The Denver defense forced a Chiefs punt to give the offense the ball with 1:37 remaining. Quarterback Peyton Manning used the time efficiently, orchestrating a 59-yard touchdown drive to extend the lead to 21-3 just before halftime.
The drive began with an 11-yard completion to wide receiver Brandon Stokley, which made Peyton Manning the Broncos’ single-season passing yards record-holder.
A play later, Manning hit tight end Jacob Tamme for 13 yards down to the 33-yard line. After an incomplete pass to wideout Eric Decker, Manning hit Stokley again for 9 yards and then fullback Jacob Hester gained 8 yards on a run. Manning spiked it at the 16-yard line to stop the clock with 15 seconds left.
On the next play, Manning threw to Decker in the end zone, who made a juggling one-handed touchdown reception. Click here to view the NFL Network highlight of the scoring play.
The touchdown and extra point conversion put Denver up 21-3 just before the teams entered the locker rooms.
It gave Decker his second straight multi-touchdown game and fourth of the season. It was his fifth touchdown in the last three weeks. In the game, Decker has five catches for 60 yards and two scores — all game-highs.
Manning has a quarterback rating of 138.1 on 17-of-22 passing for 218 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.
The Broncos moved the chains 18 times in the first down and allowed Kansas City to do so only six times. They outgained the Chiefs in net yards 277 to 89.