Chiefs vs. Broncos: Score, Stats & Highlights

Final Score: Broncos 24, Chiefs 17

Julius Thomas touchdown

Julis Thomas hauls in a first-quarter touchdown reception. (Getty)

The Denver Broncos’ two wins this year have followed similar storylines: The Broncos pour on the offense in the first half, then hold on for the win despite doing next to nothing in the second.

That formula got Denver a season-opening win last week at home against the Indianapolis Colts. And it got them another win Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Broncos edged their division rivals 24-17 despite scoring only 3 points in the second half.

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Here’s how it went down:

The Broncos Came Up With a Goal Line Stand in the Final Seconds

With Denver’s offense unable to score a second-half touchdown, the Chiefs had a chance to tie or win the game on their final drive.

Tailing by 7 in the final minutes, Alex Smith led the Chiefs 64 yards to the Denver 2. But the Broncos defense came up with a goal line stand to preserve the lead.

Smith’s pass for Dwayne Bowe fell incomplete on 4th-and-goal from the 2, and the Broncos got the ball back with 15 seconds left, needing just one Peyton Manning kneel-down for the win.

Needless to say, the crowd at Sports Authority Field was happy.

Peyton Manning Threw 3 First-Half Touchdown Passes

Just as he did in Denver’s season opener last week against Indianapolis, Peyton Manning threw 3 touchdown passes in the first half, helping stake Denver to a 21-10 halftime lead.

Manning hit Julius Thomas on a 4-yard touchdown strike to cap Denver’s opening drive and put the home team up 7-0 less than 4 minutes into the game. Watch it in the vine above.

After Kansas City pulled ahead on 10-7 a 2-yard Knile Davis rushing touchdown, Manning threw two second-quarter touchdown passes to put Denver back in front: A 4-yard strike to No. 2 tight end Jacob Tamme with 7:19 left in the quarter and a 12-yarder to Demaryius Thomas with 1:09 left.

Knile Davis Scored to Pull the Chiefs Within 4

Davis scored his second touchdown of the game — this one from 4 yards out — to bring Kansas City within 21-17 with 7:11 left in the game.

Davis, who started in place of the injured Jamaal Charles, finished with a team-high 79 yards on 22 carries.

Emmanuel Sanders Led the Broncos in Receptions & Yards

Emmanuel Sanders didn’t catch a touchdown pass, but he was Peyton Manning’s favorite target throughout the afternoon, finishing with a team-high 8 catches for a team-high 108 yards.

Demaryius Thomas had 5 catches for 62 yards and a touchdown.

Despite a lackluster second half, Manning finished with an impressive stat line: 21-for-26 passing for 242 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions for an off-the-charts 143.9 quarterback rating.

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