Last year, Peyton Manning and a historic defense marched the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl championship. As Christmas approaches, it seems the team won't be gifted as much as a trip to the postseason, especially if the Kansas City Chiefs win a December 25 home game, scheduled to kick off at 8:30 PM ET.

Broncos on the fall

The Broncos had an opportunity to turn their season around last week against the New England Patriots, but only mustered a field goal in the loss. This led to some locker room tension afterward, as the defensive backs and offensive line jawed at one another. Maybe the team needs a peer mediator this Christmas, instead of a trip to the Chiefs.

The Broncos aren't getting it done during clutch scenarios on the offensive side of the ball. While Von Miller once again leads one of the best defenses in the league, the Denver offense is converting just 34.9% of the time on third downs and 44.2% of the time in the red zone. The Chiefs are one of the best teams when it comes to creating turnovers and will feast like the Grinch on Christmas to take the ball away from Denver in high-pressure situations.

Chiefs on the rise

Christmas could prove to be the most important day of the season for the Chiefs; Kansas City would clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Broncos. They already got it done earlier in the season in Denver, when they won a dramatic 30-27 game that's often cited as one of the best games of the year in the NFL.

The Chiefs gave up a ton of yards in that game, but always clamped down in the red zone to prevent big scoring plays.

Just like the Broncos, the Chiefs have their fair share of issues in the red zone, and specifically, the end zone: quarterback Alex Smith has completed just 4 of 17 passes thrown there, only better than Philadelphia Eagles rookie Carson Wentz.

Kansas City has never relied on big plays, though, and will again rely on the defense clamping down to send fans home happy on Christmas night.

Christmas Prediction: Chiefs 20, Broncos 16

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