Chiefs Topple Broncos, Tebow 7-3 in Season Finale
DENVER – After losing to Tim Tebow in mid-November, the Kansas City Chiefs got a measure of revenge on Sunday as they defeated the Broncos in Denver 7-3 to close out their regular season.
Despite the ugly home loss, the Broncos (8-8) managed to win the AFC West as the Oakland Raiders fell at home to the San Diego Chargers 38-26. Denver claimed the division title thanks to having the tie-breaking advantage over both the Raiders and Chargers, who both finished the season at 8-8.
The Broncos will face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Denver next weekend in the opening round of the AFC playoffs.
The Chiefs (7-9) scored the only touchdown of the game midway through the second quarter when Dexter McCluster capped an 80-yard drive with a 21-yard touchdown run. Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton played a uninspired but mistake-free game, going 15 of 29 for 175 yards and was able to help beat the team that cut him two months ago.
Tebow, whose fairy-tale season has come crashing back to earth in recent weeks as the Broncos ended their regular season with three straight losses, completed only six passes in 22 attempts for just 60 yards. The Chiefs also sacked Tebow twice, in addition to forcing him to fumble once. He also threw an interception in the final seconds to Chiefs CB Brandon Carr to close the game.
The Chiefs rushed for a total of 106 yards, with McCluster leading the way with 61 yards on 12 carries. Dwayne Bowe had a monster first half for the Chiefs, catching 6 passes for 93 yards before going down with a neck injury seconds shortly before halftime. He did not return in the second half.
While Tebow struggled mightily under the Chiefs pass rush, the Broncos were still able to scorch Kansas City on the ground, gaining 216 total yards in rushing. Willis McGahee led the Broncos with 145 yards on 28 carries.