“Wasn’t ok ultimately” – CBS Denver

DENVER (AP) – Linebacker Nick Bolton’s 86-yard fumble return after Melvin Ingram III shot untouched in Denver’s backcourt and Melvin Gordon undressed brought the Kansas City Chiefs to a 28-24 win over the Denver Broncos on Saturday.

With their 13th win in a row against the Broncos, the Chiefs (12-5) kept their hopes for first place in the AFC playoffs alive.

DENVER, COLORADO – JANUARY 8: Melvin Gordon # 25 of the Denver Broncos fiddles the ball during the fourth quarter given by Nick Bolton # 54 of the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High on January 8, 2022 in Denver, Colorado, was regained. (Photo by Dustin Bradford / Getty Images)

You need Houston to piss off Tennessee on Sunday to take pole position; Otherwise, they’re the second seed and will host a wildcard game next weekend to make a third straight Super Bowl.

The Broncos (7:10) were in the lead at 21:20 and were aiming for another touchdown when Ingram raced past Noah Fant on the tight end and blew the game up as Drew Lock passed the ball to Gordon.

Bolton grabbed the loose ball and rumbled 86 yards to give the Chiefs the greatest lead, and Patrick Mahomes’ keeper on the 2-point conversion made it 28-21.

Lock and the Broncos quickly got back into position, but coach Vic Fangio, who fell 19-30 as Denver head coach, opted for a field goal in 3rd and 9th place out of the 13’s as the crowd relentlessly booed the decision.

McManus nailed the 31-yarder but the Broncos were still lagging behind by four and would need a touchdown if they could stop Mahomes.

DENVER, CO – JANUARY 8: Fans trickle in the first quarter between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2021. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz / MediaNews Group / The Denver Post via Getty Images)

It wasn’t you.

In 3rd and 8th place in Denver 17, Mahomes found Travis Kelce after the two-minute warning for an 11-yard win, with the Broncos burning all of their timeouts.

The Chiefs lined up in winning formation as the clock ticked and the crowd of 61,441 – there were nearly 15,000 empty seats – poured to the exits, a fifth straight season on the books and their playoff drought now stretched to six Years.

Jerick McKinnon broke three tackles on his way to a 14-yard touchdown catch that put Kansas City ahead 17:14 on the first drive of the third quarter.

Lock responded with a 31-yard dart to Tim Patrick on the third and 13th – that pass exceeded Lock’s total length in the first half – and then Gordon stormed through the line for a 47-yard touchdown that gave Denver a 21-17 ” that would take the Broncos to the fourth quarter.

Then take off, @ Melvingordon25 ⚡️

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– Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 8, 2022

Harrison Butker’s 51-yard field goal pulled Kansas City to 21:20 early in the fourth quarter, crowning a 10-game drive that only covered 25 yards.

Lock only made 4 of 10 passes for 27 yards in the first half, but the Broncos took the lead 14-10 thanks to Lock’s touchdown scrambles of 5 and 23 yards into halftime.

DENVER, CO – JANUARY 8: Drew Lock (3) of the Denver Broncos jumps and pumps as he scores a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High in the first quarter on Saturday, January 8, 2021. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz / MediaNews Group / The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Kelce’s 3-yard catch gave KC a 7-0 lead, but Zayne Anderson’s gross penalty against punter Sam Martin saved the Broncos from a second straight three-and-out, and Lock took his second chance to beat them with his 5th – yard scramble to tie the tied it up at 7th

Take it in, @ DrewLock23. 🙌.

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– Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 8, 2022

That ride began in the Denver 33 after Butker slipped at kick-off. He also slipped twice in the pre-game warm-up games and switched shoes before the game.

Denver had their base game with a 14-7 lead when Lock kept it himself and shot into the center from 23 yards. That made him the first Broncos quarterback with two touchdown runs in one game since Tim Tebow in 2011.

Put them on ice skates. ⛸.

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– Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 8, 2022

Missing three of their top four cornerbacks, the Broncos dropped two interceptions, one from Michael Ojemudia at the opening game in Kansas City and another from Kyle Fuller on the goal line.

Right after Fuller’s failure, Butkers drew Kansas City’s 34-yard field goal to 14-10.

“It wasn’t good enough in the end,” Fangio told reporters of the teams’ efforts.

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The Chiefs were 11-point favorites according to FanDuel SportsBook, marking only the third time in 42 years that the Broncos were double-digit home defeats.

The others were against the Raiders with replacements during the player strike in 1987 and last year when they played the Saints with all four of their quarterbacks in COVID-19 logs.

INJURIES

Chiefs RB Darrel Williams (Toe) left early in the fourth quarter. Broncos RT Bobby Massie was included in the injury report on Saturday with a concussion and was disqualified before kick-off. IILB Baron Browning injured his right shoulder in the middle of the third quarter but returned.

NEXT

After the bottleneck, the chiefs can cheer the Texans on.

The Broncos, who started the day with a minute’s silence for former coach Dan Reeves, who died on New Years Day at the age of 77, are moving into an off-season that is sure to bring big changes.

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