The Chiefs

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Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, 6:30 p.m. Sun­day, KUSA-9 For the record: Kansas City (10-4) fell a full game be­hind Oak­land (11-3) af­ter a last-sec­ond, 19-17 loss to Ten­nessee (8-6) at home Sun­day. Ryan Suc­cop kicked a 53-yard, walk-off field goal. Who’s hot: Tyreek Hill. The speedy slot­back-re­turner torched the Broncos in Novem­ber with three scores, in­clud­ing a kick­off re­turn for a touch­down. On Sun­day, he took a fake-op­tion in­side hand­off 68 yards for a touch­down. Who’s not: Alex Smith. K.C.’s quar­ter­back threw an in­ter­cep­tion in the end zone with six min­utes re­main­ing. A field goal there could have put the game out of reach. It was not a blip for Smith. Be­fore Sun­day, he had com­pleted just 25 per­cent of his passes into the end zone, the sec­ond-worst mark in the NFL ac­cord­ing to ESPN stats. Key stat: 0. Since a 30-27 over­time vic­tory over the Broncos, Kansas City’s of­fense has not scored a point in the sec­ond half. The Chiefs have scored 67 points as a team in those three games, go­ing 2-1. But they’re scor­ing early, then try­ing to hold on late. They de­feated Atlanta by one point and Oak­land by eight points, then lost to Ten­nessee by two points. FYI: The ther­mome­ter read 1 de­gree at the time of kick­off Sun­day at Ar­row­head Sta­dium, with a wind chill of mi­nus-19 — the cold­est game in Kansas City since the team started keep­ing track in 1994. This week, the tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to warm some, but the weather may be messy Sun­day. The fore­cast calls for pos­si­ble rain Sun­day night. Against the Broncos: Kansas City can sweep a sea­son se­ries against Den­ver for the first time since 2000. That year, K.C. went 7-9 and fin­ished third in the AFC West. The Broncos went 11-5 and qual­i­fied for the play­offs. They said it: “There are sit­u­a­tional plays and sit­u­a­tions in games. … There’s a time and a place for ev­ery­thing. I wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily say that (we’re be­ing too con­ser­va­tive), but when you don’t win the game, you’re go­ing to def­i­nitely look at some­thing like that.” — Kansas City coach Andy Reid, on crit­i­cism that his of­fen­sive play­call­ing is too safe

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