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Orton Returns to Denver; Chiefs Top Broncos 7-3

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) is sacked by Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Wallace Gilberry

The Chiefs wrapped up their 2011 season on a high note, as they topped the Broncos 7-3 Sunday to end the season at 7-9. They beat Denver and Green Bay, two playoff bound teams, in two of the last three weeks of the season.

Released from the Broncos in November, Kyle Orton returned as the quarterback of the Chiefs to Denver, and got revenge, leading the Chiefs to the win.

“It was a little more (than just another game). You can’t deny that,” said Orton, who was steady all afternoon as he completed 15 of 29 passes for 180 yards. “It was a long year for me.

Orton wasn’t great, but clearly better than Broncos QB Tim Tebow, who completed just six passes. For Orton, it may be his last start with the Chiefs, but clearly his teammates wanted it for him. They also wanted it for Romeo Crennel, the interim head coach who helped the Chiefs end the season 7-9.

“Oh man, we wanted to win for this guy so bad,” defensive back Brandon Flowers said. “Having him as the defensive coordinator is one thing. But when the whole team can feed off of his spirit and energy, it’s definitely a positive. I hope this guy can stay around. But upper management has a say in it.”

Dexter McCluster also helped the Chiefs, scoring the only TD of the day. He bolted by the Denver defense for TD, going 21 yards to give the Chiefs the first quarter lead.

From there, the Kansas City defense clamped down on Tebow and the offense. Sure, the Chiefs allowed Willis McGahee to gain 145 yards, but when it mattered most, they rose to the occasion.

Tebow had a dismal day in the biggest game of his NFL career. He completed just 6 of 22 passes for 60 yards. Tebow also fumbled with the Broncos inside the Chiefs 20.

It was a win that should make Chiefs fans proud. Now all it comes down to is a postseason on deciding who the coach will be – and where the team will draft and who that will be.


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