The Denver Broncos went to Kansas City and escaped with a rare win at Arrowhead on Sunday in a game that was as underwhelming as it gets. The Defense held the opposing team without a Touchdown for the second time in 2012, even though they got taken out of their routine. The Chiefs 4th ranked rushing Offense kept the Broncos strength (Pass rush) in check and didn’t commit the Turnovers they have been prone to, but Denver managed not to beat themselves and made a few timely plays to secure their 8th victory.
I counted 4 plays by the Broncos that I thought made the difference in this game.
In the 1st Quarter on the second drive, the Chiefs were ahead 3-0 and had the ball on the Denver 37 yard line. On 1st and 10, (7:56) Brady Quinn throws a deep pass into the End Zone for Wide Receiver Jamar Newsome but Mike Adams makes a play on the ball, knocking it away and preventing Kansas City from taking a 10-0 lead when the Bronco Offense hadn’t got it going yet.
Two minutes later during the same drive, another difference-maker occurred. On 3rd and 5 at the Broncos 7 yard line, (5:15) Brady Quinn completes a short pass over the left side to Wide Receiver Terrance Copper, only to be stopped 1 yard short by Champ Bailey. That brought up a 4th and 2 at the Denver 4. Kansas City was forced to take the 22-yard chip shot Field Goal from Ryan Succop to make the score 6-0.
In the 2nd Quarter, the Chiefs were driving down to the Bronco 33-yard line. On 3rd and 8 from the shotgun, (5:56) Brady Quinn is Sacked at the 42 for a 9 yard loss by Wesley Woodyard. Woodyard's Sack took the Chiefs out of Field Goal range and forced a Punt instead.
This was a big momentum shift. The Broncos Offense finally put together a decent drive, going 11 plays and 94 yards, capping it off with a 7-yard Touchdown grab by Jacob Tamme right before the end of the first half.
In the 3rd Quarter Champ had another difference-maker. On 3rd and 7 from the Denver 37-yard line, (8:21) Brady Quinn takes the snap from the shotgun and completes a short pass left to Wide Receiver Dwayne Bowe, but Bowe is held a yard short by Bailey.
Once more, the Chiefs were stopped and held to a Field Goal, making the score 9-7 in their favor.
Denver responded with a 7-play, 80 yard drive capped by a Peyton Manning 30-yard Touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas, who made a nice catch with the sun in his eyes. That put the Broncos up 14-9 and set up the victory.
Those were the plays that made the difference to me on Sunday. Time to get ready to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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