Actually covering an afternoon game – what a concept…
Broncos – Chiefs Part Two, can’t begin to describe the excitement I’m feeling right now – so I won’t.
Chiefs take the opening kick and look ready to party. Broncos “D” is so battered they just look confused. Three plays into the game and Champ Bailey is already injured – who would have thought. Atmosphere is almost like an Avon Party – I’m completely outnumbered.
KC is buying some valuable turf – easily crossed midfield. It’s looking pretty easy to exploit at this stage. Vickerson and Derek Wolfe being out is going to be a huge problem. Copy and Paste – Chiefs are schooling the replacements. Inside the Broncos ten and they aren’t even winded.
I take it all back – KC self-implodes at the goal line… Smith gift wraps the obvious for Wesley Woodyard – Broncos INT provides the ultimate buzz kill – Denver takes it from the 20.
Air game opens it up for Denver – five-plays into the drive and they’ve hit midfield – I think my ears are bleeding. Hemorrhage ends thirty-seven seconds later when Manning tosses out his first INT of the afternoon – You’re Welcome, Chiefs take possession on their own 17.
Ground game seems to be working quite nicely – sets up an incredibly easy 17-yard slam from Smith to Junior Hemingway. Broncos fans look stunned but the decibel level continues – this should be fun.
Here we go Peyton, here we go… never mind, probably not the stadium for it – Broncos Part Two begins on their own 21.
Manning looks to regroup and is busting the ground game – drive nears midfield and the clock continues to roll. Quick toss to Montee Ball picks up the first and closes the quarter inside the KC 40.
If you’re gonna b-slap someone, do it quick – they’ll never know what hit them. Chiefs have officially been b-slapped. Manning to Decker covers the needed 41-yards and the Broncos have locked this one at 7-7.
Pretty sure I’m nearing complete deafness.
Diagnosis confirmed – Knile Davis blows past everyone wearing a white uniform, which generally isn’t very good on a kickoff. Chiefs climb back on top 14-7.
Something about playing at Arrowhead… Manning looks lost. Tosses out something that resembles a muffed punt in the direction of Eric Decker and the Chiefs nail him again – second INT of the half leads to another KC touchdown and the Broncos are looking at the backside of a 21-7 scoreboard.
Probably not the best view.
If you’ve got Knowshon Moreno on your fantasy you might have struck gold. Seems to be the only Bronco making any progress. Drive nears midfield on a 13-yard carry but the excitement fizzles two-plays later when it falls incomplete to Thomas – Welcome to the party Britton Colquitt – first Broncos punt of the afternoon.
It’s a punting party – Welcome Dustin Colquitt to the fray – Broncos field it at their own 30 – don’t hold your breath.
Well, I guess you could hold your breath but it’s not advisable. Broncos have regrouped and appear ready to roll – Manning goes back to being the good Manning and Denver is actually making progress. HUGE strike to Decker (remember him?) and it’s a 42-yard pick up to the Chiefs 3. Quick toss to Moreno and that would be a Denver Broncos TOUCHDOWN.
Good guys trailing 21-14 – at least they’re pushing it closer…
Chiefs turn for revenge goes south – three and out gives it back to Denver.
Broncos three and out gives it back to KC – sure makes my job easier – Chiefs will take it from their own 22.
Clock continues to roll and they’re inside the two-minute warning, moving it just inside Denver territory as the drive closes out – Broncos get a final shot from their own 12.
Guess they won’t be going for it – running play to Moreno and they’re headed to the locker room trailing 21-14.
That was pretty anti-climactic.
Broncos take 15 minutes to regroup and come out ready to make a statement from their own 20.
Statement made – “The road to the AFC rolls through Denver’”
Thirty-seven yard strike from Manning to Decker culminates a seven play, 80-yard drive and it’s all tied at Arrowhead.
Chiefs get their shot to respond but it’s a bit quieter than Denver’s – four plays and a punt. Maybe they’re saving their statement for later… Broncos offense is back on the field quick – perfect opportunity to put KC in the corner, if that’s what they’re looking to do.
Nailed it – Manning to Thomas (77-yards) moves it all the way inside the Chiefs 20. KC’s turn to look lost. Manning is taking control – control in the form of Eric Decker, who has now equaled his entire season total in touchdowns in just over two quarters of football. Touchdown number three came from 15 out and the Denver Broncos have their first lead of the game at 28-21.
Very cool – Decker’s strolling the sideline reminding everyone why he as a reality show….
Momentum bites when you don’t have it – and right now KC can’t even smell it. Three and out falls flat, Colquitt gets to punt and Peyton Manning is all smiles as he takes the field. First play of the drive nets 50-yards on the ground for Ball - nice exclamation point. From there it’s a clinic on Football 101 as the third quarter comes to a close.
Clinic continues – Manning goes back to the air and finds, guess who, Eric Decker for his FOURTH touchdown of the game. For those of you keeping track, that would be 28 unanswered points for the Denver Broncos.
Actually feeling sorry for my step-daughter, who benched Decker this week in her fantasy league. Well, a little bit sorry – after all she is a Chiefs fan.
To make matters worse for KC they just lost a huge offensive weapon in Branden Albert who was just carted off the field with, what looked like, a brutal knee injury. Drive moves to the Chiefs 29 and Reed gambles on fourth and one – play is good for three and there’s still life at Arrowhead.
Donnie Avery, my stepdaughter’s replacement for Decker just dropped a pass that would have moved it past midfield – follows up two plays later by bobbling it out-of-bounds on another sure first down. Regrouping they keep it on the ground, seemingly the better choice. Drive crosses midfield and moves down to the Broncos 35 for third and five. Screen to a wide open Davis nets the first and more – first and ten from the Broncos 17.
Evidentially the Broncos have forgotten how to cover the screen – ball moves to the Denver six. Make that the Broncos 1/2 yard line thanks to the facemask penalty on Duke Ihenacho. Jamaal Charles up and over, simple and quick and the Chiefs narrow the gap 35-28 with just over 6:30 left on the clock.
Mediocre Manning show up for this time, but at least he chews up a big chunk of time. Eleven plays and they can’t make it to midfield – OUCH. Fortunately Colquitt nails the punt and KC will have to take it from their own eight. Another don’t hold your breath moment…
Chiefs struggle in their own right but do nail it on third and 14 from the four. That’s enough to give you some spark. Smith to McCluster adds another 28 on and the momentum has just shifted. Smith to Bowe (23-yards) continues the craze and the Chiefs are now inside the Denver 20 as we hit the two-minute warning.
Kinda regretting the 4.5 points I gave up with the Denver pick last night.
All boils down to fourth and four from the 13. Andy Reed has no choice…..
Smith goes for broke – looking for Bowe in the end zone – broken up by Mike Adams, Broncos fans can officially breath now…
Game, set, match… the Broncos hand KC their third consecutive loss and now hold rank in the AFC West.
Just hope my stepdaughter’s gonna be ok…