The first quarter got away from the Chiefs and the rest of the game was spent trying, unsuccessfully, to play catch up in a 30-10 loss to the Broncos in Denver. Kansas City found itself in a 17-0 hole in the first quarter and trailed 30-3 in until late in the game.
The Chiefs’ defense, which allowed a total of 24 points in the first two weeks, gave up 17 points in Denver’s first three possessions. The Bronco’s second drive was a three-play, 80-yard campaign for a touchdown to give Denver a 10-0 lead After Jake Plummer hit Ashley Lelie for 16 yards on the first play, the Chiefs were hit with a 15-yard face-mask penalty, which was tacked on to the end of the reception. Mike Anderson rushed for five yards on the second play and he ran 44 yards into the end zone for the third play.
On the second play of the Chiefs next possession, Larry Johnson fumbled the ball at the Kansas City 12 yard line. The Broncos took over and scored immediately, when Plummer hit former Missouri Southern stand-out Rod Smith with a 12-yard touchdown pass. The point-after put the Broncos up 17-0 with 2:42 left to go in the first quarter.
Down 20-0 in the second quarter, the Chiefs drove from their own 20-yard line to the Broncos’ ten-yard line, but had to settle for a field goal from Lawrence Tynes.
It didn’t take long for the Broncos to extend their lead in the second half. They took their first possession of the third quarter 70 yards in ten plays for a touchdown. Jake Plummer scored the TD on a one-yard run and the Jason Elam extra point made it 27-3.
The Chiefs dropped into a deeper hole in the fourth quarter with another Jason Elam field goal and Denver led 30-3. Kansas City’s only touchdown came with two minutes to go in the game.
The Chiefs offense was slowed by 13 penalties worth 118 yards and was only able to accumulate 285 yards total offense. They amassed only 74 yards of rushing, while Denver exploited the Kansas City defense for 221 yards on the ground.
Green, who was 23-for-44 with 221 yards passing, moved past Bill Kinney for second on the Chiefs’ all-time completions list.
Smith caught seven passes for 80 yards and passed the 10,000 yard mark for his career, becoming the first undrafted player in NFL history to reach that milestone.