NFL Game Summary - Kansas City at Denver|
(Sunday, December 30th)
Final Score: Denver 38, Kansas City 3
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Peyton Manning threw for 304 yards and three
touchdowns as the Denver Broncos locked up the top seed in the AFC and
home field advantage on Sunday with a 38-3 thumping of the Kansas City
Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Denver (13-3) entered the week as the No. 2 seed behind the Houston Texans,
but were in position to take over the top spot by kickoff after the Texans
lost to the Indianapolis Colts.
Manning completed 23-of-29 passes in just three quarters of action and
wrapped up his regular season with team records in completions (400), passing
yards (4,659), completion percentage (68.6), touchdown passes (37) and
quarterback rating (105.8).
Demaryius Thomas had a huge day through the air, catching seven passes for 122
yards and a touchdown, while Eric Decker snagged seven passes from Manning for
76 yards and two scores as the Broncos ended the regular season on an 11-game
Knowshon Moreno collected 44 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and Lance
Ball added 66 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in the victory.
"We'll get a week off, which is nice," Broncos coach John Fox said of earning
the AFC's No. 1 spot. "We have a lot of things to work on and we'll take full
advantage of that this coming week."
Jamaal Charles rushed for 53 yards on 14 carries. He finished the regular
season with 1,509 rushing yards, becoming just the third player in Chiefs
history to eclipse the 1,500-yard mark. Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson also
accomplished the feat.
Brady Quinn struggled under center, completing just 7-of-16 passes for 49
yards for Kansas City (2-14), which will have the top pick in next April's
Kansas City got the ball to start the game but quickly went three-and-out,
giving the ball to the Broncos at the 31.
On the first play from scrimmage for Denver, Manning connected with Brandon
Stokley on an out route for 29 yards, moving the ball into Kansas City.
Manning completed three more passes on the 8-play, 69-yard drive before Moreno
capped it with a 3-yard touchdown push, putting the hosts up 7-0 early.
After allowing the Broncos to methodically move the ball down the field, the
Chiefs defense came up with a big play its next time out.
Denver appeared to be on its way to another touchdown with a fresh set of
downs at the Kansas City 31, but rookie Ronnie Hillman coughed up the ball,
which was scooped up and returned 64 yards to the Denver 12 by Brandon
But the Chiefs, the league's lowest scoring team, failed to put the ball in
the end zone. Ryan Succop connected on a 23-yard field goal attempt, pulling
the visitors within 7-3 early in the second quarter.
Quinn led the Chiefs into the red zone on their next drive, but Succop missed
a 33-yard attempt wide left, keeping it a 7-3 game with 9:32 to play in the
Denver got the ball on the 24 following the missed field goal and Manning
completed five passes during a 9-play, 76-yard drive, finishing the trek with
a bullet 11-yard pass to Decker in the back of the end zone for a 14-3 lead
with 5:32 to go in the second quarter.
Denver got the ball back at its 41 with 1:37 left in the half, and Manning
finished an 8-play drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Decker, giving the
home side a 21-3 margin at halftime.
Denver opened the second half with an 11-play, 80-yard drive, and Manning hit
Thomas for a 13-yard TD strike.
The Broncos put the ball in the end zone again on their next drive as Manning
led a 9-play, 74-yard march. Ball finished the trek with a 1-yard TD plunge to
make it 35-3 after three quarters.
Matt Prater capped the blowout with a 42-yard field goal in the fourth
"I think the season finally caught up to these guys, and we showed it on the
field," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said.
Denver completed a perfect run through the AFC West, going 6-0. They last
completed that feat in 1998, a season that ended with a Super Bowl victory ...
Manning improved to 9-1 in his career against the Chiefs ... Kansas City
played without wide receiver Terrance Copper, who was placed on injured
reserve on Saturday ... The Broncos have won six of the past nine meetings
between the sides ... The Chiefs ended the season on a six-game road losing
streak ... Denver outgained Kansas City 488-119.
12/30 22:49:51 ET