Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos 11/17/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Denver Broncos 27, Kansas City Chiefs 17
November 17, 2013
The Week 11 edition of “Sunday Night Football” was one of the most anticipated matchups of the NFL season so far. The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs were in Denver to take on their divisional rival Broncos in a matchup that’s sure to have heavy playoff implications in a few short weeks. With just one loss between the two teams, there were sure to be plenty of fireworks and stellar play, and that’s exactly what we got.
Let’s take a look at some of the key players and statistics from the game so that we can figure out exactly why things happened the way they did. We’ll also look ahead to Week 12 and see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: With the Chiefs’ defense being their strength, and the Broncos’ offense being theirs, something had to give. Denver drew first blood here, posting a field goal and a 9-yard Peyton Manning TD pass to Julius Thomas for the only scoring of the opening period. Chiefs QB Alex Smith struck back in the second, connecting with Dwayne Bowe on a 6-yard score, but the 3-point deficit wouldn’t hold long. Montee Ball scored on a 1-yard run with just over nine minutes remaining. A KC field goal would make it 10-17 at the break.
After halftime, what little scoring there was belonged mostly to the Broncos. They added another Ball TD in the third quarter and would jump out to a 17-point lead with another field goal in the fourth. A late Chiefs TD would make it 27-17, but that’s all the scoring they’d be able to muster.
The Denver win brings both teams to identical 9-1 records, tied atop the AFC West. They’ll see each other again in two weeks, this time in Kansas City.
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The Stars: Manning wasn’t jaw-droppingly awesome in this one like he normally is, but he still had a solid game. He finished 24-of-40 for 323 yards and a TD. He’s now tied for third in Broncos franchise history with 71 passing touchdowns--doing it in less than two years. Julius Thomas (121 yards, TD) and Wes Welker (72 yards) benefited the most from his arm.
Defensively, Shaun Phillips was the star of the game. He posted 10 tackles, two QB hits, 1.5 sacks and a pair of pass deflections.
The Goats: The Chiefs missed an opportunity for some early momentum. In the first quarter, Ball fumbled and KC recovered. Immediately after that, fullback Anthony Sherman coughed the ball back up and Denver went on to score their first TD.
Even with that said, the huge difference here was the Chiefs’ failure to get any pressure on Manning. He went basically untouched the whole game, as Kansas City failed to record a sack or even a QB hit.
Injuries: The Broncos may have a concerning situation on the injury front. Welker was removed from the game in the fourth quarter due to a concussion. He’ll go through the usual round of tests this week. DB Rahim Moore also had to leave the game.
For the Chiefs, they’ll be monitoring the status of DL Mike DeVito, who had to come out with a knee injury.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 12, the Chiefs will play host to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday afternoon (November 24, 1:00 PM ET on CBS).
Meanwhile, the Broncos will get another primetime game on “Sunday Night Football” as they visit the New England Patriots (November 24, 8:30 PM ET on NBC).
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