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Kansas City 30, Denver 23
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 28, 2018
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Temperature: 56°
Head Official: Shawn Hochuli
Attendance: 77103

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes continued his torrid pace, passing for 303 yards and four touchdowns Sunday as the Kansas City Chiefs downed the visiting Denver Broncos 30-23.

The win was the Chiefs' 19th win in their last 21 matchups against AFC West opponents, as the division leaders improved to 7-1 with their seventh straight win against the Broncos (3-5).

After going three-and-out on its first drive, Kansas City scored on five consecutive possessions. Touchdown connections of 10 yards to Sammy Watkins and 23 yards to running back Kareem Hunt expanded a two-point halftime margin to 30-14 with 5:12 left in the third quarter.

The 300-yard aerial performance was the seventh straight for Mahomes, who padded his TD count to 26, best in the NFL, and went 24 of 34. Watkins caught eight passes for 107 yards and two scores.

The Broncos, who were hurt by 10 penalties for 83 yards, drew within 30-20 and then intercepted Mahomes in the first minute of the fourth quarter. Denver chances in that quarter, however, ended with a lost fumble and interception committed by quarterback Case Keenum, as well as a three-and-out.

A 36-yard field goal by Brandon McManus with 1:48 remaining was the Broncos' only score in their last five possessions, including a last gasp from their own 15 with 4 seconds remaining.

Keenum was sacked five times, including three times by linebacker Dee Ford. Keenum finished with 262 yards passing, going 23 of 34. Running backs Phillip Lindsay and Devontae Booker added 95 and 78 yards rushing, respectively, as Denver generated 411 yards.

The Chiefs did not score on their opening possession for the first time this season. The Broncos then responded with an 81-yard touchdown drive, which included the longest gain of the season against Kansas City, a 49-yard pass from Keenum to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders that got the ball to the Chiefs' 14-yard line.

Mahomes got cranking, however, engineering the Chiefs to a 16-7 margin with completions on nine straight attempts. He connected on TD strikes of 9 yards to tight end Travis Kelce and 13 yards to Watkins.

Denver managed a quick response before halftime, however, with a 75-yard march that took five plays and 49 seconds. A 24-yard pass from Keenum to wide receiver Tim Patrick made for a 16-14 score at halftime.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Rushing
Denver   Kansas City
Phillip Lindsay Player Kareem Hunt
18 Attempts 16
95 Yards 50
5.3 Avg Yards 3.1
1 Touchdowns 0
14 Long 11
Receiving
Denver   Kansas City
Courtland Sutton Player Sammy Watkins
3 Receptions 8
78 Yards 107
26.0 Avg Yards 13.4
0 Touchdowns 2
42 Long 24
Team Stats Summary
 
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Denver 411 189 222 3 1 1 2.0 0
Kansas City 340 49 291 4 1 1 5.0 2
Upcoming Games
  • Kansas City will play their next game on the road against Cleveland. The Chiefs have a W/L % of .857 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Denver will play their next game at home against Houston. The Broncos have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .250 after a loss.