With the Patriots leading the AFC West and Denver struggling to make the playoffs, the Broncos and Patriots could find themselves in a playoff game with an 8-8 record.

Here are the key things to know ahead of the matchup.

• What to Watch for: The Broncos face the Denver Broncos at 7:25 p.m.

CT, live on NFL Network, on Sunday.

That game will be the last time the Broncos play a postseason game on television before the regular season concludes.

Denver will face the Los Angeles Chargers at 3:25 a.m., live on ESPN.

The game will also be streamed on ESPN2.

Denver also will be in the playoffs on Thursday night, when it hosts the Oakland Raiders at 3 p.ms.


• The Chiefs and Jaguars will meet on Sunday in the AFC Divisional Round.

The Chiefs won the AFC Championship Game, defeating the Broncos in overtime, and the Jaguars defeated the New England Patriots in overtime.

The teams are 2-1 in their last four playoff games, with the Chiefs having a 7-2 record in that span.

The Jaguars are 3-0 in their past four games.

The team that will meet in the first round of the playoffs will be determined by the final score of the game, and both teams will need to win the game to advance.

• If you’re not watching the AFC wild card game, here are some other important things to keep an eye on.

•The Broncos are 8-3 when leading after the first quarter.

They are 8.5-2 when trailing after the second quarter.

•AFC playoff games are a two-game race for the first four weeks.

The winner advances to the Super Bowl.

If both teams finish with losing records, the first game is played on the first Sunday in January.

The next game is the next Sunday in February.

•If the Broncos win at home, the Patriots will advance to the AFC title game and host the Steelers in the wild card round.

If the Patriots lose, they will play the Broncos.

•Denver is 3-1 against the AFC playoff teams.

The Broncos won at home in the Wild Card round against the Titans and Titans won at Indianapolis in the Superbowl.

The Patriots are 1-3 against AFC playoff opponents.

•When the Patriots and Broncos played in the 2017 AFC Championship, the AFC won 3-2.

This time, the team with the best record will be able to advance to play the winner of the AFC Wildcard and AFC Division Series.

If they play the AFC division champion, they’ll be able play the team that defeated them in the regular-season finale.

The division winners will play against the division champions in the playoff game.

•For more AFC Wild Cards coverage, check out the AFC East section of the site.