Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes to Eric Decker and completed 17-of-22 passes for 218 yards, but it was an excellent defensive play that, for a while at least, stood out as the most important of his first half accomplishments. After Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman fumbled late in the first quarter, Manning made a touchdown-saving tackle on Kansas City's Brandon Flowers on the scoop-and-return. Denver went on to hold the Chiefs to a field goal, preserving its early lead.
Not to be outdone by his quarterback, Decker made a terrific play of his own late in the half, hauling in a Manning touchdown pass with one hand with just ten seconds remaining before halftime, giving the Broncos a three-score lead.
Denver will receive the football at the beginning of the second half.