Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 13 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
November 30, 2014
Finishing off the weekend slate on “Sunday Night Football” we had an AFC West rivalry game with the Broncos visiting the Chiefs. Denver was coming off a come-from-behind win over the Dolphins, while the Chiefs were shocked by the Raiders in Week 12 on “Thursday Night Football.” This was a very meaningful game in the division, and both teams were looking to assert their dominance.
Let’s take a look at the key stats and important players from this game so we can see why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll check out Week 14 to see what’s in store for both teams’ immediate futures.
What Happened: There was quite a bit of scoring activity in this one, and it all started on Demaryius Thomas’ 23-yard TD pass from Peyton Manning. C.J. Anderson did the same thing later in the first, connecting with Manning on a 15-yarder to give the Broncos a 14-0 edge after one.
Denver extended their lead on new kicker Connor Barth’s 22-yard field goal, but Anthony Fasano got the Chiefs on the board with a 20-yard TD catch. Barth capped off the Broncos’ first half with a 24-yard kick that made it 20-7 at the break.
In the third, Cairo Santos got in on the action with a 39-yard kick, and Barth responded midway through the period with a 30-yarder of his own.
Barth kept it going in the fourth with a pair of field goals, one from 33 yards out and one from 37. Those were book-ended around a Jamaal Charles 12-yard TD catch from Alex Smith.
In the end, the scoreboard read 29-16 Broncos, as they took a very important game in the AFC West standings. Denver hasn’t lost at Arrowhead since the 2010 campaign.
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The Stars: We’ll give top honors to Barth here, as he nailed all five of his field goal tries, something the former Broncos kicker had trouble doing. Anderson also had a nice game, posting 32 carries for 168 yards and two grabs for 17 and a score.
Demarius Thomas (63 yards; TD) and Emmanuel Sanders (73 yards) each had six catches for the Broncos in a subdued outing (179 yards; two touchdowns) for Peyton Manning.
On the other side, there’s not much to get excited about statistically.
The Goats: Kansas City’s offense is unremarkable at best and downright putrid at worst. It was somewhere on the putrid side for most of the game, as the team came up with just 151 total yards, and was 1-9 on third downs. They ran just 44 plays to Denver’s 80, and to top it off had three turnovers.
Also, we always seem to be harping on KC each week for their criminal under-use of talented TE Travis Kelce. He led the team in receiving yards (36) but had just three catches on only three targets.
Injuries: We’ve got a few injuries from this one as well. Notably, the Chiefs’ DE Allen Bailey sustained a concussion, and OG Mike McGlynn sustained a quad injury. Both left the game and didn’t come back.
Outlook: In Week 14, both teams will be back in action on Sunday, December 7 at 4:05 PM ET on CBS. The Broncos will play host to the Bills, while the Chiefs will head to Arizona to take on the Cardinals.
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