 1964-Nov. 27, 1969.
  • The Broncos have shutout the Chiefs once in this series, 21-0 on Sept. 23, 1984, at Mile High Stadium. The Chiefs also have shutout Denver once in this series, 16-0 on Dec. 6, 1970, at Arrowhead Stadium.
  • The most points the Broncos have scored in this series is 49 in a 49-29 win on Nov. 14, 2010, at Mile High. The most points for the Chiefs is 59 in a 59-7 win on Sept. 7, 1963, in KC. The largest Broncos win over the Chiefs is 35 points in a 38-3 victory on Dec. 30, 2012, at Mile High. The largest Chiefs win over Denver is 52, that 59-7 win in 1963 in Kansas City. The most combined points for the Broncos and Chiefs is 88, a 49-39 KC win on Nov. 1, 1964, in Kansas City. The fewest combined points is 10, a 7-3 Chiefs win on Jan. 1, 2012 at Mile High.
  • An interesting note about this series: The Chiefs franchise started 25-2 vs. the Broncos (1960-73). Since then, Denver has gone 52-34, yet it still trails in the all-time series. That's remarkable, all thanks to the first 13 years.
  • The Broncos and Chiefs have only met once in the playoffs, in the AFC divisional round on Jan. 4, 1998, in Kansas City. Denver won that game 14-10 to advance to the AFC title game in Pittsburgh.
  • The Broncos enter Sunday’s game with a 2-3 record in the AFC West. With a win, Denver ensures at least a .500 record in divisional play for the 37th time in 48 seasons overall (and 20th time in the last 22 years).
  • Broncos owner Pat Bowlen can pass former Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis for the fifth most regular-season wins and all-time victories by an NFL owner. Mr. B currently sits at 327 regular-season wins & 348 overall victories. He needs to be in Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • Broncos linebacker Von Miller needs 2.5 sacks to move into the NFL's top 50 in career sacks (he currently sits at 83.5).
  • Roby, with one pass defended, will become the first Broncos player since Chris Harris Jr. in 2014 with 17 passes defended in a season.
  • Broncos running back C.J. Anderson needs 54 yards rushing to become the first Denver running back to net 1,000 yards in a season since Knowshon Moreno (1,038) in 2013.

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Chiefs Tracks

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