Posted Sun Dec 6th by Monty
For years, Decembers in Arrowhead saw the storybook rivalry between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs painted red.
The Broncos came into Sunday’s Week 13 game in Missouri boasting a pitiful 1-17 record in Arrowhead in December. Their only such win came in overtime over a decade ago under Wade Philips, who only coached the Broncos for two season. Long-time Broncos coaches Dan Reeves and Mike Shanahan had never won in the Chiefs’ stadium in December.
On Sunday, the Broncos started a new chapter.
Denver set a new franchise record by putting up 44 points against the Chiefs. Denver’s defense dominated, and the rushing game rumbled, and the Broncos advanced to 8-4 with a 44-13 win over Kansas City.
Chiefs QB Matt Cassel was wholly ineffective, intercepted twice and benched in the third quarter. Brodie Croyle was slightly better, but the game was already out of reach.
The Broncos defense made it that way in the third quarter.
Broncos CB Andre Goodman returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown minutes after he intercepted Matt Cassel in the third quarter.
S Renaldo Hill notched another third-quarter pick, and the Broncos’ 20 unanswered points in the third period allowed the Broncos to pound the ball on the ground. RBs Correll Buckhalter, Knowshon Moreno and Peyton Hillis combined for an impressive 246 rushing yards.
QB Kyle Orton certainly didn’t have his best game, but the pieces around him more than made up for it. The Broncos tallied an effective, convincing, and dominating team win on Sunday.
So as the Josh McDaniels-led Broncos conquer this House of Horrors, they now turn to another team that has given Denver nightmares of late: the Indianapolis Colts. The playoff pieces are beginning to fall into place; can the Broncos start another new chapter in Indianapolis?