Manning, Decker carry Broncos past Chiefs

Updated: December 1, 2013

Kansas City, MO ( – Four of Peyton Manning’s five touchdown
passes went to Eric Decker and the Denver Broncos held on to beat the Kansas
City Chiefs, 35-28, for first place in the AFC West.

Manning and Decker connected for three straight scores to start the second
half, turning a seven-point deficit into a 35-21 lead. The Chiefs made it a
one-score game on Jamal Charles’ 1-yard touchdown with 6:32 left, but a final
drive came up short when Alex Smith’s fourth-down pass to Dwayne Bowe was
broken up by Broncos safety Mike Adams in the end zone.

Manning threw two interceptions in the first half that led to Kansas City
touchdowns, but finished with 403 yards passing and set a new Broncos record
by reaching 41 touchdown passes this season.

Decker had eight catches for 174 yards and a team-record four touchdowns and
the Broncos (10-2) beat the Chiefs (9-3) for the second time in three weeks to
take a one-game lead in the division.

Knile Davis had a 108-yard kickoff return touchdown for the longest play in
Chiefs history and Smith threw for 293 yards with touchdown passes to Junior
Hemingway and Anthony Fasano.