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Nov 30, 2014 9:15 PM

Broncos lead Chiefs 14-0 after 1st quarter

The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Peyton Manning threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first quarter Sunday night, helping the Denver Broncos to an early 14-0 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Manning capped an effortless 74-yard drive with a 23-yard third-down pass to Demaryius Thomas for his first touchdown. Then, after the Broncos forced their second three-and-out, Manning found C.J. Anderson on third down with a 15-yard touchdown strike.

The Chiefs had minus-10 yards of first-quarter offense. Alex Smith was sacked twice.

The unheralded Anderson, who ran for 167 yards last week against Miami, already had 11 carries for 58 yards against Kansas City. He got the start Sunday night in place of Montee Ball, out with a groin injury, and Ronnie Hillman, who is sidelined with a foot injury.

The Broncos (8-3) entered the game with a half-game lead over San Diego (8-4) in the crowded AFC West. The Chiefs (7-4) needed a victory to forge a three-way tie.

Kansas City was dressed in all red uniforms at chilly Arrowhead Stadium to honor Eric Berry, their veteran safety. Berry was found to have a lump in his chest last week that is believed to be lymphoma. He is still undergoing tests at Emory University in Atlanta.

Berry has professed his love for the red-on-red look, which Kansas City wore for the first time last year against Dallas and broke out again earlier this season against New England.


AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL


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