Notes: Broncos Set for Sunday, 2012 Opponents

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Tebow and the Broncos will play next Sunday.

DENVER – So much for the expectation that the Broncos would play in prime time.

Their first playoff game since January 2006 will take place next Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. MST and will be broadcast by CBS. The network’s No. 1 team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will call the game; the Broncos are 0-4 this season when they are in the booth. This will be the fourth consecutive week they have announced a Broncos game.

It will be the last game of wild-card weekend, which guarantees the Broncos will be one of the last nine teams standing.

TICKETS: Single-game tickets for Sunday’s game will go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. MST at all TicketMaster outlets, via telephone at 1-800-745-3000 and via ticketmaster.com. The Broncos’ ticket office will not sell tickets; if there are any left Tuesday, they will also be available there.

Only customers with a billing address in the Rocky Mountain region (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana, South Dakota and western Kansas) will be able to purchase tickets.

Tickets cost $45-$130 for general seating and $175-$375 for the club level. Fans can purchase no more than eight seats per household.

A LOOK AHEAD TO NEXT FALL: The last two pieces of the Broncos’ roster of opponents for the 2012 season fell into place when the Chargers’ win over the Raiders was sealed, giving the Broncos a first-place finish for the first time since 2005.

The Broncos will travel to New England and host Houston next year. These are the only two opponents established by the team’s finish in the standings.

The remainder of the Broncos’ opponent list was established in October and is as follows:

HOME OPPONENTS:
Cleveland
Pittsburgh
New Orleans
Tampa Bay
Houston
Kansas City
Oakland
San Diego

ROAD OPPONENTS:
Baltimore
Cincinnati
Atlanta
Carolina
New England
Kansas City
Oakland
San Diego

Because the AFC West is paired with the NFC South and AFC North, the Broncos will make five trips to the Eastern Time Zone and will face seven opponents in this year’s postseason.

Denver’s opponents were a combined 139-117 in 2011 (average of 8.7 wins and 7.3 losses). Only five of their games will be against teams that had a losing record this season.

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About Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on NFL.com when the site was managed by ESPN.com. He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began MaxDenver.com in 2010 and now contributes to CBSSports.com, The Sporting News and The New York Times.
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6 Responses

  1. I think you have it backwards . The way you have it listed the nFC is backwards . We played in Atl and car last time

    • Not according to the NFL Record and Fact Book.

      The rotation was changed to prevent teams from making more cross-country trips than were deemed necessary. In the 2002-09 rotation, teams played at Oakland and San Diego (or at Kansas City and Denver) in the same year. Thus, for example, in 2008 the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons made two California trips, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints didn’t fly west of the Rocky Mountains.

      Now teams play at the Raiders and Broncos (or the Chiefs and Chargers) in the same year.

  2. So Pittsburgh will get a chance to avenge next Sunday’s loss in the Thursday night curtain raiser in Mile High?

  3. the good news is we will have the #2 or #3 pick in the draft after 2012 season. I wonder who the new coach will want Elway to draft?

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