Posted: 7:48 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
By Jon Benne
The Broncos got in trouble early, but Peyton Manning got back on track and set even more records in a 35-28 win over the Chiefs. Denver all but has the AFC West sealed up now.
Peyton Manning threw for five more touchdowns and led the Denver Broncos to a 35-28 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos sweep the season series and have a commanding lead over the 9-3 Chiefs in the AFC West. They move to 10-2 and remain in the driver's seat for the No. 1 seed.
Alex Smith started things off with an ugly interception in the endzone, but he recovered and threw a 17-yard score to Jacob Hemmingway to give the Chiefs an early 7-0 lead. Peyton Manning quickly tied things up with a 41-yard strike to Eric Decker, but the Chiefs got the lead right back when Knile Davis took the ensuing kickoff 108 yards to the house. It was the longest return play in Chiefs history.
The Chiefs got another one over on Manning, when Marcus Cooper jumped a route for an interception. Smith cashed in with a touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano, giving Kansas City a quick 21-7 lead. Manning got the ball back down to the goal line with another bomb to Decker, and Knowshon Moreno took in a screen pass to get Denver back within seven points. The Chiefs went into halftime leading, 21-14.
The Broncos poured it on in the third quarter. Manning hit Decker for two more scores and Denver quickly erased the 14-point deficit, scoring 21 unanswered points and leading, 28-14. Decker had a career day, grabbing his fourth touchdown early in the fourth quarter. That all but put the game away for Denver, although the Chiefs tried to make things interesting with a late score by Jamaal Charles. Smith had one final drive to make, driving from his own four-yard line down to the redzone with less than two minutes left, but the Chiefs failed to convert a fourth down, ending the game.
Manning enjoyed yet another historic performance. He set the Broncos' franchise record for most touchdowns in a season--with four games left. Manning also had his eight game with at least five or more touchdowns, tying Drew Brees for the most in NFL history.
Manning needs no introduction, but Eric Decker was the big surprise of the day. He finished with 174 yards and four touchdowns on eight catches.
Broncos returner Trindon Holliday left the game with a shoulder injury and will not return. Branden Albert was carted off with a knee injury and was quickly ruled out. His status should be updated after the game.
The Broncos entered the game as five point favorites, according to OddsShark. They were able to cover.
Kansas City at Washington, Dec. 8, 1 p.m. ET
Denver vs. Tennessee, Dec. 8, 4:05 p.m. ET