Final Score: Denver 17, Kansas City 10
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Tim Tebow ran for a score in the first
quarter and threw a long touchdown to Eric Decker in the fourth, helping the
Broncos overcome injuries to beat the Chiefs, 17-10, at Arrowhead Stadium.
Tebow completed just 2-of-8 passes and rushed nine times for 43 yards, but his
two key plays led the Broncos (4-5) to their third win in four games. He has
been the Denver's starting quarterback for each of those contests.
"You're on a team to win games and that's it, however you can do that," Tebow
said. "I'm a football player first before quarterback."
Tebow's performance was especially crucial Sunday because the Broncos lost
Willis McGahee, their leading rusher, to a hamstring injury. Fellow running
back Knowshon Moreno suffered a knee injury.
Lance Ball filled in with 96 yards on 30 carries, and the Denver defense
played a big role in the victory by holding the Chiefs to two third-down
Matt Cassel threw for just 93 yards and a touchdown for Kansas City (4-5),
which has scored just 13 points in its last two contests -- both losses. He
was pulled late in the game because of an undisclosed injury, replaced by
"I wanted to go, but I was told not to," Cassel said.
The Broncos pulled out the victory thanks to two touchdown drives. Their first
came during their first possession, which they started at their own 43-yard
McGahee ran for 12 yards on the first play, and Moreno later broke out for a
24-yard gain. He hurdled over Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers during the
play, which brought the ball to the Kansas City six.
McGahee suffered his injury on the next play, when he was stopped near the
line on a run up the middle and lost a yard.
But Tebow took advantage of the opportunity with a patient run. He received
the ball in shotgun formation and took a few steps toward the line of
scrimmage before pausing while a hole opened. After darting through that hole,
he progressed toward the end zone, made another brief cut and crossed over the
Denver's second touchdown came in the middle of the fourth quarter with the
Broncos holding onto a three-point lead.
A series of runs by Ball got the Broncos near midfield, and the drive seemed
to stall. But faced with a 3rd-and-10 at the 44, Tebow provided Denver with
He dropped back and pump-faked slightly before airing out a long pass along
the right side of the field. It was a near-perfect throw that dropped over
Decker's shoulder and enabled him to continue running into the end zone.
The score gave Denver a 17-7 advantage with 6:44 to play, and the Broncos'
defense forced a turnover on downs during the next two Kansas City
Ryan Succop did bring the Chiefs within a touchdown with a 32-yard field goal,
but that came with only seven seconds to go. The Broncos recovered Kansas
City's onside kick to secure the victory.
There wasn't a whole lot of offense between Denver's touchdown drives.
The Broncos punted six times and got a 38-yard field goal from Matt Prater
midway through the second quarter. Meanwhile, the Chiefs also punted six times
and scored a touchdown in the third quarter.
They started at their own 35 and immediately got into Broncos territory thanks
to a 34-yard run by Jackie Battle. The drive was nearly ruined by a Dexter
McCluster fumble, which Denver lineman Robert Ayers recovered.
But the fumble ruling was overturned by a challenge, and Kansas City continued
marching. After reaching the one, Cassel dropped back and used a flawless
play-fake to get Broncos defenders to commit to the run, nonchalantly hiding
the ball by his side while Chiefs fullback Le'Ron McClain sneaked into the end
McClain was wide-open and made the catch with 8:10 left in the quarter,
bringing the Chiefs within 10-7.
The Broncos and Chiefs are both one game behind Oakland for the AFC West
lead...Tebow's other completion was a 13-yard pass to Matthew Willis with
under four minutes to play in the third quarter...Cassel completed 13-of-28
passes. He was also sacked four times...Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams had
nine tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. Fellow linebacker Von Miller had
seven tackles, 1 1/2 sacks, two tackles for a loss and four quarterback hits.
11/13 18:06:33 ET
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