Chiefs Beat Broncos 10 - 6

Posted Dec 5, 2010

Move to 6-0 at Arrowhead

(Kansas City, MO) The Chiefs kept their record pristine at home, moving to 6-0 at New Arrowhead and pushing their mark to 8-4 on the season as Kansas City registered a 10-6 victory vs. Denver. The Chiefs defense limited Denver to 86 net passing yards and held the Broncos to three of 12 (25.0%) on third downs, permitting only 247 yards of total offense. The Chiefs held Denver without a touchdown, allowing just six points, the fewest points ever permitted against the Broncos at Arrowhead.


Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles recorded his third 100-yard rushing game of the season with 21 carries for 116 yards. Kansas City posted 359 yards of total offense and dominated time of possession (37:14 to 22:46).

Denver won the toss and QB Kyle Orton moved his team quickly into Chiefs territory through the air with an 18-yard completion to WR Jabar Gaffney. LB Tamba Hali sacked Orton for a six-yard loss, hampering the Broncos drive, that eventually resulted in a punt. The Chiefs picked up a first down on their initial possession before being forced to punt.

KC regained possession following Denver’s second punt of the afternoon. The Chiefs moved into Broncos territory when QB Matt Cassel connected with WR Dexter McCluster for a 19-yard pickup to Denver’s 34-yard line. Three plays later Cassel hit RB Thomas Jones, who scampered 20 yards to the Broncos five-yard line. Cassel then fired a pass to the back of the end zone caught by TE Leonard Pope for a two-yard TD capping an 11-play, 70-yard drive giving Kansas City an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Chiefs defense continued to be staunch, forcing Denver to their third straight punt. KC’s offense took over at its own 10-yard line. Cassel connected with Jones for a quick 12-yard pickup and then again for 10. On third and five from the Chiefs 41-yard line, Cassel found Moeaki for a 21-yard gain to Denver’s 38. On third and 15 the Chiefs picked up 10 yards and were forced to punt.

Five straight runs by RB Knowshon Moreno moved the Broncos to their own 42. On third and 12 from Denver’s 40 Orton connected with WR Eric Decker for 28 yards into Chiefs territory. A 17-yard run by Moreno put Denver at Kansas City’s 15. The Chiefs defense solidified in the Red Zone, holding Denver to a 25-yard FG by K Matt Prater that cut the Chiefs lead to 7-3 with 1:22 to play before intermission.

The Chiefs offense took over at their own 27-yard line with 1:14 on the clock before half. Cassel connected with WR Verran Tucker for nine yards followed by a 10-yard run by RB Jamaal Charles and an 11-yard grab from Moeaki, putting the Chiefs at Denver’s 43. Cassel again connected with Moeaki, this time for 14 yards down to the Denver 29. K Ryan Succop came on with 0:07 remaining to attempt a 47-yard field goal. Succop’s kick was true capping an eight-play, 44-yard drive giving KC a 10-3 lead at intermission.

Kansas City took the opening kickoff of the second half and quickly moved the ball down field behind Jones and Charles. An unnecessary roughness penalty on third and 23 gave the Chiefs a first down and pushed KC into Denver territory. A 13-yard by Charles and a 12-yard run by Jones set the Chiefs up with first and goal from the five. On second and goal from the two-yard line Charles punched it in, however an illegal formation penalty nullified the TD. On fourth and goal from the two-yard line Cassel was sacked by LB Mario Haggan, turning the ball over on downs.

However, the Chiefs defense got the ball right back, forcing Denver to a three and out. On the first play from scrimmage WR Dexter McCluster took an end around 57 yards down the sideline, but a holding penalty negated the play. On third and 12 from the Chiefs own 32 Cassel hit Tucker for 19 yards. Four plays later the Chiefs were forced to punt.

Following another Denver punt Charles rushed 14 yards into Denver territory, but two plays later McCluster was hit by DT Justin Bannan and lost the football. The fumble was picked up by Denver’s Haggan at the Broncos 32. Moreno then rumbled 22 yards to Kansas City’s 27. Once again, the Chiefs defense held in the Red Zone, as KC forced a 41-yard field goal by Prater, cutting Kansas City’s lead to 10-6 with 13:47 to play in the contest.

After a Kansas City punt the Broncos took over at their own 34. On third and five from the KC 48 Moreno sprung free up the middle for a 24-yard gain. Two plays later Hali sacked Orton causing a fumble. Hali pounced on it giving the Chiefs offense the ball at their own 37-yard line. Kansas City however was unable to capitalize on the turnover and was forced to punt.

With 2:32 remaining the Chiefs defense held strong, forcing Denver to punt. Charles slowly chipped away at Denver’s defense and was able to pick up a first down. Kansas City was forced to punt with 0:20 on the clock. The Chiefs downed the ball at the eight-yard line. Orton’s final desperation pass intended for WR Eddie Royal fell incomplete as the game clock expired, preserving the Chiefs 10-6 win.

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