NFL Game Summary - Kansas City at Denver|
(Sunday, November 14th)
Final Score: Denver 49, Kansas City 29
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Kyle Orton threw for a career-high four
touchdowns and 296 yards on 22-of-34 efficiency, as Denver cruised to a 49-29
victory over AFC West rival Kansas City at Invesco Field.
Tim Tebow threw his first career pass for a touchdown and ran one in for
Denver (3-6), which was coming off its bye week and broke a four-game
skid. Knowshon Moreno had a career-high 106 rushing yards, with 50 receiving
yards and a touchdown in the win.
"It was exciting to be out there and be able to contribute to the whole team
and help," Tebow said. "To be able to throw a pass was a lot of fun."
Matt Cassel completed 33-of-53 passes for 469 yards and four touchdowns for
the Chiefs (5-4), while Dwayne Bowe recorded his seventh career game of more
than 100 yards receiving by putting up 186 yards and two touchdowns in the
Jamaal Charles had 121 all-purpose yards and a touchdown catch for Kansas
City, which has dropped four of its last six games after starting 3-0 and was
coming off a 23-20 overtime loss to Oakland.
Denver scored quickly and often during the first quarter. On its first
drive, Orton marched the team 80 yards and found Moreno for a 17-yard
touchdown only three minutes in. The score was set up by a 37-yard pass to
Brandon Lloyd to put the Broncos on the 31-yard line.
"Hopefully this is a performance we can build on and we can improve from here
leading into November and December," Denver head coach Josh McDaniels
said. "Finally we started fast which is something we've talked about a lot. I
thought that was a really good thing for the football team."
Lloyd found the end zone in Denver's next drive when he made a leaping catch
of an Orton toss from six yards out to make it 14-0 with 4:19 left in the
The Broncos went three-for-three on drives after an efficient three-play, 53-
yard series that was capped off by Orton's 40-yard deep touchdown pass to
Five minutes into the second quarter, Tebow easily sprinted to the right side
from one-yard out for Denver's fourth touchdown of the game. It's Tebow's
second straight game with a rushing touchdown.
The points kept piling up for Denver when Mario Haggan stripped the ball from
Cassell on the Chiefs next possession. Jason Hunter scooped up the ball and
rumbled 75 yards for a touchdown to make it a 35-0 rout with 5:48 still
remaining in the half.
Kansas City broke into the scoring column with 1:28 left in the half. Cassel
tossed a short pass to Charles, who sprinted into the end zone from five yards
out, to finish off a nine-play, 83-yard drive.
The Chiefs made the contest interesting as time ran out in the half with a
six-point swing. Denver's Matt Prater attempted a 58-yard field goal that fell
short. Eric Berry fielded the ball deep in his own end zone and scrambled for
87 yards to put the Chiefs on the Broncos' 22-yard line with one second
remaining. Ryan Succop drilled the 40-yard field goal to make the halftime
The second half scoring was opened by Denver when Tebow connected on a quick
out pass to Spencer Larson, who found paydirt from three yards away. The play
capped off a 10- play drive that included a 23 yard catch from Moreno on a
The Chiefs had a chance to cut into the lead with 6:12 left in the third, but
they failed to score in four plays from point-blank range. They did find the
end zone a little less than four minutes later when Cassel hooked up with Bowe
for a 15-yard touchdown making the score 42-17.
Denver tacked on an early fourth quarter touchdown when Orton found Lloyd
again on a toe-dragging catch that was originally called incomplete.
McDaniels challenge the play and it was reversed after the officials
concluded that Lloyd had both feet in before falling out of bounds.
With seven minutes left, the Chiefs faced another 4th-and-goal play and
Cassell threw an 11-yard TD to Chris Chambers, who made his first touchdown
reception this season. The two-point conversion attempt failed, as Kansas
City moved to within 49-23. The visitors added a touchdown with 1:45 left as
Cassell found Bowe from 22 yards out but the two point conversion failed.
Kansas City still leads the all-time series, 54-47...Denver plays at San Diego
next Monday in a crucial AFC West tilt while the Chiefs host Arizona next
Sunday in an interconference matchup...Lloyd had six receptions for 90 yards.
11/14 22:37:30 ET