The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Denver Broncos by a score of 28-24 on Saturday afternoon in Denver. The Broncos managed to keep the Kansas City offense in check for most of the day; however, the Chiefs made enough plays to win the game.
The scoring began in the first quarter when the Chiefs grinded out a 17-play drive that was capped off with a Travis Kelce touchdown reception. Harrison Butker’s extra point made the score 7-0. The Chiefs thought they had the Denver offense stopped on the following possession, but a roughing the kicker penalty allowed the Broncos to continue their drive. The Broncos completed that drive with Drew Lock’s first rushing touchdown of the afternoon to tie the game at seven. The first quarter ended with the two teams tied at seven.
The low scoring first half continued early in the second quarter until Lock escaped the pocket and scrambled for another rushing touchdown to put the Broncos up 14-7. The Kansas City offense only managed a Harrison Butker field goal before the end of the half, making the score 14-10 at halftime.
Much like their first possession of the game, the Chiefs sustained a long touchdown drive to open the second half. Mahomes found Jerick McKinnon out of the backfield for a 14-yard touchdown pass to put the Chiefs back on top at 17-14. The Broncos responded, again, with another touchdown of their own. Melvin Gordon took a handoff 47 yards for a Denver touchdown to put his team back in front at 21-17. The third quarter ended with the score at 21-17.
Harrison Butker opened the fourth quarter with his second field goal of the game to bring Kansas City within one at 21-20. The Broncos would then drive the length of the field only to fumble the ball inside the Kansas City 15 yard line. Nick Bolton scooped the fumble and took it 86 yards to the house to stun the Denver crowd. Patrick Mahomes converted the two point conversion with his legs and put the Chiefs up 28-21. After driving back down the field, the Broncos only managed a field goal to make the score 28-24. Following the Denver field goal, the Chiefs drove down the field and ran the clock out with a kneel down to finish the game with a 28-24 win.
Tyreek Hill was limited in snaps in the afternoon after tweaking his heel in pregame warmups. However, Mecole Hardman stepped up in a big way, catching eight balls for 103 yards. Another important thing to note is that Travis Kelce came up limping after making a huge third down catch late in the game. However, he seemed to be in good spirits on the sideline after the game.
The Chiefs now turn their attention to Houston, Texas for the Titans and Texans game tomorrow afternoon. If the Texans pull the upset over the Titans, the Chiefs would be the number one seed in the playoffs and have a bye next weekend.