The Kansas City Chiefs opened up the second half moving the football in big chunks once again. A 16 yard run by Le’Veon Bell was followed up two plays later with a catch and run over the middle by Travis Kelce for another quick 20. Then Patrick Mahomes found Tyreek Hill for 15 to the Broncos 24 yard line.
Two plays later the Chiefs were inside the 10 yard line with a first and goal from the nine. Patrick Mahomes attempted to throw out to the flat for Bell who dropped it. Shelby Harris, again, got into the mix with a tackle on Mahomes who tried to run it up the middle.
On a third and goal from the eight, Mahomes was sacked by Jeremiah Attachou after the red zone was well covered to force a fourth field goal attempt by the Chiefs in this game.
Jeremiah Attaochu channels Von Miller on Mike Remmers. pic.twitter.com/oL6hWR31DK— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) December 7, 2020
Chiefs 12, Broncos 10.
The Denver Broncos started their next drive with back-to-back runs by Phillip Lindsay for a total of three yards. Drew Lock found KJ Hamler on a quick pass outside for an eight yard gain and a third down conversion. It was a good way to respond to the Chiefs opening score of the half.
Melvin Gordon then got in the mix for a five yard gain on first down before Lock fired a bullet to Tim Patrick for a 21 yard gain into Chiefs territory.
Drew Lock with a big time throw off play action. pic.twitter.com/w2i46mylPF— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) December 7, 2020
Rolling out on a bootleg on first down, Lock then hit Tyrie Cleveland for another first down to the Chiefs 26 yard line. After a short run by Lindsay, they run a reverse to Hamler who turned it up field for a eight yards and into the red zone. The drive passed 10 plays on a quarterback keeper by Lock to convert a first down.
After throwing it away on first down, Lock looked to Jerry Jeudy for the first time in the game and the Chiefs defender was called for a pass interference to set the Broncos up with a first and goal from the eight yard line.
Drew Lock went back to Tim Patrick with a fade to the end zone for a touchdown. Initially called incomplete, they overturned after the refs discussed it to put Denver back out in front with three minutes to go in the third quarter.
With just a four point lead, the Broncos opted to go for two-points to make it a 6-point lead. The play design was well covered and came up incomplete.
Broncos 16, Chiefs 12.
The 11-play, 72 yard drive ate up over seven minutes. That’s exactly what the Broncos offense needs to do to keep the defense in this game against Mahomes and that offense.
Tyreek Hill got loose on the first play for the Chiefs and was pushed out of bounds as he crossed midfield for a 30 yard gain. Kelce picked up 14 yards on the next play after breaking a tackle by A.J. Bouye to put the Chiefs right back into field goal range one just two offensive plays.
After a short pass for four yards and an incompletion, Mahomes and the Chiefs were faced with a third and six. Mahomes outran Malik Reed to convert. Two plays later Mahomes finally found the end zone on a pass to Kelce.
Chiefs 19, Broncos 16.
The third quarter would end with a quick pass over the middle and a first down run by Melvin Gordon.