National Football League
                   === Broncos hand Chiefs their 1st loss ===
 Denver,  CO  ( -  The final undefeated  team has fallen. And
 that means two clubs are tied atop the AFC West.
 Peyton  Manning threw a touchdown pass, Montee Ball ran for two scores and the
 Denver  Broncos posted  a 27-17 win over Kansas City, denying the Chiefs their
 first 10-0 start in team history.
 Manning,  playing  on a tender ankle,  completed 24-of-40 passes for 323 yards
 and  was not sacked once by a unit that entered the week leading the league in
 that category.
 "I  thought they  responded  well against  a very  good  front," said  Broncos
 interim head coach Jack Del Rio about his offensive line.
 Knowshon  Moreno had 79  yards on 27 carries for the Broncos (9-1), who became
 the first team to score more than 17 points against the Chiefs this season and
 won their ninth straight game against a division foe.
 Alex  Smith  had two touchdown passes  for Kansas City (9-1), which was coming
 off its bye.
 The  Broncos  "got us today," Chiefs  head coach Andy Reid said. "We'll bounce
 back,  we'll learn from  our mistakes. There are plenty of things we can learn
 from here and get those fixed."
 The Broncos and Chiefs will meet again in Kansas City on Dec. 1.
 Denver  never trailed  in the Sunday night showdown. Matt Prater drilled a 54-
 yard  field  goal on the  Broncos' first possession of  the game and after the
 teams  traded fumbles  on consecutive plays from scrimmage, Manning threw a 9-
 yard  TD pass  to Julius Thomas to make  it 10-0 with 3:03 left in the opening
 quarter. The score was set up by Demaryius Thomas' 70-yard reception.
 Julius  Thomas  tied Hall of Famer  Shannon Sharpe for  the most TD grabs by a
 tight end in a single season in team history.
 Kansas  City's offense  struggled to get going in the first quarter, mustering
 only one first down. Smith, however, had the Chiefs on the move and opened the
 second  quarter by  throwing a  26-yard completion  to Dwayne  Bowe. The  wide
 receiver played despite being arrested last weekend on charges of speeding and
 possession  of  marijuana and  capped  the  11-play  drive  with a  6-yard  TD
 The Broncos countered on their next possession as Ball scored from a yard out.
 Kansas City answered with a 20-yard Ryan Succop field goal to go into halftime
 down  17-10. Jamaal Charles found a big hole on the left side and sprinted for
 35 yards, highlighting the Chiefs' march to the Denver 1. Succop entered after
 linebacker  Steven Johnson made a big hit to stop Charles for no gain on third
 Ball rushed for an 8-yard touchdown to put Denver up 24-10 with 2:22 remaining
 in the third quarter.
 The  Chiefs  were driving to begin  the fourth quarter and soon entered Denver
 territory,  but an  offensive  holding penalty  ultimately led  to  a punt  by
 Dustin Colquitt, whose brother Britton is the Broncos punter.
 A  36-yard Prater  field goal made it  27-10, but the Chiefs struck quickly on
 their  next  touch. They  covered 80  yards in  a little  over two minutes and
 Anthony  Fasano made a  leaping grab in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard
 TD  catch that was initially ruled incomplete before being overturned by video
 The  score came with  4:56 remaining and Kansas City got the ball back after a
 punt  with 3:38 to play. The Chiefs wound up turning the ball over on downs at
 the Denver 45.
                                   Game Notes
 The teams' combined winning percentage of .944 entering Sunday was the highest
 for  a  game this late in  the season since  the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. The last
 time  a game  featured a better combined record between opponents this late in
 the  season was on Dec. 7, 1969, when the 11-0 Los Angeles Rams faced the 10-1
 Minnesota   Vikings  ...   Denver  wide   receiver  Wes   Welker  suffered   a
 concussion.  He  had eight receptions  for 72 yards  before being shaken up in
 the  fourth  quarter ... Charles  totaled 78 yards on  16 carries ... Bowe was
 targeted  14  times, but  caught  only  four passes  for  57  yards ...  Smith
 completed 21-of-45 passes for 230 yards.
 11/18 02:18:36 ET