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Offensive first half: Chiefs lead Broncos, 9-3

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Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters – Mandatory Credit Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Hill put up 169 all-purpose yards on Sunday in a game in which he seemed like a threat to score every time he touched the ball. He scored a kick return touchdown, a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown with 12 seconds left-which helped send the game into overtime-before his team finally won it on a heart-stopping final kick in OT. Burke's statistical model - based on years of past results - shows that the Broncos had a 51.974 percent chance of winning (where a tie is worth half a win) if they punted, better than if they went for it on fourth-and-10 or if they attempted the field goal. He joined Peyton Manning (four times) and John Elway as the only Broncos in history to throw for at least 350 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. But Brandon McManus - who has hit from 70 yards in training camp and was ideal in the playoffs during Denver's Super Bowl 50 surge - came up way short and wide left on what would have been the longest game-winning field goal in National Football League history. It wasn't the highest percentage of a kick, but Kubiak made the fateful decision to attempt the 62-yard field goal.

With the game tied at 27, the Broncos got a first down on the Chiefs' 44-yard line with 2:40 remaining.

The Chiefs then converted the two-point conversion to force overtime. By my reckoning, they will be underdogs in three of them - in Kansas City and at home against New England and Oakland. I'm going to make the plays.

Often, when it comes to Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, the conversation begins with all the things he doesn't do. Denver wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught seven passes for 162 yards and a touchdown.

The Kansas City Chiefs rarely blow out an opponent or play anywhere near a flawless game. He was playing to win.

Kansas City Chiefs rookie Tyreek Hill (10) celebrates a touchdown with teammates Travis Kelce (87) and Spencer (32) during the team's 30-27 win over the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 27, 2016.

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The AFC West is a heavyweight battle, and the head-to-head games between the contenders will likely serve as the decisive blows.

Nearly 300 yards passing with three touchdowns and 113 rushing yards in a road loss to the Miami Dolphins had Kaepernick rolling the clock back to 2013 when he was one of the best quarterbacks in all of fantasy. The Broncos had just capped a thrilling victory over the Saints in New Orleans to extend their record to 7-3, enough for third place in the toughest conference in football, the AFC West, but to his coach, it wasn't enough.

In pregame remarks on the NBC broadcast, DeMarcus Ware called this "a must-win game for us". The Chiefs' sensational punt returner, Tyreek Hill returned it 86 yards for a touchdown, slapping a high 5 to a teammate on the 5-yard line on his way in. The official ruled Hill down by contact inside the 1-yard line, and the clock would have expired before the Chiefs could have run another play.

Generally speaking, a tie is better than a loss in the standings.

Many a Sunday nap has been taken along the Front Range the past two years by Denver Broncos watching fans their offense perform in no particular manner. Why did he risk losing on a long shot field goal attempt? How does it rank in the Chiefs-Broncos all-time rivalry (which the Chiefs lead 58-55-0). It played a key factor in keeping Denver's offense backed up in its own territory for most of the night. The Chiefs took possession at the Denver 48-yard line, the spot from which McManus attempted the failed kick.

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