Tyler Palko replaced Cassel for the Chiefs’ final possession and gave them a spark. They kicked a field goal on third down with 7 seconds left in hopes of recovering the ensuing onside kick and trying a desperate heave into the end zone, but Denver recovered the kick.
“You hope Matt’s OK,” Palko said. “You don’t want to get it under those circumstances. But this is football, and you’ve got to be ready to go.
“Anytime you play, anytime you can get more experience, it’s always good. You’ve just got to take advantage of those (snaps).”