Final

Broncos 27

(9-3, 3-3 away)

Chiefs 31

(8-4, 5-1 home)

4:15 PM ET, December 4, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
DEN 7 14 3 327
KC 7 14 3 731

Top Performers

Passing: J. Plummer (DEN) - 276 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: L. Johnson (KC) - 30 CAR, 140 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: E. Kennison (KC) - 4 REC, 108 YDS

Denver (9-2) at Kansas City (7-4)

Denver (9-2) at Kansas City (7-4) Sunday 4:15 pm EST

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- The Kansas City Chiefs opened a brutal closing stretch in impressive fashion.

On Sunday, the Chiefs look to move closer to the first-place Denver Broncos when the AFC West rivals meet for the second time this season.

Kansas City began a stretch of six straight games against teams with winning records to end the season with a 26-16 victory over two-time defending Super Bowl champion New England last Sunday.

The victory over the Patriots helped the Chiefs remain tied with San Diego for second place in the AFC West, two games behind Denver.

Denver made an early statement within the division this season with a 30-10 victory over Kansas City on September 26 in a Monday night game.

Jake Plummer went an efficient 13-of-18 for 152 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a score and Mike Anderson rushed for 98 yards and a score to pace the Broncos. Denver also received a big effort from its defense, which held Kansas City out of the end zone until the waning moments.

The Broncos did a stellar job against the Chiefs' vaunted running game, holding the duo of Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson to 74 yards on 22 carries.

Holmes is now sidelined for the season, but Johnson has played well in his absence. Johnson has four straight 100-yard games and is 32 yards shy of his first 1,000-yard season.

Johnson's impressive run will be tested against the Broncos, who allow just 79.1 yards per game on the ground to rank first in the NFL.

The Broncos ran their winning streak to four games with a 24-21 overtime victory at Dallas on Thanksgiving. Picking up the slack for Tatum Bell, who missed the game with a shoulder injury, Ron Dayne rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown. The former Heisman Trophy winner busted loose for a 55-yard run in overtime to set up Jason Elam's 24-yard field goal.

Matchup to watch: Chiefs right end Jared Allen, who has eight sacks, against left tackle Matt Lepsis.

Series: The Chiefs leads, 50-41.

Next week: Denver hosts Baltimore, December 11 Kansas City visits Dallas, December 11

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Passing Leaders

DenverCMP%YDSTDINT
P. Manning66.844543915
B. Osweiler25.01300
Kansas CityCMP%YDSTDINT
A. Smith65.33265186
D. Colquitt100.0600

Rushing Leaders

DenverCARYDSAVGTD
C. Anderson1667624.65
R. Hillman913784.23
Kansas CityCARYDSAVGTD
J. Charles1939795.19
K. Davis1254403.56

Receiving Leaders

DenverRECYDSAVGTD
D. Thomas103150414.611
E. Sanders95133114.09
Kansas CityRECYDSAVGTD
T. Kelce6077813.05
D. Bowe5772412.70

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

TEAM OFFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsDEN
 
 360
KC
 
 387
Yards PassingDEN
 
 202
KC
 
 238
Yards RushingDEN
 
 159
KC
 
 149
TEAM DEFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedDEN
 
 313
KC
 
 328
Pass Yds AllowedDEN
 
 228
KC
 
 230
Rush Yds AllowedDEN
 
 85
KC
 
 98

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Denver leads 6-4
Sep 26, 2005DEN 30, KC 10
Dec 19, 2004DEN 17, @KC 45
Nov 6, 2004DEN 17, KC 11
Sep 12, 2004DEN 34, KC 24
Dec 7, 2003DEN 45, KC 27
Oct 5, 2003DEN 23, @KC 24
Dec 15, 2002DEN 31, KC 24
Oct 20, 2002DEN 37, @KC 34
Dec 16, 2001DEN 23, @KC 26
Oct 7, 2001DEN 20, KC 6