Score: Broncos 35, Chiefs 28
It was over when: Alex Smith threw an interception in the end zone from the two-yard-line on the first drive of the game. KC ended up losing by seven.
Player of the Game: Eric Decker had 174 yards receiving and four touchdown catches. Two of those TDs were against Brandon Flowers and the other two were against Marcus Cooper.
1. Passing Game
Finding big plays in the passing game is starting to show up for the Chiefs. Denver is missing some people, so in some ways that was apart of the success, but Kansas City looks much better in the passing game than they did in the first half of the season.
2. Special Teams
Aside from the Dexter McCluster goof, special teams were tremendous today. Hemingway had a few great tackles, and Knile Davis had a 108-yard touchdown return.
KC beat themselves as much as Denver beat them. It means nothing in the win-loss category, I understand that. But Kansas City has the ability to beat good teams. Getting healthy and rediscovering their pass rush have to be the top two priorities the next four weeks.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles now with 1,000 yards on season, marking 4th time in his career he’s hit 1,000 yards. Also first Chiefs RB to do it.
— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) December 2, 2013
1. Red Zone Interception
Alex Smith’s interception in the end zone to start the game changed everything. The margin for error to win games against teams as good as Denver is so small that things like that are absolute killers.
2. Big Plays
Eric Decker had three long catches, Demaryius Thomas had a 77-yard catch, Knowshon Moreno had a long catch and run, and Wes Welker had a 20-yard catch. Way too many big plays allowed.
All the drops. All the freaking drops.