The Denver Broncos lost the opening coin toss and the Kansas City Chiefs chose to bring Drew Lock and the Denver offense out onto the field to start the game.
The Broncos first drive looked like it would be more of the same after two short back-to-back runs by Phillip Lindsay to setup a third and long, but Drew Lock found Noah Fant for a deep 37-yard catch to bring Denver into field goal range on the game’s third play.
Drew Lock finds Noah Fant to convert the Broncos first third and long. pic.twitter.com/r5FBPu8F7r— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) December 7, 2020
Then Drew Lock would do what Drew Lock has done all year. Make a poor decision. His next pass would be intercepted by Tyrion Mathieu at the 10 yard line.
Throwing to a triple coveraged Fumagalli. Smart! pic.twitter.com/wONx8FnsIn— Scotty (@Skotty_Payne) December 7, 2020
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs were stopped after one first down. They were forced to punt it back to Lock and the Broncos.
The Broncos offense continued to be able to move the ball, converting another couple of third downs crossing into Chiefs territory for the second time in the first quarter.
That drive would stall from the Chiefs 43 yard line, but Drew Lock was able to run for an eight yard gain to get the Broncos close to field goal range. From 53-yards out, Brandon McManus easily made the field goal to put Denver up early.
Broncos 3, Chiefs 0.
STOP THE COUNT— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) December 7, 2020
Mahomes and the Chiefs woke from their slumber with less than four minutes to go in the first quarter. They needed just two plays to get into Broncos territory. A 14-yard run by Le’Veon Bell and a catch over the middle by Travis Kelce for a big gain to the Broncos 43-yard line.
Their third play of the drive went for 20-yards down to the Denver 20 and close to the red zone. The first quarter would come to an end with a defensive stop for the Broncos and a field goal to tie things up.
Broncos 3, Chiefs 3.