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Final score: Chiefs clobber Broncos 43-16 in Denver

The Kansas City Chiefs won the 10th game in a row over their AFC West foe.

Kansas City Chiefs v Denver Broncos Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Much of the talk headed into the Kansas City Chiefs’ game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday revolved around Patrick Mahomes and his affinity for snow-filled football games.

It snowed on Sunday in Denver, but it was less Mahomes and more team play that led to a dominant 43-16 Chiefs victory. The Chiefs improved to 6-1 on the season, and Denver fell to 2-4.

Kansas City scored touchdowns in all three phases of the game — offense, defense and special teams — in the first half.

After being blanked last week against the Buffalo Bills, wide receiver Mecole Hardman was involved in the offense early in the first quarter, using one hand to bring in a 19-yard pass down the left sideline to get Kansas City into the Denver red zone. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire broke several tackles en route to an 11-yard rushing touchdown to give the Chiefs a 7-0 lead.

The Chiefs defense forced the Broncos to two three-and-outs to start the game — but then faltered when tight end Nick Keizer fumbled a ball away, giving the Broncos a short field. Quarterback Drew Lock faked a sweep and a handoff, then kept it himself for a two-yard touchdown. Brandon McManus missed the extra point, and the Chiefs led 10-6 after one quarter.

In the second quarter, Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen intercepted a Lock pass and ran 50 yards untouched for a touchdown. McManus hit a 43-yard field goal to make it 17-9, but then wide receiver Byron Pringle returned the ensuing kickoff 102 yards for the touchdown. The Chiefs led 24-9 at the half.

Mahomes had just 144 passing yards through three quarters but got things going a bit in the fourth, when he had 56 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown to Tyreek Hill. Backup quarterback Chad Henne ran in the team’s final score of the day.

The Chiefs defense pressured the Broncos throughout the game, combining for three sacks and six quarterback hits on Lock. Defensive lineman Tershawn Wharton forced a fumble — that safety Tyrann Mathieu recovered — and Mathieu also recorded his second interception of the season to set the Chiefs up for their first fourth-quarter touchdown.

Kansas City’s win marked the organization’s 10th in a row over the Broncos.


Injuries

  • The Chiefs had no injuries to report.

Special teams

  • Kicker Harrison Butker made his first four extra points before missing the fifth try — his fifth extra point miss in seven games.

Rapid reaction

  • The game’s rapid reaction will be posted to our homepage shortly.

Statistics

CATEGORY KC DEN
Total Yards 286 411
Total Plays 51 76
Yards per play 5.6 5.4
Rushing Yards 101 177
Rush Attempts 22 33
Yards per rush 4.60 5.40
Passing Gross Yards 213 254
Sacks/Yards lost 4/28 3/20
Passing Net Yards 185 234
Comp/Att/Pct 17/25/68% 24/40/60%
Yards per pass 6.40 5.40
Interceptions thrown 0 2
Fumbles lost 1 2
Turnovers 1 4
Penalties/Yards 1/15 5/34
Total Drives 12 13
First downs 17 24
Rushing first downs 7 12
Passing first downs 9 11
Penalty first downs 1 1
Third down (Made/Att/Pct) 0/8/0% 5/14/36%
Fourth down (Made/Att/Pct) 0/0/0% 0/2/0%
Goal to go (Made/Att/Pct) 2/2/100% 2/2/100%
Red Zone (Made/Att/Pct) 3/6/50% 2/2/100%
Touchdowns 5 2
TDs/Rushing 2 2
TDs/Passing 1 0
TDs/Interception 1 0
TDs/Kickoff Return 1 0
TDs/Fumble Return 0 0
TDs/Punt Return 0 0
TDs/Defense/ST 2 0
Safeties 0 0
Extra Points (Made/Att) 4/5 1/2
Field Goals (Made/Att) 3/3 1/1
Two-Point Conv (Made/Att) 0/0 0/0
Kickoffs (Num/EZ/TB) 9/9/9 4/3/2
Punts (Num/Yds) 3/133 3/161
Gross Punting Avg Yds 44.3 53.7
Net Punting Avg Yds 44.3 46.7
Total Rtn Yds (No KOs) 89 0
Punt Returns (Num/Yds) 2/21 1/0
Kickoff Returns (Num/Yds) 2/123 0/0
Int Returns (Num/Yds) 2/68 0/0
Punts blocked 0 0
FGs/PATs Blocked 0/0 0/0
Timeouts (Rem/Used) 3/0 3/0
Time of Possession 26:36 33:24
Attendance -- 5,314

CHIEFS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Chad Henne 2 2 13 6.5 0 11 0 1 3 93.8
Patrick Mahomes 15 23 200 8.7 1 38 0 3 25 107.2
TEAM 17 25 213 8.5 1 38 0 4 28 //

BRONCOS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Drew Lock 24 36 254 7.1 0 27 2 3 20 63.9
TEAM 24 36 254 7.1 0 27 2 3 20 //

CHIEFS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Clyde Edwards/Helaire 8 46 5.8 1 27
Le'Veon Bell 6 39 6.5 0 16
DeAndré Washington 3 5 1.7 0 3
Chad Henne 1 1 1.0 1 1t
Mecole Hardman 1 13 13.0 0 13
TEAM 19 104 5.5 2 27

BRONCOS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Melvin Gordon 17 68 4.0 1 11
Phillip Lindsay 9 79 8.8 0 20
Drew Lock 3 8 2.7 1 4
Royce Freeman 3 12 4.0 0 6
K.J. Hamler 1 10 10.0 0 10
TEAM 33 177 5.4 2 20

CHIEFS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
Clyde Edwards/Helaire 1 17 17.0 0 17 4 16
Mecole Hardman 2 57 28.5 0 38 2 14
Tyreek Hill 6 55 9.2 1 15 10 34
Nick Keizer 2 36 18.0 0 22 2 24
Travis Kelce 3 31 10.3 0 17 3 32
Marcus Kemp 1 11 11.0 0 11 1 10
Demarcus Robinson 1 4 4.0 0 4 1 0
DeAndré Washington 1 2 2.0 0 2 1 1
TEAM 17 213 12.5 1 38 24 131

BRONCOS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
Noah Fant 3 38 12.7 0 24 7 19
Royce Freeman 1 5 5.0 0 5 1 14
Melvin Gordon 2 12 6.0 0 10 4 13
DaeSean Hamilton 2 26 13.0 0 13 2 22
K.J. Hamler 2 24 12.0 0 21 3 17
Jerry Jeudy 2 20 10.0 0 13 3 11
Albert Okwuegbunam 7 60 8.6 0 17 7 43
Tim Patrick 3 44 14.7 0 27 4 7
Nick Vannett 2 25 12.5 0 19 3 18
TEAM 24 254 10.6 0 27 34 164

CHIEFS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
Bashaud Breeland 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Frank Clark 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Nick Keizer 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Tyrann Mathieu 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Tershawn Wharton 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
TEAM 2 1 2 1 0 2 0

BRONCOS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
Essang Bassey 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Bryce Callahan 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Graham Glasgow 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Melvin Gordon 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
K.J. Hamler 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alexander Johnson 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
TEAM 4 2 2 1 0 1 0

CHIEFS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
Bashaud Breeland 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Frank Clark 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Rashad Fenton 3 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Willie Gay 4 3 1 0.0 0.0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0
Antonio Hamilton 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Demone Harris 3 1 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Hitchens 4 3 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Chris Jones 3 2 1 1.0 8.0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Tanoh Kpassagnon 2 2 0 1.0 3.0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Tyrann Mathieu 5 5 0 0.0 0.0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Ben Niemann 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Pennel 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Khalen Saunders 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Sorensen 9 7 2 0.0 0.0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Juan Thornhill 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charvarius Ward 9 7 2 1.0 9.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Armani Watts 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tershawn Wharton 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Damien Wilson 8 6 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 65 50 15 3 20 2 4 4 6 0 2 3

BRONCOS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
A.J. Bouye 3 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bryce Callahan 4 3 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Anthony Chickillo 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bradley Chubb 2 1 1 1.0 8.0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Graham Glasgow 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Shelby Harris 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Kareem Jackson 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josey Jewell 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alexander Johnson 9 7 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Dre'Mont Jones 2 2 0 1.0 8.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Michael Ojemudia 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Malik Reed 5 4 1 2.0 12.0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
Justin Simmons 4 3 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DeMarcus Walker 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DeShawn Williams 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 40 30 10 4 28 0 4 0 7 0 2 1

CHIEFS INT INT YDS AVG LG TD
Tyrann Mathieu 1 18 18.0 18 0
Daniel Sorensen 1 50 50.0 50 1
TEAM 2 68 34.0 50 1

BRONCOS INT INT YDS AVG LG TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0

CHIEFS KICK RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Byron Pringle 1 102 102.0 102 1
Demarcus Robinson 1 21 21.0 21 0
TEAM 2 123 61.5 102 1

BRONCOS KICK RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0

CHIEFS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Mecole Hardman 2 21 10.5 11 0
TEAM 2 21 10.5 11 0

BRONCOS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
K.J. Hamler 1 0 0.0 0 0
TEAM 1 0 0.0 0 0

CHIEFS KICKING FGA/FGM PCT LONG XP PTS
Harrison Butker 3/3 100.0 40 4 13
TEAM 3/3 100.0 40 4 13

BRONCOS KICKING FGA/FGM PCT LONG XP PTS
Brandon McManus 1/1 100.0 43 1 4
TEAM 1/1 100.0 43 1 4

CHIEFS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Tommy Townsend 3 133 44.3 0 2 57
TEAM 3 133 44.3 0 2 57

BRONCOS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Sam Martin 3 161 53.7 0 1 60
TEAM 3 161 53.7 0 1 60