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Chiefs Put a Strangle Hold on the West; Top Broncos 10-6

In December, a win is a win, and despite it being ugly, the Chiefs will take it Sunday, as they topped the Denver Broncos 10-6 at Arrowhead Stadium.

The win comes a few weeks after the team lost by 20 to the Broncos, and while they would have loved to have won by more, they will take the win to move to 8-4 on the season.

They also got a gift loss by the Chargers at home to the Raiders, meaning they are a full two games up in the AFC West with just four to play.

Jamaal Charles ran for 116 yards and Matt Cassel threw a 3-yard pass to Leonard Pope for the only touchdown as the Chiefs moved to to 6-0 at home.

The Chiefs defense did get some revenge on Kyle Orton, the Broncos QB who shredded them the last time out. Orton, at the top of the stat sheet for QB’s in the NFL, was 9-of-28 for a season-low 117 yards in the loss, Denver’s seventh in its past eight games.

Knowshon Moreno led the Broncos (3-9) with 161 yards on 23 carries. “There were some penalties and turnovers and different things that kind of swayed momentum a little bit,” Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said. “We just never could finish once we got down there in the red zone. They deserve a lot of credit, that’s why they’re where they’re at. They played and coached well today. That’s why they are on top of the division.”

Denver, down 10-6, got the ball at its own 15-yard line with 3:56 remaining. Brandon Lloyd caught an 18-yard pass for a rare first down, but Orton threw incomplete on the next play, was sacked by Javier Arenas on second down, then came up four yards short on a dump pass to Moreno.

The Broncos opted to punt with 2 1/2 minutes remaining and just two timeouts left. Kansas City moved the chains once and was able to chew off a little more than two minutes while reaching its 33-yard line.

“It wasn’t pretty, but at the same time I thought we came out and were able to overcome some adversity,” said Cassel. “Our hats go off to the defense.”

The Chiefs went up 7-0 late in the opening quarter thanks to an 11-play, 70- yard drive that featured a trio of third-down conversions. On 2nd-and-goal from the two, Cassel rolled to his right and found Pope at the 1:15 mark.

That would be just about it for the offense, but it was enough on a day that belonged to the Chiefs D.

The Chiefs, who have won three in a row, could really put the division in their back pocket next week as they play at San Diego.

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