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Published on 12/06/2009 at Sun Dec 06 14:34.
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Correll Buckhalter #28 of the Denver carries the ball as Mike Vrabel #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends during the game on December 6, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Correll Buckhalter #28 of the Denver carries the ball as Mike Vrabel #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends during the game on December 6, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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.

Denver Broncos linebacker Andra Davis (54) breaks up a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Bobby Wade (80) during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Denver Broncos linebacker Andra Davis (54) breaks up a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Bobby Wade (80) during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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?

  • kerry

    can the Cleveland Browns please play like an NFL team and win today?

  • Josh Temple

    I'm guessing no, but we can hope…

  • eljbow

    They're keeping it close at least…for now

  • Alex B

    They look like they are playing like a real team. Its only 10-7…Browns better whoop up on them now!

  • kerry

    the freaking Browns keep turning it over in the Red Zone!! they are killing themselves. is Cutler playing for them now?!?!?!

  • broncoinva9986

    I missed the game due to work and was expecting it to be on my DVR didn't so FML….Glad we won though

  • T-Money

    It's over. they tried

  • John

    Congrats, Broncos fans. Now come to Indy and see how the big boys do it.

    (I kid, I kid. But I do really want to break the Pats' record of 21 consecutive regular season victories, so feel free to lose next week.)

  • broncoinva9986

    we'll learn from you guys how to choke in the playoffs. you guys seem to have that perfected

  • kerry

    its not like me to take the side of another team but i have to say this, at least his team makes it to the playoffs consistantly. i dont think there is any room to talk about choking in the playoffs when our team cant even get there.

  • Kyle


  • Kyle

    Except in the Chargers' case. That's too much fun.

  • kerry

    yeah bashing the Chargers is quite ok regardless if they make the playoffs every year. same if the Chiefs and Raiders ever make it back to the playoffs. HAHAHAHAHA i cant believe i just said the words Chiefs/Raiders and playoffs.

    but i have alot of respect for the Colts and Peyton Manning. he is one of the top 5 QB's in the history and his ability to do what he does when his weapons get older or move on is quite astounding. the Colts have HARDLY choked in the playoffs and have actually won a SB recently.

  • John

    The Colts definitely should have a better playoff record than they do, but as a fellow Colts fan argues, it's all about getting to the postseason; once you get there, it's a crapshoot. Look at how many wild card teams and other low seeds have gone to the big game recently.

    Last year they simply weren't a great team; had San Diego's punter not had a career game, they probably would have won the first game, but they certainly weren't strong enough to win the Super Bowl.

    Frightening looking back at the game book from last year. Colts' field position after each punt: 10, 19, 3, 7, 9, 1.

    And they still went to overtime.

  • kerry

    well the Colts still are always competitive because they have 18 at the helm. i mean Peyton Manning is to the Colts what John Elway was to the Broncos in the 80's. take away Manning and the Colts are more then likely a sub 500. team. same as if you took Elway off the Broncos of the 80's then Denver doesnt go near the playoffs, let alone to 3 SB's in 4 years.

    now i want my Broncos to stomp and flat our embarrass the Colts, but i give the Colts alot of respect and wont ever call them chokers when the playoffs roll around because of how great Manning is. going 18-0 then losing the SB, THATS A CHOKE JOB. just ask the Pats.

  • John

    Yeah, I think we can all agree to hate the Pats & Chargers. I definitely don't hate the Broncos–I mean, when was the last time you beat us?

    Ah, you beat Sorgi in 2005. Now I have to (snort) hate you. No, really, I despise you.

  • kerry

    really? was it Sorgi or did Manning start and Sorgi finish? well either way we will see you guys Sunday.

  • anthony33

    We will no doubt have a tough time beating the Colts. Manning is definitely one of the all time best QB's.

    It's going to take consistent pressure on him and we need to run the ball like we did against KC. Orton cannot afford another 3 turnover game.

    Even with all that, it will still be tough. However, I do get the feeling the Bronx will play well.

  • flbronc

    always good to stomp the chefs. seriously, how great is it to be 8-4? true we dont have the division at the moment, and we have two tough games left- but lets get some perspective here…. six months ago, not too many people would have thought us to even be .500 much less in contention for the division or pretty close to a lock for the wild card. Nobody liked the 4 game skid, for sure, but it seems we have bounced back and put it behind us. realistically we can finish this season up 10-6 or better. maybe change was for the better… especially if we can get to the post season.

  • gman

    Hey Kerry…have you had enough crow!….I remember all the doom and gloom….at the beginning of the year from you!

  • Plato

    How far to the left will this go? Anyways, I always enjoy hearing Manning smack his lips and talk about the mistakes made every January. How many years did it take Eli to get one? Also how epic was Eli's SB against the undefeated, best offense in NFL history, compared to Manning's pedestrian win against the Bears?

  • kerry

    what does Eli have anything to do with the conversation i was having? the discussion began with the Colts actually being able to make the playoffs. Eli Manning was never even entered into it. and call Paytons SB win pedestrian all you want. its still a SB win regardless. something our Broncos havent done since…………yeah quite a while. so again what are you talking about?

  • Plato

    Well I was talking about Peyton Manning. All I was saying is that Eli's SB win was awesome, a complete classic. Peyton's was a SB but nothing to put a mortal lock on your tiVo for. This will never stop going left.

  • Andpark

    Call me an insane person but I am really comfortable right where we are. Chargers can go ahead and take the Div. sit a week and get cold and out of rhythm. We were hot, sat a week with the bye and got cold. The 4 game losing streak hurt but I think we are now a better football team because of it.

    We have the “hardest schedule” in the entire NFL this year and 6 months ago if you would have asked me if I would take a 4 game losing streak and be 8-4 solidly in wildcard contention I would easily take it. We played some really good football on Sunday, keep in rhythm and see what happens when we get to the playoffs.

  • Online Poker Rakeback

    I agree john , nice post !

  • Online Poker Rakeback

    I agree john , nice post !