Peyton makes the difference

  • Last Updated: November 25 2012, 23:10 GMT

Peyton Manning threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns as the Denver Broncos (8-3) made hard work of beating the hapless Kansas City Chiefs 17-9 for their sixth straight win.

Peyton Manning: Threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns
Peyton Manning: Threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns

Manning hit tight end Jacob Tamme late in the first half and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas in the third quarter, while the Chiefs (1-10) could only muster three field goals.

Knowshon Moreno added 85 yards rushing in place of Willis McGahee, who went on injured reserve this week with a knee injury.

Jamaal Charles ran for 107 yards for the Chiefs (1-10), who were done in by penalties, missed opportunities and a conservative approach that has not yielded a touchdown since the first quarter against Pittsburgh on November 12, a span of more than 11 quarters and 173 minutes.

Kansas City actually established a lead for the third straight game, this time after marching 55 yards and to set up Succop's 34-yard field goal, and seemed to be out-playing Denver early.

But Manning finally got the Denver offense going on its final series of the half.

The four-time MVP completed five straight passes before finding Tamme on third-and-goal from the Kansas City 7 with 18 seconds left in the half. The touchdown catch, on which Tamme dragged Eric Berry into the end zone, gave the Broncos a 7-6 lead.

The Chiefs twice had chances to overcome a 14-9 deficit late in the fourth quarter, but they failed to move the ball after taking over at their own 37, and then after getting it back, punted on fourth-and-6 at the Broncos 47 after a series of penalties ruined the drive.

Denver tacked on a field goal by Prater in the closing seconds.

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