DENVER — The Broncos blew a fourth-quarter lead and lost a heartbreaker to the Kansas City Chiefs, 30-27, in overtime at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday night.
The Chiefs tied the game late in regulation with a touchdown and a two-point conversion. In overtime, the Broncos took a 27-24 lead on a 44-yard field goal by Brandon McManus.
But the Chiefs tied it after a 37-yard field goal by Cairo Santos.
The Broncos had a chance to win with just more than a minute to play, but McManus’ 62-yard field goal attempt was short and left.
“That’s still well within my range. I just kind of hit the ground,” McManus said. “From that distance, everything kind of needs to be perfect just because of how far you are away. It didn’t happen for me.”
That gave the Chiefs great field position and they drove 32 yards, setting up Santos’ 34-yard kick that hit the left upright and went through as time expired for the winning points.
The loss dropped the Broncos (7-4) to third place in the AFC West, two games behind the Oakland Raiders (9-2) and one game behind the Chiefs (8-3). They’re also in a battle to make the playoffs with five games to go.
“Tonight was a terrible night,” Broncos linebacker Von Miller said. “But we’ll be back.”
The Broncos defense was intact for the first time in weeks. Cornerback Aqib Talib and defensive end Derek Wolfe returned as the defense set the tone for the game. Both teams went three-and-out throughout the first quarter.
The first points of the game came as a safety by the Chiefs in the second quarter to give Kansas City the lead. That small lead got bigger when Tyreek Hill scored an 86-yard return touchdown on the kickoff to make it 9-0.
A 33-yard field goal by McManus put the Broncos on the board to make it 9-3.
The Broncos were able to take the lead in the third quarter as quarterback Trevor Siemian kept the play alive on third-and-goal to find Jordan Taylor in the end zone to make it 10-9.
The Chiefs took back the lead with a touchdown late in the third quarter to make it 16-10.
The Broncos made it exciting in the fourth quarter with a huge 64-yard catch from Emmanuel Sanders. Siemian then found Sanders again in the end zone to give the Broncos the 17-16 lead. Sanders had 99 receiving yards on the drive.
Siemian later followed that up with a 76-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler to push the lead to 24-16 with three minutes to play. It was the longest pass of Siemian’s career.
The Chiefs were able to tie it up with a touchdown and two-point conversion with 12 seconds left, setting up the dramatics in overtime.
Next week, the Broncos will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Florida in an 11 a.m. game.
The Broncos recognized the U.S. military throughout the game as part of the team’s annual Salute to Service Game.