The Denver Broncos won the opening coin toss and for a chance head coach Vic Fangio elected to receive the ball first to give the offense its first crack at the Kansas City Chiefs.
To start the game, Denver came out with Javonte Williams in his first NFL start and he got his first carry on the first play from scrimmage breaking a tackle on his way to a nine yard gain. On second and one, Williams was met in the backfield for what should have been a loss but he powered his way back to the line of scrimmage. From the shotgun, Teddy Bridgewater was swarmed and sacked to force a quick three and out.
The Chiefs took the ball from there and marched methodically down the field on a 12 play, 72 yard touchdown drive capped by a Mahomes 10-yard scramble for a touchdown.
Chiefs score on a Patrick Mahomes scramble.— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) December 6, 2021
Broncos making it too easy. pic.twitter.com/quyPHPHDTF
Chiefs 7, Broncos 0.
Denver went a quick three and out to give Mahomes the ball right back. A team like the Chiefs knows how to go for the throat of a team stumbling over themselves. They quickly found themselves in field goal range, but the Broncos’ defense showed up big on third down to force a 56-yard field goal attempt.
Harrison Butker, kicking into a 15-mph wind out of the northwest, DOINKS it in off the left upright from 56 yards. Kansas City leads, 10-0.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) December 6, 2021
Chiefs 10, Broncos 0.
Battered and bruised, the Broncos offense got up off the mat with their first play on their next drive with a 36-yard catch and run by Jerry Jeudy to the Chiefs 39 yard line.
Bridgewater finds a wide open Jerry Jeudy for 35-yards.— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) December 6, 2021
Broncos first first down came with 2 minutes left in the 1st quarter. pic.twitter.com/K5VXmgoQBN
They turned back to Williams two plays later who rumbled for 14 yards and another first down as Denver got into field goal range with the first quarter running down. Williams dropped a pass two plays later to setup a third and eight. The quarter would end with Bridgewater scrambling for a first down inside the red zone.