Broncos fall to Chiefs, blow playoff chances

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Denver Broncos were officially eliminated from playoff contention after losing to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Christmas Day.

The game started in the worst possible way for the Broncos after the Chiefs scored touchdowns on their first two drives of the game to make it 14-0.

The Broncos got the ball first, and although they managed a first down, they were forced to punt. On the Chiefs first drive, Kansas City quickly marched down the field in just seven plays so quarterback Alex Smith could run it in.

The Broncos defense could not stop Tyreek Hill as he ran for a 70-yard touchdown to give the Chiefs the 14-0 lead.

Rookie safety Justin Simmons gave the Broncos some energy as he intercepted Smith and ran it back for 38-yards setting up a touchdown for running back Justin Forsett to make it 14-7.

That momentum didn't last long as the Broncos defense allowed another huge touchdown run. This time it was tight end Travis Kelce with an 80-yard touchdown to extend the Chiefs lead 21-7.

Brandon McManus helped cut the lead a bit with a 52-yard field goal to make it 21-10.

Soon after the Broncos would lose two stars as Derek Wolfe (neck) walked to the locker room and Kayvon Webster (concussion testing) was down on the field for an extended period of time before walking to the cart to be carted off to the locker room.

A few more field goals and a touchdown in the fourth quarter would eliminate the Super Bowl 50 champions from the playoffs, 33-10.

Going into the game, the Chiefs had already clinched a playoff spot. However, the Broncos needed to win this game in order to stay alive in the playoffs.

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