The Denver Broncos knocked off the last undefeated team in the National Football League, beating the Kansas City Chiefs 27-17 even though Peyton Manning was held to a season-low one touchdown pass.
It was the first loss in 10 games for the Chiefs, who had started 9-0 for the first time since 2003 yet hadn’t faced an opponent with a winning record before last night.
Rookie running back Montee Ball rushed for two touchdowns for the Broncos (9-1), who matched the Chiefs for the best record in the American Football Conference’s West Division. The teams will meet again on Dec. 1 in Kansas City.
“We’re going to enjoy this one,” Manning, who passed for 323 yards and wasn’t sacked by a Chiefs’ defense that led the NFL with 36 quarterback sacks entering Week 11. “We put a lot of work into this game preparing for these guys.”
The Broncos set an NFL record by scoring 25 or more points for a 15th straight game and became the first team to put up more than 17 points against the Chiefs this season. Manning, who threw for a record-tying 33 touchdowns in Denver’s first nine games, got his lone score last night on a 9-yard pass to Julius Thomas in the first quarter.
The New York Giants beat the Green Bay Packers 27-13 to become the second NFL franchise to win four straight games after an 0-6 start, while the New York Jets (5-5) lost to the Buffalo Bills 37-14 to become the first team in league history to alternate wins and defeats through their first 10 games.
The Giants (4-6) had three interceptions of Packers third-string quarterback Scott Tolzien, including one that was returned 24 yards for a touchdown by defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
New York remains 1 1/2 games out of first place in the National Football Conference’s East Division, as the Philadelphia Eagles improved to 6-5 by beating the Washington Redskins 24-16 to snap a 10-game home losing streak. The Giants next face the Dallas Cowboys (5-5), who were off this week.
“We’ve still got some digging to get back out of the hole that we made for ourselves,” said Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who threw for 279 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown pass to Reuben Randle. “We’ve got four in a row. That’s a good feeling and we’re going to keep fighting.”
Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith threw three interceptions and also lost a fumble before being replaced by Matt Simms in the fourth quarter in Buffalo. Even with the letdown after a bye week, the Jets remain in the thick of the AFC playoff race, as outside of the AFC West, the other three division-leaders are the only teams with winning records.
“We had two weeks to prepare, we thought we were prepared, had some great practices, and we just didn’t execute,” Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters. “Simple as that. And you have to give credit to Buffalo.”
The New Orleans Saints defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-20 on Garrett Hartley’s third field goal of the fourth quarter, a 31-yarder as time expired. The Saints improved to 8-2 with the home win while the 49ers fell to 6-4 with a second loss in a row following a five-game win streak.
The Pittsburgh Steelers rallied for a 37-27 win over Detroit, holding the Lions scoreless in the second half while getting 367 passing yards and four touchdowns from Ben Roethlisberger.
The Lions dropped into a share of the lead with the Chicago Bears in the National Football Conference North division, with both teams at 6-4. The Bears won 23-20 in overtime against the Baltimore Ravens (4-6) in a game that was suspended for one hour, 53 minutes because of the threat of a tornado in the area around Soldier Field in Chicago.
Robbie Gould kicked a 38-yard field goal on the second possession of overtime to seal the win for Chicago.
Marshawn Lynch scored three touchdowns as the Seattle Seahawks improved to a league-best 10-1 with a 41-20 rout of the Minnesota Vikings.
In yesterday’s other games, it was Miami 20, San Diego 16; Cincinnati 41, Cleveland 20; Oakland 28, Houston 23; Tampa Bay 41, Atlanta 28; and Arizona 27, Jacksonville 14.
The Week 11 schedule began Nov. 14 with the Indianapolis Colts (7-3) winning 30-27 at the Tennessee Titans (4-6).
The 2009 Titans had been the only team to follow an 0-6 start to the season with a four-game winning streak. The Giants matched that yesterday by sending the Packers (5-5) to a third straight loss.
New York opened a 20-6 lead on Green Bay, which was without starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers because of a broken collarbone. After the Packers pulled within 20-13 early in the fourth quarter, Pierre-Paul jumped to intercept a pass from Tolzien and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown.
“I gave him a freebie there, really,” Tolzien said. “It was a huge momentum swing. We had a chance at that point and that kills you.”
In Philadelphia, the Eagles got two rushing touchdowns from LeSean McCoy and one from quarterback Nick Foles in opening a 24-0 lead before holding off a fourth-quarter rally by the Redskins (3-7).
The Saints outgained the 49ers 387-196 in New Orleans, yet needed field goals on their final three drives to pull out their first win in the past three meetings with San Francisco.
The win means New Orleans will stay at least one game ahead of Carolina in the NFC South. The Panthers (6-3) take a five-game winning streak into tonight’s home game against the AFC East-leading New England Patriots (7-2).
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