Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
The Denver Broncos (8-3) stayed perfect in divisional play with a 17-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs (1-10) at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
In a somewhat boring game that was highlighted by strong defensive play and a pair of brothers—Dustin and Britton Colquitt—punting a combined ten times, the Broncos were able to come away with a victory thanks to a balanced offensive attack.
With Willis McGahee on injured reserve, fourth-year running back Knowshon Moreno stepped up for the Broncos backfield, gaining 111 yards from scrimmage off 24 touches on the afternoon.
Manning, having a bit of an off day, went 22-of-37 for 285 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
It was an ugly win, but a win for the Broncos, nonetheless. Winning a division game, on the road in Arrowhead is no small feat, even if it was against a one-win team.
Moving forward, the Broncos have a second consecutive AFC West title in their sites. The Chiefs, on the other hand, have a lot of work to do.
Broncos win, 17-9.
Brady Quinn's final Hail Mary attempt was intercepted by Broncos' defensive back David Bruton, sealing the Broncos' 17-9 win over the Chiefs, their sixth consecutive victory of the season.
The Broncos will return home to take on Tampa Bay next week while the Chiefs will prepare for their looming match-up with Carolina.
With the victory, the Broncos have all but wrapped up the AFC West. The Chiefs, now 1-10, continue to improve their 2013 NFL Draft position.
Broncos seal the game with a field goal.
After missing two field goals earlier in the game, Broncos kicker Matt Prater seemingly just sealed the game with a 33-yard field goal. The kick extends the Broncos lead to 17-9.
With 0:14 to go in the game, the Chiefs will get one last chance following Denver's coming kickoff.
Broncos running the clock out.
After yet another Chiefs punt, the Broncos found themselves pinned down at their own two-yard line with 12:11 left in the game. Three consecutive incompletions (two of which were dropped) forced the Broncos to punt.
The Chiefs got the ball back at mid-field and looked to capabilities on their opportunity.
But Chiefs' offense stalled again, punting it back to Denver, who got the ball back at their own 16-yard line. The Broncos have been driving into Chiefs territory, off of Moreno's 86 yards on the ground today.
At the 2:00 warning, the Broncos lead 14-9.
Broncos, Chiefs exchanging punts.
With 10:18 left to go in the game, both defenses have been stepping up and the Broncos and Chiefs have been exchanging punts in the fourth quarter.
Down 14-9, the Chiefs will start from their 38-yard line following Denver's most recent punt.
Moreno coming up big for Broncos.
As the CBS crew put it, Knowshon Moreno has answered the bell today.
With 15 touches today, Moreno has gained 81 yards from scrimmage and is helping the Broncos' offense driving into Kansas City territory.
At the end of the third quarter, the Broncos lead 14-9 and are threatening to score again.
Broncos take back the lead.
It's hard to beat Peyton Manning with field goals.
The Broncos have taken back the lead following a 30-yard touchdown pass from Manning to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. The play was set up after some tough running from Knowshon Moreno, who has gained 65 yards from scrimmage today.
The scoring play was a beautifully thrown fly route that Thomas hauled in perfectly, right over a Chiefs defender.
With 4:41 left in the third quarter, the Broncos lead 14-9.
Chiefs take back lead with a third field goal.
Ryan Succop has been busy today. He just converted his third field goal of the game, a 49-yard boot right down the middle.
The Chiefs running game set them up in field goal range, with Jamaal Charles owning 56 yards on the ground off 14 attempts today. Still, field goals are not the Chiefs' ultimate goal, as one Peyton Manning touchdown would give the Broncos a lead once again.
With 7:35 left in the third quarter, the Chiefs lead 9-7.
Prater misses second field goal of the day.
On the first drive on the second half, the Broncos drove down the field with a balanced attack, driving deep into Kansas City's territory before stalling and having to settle for a field goal attempt.
Unfortunately for Denver, Prater missed again, hooking his attempt left, failing to convert just a 33-yard attempt.
On a positive note for the Broncos, they have been able to move the ball. Running back Knowshon Moreno has gained 43 yards from scrimmage and Manning has gone 16-of-21 for 173 yards and a score.
With 11:57 left in the second quarter, the Broncos lead, 7-6.
Broncos take lead just before halftime.
And just like that, the Chiefs have lost their first half lead.
Manning led the Broncos 94 yards for a score on a drive that was capped off by a seven-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jacob Tamme, giving the Broncos a 7-6 lead.
At halftime, the Broncos lead, 7-6. Denver will receive the second half kickoff.
Chiefs give the ball back to Denver.
The Chiefs were unable to capitalize on Manning's interception and punted it back to the Broncos, giving Manning another chance starting from his own six-yard line.
It has been somewhat of a boring game thus far, in part because the Chiefs offense has been controlling the game clock—running to keep Manning off the field.
One touchdown and extra point would give the Broncos a lead, however, so the Chiefs' defense will have to keep playing well in order to hold onto their first half lead.
With 5:15 until halftime, the Chiefs lead, 6-0.
Chiefs intercept Manning.
So far, the Chiefs have done everything right. In their attempt to upset the Broncos, Kansas City has already scored twice and just intercepted a deep Manning pass intended for Eric Decker over the middle of the field.
The pass was intercepted by Brandon Flowers and gives the Chiefs the ball at their own 20-yard line.
With 11:44 to go until halftime, the Chiefs lead, 6-0.
Broncos miss field goal.
Following Kansas City's two field goal conversations, Manning drove the Broncos down the field to the Chiefs 29-yard line. Following consecutive incompletions, however, the Broncos had to settle for a field goal attempt.
Kicker Matt Prater, who had only missed two field goals on the season coming into today, had his attempt sail wide right, leaving the momentum with Kansas City.
At the end of the first quarter, the Chiefs still lead, 6-0.
Chiefs kick second field goal.
After the Broncos went three-and-out on their first possession, Arenas returned Colquitt's punt 20 yards to Denver's own 37-yard line. Once again, however, the Chiefs offense was unable to punch it in, settling for yet another Ryan Succop field goal.
Kansas City's stretch running plays have been working effectively, but the team has struggle on third downs. If the team is going to hold on to their league, they'll have to convert on third down and score touchdowns, because it is hard to beat Peyton Manning with field goals.
With 4:31 left in the first quarter, the Chiefs lead 6-0.
Kansas City takes early 3-0 lead.
The Chiefs won the opening coin toss and chose to receive the opening kickoff. Kansas City drove into Denver's territory off the legs of Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster but ultimately had to settle for a field goal following a broken gadget play on third-and-short.
With 9:20 left to go in the first quarter, Peyton Manning and Co. will get their chance to match KC's score after the break.
Here a few pregame notes to consider for both teams.
The Broncos have scored at least 30 points in five consecutive games to represent the longest such streak in franchise history.
Peyton Manning is tied with Elway for the second-most wins (148) by a starting quarterback in NFLhistory. With four more touchdown passes, Manning will break Elway's franchise record of 27 touchdowns in a single season.
Von Miller has totaled the most tackles for a loss (23) in the NFL this season in addition to ranking second in the league with 13 sacks.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have played historically well against the Broncos at home. With a 56-47 all-time record against the Broncos, Kansas City has a 36-15 record against the Broncos at home.
Brady Quinn will start at quarterback for the Chiefs this weekend, marking his third career start against the Broncos. The last time Quinn played against the Broncos, he was sacked four times by Elvis Dumervil.
Jamaal Charles is the league's ninth-rated running back this season with 821 yards on the ground. The Broncos own the fifth-ranked run defense this season, allowing 93.8 yards on the ground per week. To make Quinn's job easier, watch for the Chiefs to get Charles involved early, as they hope to slow down Denver's relentless pass rush.
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