The Chiefs got the offense going with running plays on five of its first six snaps, featuring running backs Jamaal Charles, Shaun Draughn and Peyton Hillis.
Then, wide receiver Dexter McCluster picked up the biggest chunk of the drive with a 19-yard rush to the Broncos’ 23-yard line.
Kansas City ran it twice more before attempting a trick play on third-and-3 from the 16-yard line. Hillis took a direct snap and ran to his right before throwing to quarterback Brady Quinn on the other side of the field.
The pass fell incomplete, with defensive end Elvis Dumervil in coverage, and the Chiefs kicked a 34-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead. The drive covered 55 yards of field on 11 plays – nine of which were runs.