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FINAL: Chiefs plow over Broncos 23-3 at snowy Arrowhead

Denver Broncos v Kansas City Chiefs
Denver Broncos v Kansas City Chiefs
Denver Broncos v Kansas City Chiefs
Denver Broncos v Kansas City Chiefs
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Posted at 9:00 AM, Dec 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-15 16:29:41-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FINAL | Call it the snow game.

Or you could call it the Patrick Mahomes game. Or the Travis Kelce game. Or the Harrison Butker game. Or the Tyreek Hill game.

But any way you call it, the Kansas City Chiefs dominated the Denver Broncos Sunday, 23-3 at a snowy Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs moved to 10-4 on the season and remained in contention for a first-round bye as they chase the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens.

The Chiefs will travel to Chicago to take on the Bears next Sunday before finishing the regular season at home against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Patrick Mahomes threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns.

Tyreek Hill had both touchdown receptions while Travis Kelce had 11 catches for 142 yards, becoming the first NFL tight end with four consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

Broncos quarterback Drew Lock, who grew up in the Kansas City suburb of Lee's Summit, was just 18 of 40 for 208 yards with an interception in the end zone.

It was the Broncos' ninth consecutive loss to their longtime division rival.

4TH QUARTER | Despite the Broncos offense being able to move the ball to midfield, the drive stalls out and the Chiefs take over on downs.

4TH QUARTER | A red zone interception by Patrick Mahomes has given a little life to the Broncos.

3RD QUARTER | The Chiefs get the ball back thanks to a Juan Thornhill interception. They'll have a chance to add to their lead of 23-3

3RD QUARTER | That's a touchdown KANSAS CITY! Mahomes finds Tyreek Hill for the second time today. A two-point conversion is successful and the Chiefs extend their lead 23-3.

3RD QUARTER | Snowy conditions continue at Arrowhead.

HALFTIME | The Chiefs lead the Broncos 15-3. Nine of Kansas City's points have come from the leg of Harrison Butker, who is 3-3 on field-goals, including a 44-yard try that ended the first half.

ND QUARTER | Denver is finally on the board thanks to a field goal. Chiefs maintain a 12-3 lead late in the 2nd quarter.

2ND QUARTER | Chiefs offense continues to move the ball against Denver, but again fails to score a TD. Another field goal from Harrison Butker gives the Chiefs a 12-0 lead

2ND QUARTER | Injury update: The Chiefs say defensive lineman Alex Okafor is out for the rest of the game with a chest injury.

2ND QUARTER | A long drive stalled inside the Denver 10 yard-line. The Chiefs settle for 3 points thanks to a field goal from Harrison Butker. Chiefs lead 9-0.

END OF FIRST QUARTER | At the end of the first quarter, the Chiefs lead the Broncos 6-0 and are driving in Denver territory.

1ST QUARTER | Mahomes to Hill for a 41-yard touchdown pass! Chiefs jump out to early 6-0 lead after failed extra point.

KICKOFF | The Chiefs are preparing to take the field against the Denver Broncos.

10:50AM UPDATE | Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travic Kelce are out getting ready for today's game.

10:30AM UPDATE | As fans and players continue to arrive at Arrowhead Stadium, here’s a look at who won’t take the field today due to injury:

Kansas City Chiefs: RB Damien Williams QB Chad Henne CB Morris Claiborne CB Rashad Fenton OL Jackson Barton OL Nick Allegretti TE Deon Yelder

Denver Broncos: CB Shakial Taylor DE DeMarcus Walker G Ron Leary T Ja’Wuan James T Calvin Anderson DL Dre’Mont Jones DL Adam Gotsis

9:45AM UPDATE | The tarp is off the field and players are out "warming up" on a snowy field at Arrowhead Stadium.

EARLIER | The Kansas City Chiefs are playoff-bound after last week’s win at New England, but the push to possibly improve their postseason seeding starts at noon Sunday against AFC West rival Denver at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Broncos (5-8) have had a difficult debut season under new coach Vic Fangio, but the team has gone 2-0 since inserting Lee’s Summit and University of Missouri graduate Drew Lock into the starting lineup at quarterback.

Drew Lock, family eager for showdown Sunday with Chiefs

Lock, a second-round pick last spring, hopes to keep up that momentum, which includes earning the NFL Rookie of the Week honor for his performance in a victory at Houston.

Despite his hot start, Kansas City won’t offer any quarter to the hometown kid on Sunday afternoon.

[READ: Expert analyst Nick Jacobs’ weekly game plan]

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Meanwhile, concern about Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ injured hand didn’t last long.

Coach Andy Reid announced Monday that x-rays were negative on the reigning NFL MVP’s throwing hand.

Obviously, that’s good news for KC, which has won four straight AFC West titles and hopes to continue its dominance in the division against Denver.

We won't talk about what happened in the last Chiefs-Broncos meeting, but suffice it to say we're glad the QB sneak appears to have been removed from Reid's playbook.

The injury report is less rosy for the Chiefs’ secondary, which will be without cornerbacks Morris Claiborne (shoulder) and Rashad Fenton (hamstring) once again.

Defensive end Frank Clark (illness/shoulder) and running back Damien Williams (ribs) are officially listed as questionable for the game.

Clark only practiced Friday, but he was a full participant after seeing a specialist for a stomach issue.

Williams was limited Wednesday and Thursday then missed Friday’s practice with illness, which isn’t a great sign for his availability.

In case you missed it, hear Mahomes’ thoughts on the matchup with the Broncos from his weekly press conference:

Also, hear from the Chiefs’ coordinators: