Here we are, back at Monday Night Football. This weeks titular match-up features the undefeated (3-0) Kansas City Chiefs taking on the (2-1) Denver Broncos. It’s a division rival game this Monday featuring the top 2 teams in the division. The Chiefs are looking to remain undefeated and the uncontested top team in the AFC. The Broncos would take over first in the division with a win here, and gain separation from the Los Angeles Chargers who won earlier this Sunday. Both teams have new quarterbacks from a season ago, and both are looking good for their new teams early. This game was a great one, close to the very end and the winner certainly earned this victory. Now without further adieu let’s see how the game went down.
The Broncos would open up the scoring in the first quarter with a 42 yard field goal by Brandon McManus making it 3-0 Denver. The Chiefs would respond with a field goal of their own in the opening frame as Harrison Butker would boot home a 33 yard field goal tying it 3-3. The Chiefs would score the games first touchdown to open the second quarter on a quarterback scamper by Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes outran the pressure to the pylon to make this a 10-3 game for the Chiefs. The Broncos would respond with a touchdown of their own which came courtesy of Royce Freeman. Freeman rumbled his way to the endzone, refusing to go down until he crossed the goal-line tying the game at 10-10. Then Denver would reclaim the 3-point lead as McManus would succeed on a 34 yard field goal. That would end the half with Denver sitting at 13-10 over Kansas City, but the Chiefs wouldn’t go quietly into the night.
The half’s first score would be a game tying field goal by Butker from 21 yards out making it 13-13 early in the third quarter. This didn’t sit well with Denver as they responded to the field goal with a touchdown. Another one on the ground, but this one was scored by rookie Philip Lindsay putting the Broncos up 20-13 heading into the final quarter. That’s where Denver would add to their lead as McManus would knock home another field goal, this one from 46 yards out making it a 2-score lead at 23-13. That’s where the Chiefs turned on the after burners as the rest of the game was all Kansas City. They’d start by getting our first passing touchdown of the game as Mahomes threw a quick lateral to Travis Kelce who pounded his way into the endzone cutting the deficit to 23-20. Then the final dagger to the heart came from Kareem Hunt who ran the ball into the endzone for the game winning touchdown and 27-23 Chiefs final.
This Monday was definitely action packed so let’s see how each teams key players did. Starting with Chiefs rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes. This was his worst game of the year, but it was by no means bad as he went 28/45 for 304 yards and 1 touchdown, he also had 1 rushing touchdown. This was a not so great game for Case Keenum who went 21/33 for 245 yards and 1 interception. This games big performers were the running backs. For the Chiefs it was Kareem Hunt doing the damage on the ground getting 19 carries for 121 yards and 1 touchdown. Denver’s running game was dominated by their rookie Philip Lindsay who had 12 carries for 69 yards and 1 touchdown. Mahomes Favourite receiving target was Travis Kelce who had 7 receptions for 78 yards and 1 touchdown. The Broncos seemed to favour Jeff Hueurman in this game as he had 4 catches for 57 yards. Both kickers were perfect this game as Harrison Butker went 2/2 and Brandon McManus went 3/3.
That concludes this iteration of Monday Night Football. Join us tomorrow for a Thursday Night Football recap between the (2-2) New England Patriots, and the (1-3) Indianapolis Colts.