The Broncos made it six wins in a row with a 17-9 defeat of Kansas City Sunday.
After a slow start that saw the Chiefs lead 6-0 late in the first half, Denver got on the board for the first time with a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Peyton Manning to tight end Jacob Tamme with 23 seconds to play in the first half.
Kansas City added its third field goal of the afternoon to retake the lead at 9-7 midway through the third quarter, but Denver responded with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Manning to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas just three minutes later for a 14-9 lead.
Both team’s defenses were stout the rest of the way, with the Chiefs and Broncos failing to score until Denver salted the game away with a 12-play, 68-yard drive that culminated in a 34-yard field goal by kicker Matt Prater. After taking over possession with 6:24 to play in the fourth quarter, the Broncos added Prater’s field goal with just 14 seconds remaining to seal the deal.
On the afternoon, Manning finished 22-for-37 for 285 yards and two touchdowns, with four completions apiece to running back Knowshon Moreno, Tamme and wide receivers Eric Decker, Thomas and Brandon Stokley. Moreno also picked up 85 yards rushing on 20 carries to help balance the offensive attack.
Defensively, Denver limited Kansas City to just 264 yards of total offense and kept the Chiefs out of the end zone.