The Denver Broncos broke a haunting 16-game losing streak to the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs, with a stifling defense and timely offense led by Russell Wilson adding up to a 24-9 win in the Mile High City.
The loss was the first to the Broncos for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who had been 12-0 against Denver. Mahomes also suffered a road loss to an AFC West rival, after going 16-0 in road games against the Broncos, Raiders, and Chargers to start his career. Denver’s last victory over Kansas City came in the second week of the 2015 season.
With game-time temperatures hovering well-below freezing, Mahomes had to battle the cold and flu-like symptoms, with a bug passing its way through the quarterback’s two young children and wife Brittany throughout the week, before hitting the young quarterback by the weekend. Mahomes had a well-below average quarterback rating of 59.2, as he threw two interceptions and was sacked three times. Kansas City failed to record a touchdown for the first time since a 2021 loss at Tennessee.
Travis Kelce had six catches for 58 yards for Kansas City. Justin Simmons had a fumble recovery and an interception for the Denver defense. Kansas City had a total of four turnovers. Wilson connected with Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, and Javonte Williams, throwing the ball only 19 times in an October wintry day at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Williams ran the ball 27 times for 85 yards. Denver improves to 3-5 while dropping Kansas City to 6-2.
Other final scores from the NFL:
Buffalo Bills 24, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18
Carolina Panthers 15, Houston Texans 13
Dallas Cowboys 43, Los Angeles Rams 20
Minnesota Vikings 24, Green Bay Packers 10
New Orleans Saints 38, Indianapolis Colts 27
Miami Dolphins 31, New England Patriots 17
New York Jets 13, New York Giants 10 (OT)
Jacksonville Jaguars 20, Pittsburgh Steelers 10
Tennessee Titans 28, Atlanta Falcons 23
Philadelphia Eagles 38, Washington Commanders 31
Seattle Seahawks 24, Cleveland Browns 20
Baltimore Ravens 31, Arizona Cardinals 24
Denver Broncos 24, Kansas City Chiefs 9
Cincinnati Bengals 31, San Francisco 49ers 17
Los Angeles Chargers 30, Chicago Bears 13