Chiefs rally from 10-point fourth quarter deficit to grab 27-23 win over Broncos

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Patrick Mahomes and Kareem Hunt carried the Kansas City Chiefs out of a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to remain undefeated with a 27-23 victory over the Denver Broncos on Monday night.

Mahomes led two touchdown drives over the final 6:27 and Hunt scored on a 4-yard touchdown with 1:39 remaining to give the Chiefs the lead.

Case Keenum had a chance to flip the script on Denver’s final drive as a 36-yard completion to Jeff Heuermann moved the Broncos to the Chiefs 28-yard line. However, a missed throw to Demaryius Thomas and an unsuccessful hook and lateral call on fourth down allowed the Chiefs to hang on for the win.

Mahomes completed 28 of 45 passes for 304 yards with a passing and rushing touchdown for Kansas City. Hunt gained 121 yards on 19 carries with the game-winning score.

Mahomes scored on a 8-yard scramble to cap a 12-play scoring drive that give the Chiefs a 10-3 lead in the second quarter. A 42-yard pass from Keenum to Courtland Sutton set up a 14-yard Royce Freeman touchdown that evened the game at 10-10. McManus’ 34-yard field goal as time expired gave Denver a 17-14 advantage at the break.

After a 21-yard Butker field goal tied the game once again, the Broncos took control. Phillip Lindsay scored on a 1-yard run to conclude a nine-play 80-yard scoring drive and a 46-yard field goal from McManus pushed the Denver lead to 23-13 with 12:47 remaining.

Freeman and Lindsay combined for 136 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 20 carries for Denver.

Mahomes responded with an impressive drive that overcame a pair of offensive penalties that set the Chiefs back. They faced third-and-16 and first-and-20 on the drive and converted a fourth-and-1 to ultimately find the end zone on a 2-yard pass to Travis Kelce.

The Chiefs forced a three-and-out and Marquette King delivered only a 35-yard punt for the Broncos as Kansas City got a prime chance to get the score they needed.

Mahomes completed a pass left-handed to Tyreek Hill to convert on a third-and-5. Then the Chiefs had to again overcame offensive penalties that put the Chiefs in a second-and-30 situation at their own 31-yard line. Mahomes scrambled to his right before hitting Demarcus Robinson for 23 yards to set up a manageable third down. Demetrius Harris broke free for a 35-yard gain down to the Denver 11 at the two-minute warning.

Two plays later, Hunt scored from 4 yards out to give the Chiefs the victory.

47 responses to “Chiefs rally from 10-point fourth quarter deficit to grab 27-23 win over Broncos

  1. And we all lose being forced to listen to the worst announcers in all of sports. I especially liked where Booger told Travis Kelce that he needed to be tougher. The shouting to one another is like watching a live version of First Take. Horrible.

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    amurdora says:
    October 1, 2018 at 11:30 pm
    And we all lose being forced to listen to the worst announcers in all of sports. I especially liked where Booger told Travis Kelce that he needed to be tougher. The shouting to one another is like watching a live version of First Take. Horrible.

    Booger was joking around Witten.

  3. Very few QBs in this league would’ve led their team back to victory in that situation. Mahomes is a rare talent that will terrorize defenses for many years and likely win a Super Bowl for Andy Reid someday. It’s an exciting time to be a Chiefs fan!!

  4. Anyone around here remember being excited to watch a Monday Night Football broadcast? Don Meredith, Howard Cosell, Dandy Don, Frank Gifford? Even Dennis freakin’ Miller inspired some interest! It was the nature of the event, and not so much the game. Nice work there Walt Disney / ESPN!! Thanks to your stellar production efforts my son will never experience the same excitement that I had as a kid…

  5. KC’s defense is just a step above horrible..but they actually played their guts out tonight. Oh yeah, Mahomes was great again as well. I wish KC was playing the Rams this season, that would be a blast to watch!

  6. How in 2018 cant refs get a play clock right? Horrible call and certainly a likely reason why the Chiefs won. That HAS to be a reviewable call. Horrendous job by the back judge. If I was a Bronco fan Id be livid.

  7. Mahomes is looking like he might be a star for the next 15 years. Andy Reid is a big part of his success also.

  8. alleycat702 says:
    October 1, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    The Chiefs are going to be a dangerous team for a long time! WOW!!!!
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    Only if they fix that defense.

  9. ebhaynz says:
    October 1, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    I wish KC was playing the Rams this season, that would be a blast to watch!
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    They are. November 19th. In Mexico.

  10. I really thought is was gonna be more like 47-17 Chiefs but it doesn’t matter a W is a W. Dont blame the refs for play clock either because all of us real Bronco fans know this secondary, you know the fly for free zone cant cover anyone they give out more frequent flyer milage than all airlines put together. Hey Vance, the secondary still hasn’t gotten your message about playing SOFT their still 10 yards deep leaving crossing routes open. Please for the love of (insert fake religious person) try Bolles out on the D-Line since he is obviously our best tackler too bad he’s a O-Lineman, or at least according to the depth chart. No Excuses we lost, the offense and defense are terrible and KC clearly is the best team in the West so give credit where its due because we all knew that coming in to this game. Nice win KC they boy looks good and Denver, maybe you can stop giving out the frequent flyer milage to Darnold next week. I doubt it but maybe but most likely not but you never know, except we do.

  11. alleycat702 says:
    October 1, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    The Chiefs are going to be a dangerous team for a long time! WOW!!!!

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    They still have Andy Reid

  12. I’m just HAPPY that the refs FINALLY called holding for Denver. I guess that with Chubb in with Von Miller they can’t ignore the obvious so easily. 3 offensive holding calls in one game? That’s more than all of last year.

  13. Mahomes is the real deal. He does not play like a first year starter. He is cool under pressure, far beyond his years.

  14. He may be in his second year but sitting on the bench seemed to help out Patrick and really he has revived the Chiefs into SB contenders.
    Broncos blew a ten point lead there. Defense as excellent as they are but were tired in the end. Did not have enough gas in the tank.
    It is not how you start the game but finishing it and coming down clutch.

  15. Man, I can barely stand to listen to McFarland. His constant shouting, hyperbole, and idiotic statements make me want to turn the sound off!

    This MNF crew is terrible.

  16. The missed clock call did not change the outcome of the game. Instead of 3rd and 7 it would have made it 3rd and 12. Next play went for 35 yards.

    Chiefs also had 2nd and 30 at one point on the drive. Broncos defense let them convert. Broncos couldn’t stop them.

  17. I don’t understand the love fest. Denver ranks in the bottom half of the league in total Defense (17th to be exact). This is still an Andy Reid coached team. The Chiefs started off 5-0 last year and Alex Smith was the MVP early on, yet lost 6 of the next 7 games. Just pump the brakes. Andy Reid’s teams always nose dive around the middle of the season.

  18. doggz109 says:
    October 1, 2018 at 11:41 pm
    And a little help from the refs….can’t let the golden boy lose a game.
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    How about just holding on to a freakin’ 10 pt lead in the 4th qtr or maybe a punter that can punt more than 35 yds or perhaps just don’t go 3 and out with 6 minutes left on the clock?

    To quote Romeo Crennel “One play doesn’t cost you a game.”

    Losers blame the refs.

  19. Mahomes > Keenum

    Keenum totally missing that WINNING TD pass from is inexcusable. It’s a play Mahomes would have made running to his left, throwing across his body… and while going down during a tackle. Those are simply ‘can’t miss’ plays…

  20. Where was Von Miller most of the night? He seemed to be on the sidelines a lot during several Denver defensive series. Was there an injury? Aside from one tackle on a running play he was essentially a non-factor.

  21. The Denver community would like to apologize to the broadcast team for our Broncos almost ruining the scripted gushing over Mahomes and the Chiefs… even when the Broncos were ahead, they could only talk about KC.

  22. For those bitching about the potential missed Delay of Game call by the ref’s, are you also gonna bitch about the missed Offensive PI by Sutton on the last Broncos drive?

  23. Thomas Ortiz says:
    October 2, 2018 at 8:28 am

    I don’t understand the love fest.
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    What’s to understand? The Chiefs have a dynamic quarterback for the first time in 50 years, with the exception of Montana, who was at the end of his career. Alex Smith was good, but he would never have won that game last night.

  24. Can someone please tell Jason Witten that it’s ok to look at the camera when they show him and Tessitore chatting it up in the booth? Drives me nuts that he only looks at Tess and never at the camera – oh, and they both suck and Booger is worse.

  25. mmack66 says:
    October 2, 2018 at 11:37 am
    Thomas Ortiz says:
    October 2, 2018 at 8:28 am

    I don’t understand the love fest.
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    What’s to understand? The Chiefs have a dynamic quarterback for the first time in 50 years, with the exception of Montana, who was at the end of his career. Alex Smith was good, but he would never have won that game last night.
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    RG3 was “Dynamic” & Kaepernick was “Dynamic” (Super Bowl Run) I’ll never get over all of these people so quick to anoint some of these first year starters as “Royalty.” Once there’s tape and Andy Reid doesn’t adjust (bc he never does), he’s going to come back to earth. Brady, Rodgers, Brees….those guys have CONSISTENTLY delivered. Before getting all love struck, give Mahomes time to consistently delivery over a larger sample size.

  26. Horrific coaching by the Broncos. The running game was working and destroying the Chiefs. Then for some dumb reason, they stop running and put the game in the hands of career journeyman QB Case Keenum. There’s a reason Keenum has bounced around his whole career: He can’t make plays when it counts. He had a wide open DThomas and launched the ball 10 feet over his head. As much as I want to blame Keenum, the blame falls totally on the coaching staff, mostly head coach Vance Joseph.

  27. Jaguars 31
    Chiefs 24

    Calling it rite now. Jaguars will go into K C and hand the Chiefs their first loss, Jags , the NFL’s Best Defense and Bortles will do just enough to slow down the Chiefs at arrowhead … Book it Baby !!!

    #SaxsonvilleAllDayLong

  28. “even when the Broncos were ahead, they could only talk about KC.”

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    Noticed that too. I don’t dislike Mahomes in the slightest, but good God that got old really quickly.

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