A quadruple Decker
“DT got hurt on the first play of the game,” Manning explained afterward…“That third down to him, in that type of play, usually he can go up and make it,” Manning said. “He couldn’t even reach with his other hand. He goes up with one hand and obviously tips it, and it ends up getting intercepted. I probably told him he could have told me that earlier, that he only has one hand, and I might not have thrown to him.”
It was easy to criticize Manning for that pick - and we did - but as usual, context is king.
Broncos looking positively Super after crucial win; more Snaps
But when I look at the current order of things in the AFC, the list of elite teams starts and ends with 10-2 Denver. There’s no one else who seems as poised and primed for a Super Bowl run than this record-breaking Broncos team in a 2013 season that seems to give us a new and impressive statistical accomplishment to ponder almost every week.
Denver might still be the favorites today even if they'd lost on Sunday, but the win does provide them a distinct advantage over the rest of the AFC field.
N.F.L. Week 13 Quick Hits: Picked On by Peyton Manning
For a stretch in the second half, Manning targeted Cooper on every drop-back — at one point, even aligning four split receivers to the left side of the formation and just one (Decker) to the right, across from Cooper. The Chiefs still tried to give Cooper help on that unusual play, and Cooper was still beaten for a defensive pass interference.
Until about three weeks ago, some chuckleheads in the media dared call this Chiefs defense among the greatest of all time.
But KC has allowed an average of 480.8 yards over its past four games, and 34.3 points during its three-game losing streak.
Kansas City Police have reportedly arrested two people in connection with a possible homicide that allegedly occurred in the parking lot at Arrowhead Stadium.
According to KCTV5, a man and his son arrived at their parked car during the game and found a third man going through the contents of the vehicle.
Wait, don’t the Chiefs win games like this at home?
Turning turnovers into touchdowns, taking kickoffs back for touchdowns, breaking off big runs—these are the things that define the Chiefs.
It doesn’t matter, not when Peyton Manning comes to town, even when Manning breaks bad for a quarter. Manning’s mind is just too good. His arm (no matter how wobbly the passes) simply follows.
The Broncos now stand in sole possession of first place in the AFC West; even better, they are in complete control of their own destiny. If they want the first seed, they can do more than wish for it for Christmas.
Hmm, loading up to stop the run against a Peyton Manning-led team? That’s exactly what the Chiefs opted for on Sunday.
The strategy was anything but predictable, but the result was, as the Broncos (10-2) overcame a 21-7 deficit and hung on for a 35-28 (Gamebook) win over the host Chiefs (9-3), completing a season sweep and giving them a commanding advantage atop the AFCW.
It was a record-setting day for Peyton Manning, whose five touchdown passes gave him a new franchise mark of 41 on the season, and for Eric Decker, whose four scores set a new Broncos single-game record.
Inactives: Broncos - Derek Wolfe, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Julius Thomas, J.D. Walton, Chris Kuper, Zac Dysert, C.J. Anderson
Chiefs - Justin Houston, Tyler Bray, Nico Johnson, Eric Kush, Rokevious Watkins, Rishaw Johnson, Kyle Love.
Broncos game day roster moves: DRC, Julius, Hillman, Champ, Huff
The Broncos are expected to place cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and tight end Julius Thomas on their inactive list for their game today against the Kansas City Chiefs.
According to Klis, Denver is expected to dress Michael Huff and Ronnie Hillman, who has not played since October 20.
Enjoy the games, and Go Texans!