Aside from a few fancy sidearms and cross-body throws by Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs’ 22:16 win over the Broncos on Sunday Night Football wasn’t particularly pretty.
Kansas City moved the ball decently for most of the game but struggled to convert in the red zone, settling for five field goals from Harrison Butker. The Lone Chiefs touchdown came with a 20-yard strike from Mahomes to Travis Kelce, who scored eight catches for 136 yards and the TD.
Mahomes completed 25 of 40 passes (62.5 percent) for 318 yards and a touchdown, but could easily have scored at least two more points.
The first came on a 40 yard turn toward Tyreek Hill in the end zone. The pass was deemed incomplete on the field, but replay showed that Hill somehow made a miraculous catch and didn’t even notice it. Kansas City stumbled before the piece could be challenged or reviewed. In the subsequent possession of the ball in Denver, the Broncos marched 90 yards for a touchdown, which meant a 14-point blow to the game.
The second missed opportunity came in the fourth quarter with the Chiefs 19-16. Mahomes was linked to Hill this time around and completed a 48-yard touchdown, which was interrupted by another Hill backflip into the end zone. The game was canceled with a suspended penalty and Kansas City ended in a playoff.
Even so, the Chiefs were able to overcome these missed opportunities thanks to some timely decisions from Tyrant Mathieu. The first interception came on first possession with Denver in Kansas City and led to Butkers first field goal. The second interception came after the Broncos had final possession, when Drew Lock threw down the field in a desperate attempt over time.
Lock finished the game 15 of 28 passes (53.6 percent) for 151 yards with two TDs and two INTs. Both touchdowns were completed by Tim Patrick, who finished four moves for 44 yards.
The Chiefs (11-1) won a place in the playoffs and were four games ahead of the Raiders in AFC West. The Broncos (4-8) are now four games out of the AFC wildcard race, with four games remaining, all but ruining their post-season hopes.
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Chiefs vs. Broncos score
Chiefs vs. Broncos Live Updates, Sunday Night Football Highlights
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FINAL: Chiefs 22, Broncos 16
11:22 p.m. – INTERCEPTION. The honey badger comes up with its second choice of the night, and it should seal that within 24 seconds.
11:18 p.m. – FIELD TARGET, CHIEFS. Butker joins from 48 yards to extend Kansas City’s 1:04 lead to 22-16.
11:14 p.m. – Two minute warning. It has chiefs, third and twelfth on the Broncos 34-yard line. Broncos used all three timeouts.
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11:04 p.m. – Broncos boat. Hamler can’t take it to third place and Denver has to throw it away. Kansas City takes over to play at its 15-yard line with 6:07.
10:55 p.m. – Chiefs sting. Tyreek Hill is robbed of another TD, this time due to a holding penalty. He had a damn good celebration for this one too. Instead, Denver takes over on its 8-yard line with 9:49 remaining.
10:42 p.m. – Broncos boat. Lock fails to connect with KJ Hamler on the deep ball in third place and Kansas City gets the ball back on its 26-yard line, 1:18 remaining in the fourth quarter.
10:37 p.m. – END OF THE 3RD QUARTER: Chiefs 19, Broncos 16. Denver has it, first and 10 at its 36-yard line, to start the fourth quarter.
10:32 p.m. – TOUCHDOWN, CHIEFS. Mahomes dodges the pass rush and hits Kelce on the outroute, and Kelce takes him to the end zone for the 20 yard score. Kansas City leads 19-16 with 1:06 in the third quarter.
10:22 p.m. – TOUCHDOWN, BRONCOS. Tim Patrick comes down with his second TD of the night with a nice tip on the 10-yard grab in the end zone. Lock can’t complete the pass for the 2-point move, but Denver leads 16-12 at 3:50 in the third quarter.
10:07 p.m. – FIELD TARGET, CHIEFS. Kansas City brings the ball back into the red zone but cannot hit the end zone. Butker settled for a 31-yard field goal from Butker to take the 10:32 lead in the third quarter.
9.44 p.m. – HALF: Broncos 10, Chiefs 9. Butker hits from 23 yards to make it a 1-point game as time runs out in the first half.
9:41 pm – WIDE LEFT. McManus misses from 57 yards and the Chiefs take over the 47-yard line with 28 seconds to go.
9:30 p.m. – Two minute warning. Broncos have two timeouts remaining, runner-up and two at their 43-yard line.
9:26 p.m. – FIELD TARGET, CHIEFS. Kansas City reaches the 1-yard line but is unable to hit it and is content with a 24-yard field goal from Butker to reduce the deficit to 10-6 at 2:42 in the first half.
9:18 pm – TOUCHDOWN, BRONCOS. Denver finished a 90-yard drive with a 5-yard pass from Lock to Tim Patrick to make it 10-3 with 6:26 to play in the first half.
9:06 p.m. – Chiefs sting. Hill can’t quite hold onto a deep ball in the end zone (or maybe he has … the replay looks like he actually caught it). Kansas City punts before the call can be verified, so Denver takes over on its 10-yard line at 10:37 in the second quarter.
8:58 p.m. – Broncos boat. The bosses get the ball back at their 21-yard line at 1:29 pm in the second quarter.
8:53 p.m. – END OF THE 1ST QUARTER: Broncos 3, Chiefs 3. Denver has it, first and 10 at its 32-yard line, to start the second quarter.
8:50 p.m. – FIELD TARGET, CHIEFS. Mahomes fail to tie in with Travis Kelce in third place, and Kansas City must settle for a 35-yard field goal from Harrison Butker to finish the game 3-3, with 20 seconds left in the first quarter remain.
8.43 p.m. – FIELD TARGET, BRONCOS. Brandon McManus connects from 53 yards after Lock battled 8 yards in third and tenth places. Denver takes a 3-0 lead, leaving 3:58 in the first quarter.
8:31 p.m. – Chiefs sting. Patrick Mahomes just missed a big chance for Tyreek Hill in third place. Broncos take over at their 23-yard line at 9:48 in the first quarter.
8:26 p.m. – INTERCEPTION. Drew Lock’s pass is picked up by Tyrant Mathieu and the Chiefs take over at their 10-yard line at 12:27 in the first quarter.
8:20 pm – Chiefs win the roll. You will procrastinate and the Broncos will receive the ball to start the game.
Chiefs vs. Broncos
All Sunday Night Football games in 2020 will have the same start time of 8:20 pm ET. There are Sunday night games for every week of the season except week 17, although the NFL has the option of including a game in an “SNF” week 17 window.
“Sunday Night Football” schedule 2020
|week 1||Sept. 10 (Thu.)||Kansas City Chiefs versus Houston Texans|
|13.september||Los Angeles Rams versus Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 2||September 20th||Seattle Seahawks versus New England Patriots|
|Week 3||September 27th||New Orleans Saints versus Green Bay Packers|
|Week 4||4th of October||San Francisco 49ers versus Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 5||October 11th||Seattle Seahawks versus Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 6||October 18||San Francisco 49ers versus Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 7||October 25||Seattle Seahawks versus Arizona Cardinals|
|Week 8||November 1st||Philadelphia Eagles versus Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 9||November 8th||Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus New Orleans Saints|
|Week 10||15th of November||New England Patriots versus Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 11||22nd of November||Las Vegas Raiders versus Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 12||November 29th||Green Bay Packers versus Chicago Bears|
|Week 13||6th of December||Kansas City Chiefs versus Denver Broncos|
|Week 14||13th December||Buffalo Bills versus Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 15||20th of December||Dallas Cowboys versus San Francisco 49ers|
|Week 16||December 27th||Green Bay Packers versus Tennessee Titans|
|Week 17||January 3rd||TBD|