The Kansas City Chiefs’ nine game winning streak has officially ended.
The Chiefs entered Sunday Night’s football game at 9-0 and put up a great fight, but when all was said and done, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos were able to come away with the 27-17 win.
The loss puts Kansas City at 9-1 on the season, and it ends a magical run that saw a new Chiefs’ regime led by general manager John Dorsey, head coach Andy Reid and a slew new faces beat every opponent that was put in front of them on the schedule.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills have all lost to the Chiefs in 2013.
On the road under the bright lights of Sunday Night football, the Chiefs weren’t able to get it done against a very good Broncos team. We all knew it was going to be hard, but now the Chiefs know exactly how high the bar is set.
Despite the loss, Alex Smith had himself a pretty good offensive game—at least from a statistical standpoint. Smith completed 21-of-45 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball five times for 52 yards.
Dwayne Bowe led the Chiefs with 57 yards and a touchdown on four catches, and Anthony Fasano added four receptions of his own for 37 yards and the other passing touchdown.
Jamaal Charles only ran the ball 16 times for just 38 yards, and his receiving statistics were well below average. Charles caught two passes, and accumulated negative six yards.
The Broncos never trailed the game, despite playing one of the NFL’s best defenses.
Peyton Manning went 24-of-40 for 323 yards and a touchdown. Demaryius Thomas led the way through the air with 121 yards off five receptions.
Outside linebacker Justin Houston was Kansas City’s leading tackler with 10 solo tackles.
The Chiefs’ aggressive defense, which has been known for getting after the quarterback in 2013, wasn’t able to record a sack against Denver’s offensive line. That may be the most starting statistic from this game.
The Chiefs move on to face San Diego next weekend at home, while the Broncos must travel to New England to take on Tom Brady and the Patriots. With both teams now at 9-1, they are tied on top of the AFC West.
The Broncos and Chiefs will meet again in two weeks at Arrowhead.