Broncos secure 6th win in a row, defeat Chiefs 17-9

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Denver Broncos play the Kansas City Chiefs (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Denver Broncos play the Kansas City Chiefs (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

DENVER — It wasn’t pretty, but the Broncos got the win.

The Chiefs gave Denver all they had and dominated the 1st half, but all Kansas City could do was score field goals while the Broncos scored touchdowns.

Denver shows the heart of a seasoned playoff team with a hard fought 17-9 victory.

This marks Denver’s 6th straight win and 4th straight against AFC West opponents.

The Broncos started out slow and the Chiefs defense put up a fight holding Denver to a scoreless first quarter.  Denver’s defense wasn’t bad either, holding Kansas City to only 6 points in the half.

Denver finally found an offensive rhythm using the no-huddle and running back Knowshon Moreno late in the second quarter.

Peyton Manning connected with tight end Jacob Tamme for a 7-yard touchdown capping an 11-play, 94-yard drive putting the Broncos in the lead at halftime 7-6.

The Broncos defense continued to dominate in the 2nd half holding the Chiefs to just 3 points.  Wesley Woodyard led the way with two tackles for a loss and a sack on the day.

Peyton Manning also connected with Demaryius Thomas for a 30-yard touchdown on their second possession of the third quarter.

Manning passed the 3,000 yard passing mark for the season.  It’s the 14th straight season Manning has accomplished this feat.

In the end, Denver wins in their first of two meetings with the struggling Chiefs and Manning continues to move up the NFL all-time winning List with a 149.

Moreno started the game finishing with 85 yards. The running back replaced Willis McGahee, who landed on the injured reserve this week.

“I’ve got to tip my hat to Knowshon Moreno,” Manning said. “He stepped up today and did a heck of a job. Really an impressive effort by him.”