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Broncos-Chiefs third quarter update: Denver is making a game of things

The Denver Broncos defense did its job in this game long enough for the offense to finally wake up. They are down one score entering the fourth quarter.

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No quarterback this season has deserved being benched more than Trevor Siemian at half time, but Vance Joseph refused to give up on him.

The Denver Broncos defense came out and forced yet another three and out on the Kansas City Chiefs offense. Unfortunately, rookie Isaiah McKenzie would muff the punt and give the ball right back to Kansas City in the red zone.

After another three and out for the Chiefs, they would kick the field goal to extend their lead to three scores.

Chiefs 20, Broncos 3.

C.J. Anderson rushed for 11 yards up the middle on first down. It was good to see Mike McCoy unwilling to give up on the run yet in the game this late into the third quarter. Anderson took another handoff on the next play for 12 yards.

With the run working so well, Broncos Country held their breath when Siemian threw off play action, but the ball went short to Anderson for a solid seven yard gain.

Jamaal Charles, on second and three, was stood up at the line for a short one yard gain. On third and two, Siemian would hand off the draw to Devontae Booker for a big run for 26 yards and a red zone opportunity.

Siemian had a wide open Andy Janovich for a touchdown, but the throw was terrible and three yards out of bounds. Siemian threw on his back foot again on that play. Siemian would follow up that poor pass with a great throw to Bennie Fowler for what should have been a touchdown, but Fowler dropped it.

Brandon McManus would kick the field goal to keep the game ‘close’.

Chiefs 20, Broncos 6.

The Broncos defense continued to frustrate Kareem Hunt on the ground and Alex Smith through the air, forcing yet another three and out.

Siemian worked the sideline on first down on the next drive to his Thomas for a quick first down. A quick screen pass to Fowler on the next play turned into a huge run after the catch for the Broncos to get them down to the Chiefs 39 yard line.

For some reason, Siemian ran straight into two defensive linemen on an attempted scramble for a one yard loss. Anderson would show his shiftiness on the next run to bounce things outside for a first down run, but the play would be called back with a holding call on Menelik Watson.

On second down and 13, an inside handoff to Charles for a short gain would set up a third and 10. A quick slant to Cody Latimer actually converted the first down to put the Broncos into field goal range.

After a five yard run from Anderson, Siemian would go deep to Thomas who was interfered on the play to set the Broncos up inside the red zone at the Chiefs nine yard line.

After a short run from Booker, he would take a second handoff straight up the gut for the touchdown.

Chiefs 20, Broncos 13.

A game the Chiefs have dominated nearly the whole way is now just a one score contest entering the fourth quarter.