From Sports Authority Field, Denver
Nothing about the 2011 season was easy for the Chiefs. Why would the last chapter of this grinding book be any different?
Caught in a gritty defensive struggle that went down-by-down, series-by-series, blow-by-blow, the Chiefs were able beat the Denver Broncos 7-3 Sunday afternoon.
The victory left the Chiefs 7-9 for the 2011 season, far below their expectations at the beginning of the year. But the victory provided Romeo Crennel with a second victory and with a 2-1 record, another chance to stake his claim to the job on a full-time basis.
The well-publicized game between Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow was pretty much of a dud, as neither one of quarterbacks played well. Denver RB Willis McGahee ran well, finishing with 145 rushing yards. Before he left the game at the end of the second quarter with a neck injury, WR Dwayne Bowe was playing well, with six catches for 93 yards.
The only touchdown was a pretty 21-yard run by RB Dexter McCluster.
Here’s what we found before, during and afterwards with from the Chiefs and Broncos:
- GAME STORY – Chiefs repeat history with victory.
- COLUMN β A painful way to end the season.
- PLAY OF THE GAME β Kendrick Lewis forces fumble.
- REPORT CARD β No A’s, but passing grades for Chiefs.
- SIDEBAR – Chiefs defense kept Tebow uncomfortable.
- SIDEBAR β Romeo racks up 2-1 record as head coach.
- SIDEBAR β Kyle Orton returns and leaves with victory.
- SIDEBAR β Dwayne Bowe finally burns Champ Bailey.
- SIDEBAR – Casey walks away with victory.
- NOTES & QUOTES – Broncos back into playoffs.
- 4 KEYS TO VICTORY/RECAP – Victory comes anyway.
- CHIEFS OPPONENTS FOR 2012 SEASON
- CHIEFS DRAFT SPOT DEPENDS ON FLIP
- PRE-GAME COVERAGE