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          === Broncos handle hapless Chiefs for sixth straight win ===
 Kansas  City, MO  (Sports Network) - Peyton Manning tossed a pair of touchdown
 passes  and the  Denver Broncos held off the reeling Kansas City Chiefs, 17-9,
 at Arrowhead Stadium.
 Manning  overcame  an early  interception to complete  22-of-37 throws for 285
 yards  for the  Broncos (8-3), winners of six straight games. Demaryius Thomas
 and Jacob Tamme each hauled in four passes and a score in the victory.
 Knowshon Moreno, who hadn't seen game action since Week 2, handled the bulk of
 the rushing attempts in Willis McGahee's absence. He rushed for 85 yards on 20
 carries for the game.
 "He's had a great attitude," said Broncos coach John Fox about Moreno. "Things
 haven't  gone perfect  for him, but I  knew he would perform well, I think his
 teammates knew he'd perform well and he did. We're proud of his effort."
 McGahee  was  placed on injured reserve  earlier in the week after tearing the
 MCL in his right knee in last Sunday's win over San Diego.
 While  Kansas  City (1-10)  played well defensively,  the offense continued to
 struggle,  as the Chiefs  were unable to find the end zone all day in dropping
 their  eighth straight contest. For the first time since 1976, the Chiefs have
 lost their first six home games.
 "We're  disappointed in  the outcome,  but I  thought the  guys played  a good
 football  game," said Chiefs  coach Romeo Crennel. "By a long shot we were not
 perfect, but we still were in the game until the end."
 Brady  Quinn got  the start at quarterback  and was only able to throw for 126
 yards  on  13-of-25 efficiency. On a  desperation heave, he was intercepted on
 the final play of the game.
 Jamaal  Charles paced the Kansas City rushing attack, finishing with 107 yards
 on 23 carries in the setback.
 The  Chiefs, who  have  infamously  played from  behind  most  of the  season,
 actually   got  out   to  the  early  advantage  thanks  to  a  pair  of  Ryan
 Succop field goals on Kansas City's first two touches.
 A 19-yard dash by Dexter McCluster led to Succop's first kick, a 34-yard boot,
 before they added three more following a 20-yard punt return by Javier Arenas.
 Tony Moeaki's 19-yard catch-and-run then helped set up Succop for 22-yard kick
 to open up a 6-0 lead for the Chiefs.
 Trindon  Holliday  returned the  ensuing kickoff 50  yards the Broncos, giving
 them  a  chance to cut their  deficit in half  late in first quarter, but Matt
 Prater's 47-yard kick drifted wide right.
 Manning  made a  poor decision  on  Denver's next  touch early  in the  second
 quarter.  He overthrew Decker, who was in double-coverage, on a ball deep down
 the  field, allowing Brandon Flowers to come away with interception for Kansas
 Denver blundered defensively on a 4th-and-1, as Kevin Vickerson was called for
 a  neutral zone infraction,  giving Kansas City a new set of downs. The Chiefs
 pushed the ball to the Denver 33 but were forced to punt after Quinn took a 9-
 yard sack to take them out of field-goal range.
 Manning  then  marched the  Broncos 94 yards  down the field  for a score just
 before  halftime.  He hooked up with  Brandon Stokley for a 31-yard completion
 early in the drive to cross midfield. After taking a sack, he then fired a 22-
 yard  strike to  Tamme inside  the Chiefs'  10 before  finding him  again over
 the  middle  for a  7-yard touchdown, giving  Denver a 7-6  edge at the midway
 In  the third, after  Thomas couldn't haul in a reception on a diving attempt,
 the  Broncos were forced  to settle for three. However, for the second time on
 the  day, Prater  could not  put his  kick through,  as he  drove his  33-yard
 attempt right into the left upright.
 The Chiefs were able to regain the lead midway through the quarter on Succop's
 third  kick of the  day, this one from 49 yards out. Charles had a pair of 11-
 yard  rushes  and 30 yards  total on the  drive to help  set Kansas City up in
 field goal range.
 But  Manning didn't let the Chiefs keep the advantage for long, as he launched
 a  30-yard beauty  down the  sideline to  Thomas for  a score  on the  ensuing
 possession. On the play prior, Denver was able to convert on third down thanks
 to a 12-yard catch by Tamme.
 Both  teams  stepped it  up defensively  in final period  as neither could get
 anything going offensively until the Broncos scored late in the quarter.
 Kansas  City got the ball back on its own 50 yard-line after pinning Denver on
 its  own 2,  but couldn't do anything  with the good field position and punted
 back to the Broncos with 6:24 remaining.
 The Chiefs didn't see the ball again until there were just 14 seconds left, as
 the Broncos drove 68 yards on 12 plays to get Prater into field-goal range.
 After missing his first two kicks, Prater sent the 34-yard attempt through the
 uprights  to  give Denver an eight-point  lead, leaving little time for Kansas
 City to respond.
 On the final play of the game, Quinn launched a deep ball for Dwayne Bowe, but
 David Bruton picked it off to secure the victory.
                                   Game Notes
 Manning  won  his 149th career game,  passing John Elway for 2nd-most all-time
 ... Manning also surpassed Dan Marino for 2nd-most seasons with at least 3,000
 yards  passing,  accomplishing the feat  for the 14th  time ... Denver has won
 seven of the last 11 contests against Kansas City.
 11/25 17:46:00 ET

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