As Kansas City Chiefs fans, we can choose to remember the fact that KC outscored the Denver Broncos 29-14 from about halfway through the first half on. Yeah, I know. That doesn't exactly tell the entire story does, it?
The truth of the matter was that this game was done, over, out of reach with 6 minutes left in the first half. At that point, it was 35-0 in favor of the Broncos. 35 to 0. In a quarter and a half. If you missed the first part of the game running errands or making your way to a buddy's place, you missed the entire game slip away from Kansas City in the matter of a few minutes.
For those that missed it, here's how Denver scored 5 touchdowns in 25 minutes. It's important to understand what happened and who's to blame. Because these 25 minutes were when the game was truly lost.
The Broncos got the opening kick off and rather calmly went 80-yards down the field for their first touchdown. The big play of the drive was a 37-yard pass to Brandon Lloyd (I thought that guy sucked?). The Broncos had no trouble moving the ball, earning four first downs along the way and scoring from 17-yards on a Orton to Moreno catch and run.
7-0 Broncos. 12:13 left in the first quarter.
After a quick Chiefs punt, Kyle Orton marched down the field, passing the ball at will for another 80+ yard TD drive. It was a 9 play drive that included five first downs.
14-0 Broncos. 4:23 left in the first quarter.
A three and out by the Kansas City Chiefs quickly gave the Broncos the ball back. Three plays later, Orton hits Jabar Gaffney for a 40-yard touchdown catch.
21-0 Broncos. 1:27 left in the first quarter.
After leading the drive off with some good plays to Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs stalled on third down and were forced to kick a 52-yard field. It missed. The Broncos took the ball, ran 8 plays on a mixture of pass and run, and Tim Tebow ran the ball in at the goal line.
28-0 Broncos. 10:12 left in the second quarter.
This one hurts. The Chiefs were driving the ball, had it at the 8-yard line, when Matt Cassel was sacked and stripped. Broncos' LB Jason Hunter took it 75-yards to the house.
35-0 Broncos. 6:05 left in the second quarter.
The Chiefs tacked on a touchdown before half but what was the point? The Chiefs had no counter to the Broncos offense and had no offense of their own to speak of in the first half. The Chiefs dropped a dud on both sides of the ball, basically at the same time.
Pretty much a perfect storm of ass kicking yesterday by the Broncos.