Week 13: Broncos 31, Chiefs 26

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  1. BadaBing319

    BadaBing319 OMFL Broncos / PMFL Eagles

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    An absolute battle between two division rivals went the way of the Broncos, 31-26. A late Correll Buckhalter touchdown gave Denver the lead and Andre Goodman's second INT of the day sealed the win.

    Full recap to come...
     
  2. BadaBing319

    BadaBing319 OMFL Broncos / PMFL Eagles

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    Week 13
    Wild-Card Fever
    Broncos Topple Chiefs 31-26, Move into Tie for Final AFC Playoff Spot

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    Andre Goodman's two interceptions were key to the Broncos' third consecutive win.

    Kansas City, MO - When the Broncos dropped their first two games under new coach Bing, all hope seemed to have been lost. Three weeks and three wins later, Denver finds itself in the thick of the playoff race.

    Kyle Orton bounced back from two early interceptions to throw for 332 yards and 3 TD as the Broncos moved into a tie for the final AFC playoff spot with a 31-26 road upset over the Kansas City Chiefs. The game was a true heavyweight battle, with each team exchanging blows throughout the day.

    Both teams came stumbling out of the gate, with the clubs trading early interceptions. Kansas City was forced to punt on their second possession, but quickly got the ball back on a Tamba Hali interception and cashed in, with Matt Cassell hitting Leonard Pope from 13 yards out to take a 7-0 lead. On the Broncos ensuing possession, Orton rebounded by moving his team into KC territory. In what was a constant theme of the day, Orton converted a 3rd-and-long by hitting Terrell Owens on a deep in route. Owens did the rest, scampering 45 yards for a game-tying touchdown.

    The tie was shortlived though, with Jamaal Charles taking the Matt Prater kickoff 99 yards to put the Chiefs back on top. Ryan Succop missed the PAT, leaving the lead at 6, 13-7. Prater got Denver back within three with a 35 yard FG, but Charles struck again on the next Kansas City drive. Matched up in 1-on-1 coverage with Broncos LB D.J. Williams, Charles caught a quick slant towards the sidelines and outraced the Bronco defense to the end zone, extending the Chiefs lead to 10 at 20-10. The second quarter fireworks weren't done however. Orton and Owens hooked up again, this time on a corner route which broke for 76 yards bringing the Broncos back within 3 points. A Succop 47 yard FG as the clock expired capped a 33-point quarter and sent KC into the break with a 23-17 lead.

    The defenses made adjustments and played much better in the second half. Both teams were forced to punt on their first third quarter drives. Denver got the ball back and continued their early down problems, putting them in third and long situations. Once again, they were able to convert as they did all day (7-for-12 on 3rd down), marching down the field into scoring range. Demaryius Thomas caught Orton's third TD pass of the day from 7 yards out giving Denver their first lead of the game at 24-23.

    Kansas City wasted no time taking the lead back, driving into Bronco territory following another good kickoff return from Charles. The Chief drive stalled at the 30-yard line and Ryan Succop split the uprights from 37 yards out to put his team back on top 26-24. The teams exchanged three-and-outs, with Denver getting the ball back with just over 5 minutes left down by two. KC had put the clamps on RB Correll Buckhalter all day, so Coach Bing elected to keep putting the ball in the air. Completing passes to 5 different receivers on the drive, Orton drove his team into the red zone. Buckhalter finally broke through just before the two-minute warning, going off-tackle left to score from 3 yards out to reclaim the lead for Denver at 31-26.
    Matt Cassel had the ball in his hands with a chance to be a hero. Kansas City converted a couple first downs to get out near midfield. Cassel tried to fit a pass into WR Dwayne Bowe, but Denver CB Andre Goodman had other ideas, intercepting his second pass of the day and sealing the huge road win.

    Charles stole the show for Kansas City. He was kept in check on the ground (27 yards on 10 carries), but racked up 102 yards and a touchdown through the air and added over 200 yards in kickoff returns. Cassel finished the day 13-for-22 for 187 yards and 2 TD, but his three interceptions proved too much for the Chiefs to overcome. For Denver, Owens finished the day with 5 catches for 162 yards and the two touchdowns. Buckhalter, Thomas and Eric Decker each chipped in with 4 receptions, as Orton hooked up with eight different targets on 22 completions.

    Denver improves to 6-6 and joins the logjam that is fighting for the 2nd wildcard spot. At press time, the Dolphins, Browns, Chargers and Broncos were all tied, with a couple other teams possibly joining them by the end of week 13. The Bronocs also kept their slim AFC West championship hopes alive, pulling to within 2 games of the division leading Chiefs (8-4). They will head back on the road in week 14 to play Coach West and his Arizona Cardinals in another must win game.

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    Good game BlueBean - was back and forth all night and definitely could have gone either way. The injuries absolutely killed you in this game - I guess the only good news is you should get four of the five guys that went out back before the playoffs.

    Hopefully we can have a rubber match come playoff time :)
     
  3. Bluebean

    Bluebean Kansas City Chiefs

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    It was a really good game
     

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