NFL Game Summary - Denver at Kansas City|
(Sunday, December 6th)
Final Score: Denver 44, Kansas City 13
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Kyle Orton threw two touchdown passes and
rookie Knowshon Moreno added a pair of scores on the ground, as the Denver
Broncos crushed the Kansas City Chiefs, 44-13, at Arrowhead Stadium.
Orton was 15-of-25 through the air, but fumbled twice and was intercepted
once. Correll Buckhalter rushed for 113 yards on 12 carries, while Moreno
totaled 86 yards. Brandon Marshall had 94 yards and a touchdown on seven
receptions for the Broncos (8-4), who have won two straight on the heels of a
"Our goal was to win six or seven games after Thanksgiving," Buckhalter said.
"Right now, we're 2-0 after Thanksgiving and we're going to keep preparing
ourselves to whoever we're facing that week."
Denver remains one game behind San Diego for first place in the AFC West. The
Chargers defeated Cleveland, 30-23, on Sunday.
Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel connected on 10-of-29 attempts for just 84
yards and two picks before he was benched in the fourth quarter. Jamaal
Charles had 56 yards on 18 carries and scored the lone touchdown for the
Chiefs (3-9), who have dropped their last two games by a combined score of
Denver got the ball to begin the game and drove to the Kansas City 14 before
Orton's intended pass to tight end Tony Scheffler was picked off by veteran
safety Mike Brown in the end zone.
After the Chiefs went three-and-out, Daniel Graham capped an eight-play, 63-
yard march with a seven-yard touchdown reception for a 7-0 Broncos lead.
A 22-yard boot by Ryan Succop put Kansas City on the board early in the second
quarter, but Moreno's two-yard plunge gave Denver a 14-3 advantage with 7:03
remaining in the first half.
With one minute to go in the second quarter, Orton had the ball swatted away
by Tamba Hali and Glenn Dorsey fell on the football at midfield for the
Chiefs. Succop drilled a 47-yarder to close the gap to 14-6 at the break.
It was a disastrous third quarter for the Chiefs.
Kansas City rolled the dice on its first series of the second half and came
up with snake eyes. Facing a 4th-and-8 from their own 28-yard line, Chiefs
backup quarterback Brodie Croyle lined up as the punter and threw an
Following the change of possession, Matt Prater converted a 44-yard field goal
Andre Goodman then picked off Cassel on the second play of the ensuing drive,
and a seven-yard touchdown reception by Marshall extended the Broncos'
lead to 24-6 less than five minutes into the frame. Another Cassel
interception turned into a 38-yard Prater field goal with just under six
minutes to go in the third.
Charles coughed up the ball later in the quarter and Goodman returned the
fumble 30 yards for a touchdown to make it 34-6 with 2:41 remaining.
In the waning moments of the third, Orton was hit from behind by Hali,
dislodging the ball, and Dorsey again recovered at the Denver three. Charles
scored on a four-yard run on the initial play of the fourth quarter.
Moreno tacked on an 18-yard TD run and Prater kicked a 37-yarder to account
for the final margin.
"Disappointed that the game ended up in that fashion," said Kansas City head
coach Todd Haley. "I went into (the game) knowing we were going to have to be
efficient on offense. I thought the drops hurt us a great deal. Obviously
Orton finished with 180 passing yards...Croyle completed 6-of-14 passes for 50
yards...Cassel's passer rating was 14.6...Brown recorded his 20th career
interception...Denver outgained the Chiefs, 413-222...The Broncos went 3-0 on
the road against the AFC West...Kansas City had won five of the last six at
home against the Broncos...The Chiefs retired Derrick Thomas' #58 during
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