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Final score: Chiefs hold on to defeat Broncos, 22-16

Kansas City won an unusual game at Arrowhead Stadium to improve to 11-1.

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The Kansas City Chiefs trailed the Denver Broncos 16-12 late in the third quarter, a position nobody expected the world champions to find themselves in — even against an AFC West rival.

Facing third-and-5 at the Broncos 26-yard line, quarterback Patrick Mahomes scrambled for the six yards himself. Two plays later, Mahomes used a free play to take the lead for good, stepping up into the pocket and hitting tight Travis Kelce for a 20-yard touchdown.

The Chiefs improved to 11-1 on the season with their 22-16 win on Sunday Night Football, while Broncos dropped to 4-8. The Chiefs clinched their sixth straight playoff berth with the win. Kelce finished with 136 yards to notch 1,000 yards for an NFL record fifth-straight season.

The Chiefs and Broncos exchanged field goals in the first quarter, leading to an unusual sequence in the second quarter.

Facing third-and-10 on the Denver 40, Patrick Mahomes launched a deep pass to wide receiver Tyreek Hill, covered by Broncos cornerback A.J. Bouye in the end zone. Bouye deflected the ball and the referees ruled the play incomplete. Andy Reid quickly sent out the punt unit.

It appeared the ball never hit the ground on the replay, but it was too late for the Chiefs to challenge the play.

Broncos running back Melvin Gordon ripped the Chiefs for a 65-yard third-down gain on the next possession, and quarterback Drew Lock hit wide receiver Tim Patrick for a 5-yard touchdown and 10-3 lead — seemingly a 14-point swing.

The Chiefs then kicked field goals on three straight possessions to take a 12-10 lead in the third quarter. Lock and the Broncos quickly answered with an 11-play drive, ending with another Patrick touchdown. Winning 16-12, Broncos head coach Vic Fangio opted to go for two points, but the conversion failed.

Mahomes and Kelce took the lead on the touchdown, and a Butker field goal in the fourth quarter extended the Chiefs’ lead to 22-16. Safety Tyrann Mathieu recorded his second interception of the game to seal the victory.


Injuries

  • There were no injuries to report.

Special teams

  • Cornerback Rashad Fenton continued to serve the Chiefs as their kick returner, but he has yet to have an opportunity for a return since Byron Pringle’s injury.
  • The Chiefs put Tyreek Hill back to return a punt, but he fair caught the football. Mecole Hardman went back for the next punt.
  • Harrison Butker was a perfect 5 of 5 on field goals and 1 of 1 on extra points — a key performance in the win after some midseason struggles.

Rapid reaction

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

Statistics


CATEGORY DEN KC
Total Yards 330 447
Total Plays 61 63
Yards per play 5.4 7.1
Rushing Yards 179 134
Rush Attempts 33 22
Yards per rush 5.40 6.10
Passing Gross Yards 151 318
Sacks/Yards lost 0/0 1/5
Passing Net Yards 151 313
Comp/Att/Pct 15/28/54% 25/40/63%
Yards per pass 5.40 7.60
Interceptions thrown 2 0
Fumbles lost 0 0
Turnovers 2 0
Penalties/Yards 4/31 5/44
Total Drives 9 10
First downs 19 25
Rushing first downs 7 6
Passing first downs 10 18
Penalty first downs 2 1
Third down (Made/Att/Pct) 7/13/54% 3/10/30%
Fourth down (Made/Att/Pct) 0/1/0% 0/0/0%
Goal to go (Made/Att/Pct) 2/2/100% 0/3/0%
Red Zone (Made/Att/Pct) 2/2/100% 0/4/0%
Touchdowns 2 1
TDs/Rushing 0 0
TDs/Passing 2 1
TDs/Interception 0 0
TDs/Kickoff Return 0 0
TDs/Fumble Return 0 0
TDs/Punt Return 0 0
TDs/Defense/ST 0 0
Safeties 0 0
Extra Points (Made/Att) 1/2 1/1
Field Goals (Made/Att) 1/2 5/5
Two-Point Conv (Made/Att) 0/1 0/0
Kickoffs (Num/EZ/TB) 4/4/4 6/4/3
Punts (Num/Yds) 3/115 3/112
Gross Punting Avg Yds 38.3 37.3
Net Punting Avg Yds 36.7 38.0
Total Rtn Yds (No KOs) /2 5
Punt Returns (Num/Yds) 1//2 1/5
Kickoff Returns (Num/Yds) 3/77 0/0
Int Returns (Num/Yds) 0/0 2/0
Punts blocked 0 0
FGs/PATs Blocked 0/0 0/0
Timeouts (Rem/Used) 0/3 3/0
Time of Possession 30:31 29:21
Attendance -- 12,578

CHIEFS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Patrick Mahomes 25 40 318 8.0 1 30 0 1 5 95.6
TEAM 25 40 318 8.0 1 30 0 1 5 //

BRONCOS PASSING C ATT YDS AVG TD LG INT SK SKYD RTG
Drew Lock 15 28 151 5.4 2 37 2 0 0 63.2
TEAM 15 28 151 5.4 2 37 2 0 0 //

CHIEFS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Le'Veon Bell 11 40 3.6 0 16
Darrel Williams 6 38 6.3 0 12
Patrick Mahomes 4 26 6.5 0 20
Tyreek Hill 1 30 30.0 0 30
TEAM 22 134 6.1 0 30

BRONCOS RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Melvin Gordon III 15 131 8.7 0 65
Phillip Lindsay 14 26 1.9 0 4
Drew Lock 2 9 4.5 0 8
KJ Hamler 2 13 6.5 0 7
TEAM 33 179 5.4 0 65

CHIEFS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
Le'Veon Bell 2 15 7.5 0 14 3 23
Mecole Hardman 1 15 15.0 0 15 3 1
Tyreek Hill 6 58 9.7 0 30 10 31
Nick Keizer 1 15 15.0 0 15 1 5
Travis Kelce 8 136 17.0 1 28 13 55
Demarcus Robinson 2 39 19.5 0 20 2 26
Sammy Watkins 4 35 8.8 0 17 6 11
Darrel Williams 1 5 5.0 0 5 2 0
TEAM 25 318 12.7 1 30 40 152

BRONCOS RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS YAC
Tyrie Cleveland 1 11 11.0 0 11 1 6
Noah Fant 4 57 14.3 0 37 7 29
Troy Fumagalli 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Melvin Gordon III 1 11 11.0 0 11 2 17
KJ Hamler 2 16 8.0 0 8 5 12
Jerry Jeudy 1 5 5.0 0 5 4 1
Phillip Lindsay 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Tim Patrick 4 44 11.0 2 21 4 8
Nick Vannett 2 7 3.5 0 7 2 1
TEAM 15 151 10.1 2 37 27 74

CHIEFS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BRONCOS FUMBLES FUM LOST FF REC
(OWN)
TD REC
(OPP)
TD
TEAM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

CHIEFS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
Bashaud Breeland 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Frank Clark 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
Mike Danna 3 1 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Willie Gay 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Hitchens 7 4 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Jones 3 1 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
Tanoh Kpassagnon 1 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tyrann Mathieu 7 4 3 0.0 0.0 2 1 2 0 0 0 0
Ben Niemann 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Derrick Nnadi 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Okafor 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L'Jarius Sneed 6 4 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Sorensen 5 3 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Juan Thornhill 4 4 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charvarius Ward 3 2 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tershawn Wharton 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Damien Wilson 5 2 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 58 35 23 0 0 2 1 4 4 0 0 0

BRONCOS DEFENSE TOT SOLO ASST SACK YDS INT TFL PD QBH TD FF FR
Jeremiah Attaochu 1 1 0 1.0 5.0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
A.J. Bouye 4 3 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Bradley Chubb 2 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Duke Dawson Jr. 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shelby Harris 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0
Kareem Jackson 10 8 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Josey Jewell 7 3 4 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alexander Johnson 4 1 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dre'Mont Jones 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Michael Ojemudia 7 6 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Malik Reed 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Simmons 8 5 3 0.0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
DeMarcus Walker 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DeShawn Williams 4 2 2 0.0 0.0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
TEAM 56 36 20 1 5 0 3 6 4 0 0 0

CHIEFS INT INT YDS AVG LG TD
Tyrann Mathieu 2 0 0.0 0 0
TEAM 2 0 0.0 0 0

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

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

BRONCOS KICK RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Tyrie Cleveland 3 77 25.7 31 0
TEAM 3 77 25.7 31 0

CHIEFS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
Mecole Hardman 1 5 5.0 5 0
TEAM 1 5 5.0 5 0

BRONCOS PUNT RET NO YDS AVG LG TD
KJ Hamler 1 /2 /2.0 /2 0
TEAM 1 /2 /2.0 0 0

CHIEFS KICKING FGM/FGA PCT LONG XP PTS
Harrison Butker 5/5 100.0 48 1 16
TEAM 5/5 100.0 48 1 16

BRONCOS KICKING FGM/FGA PCT LONG XP PTS
Brandon McManus 1/2 50.0 53 1 4
TEAM 1/2 50.0 53 1 4

CHIEFS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Tommy Townsend 3 112 37.3 0 2 43
TEAM 3 112 37.3 0 2 43

BRONCOS PUNTING NO YDS AVG TB I20 LG
Sam Martin 3 115 38.3 0 1 40
TEAM 3 115 38.3 0 1 40