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NFL Week 14 Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs 34, Denver Broncos 28

Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) reacts to his third touchdown reception of the game in the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Nine months ago, the Denver Broncos acquired quarterback Russell Wilson in a massive trade that included the Broncos sending two first-round picks and two second-round picks to the Seattle Seahawks. The hope was that Wilson would deliver Denver its fourth Super Bowl title.

After a 34-28 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Broncos fall to 3-10 and are officially eliminated from playoff contention. Meanwhile, the Chiefs improve to 10-3 and can clinch the AFC West tonight if the Los Angeles Chargers fall to the Miami Dolphins.

Offensive spotlight: Until this week, Jerry Jeudy had six receiving touchdowns in his career. The third-year receiver from Alabama scored half of that just against the Chiefs on Sunday.

Jeudy caught all eight of his targets for 73 yards and three touchdowns, good for a 144.3 passer rating when targeted. 

Defensive spotlight: Willie Gay Jr. had one of his best games yet. The Chiefs linebacker earned an 82.9 PFF grade on first review, which would be the fifth-best single game mark of his three-year career. In the second quarter, Gay intercepted Russell Wilson and returned it 47 yards for a pick-six. He also had an additional three coverage stops in the game.

Rookie spotlight: Isiah Pacheco continues to establish himself as the Chiefs’ top running back. The seventh-rounder from Rutgers ran for 70 yards on 13 carries, forcing four missed tackles along the way. The rookie added three catches for 23 yards, as well. 

Offensive line spotlight: The Chiefs did a good job of keeping Patrick Mahomes’ uniform clean. Kansas City only allowed one knockdown across 40 pass-blocking snaps. Left guard Joe Thuney was particularly impressive, with no pressures allowed on 40 pass-blocking snaps.

Box Score

Passing
Kansas City Chiefs
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Patrick Mahomes 25.8 28 / 42 352 8.4 3 3 2 86.6
Denver Broncos
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Russell Wilson 26.6 23 / 36 247 6.9 3 1 6 100.1
Brett Rypien 3.6 4 / 8 16 2.0 1 1 0 56.3
Rushing
Kansas City Chiefs
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Jerick McKinnon 35.4 6 22 3.7 0 7 0
Patrick Mahomes 25.8 3 -3 -1.0 0 -1 0
Isiah Pacheco 12.3 13 70 5.4 0 10 0
Michael Burton 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0
Denver Broncos
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Russell Wilson 26.6 4 57 14.2 0 19 0
Marlon Mack 15.7 3 15 5.0 0 6 0
Latavius Murray 6.1 8 32 4.0 0 8 0
Mike Boone 4.9 3 2 0.7 0 1 0
Brett Rypien 3.6 1 0 0.0 0 0 0
Receiving
Kansas City Chiefs
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Jerick McKinnon 35.4 9 7 112 12.4 2 56
JuJu Smith-Schuster 22.4 11 9 74 6.7 1 20
Isiah Pacheco 12.3 3 3 23 7.7 0 17
Travis Kelce 11.1 9 4 71 7.9 0 37
Noah Gray 7.5 3 3 45 15.0 0 25
Marquez Valdes-Scantling 3.0 3 1 20 6.7 0 20
Skyy Moore 1.7 2 1 7 3.5 0 7
Justin Watson 0.0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0
Denver Broncos
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Jerry Jeudy 33.3 9 8 73 8.1 3 18
Marlon Mack 15.7 3 2 62 20.7 1 66
Kendall Hinton 8.8 6 5 38 6.3 0 14
Greg Dulcich 7.2 8 3 42 5.2 0 23
Latavius Murray 6.1 5 3 -1 -0.2 0 2
Mike Boone 4.9 2 2 27 13.5 0 20
Eric Tomlinson 3.1 3 2 11 3.7 0 7
Jalen Virgil 1.9 1 1 9 9.0 0 9
Eric Saubert 1.2 2 1 2 1.0 0 2
Brandon Johnson 0.0 4 0 0 0.0 0 0

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