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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs miracle at Mile High, Tyreek Hill is a star, Cairo Santos quotes

Chiefs rally to beat Denver 30-27 on banked-in field goal in overtime | The KC Star

"I have respect for the guy," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of Smith, who has struggled since his return from "head trauma" against Indianapolis. "So lucky to have him."

Chiefs report card: Players, coaches prove mettle in comeback win | The KC Star


Special teams: The special teams played a significant role in this one, and Dave Toub's units delivered. Hill's 86-yard touchdown on a free kick in the second quarter was clutch; it gave the Chiefs a 9-0 lead, which kept a struggling offense from playing from behind against an elite pass defense. The Chiefs also recovered a muffed punt early in the fourth quarter that prevented the Broncos from getting the ball with terrific field position, while Santos drilled the game winner in overtime.

The Chiefs won't die even after they appear very, very ill | The KC Star

This is probably not a great team. They may not even be a good team. But as the calendar changes to December they are a surviving team, maybe even a thriving team, and despite all their warts and shortcomings have milked enough from their talents and strengths to be in position to win the NFL's best division without a lick of help from anyone else.

Look around the AFC. There are no great teams. Surviving, and maybe thriving, is as good as it gets right now.

Tyreek Hill's breakout game paves way for Chiefs overtime win | The KC Star

And the emergence of Hill, the Chiefs' second leading scorer behind Cairo Santos and second-leading receiver behind Kelce, has become imperative for a team whose offense largely has otherwise been a dud for weeks.

Hill's play on Sunday, in fact, served to salve, if not quite mask, the ongoing issues this season, issues that remain a flashing caution light for the Chiefs' postseason hopes despite all their Super Bowl chatter before the season.

Santos, Colquitt, Winchester make kicking operation work for Chiefs | The KC Star

"I couldn't see the referee because I'm kind of short, but people started grabbing me and they said, ‘You made it,'" Santos said. "It scared me a little bit because I thought I hit it pure enough and it just started to get a little too close to that upright."

Justin Houston's heroics provide for Chiefs | The KC Star

"I've been so hungry," Houston said. "It was a long process and through the process I grew spiritually. I saw this coming months ago. I worked hard and I had faith and I believed.

"When you have those three things, nothing can stop you."

Instant reactions: Broncos lose heartbreaker to Chiefs | Mile High Report

Just when it seemed like the Broncos' offense did enough to win the team the game, everything seemed to go wrong in the final moments of regulation, which propelled both teams into an overtime battle that ended up in a heartbreaker for the Broncos. With their loss tonight, Denver's dream of a sixth straight AFC West title is almost gone, and they will have to string together a series of wins the last five games and hope other teams lose in order to make it to earn a wild card birth in the playoffs.

Broncos blow late lead, lose heartbreaker to Chiefs in overtime, 30-27 | FOX31 Denver

The Broncos had a chance to win with just more than a minute to play, but McManus’ 62-yard field goal attempt was short and left. "That’s still well within my range. I just kind of hit the ground," McManus said. "From that distance, everything kind of needs to be perfect just because of how far you are away. It didn’t happen for me."

Stunning comeback lifts Chiefs over Broncos in OT thriller | Chiefs Digest

Three plays later linebacker Justin Houston drilled Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian for a sack in the end zone, jarring the ball loose. Denver tackle Russell Okung recovered the ball in the end zone for a safety, giving the Chiefs a 2-0 lead. Houston said a coaching adjustment on defense led to the sack and safety. "I think they did a good job of scheming that up," Houston said. "They watched film, studied film and helped us on that play."

Special teams prove difference in Chiefs 30-27 win over Broncos | Chiefs Digest

"It’s kind of like being in a movie," Santos said in try to describe the madness following his game-winning boot. "It’s a little bit of a blur. Everyone is grabbing you and you kind of don’t know what to do."

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Trailing 24-16 with three minutes left in the game, the Chiefs offense, which had struggled for much of the game, had to go 75 yards for the score, and then they’d have to pick up the two-point conversion if they were going to extend the game. That’s exactly what they did. The 13-play, 75-yard drive led by quarterback Alex Smith culminated with a 3-yard touchdown pass to rookie Tyreek Hill, which was reviewed. It was determined that Hill had possession of the ball in the end zone before he was ruled down.

Video: Tyreek Hill: "You always have to stay confident" |

Video: Travis Kelce: "Man, I hope Cairo Makes This" |

Photo Gallery: Chiefs vs. Broncos Game Action |

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