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:
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.