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Broncos vs. Chiefs 2012: Mile High Report calls KC win "gritty"

It wasn't pretty, but Denver's win in Kansas City was effective.

Peter Aiken

It is never easy for the Denver Broncos to win in Kansas City against the Chiefs, but Sunday's 17-9 victory at Arrowhead Stadium was effective, if not aesthetically pleasing. The Broncos were able to keep the Chiefs out of the end zone despite a 100-yard game from Jamaal Charles and got touchdowns through the air from Peyton Manning to Jacob Tamme and Demaryius Thomas.

As the Mile High Report states, it was a gritty win:

Even going back to last year, it took a Tebow strike to Decker for a long TD to put the game away. Overall, the Broncos offense seems to be struggling as of late. In two of the last 3 weeks, we have made some costly mistakes that have stalled promising drives and have kept points off the board. The good news? it can only get better, and a struggling Broncos offense is still much, much better than most -- just ask the Chiefs, who failed to make the end zone.

Some of the best news that Denver got was Knowshon Moreno returning to the lineup. He rushed for 85 yards on 20 carries and caught four passes for 26 more yards to keep the offense consistently moving. Manning had 285 yards passing, but threw an ugly interception into double coverage that slowed the Denver offense down.

Manning's third-quarter touchdown pass to Thomas was a 30-yard strike and put the Broncos in front with 4:41 left in the quarter. Matt Prater added a 34-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.