Broncos Hand Chiefs First Loss
(DENVER) — No more perfect teams in the NFL.
The Denver Broncos converted 3 of 4 red zone opportunities into touchdowns, as the Broncos handed their division rival Kansas City Chiefs its first loss, 27-17 Sunday night.
The Broncos (9-1) held the NFL sack-leading Chiefs sackless on their way to victory.
“I think to go sackless against the leading sack-defense in the NFL, that is a great testament to those guys (offensive line),” said Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning who finished the game completing 24 of 40 passes for 323 yards and a touchdown. “We play them again in two weeks at their place. It’s always tougher when you play a team at their place, but a good job answering the bell by the guys up front. Really a credit to them.”
Broncos rookie running back Montee Ball also deserves credit. He scored two crucial touchdowns in Denver’s win.
“Loved it. Loved it,” Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio said of Ball’s touchdowns. “He has a nose for the end zone, and that’s one of the reasons he was drafted and brought here. He was a productive ball carrier in college, and it was great to see him get a couple of scores tonight.”
Meanwhile the Chiefs (9-1) are dealing with the taste of defeat for the first time this season.
“It’s terrible. It’s not fun. As great as it is to win, it’s lousy when you lose any game,” Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said. “Sunday Night Football is a big game and a big environment. To come here and come up short hurts and stings. It’s good in some ways. We have to find a way to deal with it.”
“How many teams have ever gone undefeated given the history of football? We have to find a way to get better and prepare for next week. We see them again in two weeks, but we have to prepare for another big division game next week against San Diego. These games keep getting bigger,” he continued.
The Chiefs and Broncos are now tied atop the AFC West standings.
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