Game Recap: Broncos Defeat Chiefs in AFC West Division Battle, 31-24 from The Mothership
With just more than two minutes to work with, Manning orchestrated a 10-play touchdown drive, hitting Sanders for his second score of his game to tie the game.
With 35 seconds left, the Chiefs rushed with Charles on the first play of the drive and Broncos stripped the ball loose. CB Bradley Roby recovered the ball and ran it back 21 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 35 seconds remaining.
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2. Five turnovers makes it difficult to win a football game
Alex Smithhad two passes intercepted, Jamaal Charlesfumbled twice and De'Anthony Thomas also lost a fumble as the Kansas City Chiefs couldn't overcome the consistent challenges they created for themselves.
The five turnovers from the Chiefs offense led to 14 points for the Broncos, which ultimately made the difference in the game.
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Chiefs' Jamaal Charles puts loss to Broncos on his shoulders from Chiefs Digest
Charles had moments of greatness, including rushing for 125 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.
But he knew the reporters weren't there to address that production against the Denver Broncos.
Charles lost a fumble with 35 seconds remaining in regulation and the score tied 24-24. Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby scooped up the loose ball at the Chiefs' 21-yard line and scored the game-winning touchdown.
And instead of ducking reporters, Charles turned around, looked everyone in the eye and took full responsibility.
He dressed slowly, first slipping on a pair of blues jeans and later a red T-shirt. Then he relived a professional nightmare by having to answer questions about his error.
"It's one of the hardest feelings right now that I've felt in a long time," Charles said, his words coming without emotion.
"I caused us the loss today. I tried to put the team on my back and I ended up losing the game. It's all on me tonight."
There was plenty of blame to go around, and that's perhaps what made the result so unpalatable. Charles also lost a fumble in the first quarter, and his were just two of the Chiefs' five turnovers.
Charles fumbles, Chiefs collapse in 31-24 loss to Broncos from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
"I'm not quite sure I'd ever been in one quite like that," said Manning, who threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns in improving to 14-1 against Kansas City. "That was a new one."
The about-face came after Knile Davis gave Kansas City the lead with 2:27 left on an 8-yard run, raising hope among a sellout crowd that the Chiefs (1-1) might finally end their Denver curse.
"We thought we had it won," Davis said. "Unfortunately they made the touchdown and it was our time to overcome and win the game, and we couldn't finish. It was an emotional rollercoaster."
Chiefs' turnovers headline Week 2 lows from Chiefs Digest
Quarterback Alex Smith had two costly interceptions. The first one came deep in Chiefs territory late in the second quarter. His short pass was intended for wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, but was picked off by Denver cornerback and University of Kansas alum, Aqib Talib. Four plays later, Manning found tight end Virgil Green in the back of the end zone to tie things up before halftime.
The second interception came with six minutes left in the fourth quarter. Smith and the Chiefs were lined up at the Denver 17 and was aiming for wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas when another Denver cornerback and University of Kansas alum, Chris Harris, Jr., got in front of it.
Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos have beaten the Kansas City Chiefs every way imaginable over the years, from playoff shootouts to defensive tug-of-wars.
Well, not quite every way. Not until Thursday night.
Denver cornerback Bradley Roby returned Jamaal Charles' second fumble 21 yards for a touchdown with 27 seconds left, completing a stunning comeback in the closing minute for a 31-24 victory -- the Broncos' seventh straight over their AFC West rivals.
Chiefs can't close deal on Broncos or Peyton Manning in 31-24 loss from Chiefs Digest
Overall, Manning completed 26 of his 45 passes (58 percent) for 256 yards, or what for him was a puny 5.7 yards an attempt. But touchdown passes of 16 and 19 yards to Sanders and 1-yard to tight end Virgil Green provided enough evidence that there's still life left in his 39-year old arm.
"Obviously he's not done," Reid said of Manning. "He's the same old Peyton. He's what you saw here."
The victory was the seventh straight for the Broncos over the Chiefs and eighth straight in Arrowhead. Denver has now won 13 consecutive road games in the AFC West, breaking an NFL record for in-division dominance that was previously held by the 1987-90 San Francisco 49ers with 12 straight away from home.
"Please join us in welcoming back Eric Berry," the public announcer said before Berry emerged from the tunnel.
Then he paused, turning around to look up at the sold out crowd. He raised both arms in the air, trying to draw out even louder cheers.
Moments later, Berry made his official return to the Chiefs' starting lineup, and he was credited with a tackle on the Broncos' first offensive play.
When the Bills take on the New England Patriots on Sunday, Guinness World Records will be measuring the crowd noise inside Ralph Wilson Stadium. The record for loudest NFL crowd is currently held by Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, which set the mark against the Patriots on Monday Night Football
Fans needed to raise $8,000 to bring Guinness to Orchard Park. As of 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, they raised more than $9,000.