The Kansas City Chiefs waited until week 13 to face the Denver Broncos in 2009. How did their first match-up against Denver go?
As we continue to stay put and flatten the curve, I’ve been watching old Kansas City Chiefs games and writing about them. Next up is a week 13 game against the Denver Broncos.
The Chiefs and Broncos were at different points when week 13 rolled around. Kansas City’s playoff hopes were long gone, as they had won just three games prior to their match-up against the Broncos.
Denver, on the other hand, was 7-4 and still battling San Diego for the AFC West title and a Wild Card spot as well. They needed to keep piling on the wins in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. Would the Chiefs be able to hand Denver a loss?
WEEK 13 VS DENVER BRONCOS: DECEMBER 6TH, 2009
Right off the bat, it looked like the Kansas City Chiefs defense was outmatched, as the Broncos moved quickly down the field and got into the red zone before anyone could blink. Fortunately, despite the Broncos moving the ball well, Mike Brown was able to pick off Kyle Orton in the end zone, delaying a Denver touchdown for the time being.
The Chiefs weren’t able to do anything with their first possession and the broadcast mentioned that Kansas City had failed to score a touchdown in the first quarter all season and that trend continued in this game.
Another trend that continued was something that had become more recent and that was the Chiefs turning the ball over frequently. After turning the football over four times against the Chargers in week 12, the Chiefs followed that up with three turnovers against Denver with those leading to ten Broncos points.
The third quarter was what killed the Chiefs in this game with Matt Cassel throwing two interceptions and Jamaal Charles fumbling the football. Those were three possessions that gave the Broncos the football in Chiefs territory and an easier chance at putting up points.
Speaking of the third quarter and giving the Broncos the ball in KC territory, Todd Haley opted to go for it on fourth down and it did not go well. Brodie Croyle took the long snap and tried to throw for the first down, but it was batted down. The play call wasn’t bad, but the Chiefs shouldn’t have been giving the opposition any extra opportunities to put up points.
With turnovers being the main storyline in this game and KC only scoring 13 points, this was another brutal game to watch. After wins against the Raiders and Steelers, back-to-back blowout losses showed Chiefs fans that this team was nowhere near ready to turning things around.
They fell to 3-9 on the year while Denver was 8-4 and still in the playoff hunt. The abundance of Broncos fans in the stands at Arrowhead Stadium made the blowout loss even worse.
REMEMBER THAT GUY?
- All Bobby Wade had to do was catch the ball and he’d have had a HUGE play early on in the game, maybe even a touchdown.
- Tamba Hali had THREE sacks!
- Correll Buckhalter had 12 carries for 113 yards while Knowshon Moreno totaled 86 yards off of 21 carries and Peyton Hillis (future Chief) had seven carries for 47 yards. So yes, the Broncos ran all over the Chiefs all day long.
- Javarris Williams made his NFL debut for the Chiefs and finished the day with just two carries for -5 yards. Not exactly a stellar debut. He played in three more games that year and was on the roster through 2012.
This and the Chargers game were tough to watch and showed just how much work the 2009 Chiefs had to do. We’d eventually see the turnaround at the end of the season and in 2010, but when these games happened back-to-back, it felt like a major regression for Kansas City.