An early lead, a relentless Chiefs defense and the accurate foot of K
The Chiefs let it be known early, they wanted to run the ball. Kansas City opened the game with three-consecutive plays on the ground to move the chains. The following set of downs saw Chiefs QB
The Chiefs later faced a third and three on Denver’s 16-yard line, where Chiefs RB
Enter Succop, who made good on a 34-yard field goal, his first of three makes on the day. 3-0 KC.
Denver QB Peyton Manning’s first touch of the football came with 9:20 on the clock, when he handed off to RB Knowshon Moreno, who was stopped after two yards by Chiefs LB
Facing a third and four on their next drive, Quinn hit Chiefs TE
Two drives, two field goals and the Chiefs led early, 6-0.
Manning’s second drive began on his own 47-yard line, where Chiefs LB
The first quarter ended with Kansas City holding to a 6-0 lead and dominating the time of possession, 10:23 to Denver’s 4:37 with the ball.
The Chiefs were unable to move the ball effectively on their drive that opened the second quarter. Denver’s next drive began on its 20-yard line. Five plays later, the Chiefs defense again stepped up.
Manning attempted to connect with WR Eric Decker but Chiefs CB
The ensuing drive included two yellow flags against the Chiefs, which stalled the drive and led to a
Manning then showed what makes him a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Using both run and pass, Manning orchestrated the next five plays that put his team on the Chiefs 29-yard line with two minutes to play in the half.
Justin Houston had seen enough and imposed his will over the would-be blockers to drop Manning for a four-yard loss, his second sack of the day. However, just like the Chiefs said all week, Manning gets knocked down and gets right back up, which he did and four plays later he found TE Jacob Tamme for a seven-yard TD.
Denver’s 11-play drive covered 94 yards and lasted 4:57, giving them a 7-6 lead at the half.
Time of possession in the second quarter was nearly even, Denver 7:31, Kansas City 7:29.
The Broncos opened the third quarter with a drive that took them to the Kansas City 15-yard line. Unable to convert on a third and four, Prater then missed his second kick of the day, this one from 33 yards out.
The Chiefs began their first drive of the half with a healthy dose of RB
Charles had three more carries on the drive that covered 14 yards, leading to a third and seven on Denver’s 37-yard line. Quinn connected with WR
Succop split the uprights again, his third and final field goal, from 49-yards out. Chiefs lead 9-7.
Manning led the Broncos on the very next drive and used 2:54 to go 80 yards, ending with a 30-yard TD pass down the left sideline to TE Demaryius Thomas. Denver leads 14-9.
The score remained the same into the fourth quarter and with eight minutes left, Kansas City’s defense and the Kingdom noise helped to force a three and out, giving Quinn and the offense another shot.
However, the Kansas City offense wasn’t able to move the ball, was forced to punt and didn’t see the pigskin again until :14 seconds remained on the clock.
Manning and the Broncos used a 12-play, 68-yard drive that lasted 6:10 and ended with 34-yard FG by Prater. Denver leads 17-9.
Trailing by eight points with one second to play, the game ended in the hands of Broncos S David Bruton, who intercepted Quinn’s Hail Mary attempt.
Kansas City, now 1-10, will play for that elusive home win next week against the Carolina Panthers, who are in Philadelphia on Monday night to face off against the Eagles.