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Final: Denver Broncos 17 - Kansas City Chiefs 10


Final

Category Broncos Chiefs
Score 17 10
Rushing Yards
55 car. 244 yards (4.4 ypc) 24 car. 134 yards (5.6 ypc)
Passing Yards
69 124
Total Yards 313 200
3rd Down Conversions 5-14 2-11
T.O.P 33:37 26:22
Turnovers
0 0


The Broncos escaped with a win. After the Broncos marched (literally) down the field for an early score, the Broncos were up 7-0 and never relinquished the lead. The Broncos went with the QB spread option for most of the game, although, at times, they even went as far as to debut the triple option. It was clearly a throwback offensive effort, as the Broncos attempted only 8 passes while running 55 times. 

It was believed, during pregame, that the Broncos would like to throw the ball 20 times and run 30 times for every 50 offensive plays. It's evident that the ratio was a bit more run heavy than expected. In fact, not a single team in the NFL ran as many rushing plays in a single game this season as the Denver Broncos did today.

Call it throwback offense or high school offense... but the results spoke for themselves. At the end of the day, the Broncos notched a win, making it the first time since week 13 of 2009 that the Broncos have back to back wins. It was also a game in which Tim Tebow threw the longest TD pass of his career, a 56 yard bomb to Eric Decker.

Meanwhile, Matt Cassel could not get comfortable. The Broncos combined for 4 sacks and 12 quarterback hits on the day. The Chiefs attempted to come back from a 10 point 4th quarter deficit with 6 minutes left. Despite 2 Broncos penalties to extend the drive, they stalled around midfield as Elvis Dumervil came in to deflect a pass on 4th and 5. They had another chance with around 4 minutes to go, but Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller put an end to that drive, as well. The Chiefs, still down 2 scores, put Tyler Palko on the field as the Broncos went into their prevent defense. The Chiefs reached the 14 yard line with 11 seconds remaining and sent the field goal unit onto the field to make the score 17-10.

This was a huge win for the Denver Broncos, who are still a game out of 1st place in the AFC West, but at 4-5 are now tied with the Chiefs and San Diego for second place. Every team has a 2-2 record within the division. The price for this win, however, was two very costly injuries to Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno, who both left the field in the first half with leg injuries.

The Broncos need to put this win behind them and heal up, as their next game is on Thursday Night Football against the New York Jets, who will have an even shorter week than the Broncos. Their game is on Sunday night against the New England Patriots.