Chiefs vs. Broncos: The Biggest Stories of Kansas City's First Half

Matt KingFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 27:  Kendrick Lewis #23 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after a play during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 27, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Chiefs will not make the playoffs this year, but they still can play the part of spoiler today. If they knock of the Denver Broncos and the Raiders win as well, they can keep the Broncos out of the playoffs.

That would be especially sweet for Kyle Orton after Denver cut him in favor of Tim Tebow earlier this year.

So far, the Chiefs have dominated the first half, but haven't quite put the game away yet, with the score 7-0. Here are the biggest stories of the first half.


The Dwayne Bowe and Dexter McCluster Show

Early in the game, it was clear that Dwayne Bowe was going to be the key today, with two quick receptions of over 20 yards apiece. He ended up with five catches for 74 yards in the first quarter alone.

Then, McCluster came alive late in the first quarter and added 59 yards on eight carries, including one touchdown.

Together, the two accounted for all but 44 of KC's yards in the first half.


Early Missed Opportunities

After Orton and the Chiefs put together two decent drives for their first two possessions of the game, they were cut short by not converting on a short third down and then a missed field goal from 44 yards out.

However, they made up for those on their final drive of the third quarter with a great sustained drive that ended with a Dexter McCluster touchdown.


Moving the Chains

Kansas City put together nine first downs a touchdown before the Broncos even got their first first down. Time of possession in the first quarter was 11:49 to 3:11 in the Chiefs' favor.

Then, when Denver finally started putting a drive together, Tebow fumbled and KC when right back to moving the chains.