Denver Broncos 49,
Kansas City Chiefs 29
Kansas City 0 10 7 12 — 29
Denver 21 14 7 7 — 49
Den—Moreno 17 pass from Orton (Prater kick), 12:02.
Den—Lloyd 6 pass from Orton (Prater kick), 4:19.
Den—Gaffney 40 pass from Orton (Prater kick), 1:19.
Den—Tebow 1 run (Prater kick), 10:07.
Den—Hunter 75 fumble return (Prater kick), 5:48.
KC—Charles 5 pass from Cassel (Succop kick), 1:28.
KC—FG Succop 40, :00.
Den—Larsen 3 pass from Tebow (Prater kick), 9:24.
KC—Bowe 15 pass from Cassel (Succop kick), 2:22.
Den—Lloyd 15 pass from Orton (Prater kick), 11:47.
KC—Chambers 11 pass from Cassel (pass failed), 6:54.
KC—Bowe 22 pass from Cassel (pass failed), :10.
First downs 30 25
Total Net Yards 484 452
Rushes-yards 22-51 31-153
Passing 433 299
Punt Returns 1-16 2-27
Kickoff Returns 6-128 2-68
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 33-53-0 23-35-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 4-36 0-0
Punts 3-43.3 2-41.0
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 6-40 3-28
Time of Possession 31:51 28:09
RUSHING—Kansas City, Charles 14-41, Battle 2-4, Jones 4-3, Cassel 2-3. Denver, Moreno 22-106, Royal 2-20, Larsen 2-17, Ball 2-9, Tebow 2-2, Orton 1-(minus 1).
PASSING—Kansas City, Cassel 33-53-0-469. Denver, Orton 22-34-0-296, Tebow 1-1-0-3.
RECEIVING—Kansas City, Bowe 13-186, Charles 5-80, Copper 5-55, Chambers 4-36, Pope 2-21, Tucker 1-38, Moeaki 1-34, Jones 1-19, Cox 1-0. Denver, Lloyd 6-90, Royal 5-39, Gaffney 3-57, D.Thomas 3-51, Moreno 3-50, Buckhalter 2-9, Larsen 1-3.
DENVER (AP) — The negativity was hanging over the Denver Broncos like a dark winter cloud.
Riding a four-game losing streak, they were facing angry fans and the league’s top-ranked rushing team while also dealing with star linebacker D.J. Williams’ drunken driving arrest that had him stewing on the sideline to start the game Sunday.
“We didn’t flinch at all,” Mario Haggan said. “We love D.J. Everybody makes mistakes. I make them. I don’t know a person who doesn’t.
“It didn’t affect us at all. Did it look like it?”
Not in the least.
Haggan, Knowshon Moreno and Kyle Orton all had career days as the Broncos steamrolled the Kansas City Chiefs 49-29. The only time the Broncos scored more was in 1963, when they put up 50 on the San Diego Chargers, and they could have topped that but eschewed a makable field goal ate in the game.
Orton threw a career-high four touchdown passes and was hardly touched behind a refurbished line that opened up the holes for the Broncos to do their best imitation of the Chiefs’ NFL-leading ground game in a rout of the AFC West leaders.
“We didn’t hurt ourselves, first and foremost,” Orton said. “We’ve just been plagued by penalties and turnovers and bad football.”
Not on this day.
Moreno topped 100 yards for the first time in his 1½ seasons in the NFL, gaining 106 yards on 22 carries and catching three passes for 50 yards and a TD as the Broncos (3-6) kept alive their thin hopes of getting back into the playoff race by handing the Chiefs (5-4) their second straight loss.
The Broncos stuffed the Chiefs’ vaunted ground game by jumping out to a 35-0 lead behind a trio of touchdown passes from Orton, a 1-yard run by Tim Tebow and a 75-yard fumble return for a TD by linebacker Jason Hunter.
Tebow also threw his first NFL pass, a 3-yard TD toss to fullback Spencer Larsen.
“I think we caught them off-guard,” Tebow said.
Ahead 35-10 at halftime, the Broncos kept the Chiefs from turning to their two-headed monster of a ground game as Jamaal Charles was held to 41 yards and Thomas Jones managed just 3. The Chiefs entered averaging 180 yards rushing, 113 more than Denver, which ranked last in the league.
On this day, the Broncos rushed for 153 yards and the Chiefs 51.
“We had to answer back and we didn’t answer back,” Charles said.
The Broncos benefited from their bye week to get several starters back from injuries, including right tackle Ryan Harris (ankle), whose return allowed rookie Zane Beadles to go back to left guard, finally giving Denver the offensive line it envisioned in training camp.
Orton, who spent the bye week nursing a sore shoulder courtesy of San Francisco linebacker Manny Lawson, took advantage of Denver’s big lead to stay upright for a change and also capitalized on the absence of safeties Kendrick Lewis and Jon McGraw to pick apart the Chiefs for 296 yards.
“Clean pants the whole game for me. I didn’t get hit, I didn’t get tackled,” Orton said, smiling. “The running backs had holes. It was great.”
Shut out in the first quarter of every game since Sept. 19, the Broncos exploded for three first-quarter touchdowns and never looked back.
Haggan, who had four career sacks in his eight NFL seasons, collected three sacks in the first half. He stripped the ball from Matt Cassel on his third one, and Hunter scooped it up for the long TD.
Trailing big, the Chiefs (5-4)had no choice but to air it out and Cassel threw for a career-high 469 yards on 33-of-53 passing. He hit Dwayne Bowe for two touchdowns. Reaching the end zone for a team record-tying fifth straight game, Bowe finished with a career-high 13 catches for 186 yards.
Haley offers apology
Haley apologized Monday for refusing to shake hands with Denver coach Josh McDaniels after the Chiefs’ blowout loss the day before.
Haley made a single comment to McDaniels as the Denver coach held out his hand after the Broncos’ 49-29 victory in Denver. Haley pointed his finger at him, turned and stomped away without shaking.
In his opening remarks to reporters on Monday, Haley offered his apology before he was asked about the incident which instantly became a hot topic around the league.
“It sounds like it’s become a big deal and I do want to apologize for me not shaking Josh’s hand after the game,” he said. “I do believe in doing what’s right and that was not right. Probably let the emotions of the situation get me too much. And I apologize. I apologize to the fans and to Denver and to Josh.”
Haley declined to say what upset him.
“I don’t think that’s necessary to get into it,” he said. “I think it’s very necessary that I let everybody know that I would do that over again at the end, and it wasn’t the right thing to do.”
He said he had not contacted McDaniels to personally apologize.
“I felt like, again, communicating to the majority, and anybody that was watching it, to let them know how I felt and I think that’s what’s important,” he said.
Audio of the brief exchange between the two was provided to The Associated Press by WDAF-TV in Kansas City. McDaniels does not speak but Haley can clearly be heard saying as he pointed at the Denver coach and turned to walk away, “There’s a lot of (expletive) being talked about you.”