RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- All the attention on the outside allowed the Broncos to have some success running between the tackles. Knowshon Moreno not only had a career-best 161 yards, but it was the top performance ever by a Denver back at Arrowhead Stadium. Curiously, the running game was abandoned on the final three drives with the pass attack floundering.
PASS DEFENSE: A-minus -- Anyone wondering if CB Champ Bailey still ranked among the top tier at his position got an answer with red-hot Dwayne Bowe getting zero catches. Overall, Kansas City was limited to 196 yards through the air and one TD. But with a slew of injuries, Denver did just about the best it could playing youngsters David Bruton, Cox, Kyle McCarthy and Syd'Quan Thompson.
RUSH DEFENSE: C-minus -- It took Kansas City 39 carries to reach 185 yards, and the Broncos did manage a goal-line stand. But with Denver hoping to get the ball back for one last drive, it couldn't make the stops when it counted. Jamaal Charles' 6-yard run on the Chiefs' final possession on second-and-6 produced a key first down and eliminated any real opportunity for a comeback.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- There were no big plays by kickoff returner Eric Decker or punt returner Eddie Royal, who misplayed a desperation final catch that impeded any hopes of decent field position to set up a final Hail Mary. Matt Prater did hit both field-goal attempts.
COACHING: C-minus -- The Broncos gave tremendous effort in a lost season, which counts for something. But coach Josh McDaniels may have lost a chance to win the game with his decision to punt facing fourth-and-4 at Denver's own 39 with 2:32 left. The defense yielded a first down to the Chiefs. Denver got only one play in the final seconds as a result.
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