The Chiefs walk out of Denver with 14th straight win over the Broncos, after winning 34-28.
Kansas came out of the tunnel and took a 27-0 lead inside the first half. They started out playing dominant football from the opening kickoff.
The Chiefs played a game of two halves. They dominated the Broncos all the way up till the two minute warning. While the Chiefs would never give the lead up during the game, the game was closer than it should have been.
The Chiefs first two drives would be 58 and 53 yards and both would end with field goals.
The first touchdown will go down as an all time Mahomes pass. One third down, Mahomes got flushed out to his right and under heavy pressure. Before reaching the sideline Mahomes floated a no-look grenade toss to Jerick McKinnon who ran the ball 56 yards and scored a touchdown.
Andy Reid gave credit to all players involved.
“Great play, great player making a great play, really two great players,” Reid said.
Travis Kelce would add to his record book in this one. His first reception put him over 10,000 receiving yards for his career. That makes him the fifth tight end in NFL history to do so. He would also go over 1,000 yards on the year. That is the seventh straight time he has met this accomplishment in his career.
Andy Reid was quick to mention Kelce’s numbers after the game
“It’s quite a tribute to him,” Reid said.
The most impressive defensive play of the game came from Willie Gay. After the Chiefs got early pressure on Russell Wilson, he was forced out of the pocket. Gay stepped up to get a sack, forcing Wilson to dump the ball down to Brandon Johnson. Willie not only tipped the ball but was able to get the interception. He stiff-armed Wilson and went 47 yards to score a touchdown.
“I’ve been speaking that into existence since week one,” Gay said. “I realized Russ was the last line of defense and I was like oh yeah.”
The Broncos would go down the field and cash in on the turnover and Jerry Jeudy would catch his first of three touchdowns on the day. The Broncos would soon force another Mahomes interception. Patrick Surtain continues to give the Chiefs problems as he catches the ball off his shoe strings on a pass intended for Skyy Moore.
Right before halftime, Russell Wilson would drive the Broncos down to the five yard line where Jeudy would get his second score on the day.
The Broncos would get the ball to start the second half and the Broncos kept the momentum going and scored again. The Broncos scored 21 unanswered points with under five minutes of play time.
However, Kansas City was clearly the better team and managed to bat down any Denver hopes of a completed comeback.
The Chiefs running backs were a large part of the offense. Jerick McKinnon had a fantastic day especially in the receiving game. He had seven receptions for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Mahomes took the blame for all three of his intersections, blaming bad decisions.
“It’s just being a little too loose with the football and I have to correct that,” Mahomes said.
One way the Chiefs defense was able to keep the Broncos from running away with all the momentum is the constant pressure by the D-line. The Chiefs ended the game with six sacks, all of them done by different players. Even when they did not get to the quarterback they were still hitting him. The Chiefs hit Wilson 11 times and batted down 11 passes.
The Chiefs left Denver without sustaining any significant injuries. Russell Wilson would go out of the game late and enter concussion protocol. The Chiefs travel to Houston to take on the Texans to finish off their three game road trip.
It wasn’t always pretty, but a win is a win.