DENVER — The Broncos finally found their groove, as the team held on to defeat the Chiefs 36-34 Sunday night to finish a four-game road trip.
After allowing five rushing touchdowns, Denver was able to control the game as it went to overtime and came away with a big victory.
Denver’s offense made an immediate impact, averaging 38.7 points on its way to an easy win over a Chiefs defense that had allowed 28.4 per game.
“We got a lot of pressure on us,” linebacker Justin Simmons said.
“That’s a credit to the defense.
That’s a good group.”
Kansas City had a chance to tie the game in the fourth quarter with 2:08 left.
But cornerback Justin Gilbert intercepted a punt and returned it for a touchdown to put the Chiefs ahead 30-28.
The Chiefs answered quickly, holding on to win in overtime and sending the Broncos on their way to a wild-card berth.
“It’s just the way the game was played,” Broncos linebacker Von Miller said.
“You got to go out there and play hard, and the defense did a great job of putting pressure on the quarterback.”
Gilbert’s interception came on fourth-and-3 at the Denver 38.
But the Chiefs were able to take advantage of a mistake by linebacker Zach Fulton.
With just over two minutes left, Chiefs safety Ryan Murphy intercepted an incomplete pass from quarterback Alex Smith and ran for a 7-yard touchdown.
The Broncos responded with a 23-yard field goal in overtime to cut the lead to 28-27.
Kansas City was unable to make the next three field goals and then went on a scoring drive in the final seconds to cut it to 31-28 with 5:58 remaining.
Miller threw for his third career touchdown, with the first coming on a 1-yard plunge into the end zone that was blocked by Broncos cornerback Trevor Siemian.
Smith’s interception gave Denver the lead for good at 35-27 with 2 minutes remaining.
The Chiefs responded by putting the ball on the Chiefs’ 5-yard line, where Miller’s touchdown was tipped into the air.
Kansas City was able take advantage by scoring a touchdown on the next drive and a 7th-and_3 at their own 37-yard-line, but the Broncos again fell behind and were unable to complete their comeback.
The first-place Chiefs are still looking for a win after going 1-3-1 on the road.
They also are 0-4 on the season against the Broncos.
Smith has completed 31 of 46 passes for 527 yards and four touchdowns.
Miller is 4-2 with two interceptions and a touchdown.