- The Chiefs moved to 5-1 on Thursday after a hard-fought win against the Broncos
- Travis Kelce impressed for Taylor Swift, totaling 124 receiving yards
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Behind the ailing Travis Kelce – and with Taylor Swift once again in attendance – the Chiefs defeated the Broncos 19-8 on Thursday Night Football.
After hurting his ankle against the Vikings last weekend, it was doubtful he would play in this divisional game.
But the cash-strapped squad fought through the pain and led Kansas City with nine catches and 124 receiving yards, giving his new friend plenty of reason to cheer.
His quarterback Patrick Mahomes racked up 306 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception while completing 75 percent of his passes.
The win moved the defending champion Chiefs to 5-1, while the Broncos moved to 1-5.
Travis Kelce (87) celebrates after a play during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos
Brittany Mahomes and Taylor Swift celebrate a Kelce catch during the first half of the game
Fans hold photos of Kelce #87 and Patrick Mahomes at Arrowhead Field on Thursday
It also continued an improbable streak for Kansas City vs. Denver: The Broncos haven’t beaten the Chiefs since September 17, 2015, the year Peyton Manning led Denver to the Super Bowl.
Kansas City never trailed in this one as they went into halftime up 13-0 and held on in the second half.
While it was a strong night for Kelce, it was one to forget for Russell Wilson and the Broncos offense.
The quarterback only threw for 95 yards and was picked off twice as Denver didn’t score a touchdown until the fourth quarter.
But the spirits were higher for the home team as Swift and Brittany Mahomes — Patrick’s wife — shared a hug as their significant others combined for a 19-yard gain in the first half.
Still, there were some signs of concern for the Chiefs.
Their first three forays into the red zone produced three points, thanks to an interception by Justin Simmons and a failed push from a field goal layup on fourth down.
Patrick Mahomes recorded 306 passing yards and one passing touchdown on the night
Mahomes, who has struggled by his standards all season, found his rhythm just once in the first half, when he ended a 62-yard drive with a short touchdown pass to Kadarius Toney.
Harrison Butker made it 13-0 at halftime when he made a 60-yard field goal as time expired after a touchdown pass to Kadarius Toney minutes earlier.
Wilson threw a touchdown pass to Courtland Sutton – ruled incomplete but overturned after review – with about six minutes left, keeping the Broncos alive.
And when Javonte Williams burst into the end zone for the two-point conversion, what had been a one-sided shutout was a one-possession game.
Butker put the game out of reach with 1:55 left, kicking a 52-yard field goal to give the Chiefs a two-possession lead.