KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Peyton Manning threw for 403 yards and five touchdowns, four of them to Eric Decker, and the Denver Broncos held off a furious rally to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-28 Sunday and seize control of the AFC West.
Decker had eight catches for a career-high 174 yards for the Broncos (10-2), who moved a game clear of the Chiefs (9-3) in the division. With four games left, Denver also holds the tiebreaker by virtue of two wins over Kansas City in the last three weeks.
Jamaal Charles had 93 yards rushing for the Chiefs, and capped a 17-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 6:32 left in the game to close within a touchdown.
After forcing a punt with 3:32 remaining, Kansas City used three long pass plays to move deep into Broncos territory. But Alex Smith’s pass to Dwayne Bowe in the end zone on fourth-and-4 with 1:45 left fell incomplete, allowing the Broncos to run out the clock.
After the game, police say a man has died and three people are in custody after an altercation that happened in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium.
Police spokesman Darin Snapp tells The Associated Press the death is being treated as a homicide but no arrests have been made. He says the man who died was found inside someone else’s vehicle and a struggle ensued.
The man, who was in his 20s, was found unconscious on the pavement. Snapp says paramedics began administering first aid before he was transported to a hospital, where he died. His name has not been released.
Chiefs spokesman Ted Crews says the team is aware of the incident but cannot comment further because of the police investigation.