DENVER — The Denver Broncos fended off the second near-comeback in as many weeks Sunday, beating the Kansas City Chiefs 24-17.
The Chiefs made two trips to Denver’s 5-yard line in the second half, but were stonewalled both times. The second stop sealed the game for Denver, as Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith had a pass batted by DT Terrance Knighton on 4th and goal from the 2 with 15 seconds left in the game.
Had Smith connected with KC receiver Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs would likely have tied the game at 24 and forced overtime.
Overall, Smith completed 26 of 42 passes for 255 yards, while Peyton Manning went 21-for-26 and 242 yards.
The big difference? Manning threw three touchdowns, while Smith threw none. Kansas City RB Knile Davis carried in both of the Chiefs’ touchdowns himself.
Last week, Denver narrowly survived a late comeback drive by Andrew Luck’s Colts, hanging on for a 31-24 win.