Live Chiefs vs Broncos updates: Chiefs beat Broncos in Week 18, await Titans-Texans result for AFC No.1 seed, goodbye

Denver nearly pulled off the upset in Saturday night’s Week 18 opener against Kansas City, but Melvin Ingram forced a fumble that led to an 86-yard scoop and a touchdown from rookie Nick Bolton who finished by being enough to blow the Chiefs to a 28-24 victory.

Drew Lock’s rush kept the Broncos in the game, as he ran for two first-half touchdowns that gave Denver a 14-10 halftime lead. It was the first time a Broncos quarterback had rushed for two touchdowns in a game since Tim Tebow in 2011.

Tyreek Hill suffered a heel injury in pre-game warm-ups and didn’t play a lot of snaps in that game, so the Chiefs had to rely on Mecole Hardman, who stepped up eight catches on 11 targets for 103 yards. . Patrick Mahomes threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns in the game, but his rushing ability may have been just as important as he kept several records alive with his 54 rushing yards in that game.

Melvin Gordon was the main player in the Broncos’ offense with 116 yards of scrimmage, but he was the one who missed Ingram’s hit.

Kansas City (12-5) clinched at least the No. 2 seed in the AFC and will win the No. 1 seed if Tennessee loses to Houston in their Week 18 clash. Denver ends the season 2021 with a 7-10 record.

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