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The operative word is almost.
Broncos retained control of the game in the first half and went into the locker room with a 21-10 score and sacked Alex Smith as the half closed. It was a Von Miller sack.
Peyton Manning opened the game with a Julius Thomas touchdown to make the score 7-0.The Chiefs went to punt out city The Broncos spent some time there, and the Chiefs got on the score board with a Cairo Santos field goal to make the score 7-3. Backing up the injured Jamaal Charles who went out early in the game with an ankle injury, Knile Davis, the former Arkansas Razorback, got across the goal line for a touchdown to go ahead 10-7. That was after a successful challenge by Chiefs Coach Andy Reid that turned a strip and fumble into an incomplete forward pass.
The Chiefs did not bask in the glory of their lead for long as Broncos hit Demaryius Thomas for a 17-yard gain, and Demaryius Thomas and Montee Ball carried the ball to the 4 yard line and they hit Jacob Tamme for the touchdown making the score 14-10.
Before the half was over Peyton and the Broncos scored again, and it looked like the beginning of the end for the Chiefs with a score of 21-10 at the half.
The Chiefs had possession of the ball to start the second half and they glued themselves to the ball making short plays and converting first downs for ten minutes of the second half. In fact they did everything in that drive but score. Rookie kicker Cairo Santos blew a 37-yard field goal. In mile high Denver no less.
The Broncos finally came back out with a short third quarter left and went to penalty and punt out city.
The Chiefs took back over at the start of the fourth quarter and got Travis Kelce loose for a 23-yard run, gave the ball to Knile Davis at the 4 yard line, and he pushed it through to make the score 21-17.
The Broncos came back on the next drive and got Montee Ball to 4 four yard line, but the Chiefs held them at the two yard line, and the Broncos had to settle for a Brandon McManus field goal to make the score 24-17.
The Chiefs then went on a desperate drive to win that was blessed with a major penalty from the Broncos that wiped out an Aqib Talib interception and touchdown that would have ended the game. Denver then sacked Alex Smith and he fumbles the ball and Denver recovers but it was ruled an incomplete forward pass. And that was wiped out.
With a little over a minute to go in the game Smith throws a pass to Donnie Avery at the Bronco 3 yard line. Denver pulls an offside and it looks like the Chiefs are going to tie the game with 30 seconds to go. But the touchdown pass was tipped by Bronco Terrance Knighton and the Broncos won the game 24-17.
Next week the Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks at Seattle. The defense better get their penalty problem under control by then. Denver has a 2-0 record. Seattle lost 30-21 Sunday to the San Diego Chargers. Denver beat Seattle 21-16 in the pre-season this year after the Seahawks stomped the Broncos 43-8 in the February Super Bowl.
And the Chiefs with their 0-2 record go to Florida and play the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins lost 29-10 Sunday to the Buffalo Bills at Orchard Park, N.Y. The Dolphins last played Kansas City in 2011 when they beat the Chiefs 31-3.