Eleanor Sheahan – 23 Sports

The AFC West rivalry between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos was a snowier game than usual. The Chiefs and the Broncos ran through a small layer of snow throughout most of Sunday’s game at Mile High Stadium. The cold winds and cleats stuffed with snow did not seem to slow down Kansas City. 

The Chiefs kicked it off with an 11-yard touchdown run from rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, to take an early lead, 7-0. 

Later in the first quarter, Denver’s defense responded by recovering a Kansas City fumble. First down and 10 yards to go, former Missouri quarterback, Drew Lock lobs it into deep field towards receiver Tim Patrick. Patrick’s catch put the Broncos in scoring position. With a fake handoff, Lock ran it in himself for a 2 yards touchdown. Unexpectedly, kicker Brandon McManus missed the extra point, Denver continued to trail, 7-6. 

Mahomes and the Kansas City offense drove dangerously down the field. With a huge run from Le’Veon Bell and a monster throw from Mahomes to receiver Mecole Hardman, the Chiefs were set to score. Denver’s defense had another idea. Linebacker Bradley Chubb stormed forward, sacking Mahomes on third down which forced the Chiefs to kick a field goal. At the end of the first quarter, the Chiefs extended their lead over the Broncos 10-6. 

Looking for tight end Noah Fant, ]Lock’s throw was picked off by Chiefs Daniel Sorensen who ran it back for a pick-six. Touchdown Kansas City, and the Chiefs go up 17-6 with 10 minutes left in the half.

The Broncos got the ball back and began to battle down the field. Running back Phillip Lindsay and tight end Nick Vannett picked up lots of yardages which helped Denver gain field position. After missing an extra point kick earlier in the game, McManus made a 43-yard field goal and the Broncos only trailed by eight, 17-9.

Finding an opening and breaking tackles, Chiefs Byron Pringle ran 102 yards down the snow-covered field for a touchdown. After receiving the kickoff in the endzone, Pringle was able to navigate through the Broncos special teams thus running all the way down to the opposite endzone. Kansas City increased their lead over Denver 27-9. To celebrate their lead going into halftime, many of the Chiefs players made snow angels on the field. 

To start the second half, Denver’s defender Malik Reed charged Mahomes, sacking him on first down. It was a quick four and out for the Kansas City offense at the beginning of the second half. 

Meanwhile, Denver’s offensive flea-flicker trick play went poorly for Broncos fans. Chiefs 

Frank Clark read the play and picked it off. Kansas City recovered the fumble and got possession of the ball yet again. This marked the third Broncos turnover of the game. 

Mahomes and the KC offense got the ball with good field position, but on third down, receiver Clyde Edwards-Helaire dropped the ball in the endzone. The Chiefs kicked a 31-yard field goal to make it 27-9. 

The Denver offense was unable to get in the red zone let alone field goal range. The Broncos had to punt back to the Chiefs. Kansas City struggled again to get a touchdown and instead kicked a 26-yard field goal. The Broncos were behind 30-9 with two minutes left in the third quarter. 

At the start of the fourth quarter the Denver Broncos had possession, but not for long. KC safety Tyrann Mathieu picked the ball off while it bounced through the hand of Broncos wide receiver KJ Hamler, Mathieu’s second pick of the game. 

Finally, with just 11 minutes left in the game, with the help of Tyreek Hill, Mahomes got his 17th consecutive game with a touchdown pass. Kansas City stacked up another seven-points against the Broncos making it a whopping 37-9. 

Apparently, the second half of the fourth quarter was touchdown time. Following Mahomes’s touchdown, Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III ran the ball for a touchdown. Denver was behind 37-16 with six minutes left in the game. With a substantial lead Kansas City’s back up quarterback, Chad Henne made an appearance and ran the ball in himself for a touchdown. The Kansas City Chiefs secured their win over the Denver Broncos 43-16. 

Kansas City remains in first place at the top of the AFC West division. The Broncos are currently in third behind the Raiders. The Chiefs will host the New York Jets next Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos will stay in snowy Denver to face the Los Angeles Chargers. 

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